A sizeable market town, with a manufacturing history, and a continuing strong economy, Northhampton lies halfway between London and Birmingham, but has a very separate identity.
With a population of almost 200,000 the town offers most of the facilities of a large City. Traditional markets and high streets sit alongside redeveloped cultural centres and arts collectives. There's an emphasis on both sports and arts, and schools provide a high level of education throughout the area.
The Eastern edge is low priced, but less desirable than other areas, with some anti-social behaviour problems and more run down homes. The Hunsbury district, both East and West, has a range of nice housing with lots of attractive leafy roads, and good-sized detached properties. It's a very middle class area of the town, and prices are more affordable than expected for such a nice area. Crime is very low, and public spaces are easily accessible and well kept. Wooton and Grange Park nearby both offer similar quality housing, but at slightly elevated prices. However it's worth looking throughout the area to find the right property.