Dene Estate shown within Tyne and Wear
|Metropolitan borough||City of Sunderland|
|Metropolitan county||Tyne and Wear|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Tyne and Wear|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
|UK Parliament||Sunderland Central|
Officially known as Dene Estate, the area was laid out in 1959 and 1960, as one of the few housing developments not constructed by the local authority. The names of the local streets recall villages and valleys in the Lake District of Cumbria and Peak District of Derbyshire. Examples of this include Staveley Road, Martindale Avenue, Alston Crescent, and Dovedale Road - the main road through the area.
Recent expansions to the estate include The Square development on Shields Road, on the western edge of the estate. These executive homes are amongst the most expensive ever built in Sunderland, with some selling for £750,000.
Amenities on the estate include two churches, a newsagent, an off-licence, a takeaway, a sandwich shop, a beauty salon, a glass-blower and a dental surgery. Educational facilities include a lower school, Seaburn Dene Primary, and the main secondary school for north-eastern Sunderland, Monkwearmouth. Both schools are on Torver Crescent. There is also a restaurant called Bellinis, on the corner of Dovedale Rd and Alston Crescent.
Public transport links include the 23 Stagecoach bus service to Thorney Close via Fulwell Rd - Dundas Street - City Centre - Thornholme Rd - Prospect. The last number 23 leaves the estate at 2240. From early 2009, the route is served by wheelchair accessible buses. Seaburn Dene is also bypassed by the 35 Go North East bus service at Shields Rd, running from South Shields to Hetton-le-Hole or Low Moorsley via Sunderland, Park Lane Interchange.
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