Best Places To Live In County Durham

With breath-taking scenery, rolling hills, stunning coasts and an array of market towns and unique villages, the county of Durham is an excellent place to live. It’s so fantastic in fact, that choosing where to live in County Durham can be a challenge.

Whether you want to live in the city, by the sea, or surrounded by idyllic countryside, County Durham has something for you.

In this blog, we are going to share some of the best (and most affordable) places to live in County Durham. At Accent Housing, we are a housing association with many homes in County Durham, so we know a thing or two about the area.

Best Places To Live In County Durham (That Are Also Affordable!)

The residents of County Durham are proud of their towns and villages. From Stanley to Easington Colliery, most towns in the area have a strong sense of community and the locals have only positive things to say about their hometowns.

County Durham has something for everyone. And Accent Housing aims to provide quality homes for everyone.

Whether you are a family looking for a forever home, a senior looking for sheltered accommodation or a couple looking for an affordable flat, there will be something for you in one of the many towns and villages of County Durham.

Bishop Auckland

Bishop Auckland is a bustling market town with a rich history and a beautiful location – sitting in a meander overlooking the River Wyre. It offers access to the surrounding countryside, whilst still being within easy access to Durham city.

The town has undergone lots of improvements in recent years, which can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of The Auckland Project. The up and coming town is also expected to see future improvements, including new attractions and a transformation of the town centre.

The town is a great place to raise a family with its selection of excellent schools. Plus, it is ideally located less than 30 minutes drive from Durham City and Middlesbrough and less than 50 minutes from Sunderland.


Consett is even closer to Durham city! This desirable town is a popular place to live in County Durham.

Located on the edge of the Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Consett offers spectacular countryside, affordable house prices and new and improved town infrastructure. It’s an excellent place for outdoor lovers who enjoy walking and cycling.

The small yet busy town centre also has plenty going for it with an impressive high street that showcases a mix of national and independent stores.

Plus, regeneration projects have led to new school academy buildings, a purpose-built multi-sports leisure centre and swimming pool and additional improvements to the town.

Both Bishop Auckland and Consett ranked high in the Northern Echo’s poll of “best towns to live in across County Durham”. The poll included votes from 2,500 County Durham residents.


Peterlee is a great place to live. In a prime location, situated between Hartlepool, Sunderland and Durham, this charming town has the Durham coast to its East and lush countryside to its north, south and west!

The spectacular Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve is the gem of Peterlee, offering a range of scenic woodland walks and trails along with an abundance of wildlife.

The town also has an impressive leisure centre, which recently underwent a £2m revamp and now features a gym, two swimming pools, Swim England swim classes, badminton and squash courts, multipurpose studios and spin bikes.

Peterlee is close to a number of outstanding schools and also offers affordability, particularly when it comes to house prices!

Finding An Affordable Home In County Durham

Renting privately often means paying over the odds without future security. But renting from a housing association, such as Accent Housing, means you are guaranteed an affordable quality home. If you are looking for an affordable home in County Durham, we can help.

Accent Housing has a wide range of homes throughout the North, East and South of England, including homes in County Durham.

You can search and apply for your next home through the dedicated County Durham page on our website or with Let’s Move – our dedicated application system. Creating an account on Let’s Move is easy. Just put in a few details, such as your name, email address and a password.

Then, once your account is verified, you can begin to apply for homes in County Durham. Our website is updated regularly with new property listings. You can even set up alerts so you never miss an opportunity.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about finding a home in County Durham, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.

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