A town with a questionable boundary, Newtownabbey was formed of seven separate villages, and now lies close to enough to Belfast to be considered a suburb, were it not separated from the City by a golf course. It's a large town, with a wide range of schools, sports clubs and churches. Transport links to Belfast and Derry are good, and the town has a number of leisure facilities, cinemas and public parks.
Crime is low, and still dropping, meaning it can be considered a safer place to live then built up Belfast. Bungalows are very common in the area, often detached, and mostly well priced. Terraced homes are also numerous, and again prices are low. Larger homes are harder to find, and often a little further out into suburbs. However for family homes it's worth looking on the outskirts, and towards the countryside, to find characterful country style homes. The newer developments offer the most affordable properties, while the old village houses hold their higher values.