Northern Ireland's capital city, Belfast is home to around 280,000 people. This small and compact city is served by the M1, M2 and M5 motorways, a network of local buses and trains and its City and International airports.
As it grows beyond its turbulent 20th century history, Belfast is becoming ever more cosmopolitan and affluent, with a recent marked growth in amenities such as bars, galleries and restaurants in the largely pedestrianised city centre.
Traditional Victorian terraced housing and tree-lined streets are a feature of east Belfast, a favourite choice with those new to the city and for those looking for a good-sized family home. The well-heeled streets of the BT9 district are a good hunting ground for swish apartments and more stylish accommodation.
If you're looking for a buy-to-let property, head for the south of the city, in the area around Queen's University, where there's a large student population, always in need of somewhere to live.
The north and west of the city can still occasionally see trouble on the streets, so if you're buying in this area, research your locality with some care and attention.