And nestling at its heart is the beautiful seaside resort of Bangor, a popular destination with locals, day-trippers and tourists alike. A key focus is Bangor's petite bay which cuddles a marina of ship-shape yachts of all sizes and from many different countries.
The town offers a wonderful selection of Victorian townhouses and villas in bright colours, as well as apartments, semi-detached and detached houses, plus a variety of new-build homes in highly sought after areas.
Together with its neighbours, Holywood, Helen's Bay, Crawfordsburn, Newtownards and Donaghadee, Bangor's close proximity to Belfast makes living in North Down a firm choice for those wishing to commute to the city by day and return to the tranquillity of their idyllic location by night.
The towns and villages of North Down offer a superb selection of high quality and exceptional value homes that are very popular with new starts, families and retirees alike:
Bangor - everything from the stucco-fronted, Victorian terraces on either side of Bangor Marina, to the rambling detached villas with sea glimpses and a large garden a few streets inland.
Helen's Bay - a diverse array of attractive period properties around Helen's Bay.
Holywood - many Victorian townhouses and two-bedroom terraces on Holywood's leafy hillside streets.
Newtownards - numerous attractive period and contemporary homes, many of which enjoy unrivalled views of Strangford Lough or rolling countryside.
Here are just some of the many outstanding schools to be found in North Down
Aims to provide its pupils with learning experiences across the curriculum which are matched closely to their needs, abilities and aspirations.
An all boys' inter-denominational, voluntary grammar school, offering a broad and exciting learning experience to all pupils.
Sector-leading in terms of its use of ICT, this College welcomes young people from all backgrounds.
Offers a wide curriculum with an emphasis on vocational and technical skills.
This further education college delivers traditional and vocational courses for further and higher education.
Adjacent to Bangor Marina, this is one of the most visited of Northern Ireland's Top 10 of visitor attractions.
Celebrates and preserves everyday skills, customs and traditions that were passed down over many generations in Ulster.
Tells the story of transport and social change in this part of the world since the birth of the modern era.
Reveals the story of the region's history, archaeology and wildlife through a series of exciting audio-visual displays and intriguing exhibits.
This important nature reserve is open all year and home to thousands of birds, mammals and other wildlife.
Illustrates and exhibits the large variety of animals that live in Strangford Lough.
An exquisite 19th-century house and garden owned by the National Trust and situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough.