High Barnes is a very popular residential suburb in Sunderland. Equidistant to both the city centre and A19, it offers the best of both worlds; a more laid-back suburban lifestyle, combined with all the attractions of a major city close at hand. There are many local amenities including, Barnes Park, local shopping facilities on Chester Road and lovely walks into the city centre or across the countryside to Penshaw Monument and Herrington Country Park; a perfect place to have an afternoon stroll, or an early morning run!
The area was little more than fields until the Middle Ages, when the land was owned by a succession of wealthy families; the Daltons, the Bowes, the Ettricks and the Pembertons. These four families provided the names for the four houses at nearby Barnes Junior School. High Barnes suffered significant damage in World War II, after bombs destroyed several houses on Colchester Terrace and Nora Street. However, the area has recovered so well that no sign of this remains.
In addition to the city itself, residents of High Barnes will enjoy the proximity to some of the North-East’s most attractive beaches, such as Roker and Seaburn. Both of these can be reached in just a few minutes. As for the area itself? There are plenty of amenities for the locals; including restaurants, convenience stores, shops and more. All this, combined with easy access to Millfield Metro Station.
The property market in High Barnes is varied, with everything on offer; from cosy single story terraced bungalows, which are unique to Sunderland and known as cottages, to spacious detached houses. You’ll also find there’s a huge variety of architectural styles for homebuyers to choose from.
There are some attractive Victorian and Georgian properties for those who prefer period accommodation; with many retaining their original features. Some of the smaller terraced period properties are excellent for first-time buyers, as they offer a good balance of character and generous dimensions, without a hefty price-tag.
The area is also well-known for its characterful dormer cottages, with their deceptively spacious layout inside. These are usually popular and tend to be snapped up quickly.
For a bit more space, buyers may gravitate towards the 1920s and 1930s semi-detached homes, as these often come with driveways and gardens. There are also some large detached properties in High Barnes, which are excellent for those with growing families.
Contemporary accommodation is also well-represented. There are many modern properties in this area; from retro 1970s and 1980s homes, to new-build developments. Although there aren’t a large number of apartments on the market, they do become available occasionally, and are ideal for professional couples or new buyers.