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High Barnes Area & Property Guide

Property to buy and rent in High Barnes Sunderland

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.


Properties in High Barnes

Property to buy and rent in High Barnes Sunderland

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.


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Things to do in High Barnes

Property to buy and rent in High Barnes Sunderland

Barnes Park is arguably High Barnes’ most notable attraction. After being awarded a regeneration grant in 2009, it’s been transformed into one of the city’s most popular natural locations, and is Sunderland’s largest park. Here, you’ll find play areas, tennis courts, a café and several walking trails; making it the perfect spot for a lazy Sunday afternoon with the family.

High Barnes also has some highly regarded restaurants, such as The Broadway (a steak house) and San Marino restaurant, which serves Italian cuisine.

If you’re looking for a good night out, then you can pop into local pubs along Chester Road, including The Chesters. From there, you can walk into the city centre which has a great selection of bars and restaurants to choose from. However, you could also go to quieter pub, such as the Rosedene on Queen Alexandra Road. Sunderland city centre in around a 10 minute walk away and there are also several local buses taking people into the city throughout the day.


High Barnes Amenities

Property to buy and rent in High Barnes Sunderland

Residents of High Barnes have virtually everything they need on their doorstep. It only takes a few minutes to walk to Sunderland train station, which has connections with Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Edinburgh and London.

There are also some lovely independent shops in the area, such as Lou’s Craft Ales which is a hit with locals; thanks to its excellent selection of speciality beers. Additionally, there are plenty of convenience stores and newsagents, such as the Spar shops on Chester Road and Ewesley Road.

Families with children will be happy to know that there are also some well-regarded schools in the vicinity. Barnes Infant and Junior School is situated in the heart of the region, and Richard Avenue Primary School is close to Barnes Park. The Barbara Priestman Academy, a specialist school for children on the autistic spectrum, is also nearby. The University City Campus and Sunderland Royal Hospital are within walking distance and the A19 is just a 2 minutes’ drive from High Barnes, making it a perfect area for those commuting to Newcastle, Durham and Middlesbrough. Doxford International Business Park and the Nissan Motor Manufacturing plant are also just a 5 to 10 minutes’ drive away.

For active residents, there are not only the running trails in Barnes Park, but also numerous sports facilities in the region. These include Barnes Basketball Courts and Sandhill Sports Centre, which has a swimming pool and gym.


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