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Spotlight on Shaw, Oldham

WHERE: About three miles north of Oldham town centre, two miles from junction 21 of the M62.

WHY: A historic mill town with a busy shopping centre, good schools with the top-ranking Crompton House nearby, plus lots of cosy restaurants and traditional pubs.

TRANSPORT: A handy rail link to Manchester. Oldham and Rochdale easily accessible by road. A winding road also leads up to West Yorkshire, putting Halifax and Huddersfield in easy reach. The M62 is just two miles away, making it a perfect location for Manchester and Leeds commuters.

WHO: Wealthy cotton industry magnates used to frequent the town. And 100 years ago it was said to have more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the country. Now it has a good mix of older couples, professionals and young families.

PRICES: First-time buyers can expect to pay £40,000 to £50,000 for a two-bed terrace, while professionals determined to bust the bank could find a refurbished farmhouse for £400,000. Semi-detached homes cost around £70,000, but some detached houses are on sale for up to £225,000.

AGENT'S VIEW: Andrew Chadwick from Cousins and Co said: "Shaw has an excellent range of properties, including stone-built cottages, bungalows and farm houses. It is perfect for families because there are a number of good schools. Good transport links also make it ideal for commuters. For a small town it is great for shopping and has good restaurants and pubs. It is also very close to the countryside. Many home owners tend to settle here once they arrive.


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