Knutsford has been enjoying something of a boom recently, certainly where the housing market is concerned.

Guardian reporter Scott Murphy wrote: The housing market in Knutsford and its surrounds is being driven by the pent-up demand that was present even prior to last year’s initial lockdown and has been amplified by changing buyer needs, with a renewed appetite for space, say [estate agents] Savills.

This was demonstrated in the 42 per cent increase in the number of sales, subject to contract, across Knutsford from June 2020 to February 2021 compared to the period between June 2019 and February 2020.

And what accounts for this? The pandemic, of course.

No matter how ‘luxury’ your Manchester city centre apartment is, working from home without any usable outside space has made many people take stock and re-evaluate their lives.

Perhaps having trendy Northern Quarter bars within walking distance isn’t so important after all. Maybe it’s space and green fields you want after a year of lockdowns.

So homes with an extra bedroom that can be used as a home office have become much more desirable. 

If you add in a garden, easy access to countryside, proximity to the city and decent transport links and Knutsford starts to look like El Dorado. 

Of course, the ability to make these life-changing moves comes at price.

With the exodus from the city, demand is outstripping supply with what the industry calls ‘positive upward pressure’ on house prices.

As a result, the Legh Road conservation area, which accounts for the majority of Knutsford’s million-pound activity, saw seven top-end sales.

These took place on Legh Road, Parkfield Road and Goughs Lane and included four sales above £2m, including one at £3.45m, the third highest sale to date in Knutsford.

Seems like you need very deep pockets if you want to buy into the Knutsford good life.