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HOW COSTLY IS A HOME NEAR YOUR FAVOURITE FOOTBALL GROUND? We've looked at property prices in the nearest streets to some of Greater Manchester's football grounds to find out what it costs to live next door to your heroes.

OVE going to the big game but fed up with getting stuck in the match traffic? LHave you ever fancied living a stone's throw away from the stadium, close enough to soak up the atmosphere from your front garden? We've looked at property prices in the nearest streets to some of Greater Manchester's football grounds to find out what it might cost you to live next door to your heroes.

BURY FC -GIGG LANE, BURY Closest street: Birch-Lea Close Average house price: PS153,963 Last sale: Back in 2013, a three double-bed detached with garage on Birch-Lea Close sold for PS165,000 For the most devout football fans, having a house that shares its address with the name of your club's ground must be the ultimate property buzz.

After Manchester City left their former Maine Road home, Bury is now the only league club in Greater Manchester to have a ground named after the road it sits on, even if sponsorship means it is currently called The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.

However, for proximity to the pitch centre circle, we think the closest homes lie on Birch-Lea Close to the south of the stadium.

This quiet cul-de-sac contains good sized detached family homes screened from the back of the Les Hart Stand by a row of trees.

For those who can't resist having a Gigg Lane address, average prices on this road are estimated to be around PS50,000 less than Birch-Lea Close.

The green back of the Gigg Lane stand is visible between these homes on Birch-Lea Close ROCHDALE FC -SPOTLAND STADIUM, SANDY LANE, ROCHDALE Closest street: Sandy Lane Average house price: PS101,857 Last sale: A three-bed semi sold for PS98,000 in July this year.

Home to The Dale since 1920, Spotland Stadium, currently known as Crown Oil Arena, sits on Sandy Lane, to the north west of Rochdale town centre.

The tree-lined road is made up of predominately semi-detached family homes and runs inbetween the football ground to the east and Danehurst Park to the west, which features a fruit orchard and formal garden.

It's close enough to the town's facilities but a walk to the railway station will take you around 40 minutes.

OLDHAM FC, BOUNDARY PARK, OLDHAM Closest street: Furtherwood Road Average house price: PS77,208 Last sale: A three-bed end of terrace sold for PS82,000 in November 2016.

Boundary Park is the third highest football ground in the English league and it is generally accepted to be the coldest.

Indeed, ex Latics manager Joe Royle nicknamed the ground Ice Station Zebra, so good insulation would be a must if you're house hunting nearby.

You can't live much closer to a football ground than on Furtherwood Road, with homes looking directly at the main entrance to Boundary Park.

So, if leaving your house at 2.59pm and still making it in time for kick off at 3.00pm sounds appealing then this is the street for you.

STOCKPORT COUNTY FC, EDGELEY PARK STADIUM, EDGELEY, STOCKPORT Closest street: Hardcastle Road Average house price: PS167,394 Last sale: A two-up two-down terrace featuring a stylish mix of Victorian pale and Accrington brick PS163,000 (Sept 2017).

Situated to the south west of Stockport town centre, Edgeley Park has been home to Stockport County since 1902, despite the club being relegated from the football league in 2011.

The ground was purchased by the council in 2015 and is now leased back to the club.

Edgeley Park is typical of a football ground of its vintage, surrounded by rows of Victorian terrace housing, though in later years the suburb has seen the addition of high rise flats close to the commercial centre on Castle Street.

Some larger Victorian family housing can be found close to nearby Alexandra Park.

Similar to Furthwood Road in Oldham, Hardcastle Road residents can see the comings and goings through the stadium's main entrance. You could probably see what's going on in the boardroom through your bedroom window.

ALTRINCHAM FC, MOSS LANE, HALE Closest road: Moss Lane Average house price: PS298,155 Last sale: two-bedroom semidetached PS248,000 A 15-minute stroll away from Altrincham train and tram interchange lies the home of Altrincham FC.

The Robins have a history of causing FA Cup upsets against league opposition but now find themselves playing in the Northern Premier League, the seventh tier of English football.

Despite being the lowest ranked club in our list, they sit clear at the top of the house price league, which is hardly unexpected with a Hale address.

In fact, Moss Lane is only one mile away from Broadway in Hale, home to the most expensive houses in the region, where the average price is an eye watering PS2,879,572.

