Local area guide

John German Estate Agents sell and let all types of property in Derby and its surrounding villages. This guide aims to give you an insight into what it is like to live here.


Historically a Roman settlement and then a very well-placed market town, Derby grew-up with the advent of canals, trains and Rolls Royce, making it today host to more graduate engineers than any other city in Europe.

Traditionally most of the inner-city development centred around the town but after WW2 Derby grew into a major player in the building of both Local Authority and privately built property in all of the surrounding suburbs.

Derby has always prided itself on inner City parks and recreational areas, mostly flanked by sought after red brick cottages and houses. The road and rail network give easy access for commuters and East Midlands International Airport is approximately ten miles from the city.

Today, there is something for everyone in Derby, with elegant apartments overlooking the River Derwent ideal for those working in the city, expansive 4-5 bed homes with lots of room for families and spacious Victorian villas, converted Mills and historic buildings oozing charm and character.


Boasting the most visited shopping precinct out of Derby, Allenton combines super retail outlets, banks and cafes with a very good supply of houses including small apartments, terraces, semis and bungalows. The area is conveniently located for the commuter by being almost within walking distance of Rolls Royce.

Osmaston Park, Moreways Leisure Centre and the home of Derby Trailblazers Basketball Team are also a short distance from the centre. Bordering Alvaston, Shelton Lock and Derby Allenton is a thriving place to be with very affordable properties for everyone.


Allestree is a very popular and highly regarded area to the north of the city with great road links from the A6 and A38. The area has a good mix of properties ranging from historic cottages in the old village to modern developments with 4-5 bed houses, ideal for growing families.

There are excellent school facilities and several churches, along with an 18-hole golf course, fishing lake and lovely woodland walks Allestree Hall. The Park Farm Shopping Centre has several independent outlets along with Boots, Wilko, Birds Bakery, a gym and a large Co-op supermarket with good parking and easy access for pedestrians. There is also a good bus service linking Allestree to Derby, Belper, Matlock and the Peak District.


The proximity of Derby Ring Road, the A6 and M1 corridor have always been a major pull for people looking to live in Alvaston, Derby. Alvaston has a main shopping parade which offers an excellent range of retail outlets.

The housing in the area reflects the demand for affordable houses and bungalows in a very convenient location. Originally built around an historic church with some very well-preserved old farm buildings now converted to desirable cottages, more recently Alvaston has expanded towards Shardlow with national developers increasing the supply of higher priced detached properties close to Elvaston Country Park and Woodland.


Chaddesden is one of the most loyal communities in Derby with people moving upwards, downsizing and even extending their homes to stay in this popular and familiar location. It has a great shopping precinct with a mixture of independent and well-known high-street shops.

You can enjoy being outdoors at the very scenic Chaddesden Park where junior and senior football teams play most weekends. Chaddesden has always been host to most types and styles of available property including bungalows, 3-4 bed houses and more recently expanded by developers to include more substantial family homes at attractive and reasonable prices.


The outstanding Chellaston Senior School and superb road network make this a much valued and ultra-convenient place to live and bring up a family. The old village still exists and has a good parade of shops and a lovely period church.

The housing stock in Chellaston ranges from red brick Victorian cottages to very large 5 bed houses, and even the occasional farm with fields and quaint old barns and outbuildings. Chellaston is within easy walking distance of canal sidewalks, and easy driving distance of Melbourne, Swarkestone and Ingleby offering the best of South Derbyshire village life.

Darley Abbey

Situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic village of Darley Abbey is just 1 mile north of Derby. Whilst it is so close to the city, Darley Abbey retains a village atmosphere with the River Derwent running alongside the thriving Old Mill which now houses several small businesses, an award-winning wedding venue and popular wine bar.

The riverside Darley Park is a particular attraction, here there is a very popular café, children’s play area, cricket club and outdoor centre and a charming walk into Derby. The now gentrified and picturesque mill worker cottages blend in well with the newer family homes and bungalows.

There really is a real community feel here; the highly regarded junior school, historic church and award-winning restaurant, Darley’s by the River, makes Darley Abbey a very popular place to live and visit.


Situated almost equidistant between Derby and Belper on the A6 going north of the city, Duffield remains one of the most sought after and highly desirable places to live in the county. The village amenities are second to none with its eclectic range of shops, gastro pubs, doctors and dental surgeries.

