Swish estate is premier league spot

A PONTELAND estate features high in the league table of popular footballer housing hotspots.

Darras Hall is flying the flag for the North East in the ‘premier league’ rankings based on up-to-the-minute property values.

With the area home to Newcastle United and Sunderland players including Steven Taylor, Steve Harper and Asamoah Gyan – as well as retired Geordie idol Alan Shearer – it is 11th in the national table put together by property website Zoopla.co.uk

Homes in this area currently have an average value of £405,319.

Nick Leeming – Business Development Director for Zoopla.co.uk – said: “Like the best footballers, the exclusive homes tend to be snapped up quickly by those who can afford them and want to make a statement about their spending power.”

Top of the property league is Oxshott in Surrey, which is home to John Terry and wife Toni Poole, Jamie and Louise Redknapp and Didier Drogba among others.

Properties in this area have an average value of £1.4million.