Moss Lane is more affordable with a mix of three-bed semis and two-bed terraces.

Altrincham has always had high property prices fuelled by a desire to be close to good schools. Now with a resurgence of the town centre, Moss Lane might offer some of the best value property for the area.

SALFORD CITY FC, THE PENINSULA STADIUM, MOOR LANE, SALFORD Closest street: Moor Lane Average house price: PS163,451 Last sale: four-bed detached sold for PS312,000 in July 2017.

There can't be many residential addresses that give you a football stadium on one side of the road and the open moorland of a nature reserve on the other.

But that's what you get with Moor Lane in Salford. The road cuts between the home of Salford City, now under the joint ownership of some of Manchester United's class of '92, and Kersal Moor, eight hectares of moorland and one of the largest open spaces close to Manchester.

The Moor features in the famous painting by artist William Wyld -'A View of Manchester' -commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1852.

There is every type of property on Moor Lane, from small flats and apartments to large detached family homes.

Sale prices this year have ranged from PS60,000 to PS312,000, meaning there is likely to be something to suit most needs and budgets.

MANCHESTER CITY, ETIHAD STADIUM Closest road: Ashton New Road Average house price: PS79,848 Last sale: A three-bed terrace on Ashton New Road in nearby Openshaw sold in March this year for PS90,000 Being a new purpose-built ground, the former City of Manchester Stadium, located off Ashton New Road, doesn't quite have the same density of surrounding housing that its predecessor Maine Road had.

That said, there are still a high number of homes close by, with Victorian terraces often sitting next to new build apartment blocks and stylish modern family estates.

Some of Manchester's largest new regeneration developments sit in this part of town and there are more exciting plans ahead for the area, spearheaded by the football club's Abu Dhabi owners.

Many people see East Manchester as the next property boom in the city, with its mix of mill conversions and new build schemes.

MANCHESTER UNITED, OLD TRAFFORD Closest street: Railway Road Average house price: PS159,886 Last sale: A three-bed semi sold for PS172,000 in January this year, PS122,000 more than it was purchased for back in 2000.

Head down Sir Matt Busby Way towards Old Trafford and 100 yards before you reach the East Stand is Railway Road.

This residential street runs parallel to The Sir Bobby Charlton stand, just over the railway track, with back gardens on the north side of the street having an uninterrupted view of the stadium's cantilever roofs.

Not only do Railway Road residents have the football stadium on their doorstep, they are also only a 10-minute walk from Old Trafford cricket ground and a short hop across the bridge to Salford Quays and MediaCity.

There is a mix of flats, 2-bed terraces and 3-bed semis on Railway Road and, according to the Land Registry, six homes have been sold in the past two years.

BOLTON WANDERERS, MACRON STADIUM, HORWICH, BOLTON Closest street: Holbeck Close Average house price: PS207,830 Last sale: Two years ago, a four-bed detached sold for PS229,950 For a ground surrounded by retail and commercial property and flanked by the M61 motorway, the closest residential homes to the Macron are a stroll away through Middlebrook shopping centre.

Holbeck Close backs onto the playing fields of St Joseph's High School and the stadium floodlights are visible from the homes, rising over the roofs of Poundworld and Sports Direct.

Built in the late 1990s, Holbeck Close offers terraces, semi-detached and detached homes and, as it's walking distance to Middlebrook, saves on car parking charges for those Saturday afternoon shopping trips.

WIGAN ATHLETIC FC, DW STADIUM, WIGAN Closest street: Montrose Avenue Average house price: PS80,736 Last sale: A terraced house sold for PS75,000 in November 2016 Another newer stadium situated on a retail park makes it difficult to pinpoint the closest homes.

For walking distance, Montrose Avenue is probably just about as near as you can get to the stadium, with a Wacky Warehouse, a cinema and bingo hall to tempt you on the way.

A mix of terraces with on-road parking and semi-detached homes with driveways feature with the arch of the stadium roof visible right down the street.

Sources: Average street house prices -Zoopla Zed-Index; Last sale prices -Rightmove house prices


Birch-Lea Close in Bury

Sandy Lane in Rochdale

Hardcastle Street in Stockport

Altrincham FC's Moss Lane stadium

Railway Road in Old Trafford

Bolton Wanderers' Macron Stadium

Moor Lane, Salford (All images: Dominic Salter)
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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 12, 2017
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