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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.
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.
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 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 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!
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.
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.
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.