Where to buy a house in Nottingham to suit all budgets

by Housesimple on 2nd January 2020

Famous for the legend of Robin Hood, Boots, and Torvill and Dean, Nottingham boasts a wealth of heritage and cultural hotspots. Whether you’re a first-time-buyer, or looking to find your forever home, you’re bound to find your ideal spot in this thriving city.

With house prices averaging at £145,444, Nottingham is generally more affordable than its neighbouring cities, with houses in Derby costing on average £162,441, and Leicester at an average of £180,211. Not to mention, Nottingham was named the strongest property market in the UK in 2019.

So, where are the home-buying hotspots in this exciting city?


Considered by many to be the best village in Nottingham, with its steam trains, museums and a beautiful country park, this small village boasts British excellence.

Home to just over 7,000 residents, the village has a great community feel, with a wealth of independent businesses, high quality restaurants, quaint hotels and stunning scenery.

Houses in the area average at £290,243, putting it on the pricier side for Nottingham, however the village has a lot to offer in line with this.

With a few schools in the surrounding area, including the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ James Peacock infant school, the village is perfect for those planning for their family’s future.

Ruddington also boasts an extremely low crime rate compared to other areas of Nottingham, with just 37 crimes recorded in the month of October 2019.

West Bridgford

Just south of Nottingham city centre, West Bridgford boasts the City Ground, the home of double European Cup winners Nottingham Forest, as well as Trent Bridge, one of the oldest Test Match cricket grounds in the world.

But sport isn’t the town’s only asset. Often described as one of the best places to live in the West Midlands, West Bridgford is full of lovely parks and cosy pubs.

The town is home to a range of great schools, mostly rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Good’, though the crime rate is a little higher than some neighbouring areas, with a monthly average of 266 - something to be expected of a town so close to a major city centre

West Bridgford houses cost an average of £359,481, so this isn’t the cheapest of areas to live, but a thriving high street and proximity to picturesque villages and countryside helps justify the price tag.


Beeston is known for being one of the more sought after postcodes in Nottingham. Just over three miles west of the city-centre, the area has an array of shops, pubs, restaurants and other hotspots, and is recognised as a true up-and-coming choice for tourists.

With landmarks such as the Beeston Marina and the beautiful Highfields Park, the area boasts a picturesque uniqueness that helps it stand out from the city.

With 152 crimes recorded in October 2019, the crime rate is not the lowest in the area, but it is no cause for alarm.

There are a lot of schools in and around Beeston, including a number of Ofsted rated ‘Good’ schools, including Round Hill Primary, John Clifford Primary, Beeston Rylands Junior School and Alderman White High school.

Houses in Beeston cost an average of £219,276, which is more than the average for the city, however the area makes up for this by offering plenty to do, places to visit and a fantastic school offering.


Located just under six miles west of the city centre, Stapleford is a quick drive away from the beautiful Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park. The area is home to a selection of family-friendly locations and is known for its cosy community spirit.

176 crimes were recorded in October 2019, so there’s room for improvement, but the figure is no cause for concern.

Schools in the area tend to maintain a ‘Good’ standard according to Ofsted, including St. John’s C of E Primary, and Fairfield Academy, proving the area to be a suitable choice for those with little ones ready to make their next move.

On average, houses in Stapleford com in at £175,529, making it one of the more affordable options on the list. With a variation of properties available, Stapleford could be a great choice for families searching for their forever home.

Mapperley Park

This is one of Nottingham’s most popular areas to live, with everything from grand detached homes built in the 1800s to Victorian semis and modern new-build apartments.

Mapperley Park’s beautiful tree-lined avenues give it a rural feel and the area has a great central hub including bars, pubs and restaurants, as well as a vibrant shopping centre. There are a few schools nearby, including independent Hollygirt School on Elm Avenue, private education at the renowned Nottingham High School, as well as Jamia Al-Hudaa, an Islamic boarding school for girls.

Crime rates are higher than some areas of Nottingham, but no major cause for concern, with 172 crimes reported in October 2019.

Houses in this area come in at an average of £294,903, putting it in the upper half for prices, but there are a variety of types of property available at a lower price, so it really is an area for all budgets.

Thinking about moving to Nottingham? To view our homes for sale in the area, please visit our Nottingham property pages.

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