The best places to live in Tyne and Wear

Tyne and Wear, a county in the North East that sits adjacent to the rivers Tyne and Wear, hence its name, is the location of some of our most popular new homes.

A diverse county, each of Tyne and Wear’s five metropolitan boroughs have their own distinctive personality. It is the county’s eclecticism that makes it so appealing to homebuyers. 

If you are considering moving into one of our new homes in Tyne and Wear, this guide will help you decide which borough to live in. 

Living in Sunderland 

A port city, residents of Sunderland enjoy unrestricted riverside views, making for pleasant running and cycling routes. Additionally, the city also has several public parks and green spaces including a number of heritage parks like Mowbray Park, Roker Park and Barnes Park. 

A city of culture, Sunderland has enjoyed several major regeneration projects over the years and has, since then, played host to a number of major music events including BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend with its Stadium of Light being one of the UK’s major concert venues – having hosted the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Coldplay, The Foo Fighters, and Rihanna in the past. 

The city is also home to the University of Sunderland, named one of the best universities in the world by the Times Higher Education in 2023. In addition to this great university, Sunderland is also home to 18 secondary schools and 76 primary schools.

A well connected city, from Sunderland Train Station, there are several daily services to the likes of London King’s Cross, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street, Leeds, and Birmingham New Street. The city also has a Metro tram service which makes it easy to get around. 

If you’re interested in Wellington Park and want to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Living in Newcastle

One of the most popular cities in the UK, Newcastle is generally considered to be one of the country’s core cities. In large part, this designation is due to the city’s famed nightlife – with specific streets carrying global reputations. Osborne Road, for example, is considered a must-visit destination for foodies, and Bigg Market is renowned for its brilliant selection of bars. 

Beyond the city’s bars and restaurants though, it’s also contributed significantly to the UK national identity. Being the home of both Greggs and Ant and Dec, it’s hard to argue that Newcastle has left an indelible mark on modern British culture.

With two railway stations – Newcastle Central Station offering services to the likes of London King’s Cross, Yorkshire, The Midlands, and various stations in Scotland, and the Manors Railway Station offering services to the likes of Morpeth, Chathill and Carlisle via Hexham – Newcastle is a well-connected city and also has a Metro tram service which makes getting around really easy. 

Additionally, the city also has one of the few international airports in the UK – Newcastle International Airport.  

There’s also completely free Wi-Fi access across Newcastle’s city centre – one of the first cities in the UK to enjoy this.  

In terms of academia, Newcastle is home to Newcastle University – one of the top 125 universities in the world. The university is home to a specialist medical school, a business school, a law school, and a school of computing, and is a member of the Russell Group – a group of 24 world class, research intensive universities.  

In addition to its university, Newcastle is also home to 74 primary schools and 20 secondary schools, many of which are critically acclaimed. 

A popular place to live, we have a number of new builds near Newcastle that we know you’ll love.

Please do get in touch if you’d like to find out more about living near this fantastic city.

Living in Gateshead 

Situated on the other side of the River Tyne, opposite Newcastle, the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead is largely rural – with over half of the borough forming part of the Green Belt. 

A scenic part of Tyne and Wear, Gateshead is home to a number of nature reserves and parks including notable protected green spaces like The Ryton Willows and The Derwent Walk – idyllic biodiverse habitats that are beautiful to stroll through. 

Gateshead is also known for its contribution to the UK’s arts scene, being home to the famous Angel of the North sculpture – the largest free-standing sculpture in the UK – and a number of renowned art galleries, like the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the Shipley Art Gallery, and the respected music centre - the Sage Gateshead. 

The borough is also known for the high standard of education its schools over, with 23 of its primary schools having received ‘Outstanding’ grades from Ofsted as of 2023, as well as three secondary schools. 

We have a number of a new builds near Gateshead, in the beautiful village of High Spen, currently available to buy so please do get in touch if you would like to find out about our Bradley Point development. 

Living in North Tyneside

A charming coastal borough of Tyne and Wear, North Tyneside is known for its sandy beaches and excellent golf courses. 

The region is not bereft of stunning cliffside views either, and with its beach front cafés (serving only the freshest seafood), perfectly preserved historical architecture and thriving nightlife, North Tyneside feels more like a vacation home than anything else.

That is not to say that North Tyneside is in any way disconnected from its more urban neighbours, with the borough benefitting from a number of direct bus services to the slightly busier Newcastle.  

In lieu of an airport, residents can also catch a ferry from the Royal Quay’s international terminal that will take them straight across to Amsterdam. 

If you think the beach-front life is for you, you may be interested in our Cygnet Park development. Situated just six miles away from Newcastle City Centre, our North Tyneside homes are ideally located for an easy, stress-free lifestyle. 

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to find out more about our homes at Cygnet Park.

Living in South Tyneside

Like North Tyneside, South Tyneside is also a coastal borough, offering stunning views of the River Tyne and the North Sea. 

The borough is known for its popular seaside resorts and its wealth of historical sites including Jarrow Hall – a museum that celebrates the life of the Venerable Bede, St Paul’s Monastery and the Arbeia Roman Fort – a key section of Hadrian’s Wall. 

A vibrant borough with plenty of character, South Tyneside is a rightfully celebrated region of Tyne and Wear and a big part of the county’s identity. 

If you would like to find out more about any of our homes in Tyne and Wear – whether its our development in Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead, or North Tyneside – please do get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to help you find your dream home.