Among the more favoured areas within Macclesfield itself are those around Prestbury Road and Victoria Road, leading north west and west out of the centre, where you can find some lovely, well-established detached homes, as well as modern houses and apartments, some of which are built in Victorian style. Reasonably-priced housing is available in pockets throughout the town, like the prestigious apartment developments in Georges Court, off Chestergate. Along Buxton Road, going east, smart traditional, detached homes enjoy a leafy setting, as they do also in the Sunningdale Road area. Large, detached homes are also a feature of Penningtons Lane, off the Congleton Road, which is reached going south out of town via the Oxford Road, which itself is lined with imposing Victorian semis. Traditional brick and stone terraces are available in most central areas, especially to the south and south west, near the amenities of South Park, for instance, and three-storey weavers’ cottages stand in Newton Street. Modern additions include the developments of four- and five-bedroomed detached homes on Ryles Park, off Park Lane; along Hamble Way, off Drummond Way; and in Moss Lane, off the Crewe road. Off Buxton Road/York Street, by Victoria Park, there are contemporary apartments and three- and four-bedroomed townhouses. Victoria Mansions, on Victoria Road, offers three- to five-bedroomed homes, and The Uplands, off Chester Road, comprises 33 one- and two-bedroomed apartments. The old hospital site along Victoria Road has also been developed. Now called The Pavilions, it offers homes of various sizes and designs.
South & South East
Just to the south-east of Macclesfield are the sought-after villages of Sutton and Langley, quiet rural settlements close to Teggs Nose Country Park, offering exceptional large properties and charming stone cottages. Five miles south of Macclesfield, on the road to Leek (A523), are the village and beautiful reservoir of Bosley, close to the River Dane, which forms the Cheshire/Staffordshire border here. Further on, the small semi-rural village of Rushton Spencer is set in the north-west corner of Staffordshire and offers many five-bedroomed detached Victorian properties with grand views and picturesque settings. Nearby Heaton, off the A523, and Wincle, just off the A54, are favoured locations, offering mainly older-style properties. Stone farmhouses and rows of old cottages feature at Wildboarclough, five miles south east of Macclesfield, also off the A54, a remote, beautifully-sited village at the fold of the Peak moors, adorned by a stream, trees and the wild heights.
Five miles east of Macclesfield, off the A537, is the tiny village of Macclesfield Forest, where there are some Grade II-listed homes in idyllic settings on the edge of wild country, with tremendous views across crags and narrow valleys towards the Peak District. Three miles further on is Buxton, the highest town in England at just over 1,000 feet above sea level and famous for its air and the spring waters. One of the oldest spas in the country, where nine springs produce about 250,000 gallons of warm water per day, it is very much like Bath, with its sweeping 18th-century crescent, the Roman Baths and popularity with tourists. The town is set in splendid scenery, and the nearby villages of Peak Dale and Peak Forest are part of the wider, glorious landscape. A modern development in Buxton is that off Leek Road, with a variety of property, ranging from two-bedroomed apartments to five-bedroomed detached houses.
Kettleshulme is a stone-built village nestling into the hillside on the B5470, close to the Derbyshire border. One of the prettiest villages round here is Rainow, two miles out of Macclesfield along the same road, where there are many delightful stone properties. Across the border, by the mix of old and modern properties in the attractive canal-basin town of Whaley Bridge, lies Buxworth (known locally as Buggy), a village created as a result of the Industrial Revolution and a one-time thriving inland canal port. Nearby Chapel-en-le-Frith (literally, 'in the forest') is a small, sturdy market town set 766 feet above sea level in the north-west corner of the Peak District, where large detached properties near the golf course enjoy views over the peaks. Out beyond these and nestling in the Hope valley, at the heart of the Peak District, Castleton is one of Britain’s most fascinating villages, a tourist attraction with show caves, the dominating Peveril Castle and stunning scenery.
Along the A523, just north of Macclesfield and now more or less part of it, the sought-after area of Tytherington offers modern Tudor-style detached properties on quiet residential developments with views over open country and is very popular with incomers to the area. Leafy Prestbury, three miles north of Macclesfield, just off the A523, is a long, narrow residential village with much modern housing and serves as a Mancunian dormitory on the River Bollin. It has been called the prettiest place in the county, with smart mews homes in the heart of the village and exceptional properties at premium prices. Nearby Bollington is a small, village-atmosphere mill town, with central green and sturdy cottages built from local stone.
Further north along the A523, there are some lovely 1930s' detached homes along the London Road at Adlington, and some eight miles north of Macclesfield on the same road is the residential village of Poynton, with its pleasant shopping centre. There are some excellent terraced cottages and apartments in the town centre here, spacious detached properties in secluded locations just five minutes drive away, and substantial residences in the prestigious location overlooking Poynton Pool.
Scenic Disley, on the A6, has been enlarged by modern development, which includes some large, detached homes in prime, quiet locations close to Lyme Park, for which the village serves as a gateway. On the outer ring of Greater Manchester, Bramhall’s accommodation ranges from town-centre apartments to spacious five-bedroomed properties.
There has been considerable residential development, including a new village hall and school, at Mottram St Andrew, which extends along the road between Prestbury, and at the small, rather expensive town of Wilmslow, a dormitory for Manchester, set in the deep tall-treed valleys of the rivers Bollin and Dean. The type of housing here is a rich mixture of traditional and contemporary, with the large 1980s' Summerfield development offering modern accommodation, along with the more recent Dean Row Road developments, Regents Park, Palm Grove and Summerfields Village Mews. There are also spacious three-storey townhouses, mews developments and expensive homes in superb rural locations, just minutes from the town centre.
