Heaton: Awarded one of the best places to live in North-East England

The Sunday Times have awarded Newcastle’s Heaton as third best place to live in the North & North East Category in their ‘Best Places To Live 2024’ list. See here just why it’s rated so highly…

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Why Heaton?


Heaton has a lot of history and culture, offering residents or visitors discover its interesting past and lively scene. With its roots as a mining town, but now thriving with an artsy café culture, Heaton brings together its historical background with modern life. This mix of old and new turns Heaton into more than just a place to stay; it’s a place full of experiences.


A suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, Heaton is approximately two miles East of the city centre. It finds itself tightly packed between the affluent neighbourhood of Jesmond, and the more edgy Byker. It has become an area that is popular with a mixture of people; students, young professionals, and families.


Residents of Heaton enjoy great commuting options with regular services on 1, 62 and 63 buses offering 15-minute routes into the city. Alternatively, the Chillingham Road Metro station sitting at the bottom end of Heaton offers users both quick access to the city centre, or the coast in the opposite direction. Those visiting the coast may want to explore Whitley Bay, the other area included in the best places to live in The Times’ list.


Shops and Restaurants


One of Heaton’s standout features is its vibrant independent business scene. The suburb has three high streets, all flourishing with their own restaurants, coffee shops, florists, and grocery stores. Notable mentions are Glazed, a plant-based coffee and donut shop that has gained Instagram fame, and the Butterfly Cabinet, renowned for its brunch offerings, particularly its vegan, vegetarian breakfasts, and fluffy buttermilk pancakes​​.


Those with a sweet tooth should head to Cloughs, on Heaton Road, one of the UK’s oldest sweet shops that has been run by the same family for almost its entire 120-year history. There’s truly something for everyone in Heaton, with these establishments serving not only as a place for a day out, but as social hubs defining the area’s unique character and appeal.




Heaton is appealing for its variety of housing options, which cater to a wide range of preferences and budgets. Whether you’re looking for a family home or a place for yourself, Heaton offers terraced houses, flats, and semi-detached homes at competitive prices. The area is particularly known for its terraced houses, which were the most commonly sold type of property last year, showing a blend of affordability and character that attracts both families and individuals.


Those looking for a home in Newcastle will note that Heaton tends to be cheaper than its next-door neighbour, Jesmond, while offering many of the same style and quality of properties. The average property price in Heaton is reportedly £206,000, but prices can go as high as £600,000, and as low as £80,000, highlighting the range of property opportunities in this neighbourhood.


As well as this, Heaton represents opportunity for investment property seekers due to its rising popularity and gentrification, attracting a mix of students, young professionals, and families. The vibrant community, independent businesses, and proximity to Newcastle University and Northumbria University enhance its rental demand, making it a promising area for long-term investment.


Choosing Pat Robson & Co. for your Heaton property needs means partnering with a knowledgeable and dedicated sales and letting agent with a deep understanding of the Newcastle market. Whether you’re looking to invest in Heaton’s dynamic community or sell your property to the right buyer, our expertise and tailored approach ensure your real estate goals are met with exceptional service and results. See below for some examples of Heaton properties we have sold in the last few years.

Whether you’re looking to move in or out of Heaton, buying or renting, selling or letting, we are here to help. Get in touch with our experts today on 0191 20 90 100, or email us at info@patrobson.com


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