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Where are the best places to live in Manchester

Last update:Wondering where to live in Manchester? There are plenty of places to choose. These days, Manchester is a far cry from the scenes of The Smiths videos, where we’d ...

Last update: Aug 11, 2017 @ 17:50

Wondering where to live in Manchester? There are plenty of places to choose. These days, Manchester is a far cry from the scenes of The Smiths videos, where we’d see a bespectacled young Morrissey weeping whilst sitting on his bicycle outside Salford Lads Club, with images of boarded up houses and desolate streets dominating the video. The Peel group’s MediaCityUK has seen Manchester City Centre and its surrounding areas flourish with thousands of jobs being relocated from London to the 200-acre development, whose main tenants are the BBC and ITV.

Whitefield

Image credit: Mikey

Image credit: Mikey

Our guide to great places to live in and around Manchester begins in Whitefield, a town that lies within the Borough of Bury in Greater Manchester, just north of Prestwich and under five miles away from the city centre. If you’re looking for a town with open spaces, then the nearby Philips Park is where to go. The park also holds activities for all the family and is part of a £4 million, five-year plan to regenerate the area. You can find property of all levels in the area from basic studio flats at around £450 pcm to larger flats and terraced houses being available from just £500 pcm.

Prestwich

Image credit: Mikey

Image credit: Mikey

Neighbouring Whitefield, is Prestwich. A fantastic place if you’re a professional looking to relocate to Manchester with a young family. Prestwich Forest Park, Europe’s largest municipal park, offers plenty to enjoy: a local nature reserve, remnants of the industrial age, an animal centre and Heaton Park Tramway. Prestwich is part of the Metro link, making it easy to commute to the city centre. Nicely presented property can begin as low as £500 pcm.

Sale

Image credit: Ben Sutherland

Image credit: Ben Sutherland

Sale lies just five miles to the south of the city centre and thrives as a commuter town with many transport links including the M60 motorway. You’ll find a mixture of modern buildings to larger Victorian period houses (where you can expect large rooms, multiple bedrooms and gardens), some of which have been converted into flats. Open areas in the town include Worthington Park (that includes a half pipe) and Sale Water Park. Converted Victorian and Edwardian studios can be found for as little as £450 pcm, with houses looking more expensive, starting at around £650 pcm.

Altrincham

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Image credit: Mikey

Altrincham is the second town in Trafford that we recommend; the area is seen as the “Kensington” of Manchester and many-a-Londoner can be spotted in a town that has thrived thanks to MediaCityUK and its job relocations. Altrincham is a leafy, rich area full of good schools and great transport links. Noses of planes appear to bow to the area due to the airport being so close while the M60, Metro trams and trains all link the area up brilliantly with the city centre.The town was originally a Market Town, dating back to the thirteenth century with buildings in the vicinity representing this fact well. Dunham Park is a scenic open space where deer can be spotted, and the area boasts some beautiful property along picturesque streets where converted flats can be found in the mid £600s. You can find houses from the £750 mark but you’ll need to watch the property sites like a hawk!

Deansgate

Deansgate

Heading right into the heart of Manchester City Centre, Deansgate is home to a plethora of new builds which have been constructed to meet the increasing demand for homes in Manchester. Beetham Tower, the tallest residential home in the country, is also located in Deansgate, as are a selection of bars and shops. A two-bedroom apartment will cost around £800 per month, and the area is within walking distance to the city centre.

Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester Piccadilly and surrounding areas

Manchester Piccadilly

If you’re a city lover and want to be right in the heart of the action, look no further than Manchester Piccadilly. Think of it as the closest thing to London’s Oxford Street, and you’re not far off. Of course, such a central location equates to higher rental prices with one-bedroom apartments achieving around £750 per month. Manchester Piccadilly station is the central railway station in Manchester and offers excellent connections in and out of the city.

Castlefield

Castlefield

Prepare to be charmed in Castlefield with cobbled streets and a fusion of old and new. The area is one of the oldest parts of the city and is dominated by canals, warehouses and mills which make Castlefield particularly pleasing on the eye. It’s popular with professionals who want to be within easy access to work and amenities, with the price for a one-bedroom property averaging £750 per month.

