Area Guide

Passing Bolton School on your way out of the town, you enter the area of Heaton with its tree lined main road and wide range of property types, much sought after as ‘the number one place to live’ in Bolton.

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Just two miles from the centre of Bolton, Heaton was first recorded as a township in the ancient district of Deane in 1227 as Heton (from the old English heah and tun meaning enclosed ground on high land) and then Heton under Horewich (Heaton under the forest) in 1332. Bordered by the River Croal to the south and following the main road from Bolton to Chorley, Heaton contains the district of Markland Hill. With impressive historic properties alongside pre and post war developments and impressive modern homes, Heaton is considered by many to be Bolton’s premier residential area.

Properties in Heaton

Regarded by many to be Bolton’s premier league residential area, prices can very easily go well beyond the £2,000,000 mark for private, gated, bespoke dwellings and properties on executive developments can demand more than £500,000 and bungalows commanding in excess of £300,000. Apartment living can also be quite expensive, with some properties for sale or rent in Heaton being offered at a significant premium over similar properties elsewhere, although Albert Road West and Thomasson Court (Devonshire Road) do have more reasonably priced options for rent or occasionally for sale. Some good news for first time buyers or buyers looking to upsize though, with terraced properties in walk in condition available for around £130,000 on Markland Hill Lane, semi detached homes off New Hall Lane, behind Heaton Library, coming available from £100,000 up to £170,000 and semi detached properties on Thornbeck Road and Hexham Avenue coming on the market for around £180,000 to £200,000. Demand is always high for properties in Heaton given its popularity and variety of property types.

Leisure and Outdoors

Sitting as it does on a main arterial route, Heaton offers easy access to all of Boltons leisure and outdoor facilities. For fans of the ancient game, Regents Park and Bolton Golf Club are just minutes away and are as much social establishments as they are sporting ones. Chorley New Road and its offshoots are a perennial favourite with joggers and cyclists (as it is predominantly flat thank goodness) with slopes to either side should the need for challenge arise. For the more adventurous, a short rise through Markland Hill leads to Doffcocker and High Rid, picturesque areas popular with walkers (and on the route to Winter Hill for the really serious!) Heaton Cricket Club sits to the north of the area as do many of the local pubs, with Retreat, on Chorley New Road – particularly popular when the sun shines – and The Victoria Inn (Fannies to the locals) two more of Heatons favourites.

Schools, Shopping and Transport

The imposing frontage of Bolton School, with its nursery, infants, junior and senior schools, sits just minutes from the town centre on Chorley New Road. There are also several local schools supporting Heaton and the surrounding areas including Devonshire Road, St Thomas of Canterbury, Clevelands and Markland Hill Primary School with Smithills,  Thornleigh and Canon Slade accessible using regular school bus routes.

There are numerous small shops and takeaways in the area, with Morrisons Chorley Old Road nearby. As the main artery from Bolton to Horwich and Chorley, the Middlebrook retail park is only minutes away where supermarkets and big name brands sit alongside restaurants (and KFC for the kids!) in the shadow of course of the mighty Macron Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers!

Access to the motorway network is just ten minutes away and there are Manchester bound railway stations at both Lostock and Middlebrook  to compliment the frequent bus services to both Bolton and Horwich and Chorley.

Property for sale or rent in Heaton, Bolton

Property for sale or rent in Heaton, Bolton