Everything You Need to Know When Moving to Chester

11th Aug 2023
Matthew Smith

Chester may well be known for its historic Roman buildings, its medieval two-tier shops and the oldest racecourse in the world, but it also has so much to offer modern families. 

With so much culture and entertainment to be enjoyed, such as The Storyhouse Theatre, Grosvenor Park and Racecourse concerts, combined with excellent schools and surrounded by beautiful countryside, moving to Chester is a great choice.

We’ve put together this useful guide for those looking to move to Chester and find out the best places to live.

Where to live in Chester

Curzon Park and Queens Park

Curzon Park and Queens Park are the most expensive and exclusive areas of Chester, along with properties along the river such as Dee Banks, Boughton and Sandy Lane. These two areas boast some of the most beautiful properties in Chester, especially the ones with gardens running down to the river.


Hoole is located just 10 minutes from Chester city centre and boasts a fantastic array of local shops, cafes and restaurants within its own little thriving suburb.

Hoole is ideal for young couples looking for their first home or young families looking for good schools, with good primary and secondary schools within easy reach.

Property prices in Hoole are higher than other similar suburbs in Chester due to its thriving local community and its proximity to the city.


Upton is a very desirable place to live just 2 miles from Chester. A great place to bring up a family as there are excellent primary and secondary schools and sports facilities.

 It offers excellent amenities, including local shops, supermarkets, hospital, Chester Zoo, Upton Golf Club and so much more. There is a regular bus service and Park & Ride nearby into Chester city centre.


Handbridge is a pretty suburb located just over the River Dee with high quality local independent shops and pubs.  It offers great schools and is just a short walk away from the city. Edgar’s Field is a picturesque park in Handbridge near the Old Dee Bridge encompassing a popular play area for young children.


If you want to live a little further away from the bustle of Chester city and more into the Cheshire countryside, Tarvin is a beautiful village just 5 miles East of the city.

With a small selection of restaurants, pubs and shops on a lovely high street, Tarvin is perfect for those who want more of the countryside whilst being within easy reach of the city.


Another popular rural village close to Chester is Christleton. It boasts all the things you could want from a quant Cheshire village, including a village green, pub, post office and local shop, as well as a popular High school.

Excellent transport links

Chester offers excellent transport, including a train and bus station in the city centre. Its accessible motorways, including the M6, M56 and M53 make it the ideal base for visiting Manchester, Liverpool, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Peak District.

Thinking of relocating to Chester?

If you would like an informal chat about what it’s like to live in Chester, or have any questions about the best places to live in Chester, our friendly sales team will be happy to help.