You have heard the well-worn phrase about location being one of the most important reasons for buying a property and when it comes to the South Yorkshire villages of Dore and Totley, you can see what they mean.
These two villages are perched on the extremities of the borders of Yorkshire and offer a distinctly unique living experience depending on which one you choose, with great access to a cosmopolitan existence when you want it, just a short drive away.
It is little wonder that people are enthusiastically buying investment property with Blundells and other local agents so that they buy into the lifestyle on offer.
The villages of Dore and Totley are in South Yorkshire and this once industrial heartland has subsequently been transformed into a region that offers everything that the 21st Century dweller would want on their doorstep.
Anyone with a particular passion for shopping, music, sport and culture or family attractions and nightlife, will find that this area caters for all these things in abundance.
According to local legend, was the subject of a fight between King Eggbert of Wessex and King Eanred of Northumbria back in the 9th century, and some onlookers might argue that you may have to pay the equivalent of a King’s ransom to wrestle some of the more upmarket properties into your possession.
Large Victorian mansions are a regular feature as you travel in and around Dore and you will also encounter a fair number of sweeping drives leading to some exclusive properties nestled behind walls and trees.
The desirability of Dore is explainable when you consider not just the look and feel of the village and its properties, but also consider its close proximity to Sheffield City Centre and access to sprawling countryside, as you head to Blackamoor on the edge of the Peak District.
The village of Dore is quite compact and yet there is a plethora of shops and places to eat. It lies on a hill above the River Sheaf and enjoys a reputation of being one of Sheffield’s wealthiest suburbs.
The village of Totley also has some ancient history to refer to and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Totinglee.
Totley and Dore are neighbouring villages but they offer a contrasting experience for visitors and residents. Any observation that Totley is the poor relation are fiercely rebuked by residents who are proud of their sprawling and busy village and the lifestyle it offers.
The same scenario applies with Totley as it does with Dore in respect of its location being a major selling point. Perched on the edge of the city of Sheffield and yet close to nature with Peak District moors to explore, Totley has a variety of eateries and pubs to choose from and if you are dog-walker, hiker or biker, its close proximity to the Peak District gives it a magnetic appeal.
A sense of community is strongly felt in Totley and when it was decided that Green Oak Park was in need of a spruce up, there was no shortage of local volunteers offering to plant flowers and help to turn it into a pleasant local oasis.
There is definitely a friendly rivalry between the residents of Dore and Totley and whilst you may find that house prices in Dore can be a bit steeper compared to their near neighbours, both places definitely have the same feel of shared responsibilities amongst the residents.
Both Dore and Totley are attractive to families looking to move to an area that offers a good range of educational resources as well as being able to provide a number of leisure activities that are just on your doorstep.
There are approximately 7,000 households spread between the two villages and this gives both of the areas a strong community-minded outlook, which explains the attraction of living there and makes for a great environment to raise a family in or retire to.
Dore and Totley share a railway station which is on the Sheffield-Manchester Hope Valley line, so you have great access to the city for work or shopping and yet you can just as easily take a quick stroll from the village and find yourself surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Discovering the villages of Dore and Tetley is a pleasurable experience and you can soon understand why house buyers view properties with an S17 postcode, as somewhere they would want to live.
Max Carson is an avid traveler with a mission. After seeking out the greatest, most beautiful, and fascinating locations across the UK, he loves blogging about his adventures and what he learns along the way.