TYNE and Wear is the perfect place to settle for those looking for a delicate balance between city and countryside life - but where is the most expensive to call home?

Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, Washington, South and North Tyneside are vastly different places within the county, all with something unique to offer. 

Zoopla has put together a list of most expensive areas to buy a house across Tyne and Wear based on the current average of estimate of home values on the site. 

It's no surprise to see Tyneside and Wearside spots, along the iconic rivers, topping the 'Tyne and Wear Property Rich List'.

These locations have idyllic water views was bustling high streets just a short journey from busy city centres, offering the perfect mix of city and countryside. 

Take a look at the top five locations on the Tyne and Wear Property Rich List:

Whitley Bay - Average value  £239,196

The Northern Echo:

Rowlands Gill - Average value  £221,703

The Northern Echo: Derwent Park. Picture: Google MapsDerwent Park. Picture: Google Maps

Newcastle upon Tyne - Average value £215,841

The Northern Echo:

North Shields - Average value £199,072

The Northern Echo:

Ryton - Average value £175,128

The Northern Echo: Ryton. Picture: Google MapsRyton. Picture: Google Maps