The Chevin 18 hole Golf Course, Duffield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club and the highly subscribed Ecclesbourne Senior School, along with the excellent bus service and Mainline Train Station make Duffield a real target living destination. Traditionally, the village grew up around the scenic Town Street and is now host to a superb range of both modern and period homes, bungalows and cottages, all within easy reach of the centre. Further out, in the most exquisite locations, local developers have built some of the finest individually designed houses around.


The south of Derby city is blessed with the very attractive and much sought-after area known as Littleover. With two private schools, Derby Grammar School and Derby High School, along with the prestigious Littleover Community School, Littleover is a target for parents looking for the very best for their children. It has superb shopping in the ‘old village’ centre and is well-placed for the commuter, with good road access to the city centre, Derby Ring Road and the A38 and A50 which give access to the Trent Valley, country pubs and Mercia Marina.

One of the attractive features of living in Littleover is the exciting range of properties available, most of which are very close to local amenities. The ‘old village’ has a delightful mixture of period cottages and many substantial family homes, along with traditional semi and detached houses and bungalows, mostly built within the last 20 years.

Mackworth/Langley Country Park

Mackworth remains very popular with Derby people and is these days divided into Mackworth Village, Langley Country Park and the suburb of Mackworth which was mostly built in the early 1950’s.

Mackworth Village is really a one road hamlet with some period redbrick houses which have been blended with more recent buildings, most of which overlook open farmland.

Building commenced a couple of years ago off Radbourne Lane on to what is known as Langley Country Park. Here, homes vary in size and design making it a very attractive and distinguished place to live. Langley Park is only a short distance from Derby, with a bus service to Ashbourne and the Peak District along the A52.

The main part of Mackworth sits close to Markeaton Park which provides lovely lakeside walks, children’s activity playgrounds, pitch and putt, tennis courts and café. The area benefits from a good range of local shops, various places of worship, schooling and excellent bus services to and from Derby city centre. The nearby Kingsway Retail Park provides plenty of shops too, there is a large Sainsburys, Next and Boots to name but a few, plus the Kings Highway pub and restaurant.


There is an excellent choice of homes in Mickleover. You will find original village cottages with on street parking, 2-3 bed houses and bungalows, and recently-built 4-5 bed executive homes with en-suites and double garages. Mickleover people are very loyal to the location since up sizing and down sizing here is easy and affordable.

Once quiet village with a Manor House and elegant Village Centre, Mickleover has grown over the past few years to become a vibrant and busy place to live with its superb schools, village amenities and excellent road network with access to both the A38 and A50. The main hospital for the area Derby Royal sits within Mickleover and there are plenty of places to enjoy the ambience of the area


A village just north of Allestree with mostly executive houses with overlooking Allestree Park, Quarndon Cricket Club grounds and Kedleston Park Fields. Very much a prestigious location, Quarndon is situated in the Ecclesbourne School Catchment area. There is an historic church and church hall set in the middle of the village along with Curzon Junior School just down the same road.


One of the oldest settlements in the area, Spondon is ideally situated between Derby and Nottingham with good road links to nearby Ilkeston and Oakwood. This flourishing and highly popular area has a proper village centre with a rich and varied assortments of shops and gastro pubs. There is a library and community hall and frequent bus service to Derby city centre and areas beyond.

Spondon benefits from having a Mainline train station making the area a fantastic place for families and commuters to live. Excellent schools, Spondon Cricket Club, Derby Bridge Club and Locko Parkland are also a great draw.

The housing has been enriched recently by large national developers to include some very attractive and distinctive quality homes which blend in with the old village cottages, post-war houses, bungalows and smaller 2 bed properties.

Stenson Fields/Sinfin

Situated directly south of Derby, heading from the Derby Ring Road towards the A50 sits both Sinfin and Stenson Fields, both of which offer good quality and reasonably priced properties suitable for people ranging from first time buyers to large families. Over the years, both areas have been popular with those working at the world-renowned Rolls Royce Aero Divisions.

The area has an 18-hole golf course, local parks, Sinfin Moor Nature Reserve, ASDA superstore and good access to the East Midlands International Airport.

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