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BT9 - What does living here have to offer?

Posted on 07 September 2017
BT9 - What does living here have to offer?

Belfast’s BT9 district is, for many, the most desirable area in the city.  Whether you’re a young professional keen to join the social set or a commuter craving easy access to the city centre and motorway networks, or a family considering excellence for their children’s education, BT9 has it all.

From Lisburn Road to Malone Road, Botanic Gardens to Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park, Belfast’s BT9 area offers a huge variety of house types, styles and sizes. With safe streets, stylish bars and restaurants, and leisure and culture facilities to suit all interests, this is the perfect setting for your dream home.

Education, Education, Education.
One of the most important considerations for any young family looking for a new home is the availability of local schools. We all want the best for our children and finding the right school for your children could be the deciding factor when buying a new home.

BT9 isn’t going to disappoint. With plenty of great schools including Fullerton Boys’ and Girls’ Prep, Inchmarlo Boys Prep and Victoria Girls Prep in Cranmore Park, and St Brides and Stranmillis primary schools all meeting the BT9 school catchment criteria.

Teenage children will be within walking distance of the excellent Methodist College Belfast and Victoria College, also St Patricks College Knock, Aquinas and RBAI, commonly known as Inst.  

Health and Fitness.

It can be hard to keep fit when you’re busy working, never mind when you’ve got children as well, but BT9 makes it that much easier by providing a range of facilities to meet your fitness and exercise needs.

There are great walking experiences right on your doorstep here, with the Lagan Tow Path and Botanic Gardens close by. Meanwhile, the Beat the Street program encourages people to get active by turning walking, cycling and running into a game and the Belfast Boat Club will have you rowing the Lagan.  

For those people who would rather take their exercise indoors, especially in the winter, there are plenty of options available. Peak Physique on the Lisburn Road isn’t just a gym, it’s a lifestyle centre for anyone interested in fitness, while DW in Shawsbridge offers fitness classes, personal trainers and great facilities. And if you prefer to de-stress while the work out, Flow Studios on the Malone Road offer yoga classes and workshops for children and adults, regardless of your yoga experience. The 19th hole at Malone Golf Club is also open on rainy days!

Are you a culture vulture?
If you’re interested in arts and culture, BT9 might just be the perfect place for you. Opening to the public in 1833, the Ulster Museum has been at the centre of Belfast’s cultural life for almost 200 years. After a three year renovation, the museum reopened as a modern, world class venue.

Located just a few metres from the Ulster Museum on Stranmillis Road, Friar’s Bush Graveyard, Belfast’s oldest Christian burial site, has a fascinating history from the 1600s to the Great Famine of the 1840s.

This year, Belfast’s annual Culture Night festival is expanding from its traditional home in the city’s Cathedral Quarter and, for the first time, Botanic Gardens will host some of the event’s 150 plus free
arts events.

Located on Ridgeway Street, the Lyric Theatre makes a unque contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland as the only full time producing theatre here.

Food and Drink.

Any area worth living in has to have its share of great restaurants, take aways and bars and there are plenty to choose from here.

The Albany Restaurant and Bar on the Lisburn Road is one of the most popular venues in the city with it’s wonderful atmosphere inspired by old school Americana, serving classy cocktails and a sophisticated food menu.  Meanwhile, the Welcome Chinese Restaurant, the city’s longest established Chinese restaurant, is an institution, providing a taste of traditional Cantonese food culture right here in Stranmillis.

And the food offering just keeps getting better, with Ballynahinch’s multi award winning Bull and Ram planning on opening their first Belfast restaurant. Bull and Ram chef Kelan McMichael is a legend in Northern Ireland food circles, having worked his way around most of the best restaurants in the province, so this will definitely be somewhere to try.

Do Gooders.
With a great sense of community, it’s no surprise that BT9 has its share of charity shops, raising money for some important causes. Ten Foundations on the Lisburn Road supports vulnerable children, families and communities in the Philippines.

Action Cancer, based in Marlborough Park with a charity shop on the Lisburn Road, provides early detection, support and prevention services to more than 50,000 people in Northern Ireland.

BT9 - Summary

So, with everything from top schools, to some of the best food in the city; world class arts to world changing charities, BT9 really has everything you could want. If you’re interested in moving to one of the most interesting and desirable locations in Belfast, take a look at the Aria website or drop into our Lisburn Road branch and let us help you find your new home.