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Durham is a city of around 40,000 residents in the north-west of England, located south-west of Sunderland and north of Darlington. It sits on the River Wear, and the area has been inhabited since 995 AD.

The city’s main trade in the 19th century, like much of the region, was coal mining. Almost every village in County Durham had a coal mine, and although the coal industry has long since declined, its heritage lives on in Durham and the surrounding areas.

Today, it’s a bustling university town, with Durham University widely regarded as one of the best institutions of higher education in the UK. It’s also the country’s third-oldest university, after Oxford and Cambridge.

Durham’s castle and cathedral are UNESCO world heritage sites, and there are over 600 listed buildings in the city. However, for a city steeped in such a rich history, it’s very much invested in its future, with a large amount of growth and development. It’s little wonder that houses for sale in Durham are so sought-after!

If you’ve been thinking of buying a house in Durham, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together our insiders’ tips on the best areas to live in the city, as well as essential information about the quality of life, transport, schools, and of course, house prices.

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If you need advice for first-time buying in Durham – or if you’re looking for a reliable mortgage broker in the North East – don’t hesitate to contact us today.

We’re experts on all things mortgage-related (and our services are always 100% free).

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