The leafy suburb of Cottam blends commuter convenience with access to the countryside.
Feed the ducks, take to a canoe or get on your bike and experience the great outdoors in the suburban retreat of Cottam.
Closest primary school: Cottam Primary School
Distance: 600m, 10 min walk
Ofsted rating: Good
Closest secondary school:
Ashton Science College
Distance: 2.1km, 10 min drive
Ofsted rating: Good
Family rating: 59% (Good)
According to Property Detective this area is an ideal place to settle and raise a family, with a score of 59 out of a possible 100, Cottam receives a ‘Good’ rating on family friendliness.
The area has become one of the most sought after locations in Lancashire for commuters who want the peacefulness of suburbia but with the convenience of an easy drive to the city.
In fact, Cottam’s only a 10-minute drive to Preston and with its multiple bus links to the city and the far coast, it has become a must see for potential new home owners.
Once a rural area with mainly farms and the odd house, Cottam has seen a growing population in recent years and an expansion in the number of new developments.
New developments haven’t taken over the natural beauty of the area though as Cottam still maintains its countryside feel with an abundance of green space as well as the famous Lancaster Canal — perfect for wildlife spotting.
If you’re more a sporting hero than a bird watcher however, residents can also take full advantage of the neighbouring University of Central Lancashire Sports Arena. Whether it’s athletics, rugby, tennis or just the beautiful game this premier multi-sports venue will keep the entire family active all year round.
“Cottam really is one of the most desirable locations near Preston,” Amanda Allitt, branch manager of local estate agent, Oystons, says. “With a mixture of old and new-builds including bungalows, semi-detached houses and town houses, Cottam has a great mixture of property.”
“Property in the area has a rough starting price of £150,000 but there are also shared ownership schemes available. “However, prices can go as high as a million pounds,” Amanda
explains. And with play parks, ponds and plenty of cycle routes to keep the little ones entertained, Cottam is an unrivaled location for families who love the great outdoors. “And for dogs too!” Amanda adds.