Further on, and about ten miles from Macclesfield, the picturesque and restricted development village of Styal, with its black-and-white inns, was built up around the cotton mill, and many mill cottages still feature in this fine example of an 18th-century industrial community, now owned by the National Trust. The development of nearby Handforth started after the 1842 advent of the railway, and, at the turn of the 20th century, was still a small hamlet. However, in recent years it has grown rapidly as a residential area, well placed for Manchester and Wilmslow in particular.
Just west of Macclesfield, there are some attractive 17th-century cottages close to the basic amenities in quiet Broken Cross, and, further along the A537, Henbury has seen considerable residential development. These settlements approach close to the convenient crossing with the Manchester-Stoke A34, near to which are the scattered hamlets of Birtles and Over Alderley, on a lovely stretch of Cheshire upland that provides fine walking along miles of lanes and tracks through rolling country. Alderley Edge has a smart parade of small specialist shops, some lovely period cottages in extensive gardens, and terraced cottages close to the village centre and golf club. In the heart of the county, 12 miles west of Macclesfield, on the A537, the pleasant residential town of Knutsford retains an olde worlde village atmosphere, enhanced by the famous black-and-white architecture and Georgian brick buildings which earned it Cheshire’s first conservation area status in 1969. Housing is quite sought after and comprises a small number of Victorian and Edwardian semis – some extremely large in the town itself – and an excellent range of 1950s' to 1970s' four-bedroomed detached homes on high-quality housing developments with easy access to the M6. Also in the immediate area, there are some extremely prestigious homes with large plots, mostly modern; housing prior to 1950 does exist, but is a rarity. With direct access to both the M6 and M56, the villages of Mere and Bucklow Hill boast some quality homes in large grounds, some backing onto the golf course. Half-timbered houses and new cottages stand at the heart of the Cheshire Green Belt village of Mobberley, which now extends for almost two miles along the Knutsford to Wilmslow road. This residential village has seen much development in recent years, although the older part retains thatched and half-timbered cottages. Modern development here includes one-, two- and three-bedroomed houses and apartments. Three miles north of Knutsford is the small village of Rostherne, beautifully set in a wooded landscape, with brown-brick cottages and a stock of 1910 housing at Mary Square, at the southern end of the village, built as a residential estate for workers at Tatton Park.
Three miles south of Knutsford is the lovely, tiny village of Lower Peover (pronounced ‘Peever’), also known as Peover Inferior, where the meadows reach down to the old watermill and the timbered church and old inn are famous landmarks. Thatched and timbered cottages adorn this sparsely-populated village, which is surrounded by the fields and woodlands of the Cheshire Plain. Set among the trees, with Peover Hall and a trio of fine pubs, is Over Peover (also known as Peover Superior and Higher Peover). Beautiful detached country houses are also available in this desirable area, which is conveniently placed for the M6. To the other side of the M6 is the large agricultural village of Plumley, with its rail link to Manchester and Chester.
Some 20 miles west of Macclesfield is Northwich, for centuries a salt town (with consequent subsidence problems), but now largely re-planned, with modern shopping facilities. Many of the black-and-white houses are modern, and three-bedroomed terraces fetch reasonable prices in the town centre. One of the more recent developments here, of four-bedroomed detached houses and three-bedroomed townhouses, is off London Road. There is further modern development, of semis, detached and terraced homes, off Winnington Lane. Just north of Northwich, off the A559, is the storybook village of Great Budworth, where gables, brick and stone mullions are much in evidence. In great contrast, to the south of Northwich is the small industrial area (salt and chemicals) around Winsford – where there’s a wide range of housing, including a smart executive development near the leisure centre and golf course – and the villages of Over, Swanlow and Wharton. Just to the east is Middlewich, second oldest of the Cheshire salt towns, offering a varied mixture of old and modern housing and amenities for day-to-day needs, with a larger selection at surrounding towns. It’s well positioned too, for road and motorway commuting, as are the villages of Holmes Chapel, Cranage, Goostrey and Withington, placed near the crossroads of the A54 and A50, where some beautiful individual country residences are included in a wide range, which embraces renovated two-bedroomed cottages and modern semis.
Four miles south of Macclesfield, on the A536 Congleton road, is the attractive village of Gawsworth, set amongst forest parkland and lakes, where superb country houses enjoy magnificent views over the Cheshire Plain and are generally very expensive. Further along the main road is Congleton, the county’s second silk town, which now specialises more in general textiles. This market town of old half-timbered inns, 18th-century cottages and executive-style housing developments is dominated by the clock tower of the Victorian Town Hall, built in Venetian Gothic style.
There is a considerable quantity of all types of property available in and around all the major towns, with perhaps the Wilmslow/Alderley Edge area boasting the widest and most popular range. Macclesfield’s rented accommodation tends to range from central terraces, mews developments and large Victorian semis to detached modern properties on the edge of town. Properties along the six main roads leading out of Macclesfield – the A537 (east and west), A523 (north and south), A536 (south west) and A538 (north west) – offer some straightforward choices to those whose need is for regular travel in a particular direction. Directly north of Macclesfield, the Prestbury, Poynton and Disley settlements are popular rented home areas, all offering a reasonably wide range of options, and the excellently located Mere and Bucklow Hill have some exceptional rented property.