With approximately a third of the city lying within the Peak District National Park and an international reputation for steel production in the Industrial Revolution, Sheffield is a beautiful juxtaposition of industry and nature.
The former steel town is credited with innovations such as the development of crucible and stainless steel, and yet thanks to its reputed 2 million trees, is also known as the greenest city in Europe. This backdrop has led to the city being the setting for films such as The Fully Monty and The History Boys, and cult favourite The Princess Bride filmed several scenes in Sheffield.
Building from massive growth in the 19th century, fuelled by its part in the industrial revolution, Sheffield is currently undergoing extensive regeneration, with a range of new investment projects rapidly changing the face the of the city.
Sheffield has also played a key part in the sporting history of the UK, being home to the world’s oldest football club, non-league Sheffield FC! The city has also hosted the World Snooker Championship at its illustrious Crucible Theatre for nearly 40 years.
Students flock to Sheffield to attend one of its top universities. They have range of nightlife and cultural experiences to enjoy whilst studying in the city. They, like other young workers and business leaders, are also drawn to the city due to its strong transport links. By road, Sheffield is accessible via the M1 and M18, and train routes in and out of the city take passengers to major destinations including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and up into Scotland. This network is set to receive a further boost, with Sheffield being named as a stop in the current plans for the HS2 high speed train line.
Considering all the benefits of living in the city, house prices in Sheffield remain comfortably below the national average. However, they are also rising nicely, offering home-owners and investors a good amount of capital appreciation.
All in all, Sheffield offers both residents and investors and wealth of lifestyle and economic benefits.