Happy in Hexham: We visit the city of Northumberland, which has been chosen as the happiest place to live

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When I drive to Hexham, I cross a solid stone bridge that spans over the Tyne. Satnav is set for the market, but forget to park there or for a short stay.

I’m actually forced back down the hill to the huge parking lot at Waitrose. There aren’t many spaces here either. Maybe everyone is flocking to Hexham after the Rightmove website announced this week that it is the happiest city in the UK.

Or is it just a normal working day: Northumberland is a huge county and it’s the only real place to shop if you live between Newcastle and Carlisle.

Social: Hexham Market. The market town was a central settlement in the medieval conflicts and wars between Scotland and England

Luckily, it’s only a short walk up Hallgate from the parking lot to the market, which is enough to figure out the demographics of this northern market town.

Hallgate is a winding row of beautiful Georgian houses – there’s a memorial mason, an elegant hair salon, three cafes, four art galleries. In Waitrose.

The huge, invincible cube of the old prison in the center of the city is reminiscent of a more turbulent history.

It was a front-line settlement in the medieval conflicts and wars between Scotland and England.

This noble, heroic William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace terrorized Northumbrio in 1297 – which Mel Gibson managed to omit from his film – even though the monks of Hexham Abbey made a deal to save the city.

If today’s residents are enthusiastic about the Rightmove Award, they hide it well. The kiosk has not read the newspapers describing Hexham’s triumph.

But at the craft bakery Grateful Bread on Market Street, they tell me, ‘Yeah, they’re lucky enough here.’

Informative welcome: Hexham boasts elegant shops, a lively High Street and the ancient kingdom of Northumbria on its doorstep - as well as rows of beautiful Georgian houses

Informative welcome: Hexham boasts elegant shops, a lively High Street and the ancient kingdom of Northumbria on its doorstep – as well as rows of beautiful Georgian houses

I buy one of the fine sourdough breads at the store, noting that the £ 4 price would not be in place in the second happiest place on Rightmove’s list, elegant Richmond in south-west London.

The story that made the biggest difference in the city is not Two of Right’s victories (Happy Gong also won in 2019), but a description of Hexham as “the best market place in the UK” in Country Life. That was in 2005.

Some residents here describe the real estate market as BCL and ACL – before and after rural life.

The houses on offer, however, are far from the ‘small, spare, rough’ hut that writer Joan Aiken came across when she first came here in the 1930s. But like many Southerners, she stayed.

I find a few people who aren’t too happy: real estate agents. This may seem strange. After all, a great real estate website has just given their site a huge success.

At Pattinson real estate agents located on the beautifully named Priestpoppl, manager and senior appraiser Marc Hydelman told me that prices have “jumped”. And as a real estate agent, you should be satisfied – compared to last year, we are 60 percent higher. Noro. ‘ He is also happy to have moved here from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire 29 years ago.

So why the accident? “Supply cannot keep up with demand,” says Mr Hydelman. This makes it difficult to find real estate for sale in downtown Hexham.

“The lack of supply affects both rental and sales,” agrees Ed Seymour of Foster Maddison. “Some sellers are pushing for prices, but good stocks are selling fast – often above the asking price. At the closing dates, we had more of the best and final offers than we ever had – it sounds great, but sales volumes are still falling sharply.

Hexham is handsome and kind. Nevertheless, I can only cite half a dozen English market places I have visited in the last three years and which could compete with it.

Hexham is handsome and kind. Nevertheless, I can only list half a dozen English market towns that I have visited in the last three years and that can compete with: Malvern, Tetbury, Shaftesbury, Uppingham, Diss, Market Harborough.

What you don’t get in these cities is an average price below £ 300,000 for a house. Nor do you get the ancient kingdom of Northumbria on your doorstep.

When the winter light fades, I drive north to part of Hadrian’s Wall in Carrawburgh. Here, submerged in a peasant field, are the remains of a temple dedicated to the Roman god Mithras.

This is not the most impressive Roman ruin. Then I look north and south and see the most magnificent English county that stretches as far as the eye can see. No souls in sight. And that makes a lot of people happy.

In the square … Happy homes

Bellingham: This cottage in Bellingham, 16 miles north of Hexham and close to Northumberland National Park, has two bedrooms. Pattinson, 01434 605 376. £ 165,000

Hexham: This four-bedroom house is located on Laurel Road on the outskirts of town. There is one garage and the property is surrounded by forest. Red Hot Property, 01434 601 800. £ 375,000

Fourstones: Gables has five bedrooms, beautiful views of the countryside and is a ten minute drive from Hexham. The house is located in the village of Fourstones. Finest Properties, 01434 622 234. £ 565,000

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