Comments ( 24 )

  1. ReplyPhil
    Typical Manchester summary, you clearly don't know Manchester. There is MUCH more to Manchester than Didsbury and the rest. What about Salford, where millions are being invested and historic wealthy Worsley resides? Celebs and famous footballers don't reside their for nothing. 15 mins from the city centre, 5 mins from the Trafford centre, 20 mins from the airport and 10 mins from the M6! Worsley has it all, luxury homes, great neighbourhoods, miles of greenery and woodland walks, numerous international class golf courses, fab restaurants pubs and bars and great schools! What's not to like? The ignorant would choose the above
    • Movebubble
      Hi Phil! Thank you for your comment. The person who wrote this article is actually originally from Manchester (although doesn't live there right now) and their relatives still live there, but as it was such a short article we didn't get to include everything we wanted. You are right, there is much, much more to Manchester than written in this article and there should be some great Manchester articles coming up soon so we'll definitely keep your comments in mind :)
  2. ReplyKym
    Haha phil got owned
  3. ReplyNigel
    Has Phil pulled his pants up?
  4. ReplyDave
    If the writer is from Manchester, surely they would know that Whitefield is North of Prestwich.... Oopsy.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey there Dave, thanks for pointing out the typo, that's all changed now :)
  5. ReplyAlto Apartments
    Has to be the city centre for us, especially around Spinningfields and the Northern Quarter. Do all the houses in Whitefield look like that?! Looks stunning.What do you reckon about Ancoats at the moment? Still a no go area?
    • Carly Klineberg
      Thanks for your comment! The centre of Manchester has some of the most stunning industrial era architecture and it's certainly convenient for travel and work - there's no reason why people should stay away from Ancoats. There's been a lot of redevelopment around that area and it has it's own unique vibe as it's still retained its old northern soul, just with a modern edge. What are your thoughts on Ancoats? We'd love to do another Manchester post soon as there's no way we could fit everything in this post! :)
  6. ReplyArthur
    The writer should have mentioned some of the different areas in the city centre too, like the Northern Quarter, Green Quarter etc.Agree with the above comments that Salford is nice, but a lot of it is still a huge council area.
  7. Replym.nasser
    Can anyone tell me which are the top 5 places to live in manchester.
  8. ReplyRuth
    Never been to manchester. Taking leap of faith. Where the good places to live. Need good school. Need job? Any ideas?
  9. ReplyPaul Wild
    Scruffy areas I'm Manchester are not up and coming like London they are just scruffy,always remember that. Prestwich and Whitefield have very low crime rates. Didsbury is full of plastic Londoners and Chorlton is full of people unable to afford Didsbury. Anywhere near city's ground is dire but Ancoats is interesting. Worsley is nice but too far out. Irlam o th Heights is an oasis and has nice houses. Urmston and Davyhulme are nice but very insular. Eccles is awful but Minton Green is pleasant with great bars and shops. Anywhere on the Wilmslow road before Christie's is full of students and the houses are dirty and badly maintained.
  10. ReplyPaul Wild
    Scruffy areas In Manchester are not up and coming like London they are just scruffy,always remember that. Prestwich and Whitefield have very low crime rates. Didsbury is full of plastic Londoners and Chorlton is full of people unable to afford Didsbury. Anywhere near city's ground is dire but Ancoats is interesting. Worsley is nice but too far out. Irlam o th Heights is an oasis and has nice houses. Urmston and Davyhulme are nice but very insular. Eccles is awful but Monton Green is pleasant with great bars and shops. Anywhere on the Wilmslow road before Christie's is full of students and the houses are dirty and badly maintained with overflowing bins. Longsight is hell.
  11. ReplyJanie
    Just a note: Philip's park is no where near whitefield. Also, it's tiny and very Victorian in that there's just a few trees and a playing field.
    • Jamie Gough
      Hi Janie,Thanks for the info. I will update the article!
    • Cath
      Philips park is in Whitefield. I know, I live next to it!
  12. ReplyLeah P
    Perfect summary Paul Wild. Just to add, Hulme is a crime hotspot and about to become infiltrated with students now Man Met's new campus has been built. Whalley Range is for those who can't afford Chorlton.
  13. ReplyPaula
    Hi guys , we are young family planing to move to some nice area around Manchester . We are looking for good schools prefer catholic school , with nice parks and green areas , nice neighbourhood and not to expensive houses . We would prefer easy link to city Center where my husband gonna work .
    • Freddie fforde
      Thanks Paula! Movebubble is not yet operating in Manchester but if you think we should then we should start thinking about moving there soon. After all, our mission is to make renting better for the world's renters, not just London!
    • Des
      Sale or Stretford (Stretford towards urmston that is!), nice area lovely community and best of all good school with links to local grammar schools
  14. ReplyRhysie
    Hi I need some advise, I am looking to buy an investment property in Manchester. The property is situated in Abbey Hey M18. I would like to ask a question is Abbey Hey a good area to invest in.I would like to hear from people that may know the area. it would be much appreciatedThanksRhys
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hi Rhys,Thanks so much for your message. We specialise in rental properties in London, so wouldn't be the best people to advise you on this. Perhaps some of our other readers may know, or if not, best to ask someone local to the area.Sorry we can't be of more help right now. Have a great day!
  15. ReplyAlly
    I live in Fallowfield and that's so so but I was brought up here since I was a child. My son now lives in the Chorlton area and is very happy their. So we all want to live in Didsbury no thanks I work their for now and they are so up themselves no fun or banter which a real Manc does. So many comments are wrong but not all.
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