Ballymena is a large market town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The town is home to around 60,000 people and lies around 28 miles to the north of Belfast, making it ever-more popular with commuters to the city. The town is also served by the M2 motorway. Northern Ireland's International Airport is 15 miles away at Antrim. Locally known as "the city of the seven towers", Ballymena is renowned for its small boutique shops and equally for its shopping malls, including The Tower Centre.
There's a wide variety of different types of housing, from apartments, flats and bungalows to modern detached and semi-detached homes, to handsome 19th century dwellings and even older country cottages, just beyond the outskirts. There's plenty of terraced housing in the area too.
Property prices are noticeably lower than in nearby Belfast, making the Ballymena area a prime choice, both for home-buyers and canny investors. Plenty of properties are available and the local market is buoyant, particularly for flats and apartments.
If you're looking for a more rural setting, try some of the villages such as Ahoghill, Portglenone, Cullybackey, or Kells and Connor.