Derby

If you’re looking for a place to settle down and raise a family, Derby is a great option. Located in Derbyshire, England, Derby is a town with plenty to offer its residents. There are several areas in Derby that are perfect for families, as well as some great schools and universities. In this guide, we will take a closer look at Derby and all that it has to offer prospective home buyers!

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Best places to live in Derby

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Where is Derby?

Derby is located in central England, making it the perfect location for those who commute to other cities such as Nottingham. It is situated on the River Derwent and has a population of around one hundred thousand people.

Areas in Derby

There are lots of areas within Derby that you could choose from if you’re looking for somewhere to live. For example:

Derby city centre – Derby city centre is perfect for those who want to be close to all the action. It’s home to a lively nightlife and plenty of restaurants and shops for you to visit.

St Thomas and Arboretum – This area is a lovely place to live if you want an inner-city location that’s also close by the coast. It has lots of parks and green spaces, including Markeaton Park which hosts an annual food festival called Derby Festé.

Allenton – Allenton is a great place for families to live if you want somewhere with affordable housing prices. It has lots of parks and green spaces, including Allenton Park, and a range of schools to choose from.

Chaddesden – Chaddesden is perfect for those who want to be close to the city centre but also have easy access to the countryside. It has some lovely parks like Chaddesden Park and Stenson Fields Recreation Ground, which are great places for walking your dog or taking kids on a bike ride.

Spondon – Spondon is well known as an area with large detached houses, so it’s popular among those looking for a bigger property. It has some lovely nearby parks such as Markeaton Park and Alvaston Park, both of which are great places to walk or exercise outdoors with friends or family members.

Universities in Derby

Derby has two universities,  the University of Derby and De Montfort University. Both universities have received high rankings in recent years, with the University of Derby being ranked as one of the top universities in the UK for employability.

University of Derby – The University of Derby has a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as strong links with businesses in the area. It’s also ranked highly for its employability, making it a great choice for those looking to start their career after university.

De Montfort University – De Montfort University is known for its arts and media courses, and also has a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Schools in Derby

There are a number of good schools in Derby, both state and private:

Merchant Taylors’ School – an independent school that has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. It takes both boys and girls up to the age of 18. In 2015, 35% of its students were awarded A* or A grades in their GCSEs.

Littleover Community School – a secondary school with around 1250 pupils. It was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2009 and 2013 but was downgraded to ‘good’ in 2017.

Derby High School – an independent school that takes both girls and boys from ages 13-18. In 2015, 64% of the school’s GCSE students received grades A*-C.

The Moravian School – a private, Christian school with just over 200 students. It has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted on all occasions it has been inspected.

Population of Derby

Derby’s population is around 250,000 people, making it the seventh-largest city in England. It’s a diverse and multicultural city, with a wide range of different cultures represented.

Reviews in Derby

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Review Date Jul 2022

We live on a quiet street with good neighbours. We are a corner plot so our front garden has a visibility concrete strip going through it which is pointless.

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We like the design, that’s why we chose it. It’s spacious and detached on a quiet street with no through road. I would hate to be on the main route in to the estate. The building management has been very poor.

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Ensure you have everything in writing from millers and take lots of photos on the walk round.

What is the best feature of your home:

It’s OUR home and we will continue to develop it to make it our own.

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We’ve been happy with the build although had a few snags

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Review Date Jul 2022

The nearest shop is a convenience coop on a neighbouring estate 5 mins drive away – nothing really within walking distance.
There are a few pubs/restaurants within walking distance – especially now hackwood farm has expanded to also be a restaurant.
I don’t think there is a particularly close bus stop – I image you’d need to walk towards mickleover, we’ve always taken a taxi into town if we don’t want to drive – about £10 fare.
Parking availability is good – most properties have drives for 1-2 cars plus a garage and on street parking also available.
There is a primary school at the entrance to the estate which is very useful if you have kids, however it is a nightmare getting in or out of the estate at pickup/dropoff times due to all the cars trying to park close to the school. It would be helpful if a system were set up or parents not asked to park on the estate.

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We love our Stainsby, the hall and landing are very open and bright and all bedrooms of reasonable size.
We’ve been happy with the build although had a few snags, easier stuff seems to get fixed within a few weeks of raising however when contractors are involved it has taken longer/still waiting.

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I was expecting all the walls to be white but they are actually a pale yellow. I would have preferred white

What is the best feature of your home:

Open and bright hallway/landing or the visual appeal of the externals

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Beautiful, warm and homely.

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Review Date Jul 2022

Houses are a nice distance apart which makes the estate look less cramped than other local housing estates. Looking forward to the Hackwood farm development to be completed.

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Lovely property we had a few teething issues with toilets and showers which needed to be fixed a few times. Not a fan of the shared drive or basic garage construction. Due to pandemic resource availability seemed to be a problem for millers and their sub contracting team. Now we are out of our time and resolving the issues ourselves. The design is lovely and exactly what we were looking for.

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How long it would of taken to finish the garden ie level and grass before we could let the kids out.

What is the best feature of your home:

The hallway which joins all the of the living spaces together.

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Make sure you think about the developer you want

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Review Date Jul 2022

No shops, no GP, park has only just opened. Road quality is poor, full of mud. No transport links.
Hackwood farm is quality but that was there before housing was built. No problems with people living here or the council. Just the developers

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Things they promise don’t add up.
Soon learn build quality is not as good as you expected
Cut corners with some items and fittings.
Also only as good as the fitter, electrician, labourer who does the work. Seems like the work experience did most of it.

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Land quality re drainage
Road closures nearby
School parking situation – twice a day it’s dangerous

What is the best feature of your home:

Looks smart from the outside and we have made it look nice. Quite economical with heating.

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