Although the North East's shipbuilding and heavy industry is now long gone, regeneration in the area has attracted numerous big companies specialising in IT and digital services to the region. Homes for key workers have sprung up across the locale and these blend in well with older properties.
Property in the North East comes in many shapes and sizes. The cities of Newcastle, Middleborough and Sunderland often have five-bedroom detached family homes, luxury apartments and maisonettes available to buy. Further afield, in the Northumberland countryside, you might find the stone cottage of your dreams.
Other property options in the area can include: two-bedroom terraced houses in popular areas, detached bungalows in spacious corner plots, immaculate and well-proportioned three-bedroom detached family homes, and attractively appointed four-bedroom houses situated on the edge of the National Park.
It's easy to get to the North East. Motorway access is from the south, the west and from Scotland (the A1, A66 and A69 are direct connections from the M6). Trains from London take two and a half hours, while Newcastle International Airport connects with direct flights from around the UK and worldwide.
Newcastle University is well known for its international outlook. There are numerous colleges across the North East that offer part-time adult education (afternoon and night classes). Moreover, the number of good state primary and secondary schools across the region runs into hundreds.
Finally, when seeking property to buy in the North East, don't just restrict yourself to searching in the main cities. In pretty towns and fishing villages, such as Morpeth, Alnwick, Brandon and Seahouses, there can often be some little gems that could be the perfect place to reside for many years to come.