Given up on even thinking about buying in Hale. We've been looking today at the Dunham end of Altrincham, Oldfeld Rd, and there is potential there.
Worse, been talking to EAs lately and every house I enquire about, no matter which one, the robot just says 'inundated' or 'already had full offer' etc etc.
Describing Oldfield Brow as 'The Dunham end of Altrincham' made me smile. Thats like calling Broadheath 'West Timperley'.
Also, if you keep looking at Altrincham/Hale despite thinking that the prices are too high, doesn't that suggest that there is a genuine reason where prices in the area are higher than,say, Sale. I love living here and I understand and am happy to pay the premium.