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Darlington is superbly placed for commuting to Newcastle, Teeside, Durham and Yorkshire. The A1(M) motorway north and south runs next to the town. The Durham Tees Valley Airport is local enough for flights to local and foreign airports.

With the residential market still recovering and prices below the national average, Darlington has seen a massive increase in the buy to let sector with a wide range of tenants ranging from local authority tenants to student nurses.

Darlington has long been a centre for engineering, particularly bridge building. Bridges built in Darlington are found as far away as the River Nile and the Amazon River. The large engineering firm Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company still has its headquarters in the town. The firm built the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge and the Humber Bridge, as well as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. One of the leading engine building firms, Cummins, has major premises in Darlington, and it houses the industrial headquarters of AMEC.

Darlington offers a wide variety of housing stock and in the last decade has seen much regeneration and new build housing estate. There are a wide variety of Victorian, Edwardian and cottage properties in villages such as Hurworth and Sadberge.

Darlington's market varies widely with properties selling from as little as £20,000 to semi-rural properties selling at £1 million. Popular for many residents due to the many schools, universities, hospitals and links to cities close by. The most popular properties being the lower end stock for the Buy to Let market, bungalows and £150,000 price bracket which are in short supply.

Renting in Darlington opens up massive potential for landlords with all areas being popular, especially West End and Denes due to the ever increasing student market offering superb yields. The West End and other residential areas also prove to be of high demand with private schooling on offer. Rentals in Darlington vastly vary from £200pcm to £1500pcm.

Darlington is popular with everyone of all ages. You have the Darlington Civic Theatre which opened its doors in 1907 and still attracts a huge audience week in and week out. The leisure centre at the dolphin centre offers a range of activates from swimming to squash. You also have a cinema and a new development which will see a muliti screen cinema open in the next 5 years.

The main railway stations in the immediate local area which give access to a wide variety of destinations. Close to Darlington city centre the delaightful Victorian park, South Park, offers tranquil gardens and play areas for all the family to enjoy. Darlington's road links to the A66 and A19 means it also benefits from easy access to the North Yorkshire Moors and seaside resorts.

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