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The Best Areas to Live in Manchester

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Boasting a varied mix of new developments and conversions, the city centre is undoubtedly one of the best places to live in Manchester.

Castlefield – a conveniently-located area characterised by its cobbled streets and converted mills – is a top spot for professionals and families who want the very best of the city on their doorstep. If a contemporary and luxurious flat is what you’re after, start your search in Spinningfields, an ultra-modern district that houses some of the city’s most popular bars, restaurants, and shops.

Known for its trendy vibe and nightlife scene, the Northern Quarter is the place to be for creatives and media professionals. Properties in this area tend to be either purpose-built flats, new developments, or eclectic converted spaces above bars and shops.

Several areas in Manchester continue to benefit from large-scale regeneration projects, including the area in and around Piccadilly Basin, and the up-and-coming district of Hulme.

Ancoats, in particular, has undergone a renaissance in recent years; derelict mills and factories have been replaced by artisan coffee shops, craft breweries, and contemporary flats, making it one of Manchester’s most highly sought-after neighbourhoods.
 

Manchester’s Suburbs

Some of Manchester’s most expensive and in-demand properties can be found in the outlying suburbs of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy and Didsbury. Both districts offer substantial housing options — from sprawling Victorian homes to detached houses with ample garden space — as well as convenient transport links to the city centre.

Altrincham is another upmarket suburb renowned for its period properties, the wealth of amenities, and top-rated schools, while the neighbouring district of Sale offers a range of housing options that cater to well-established professionals and families alike.

Due to its close proximity to Manchester Central and affordable property prices, the city of Salford — which encompasses the five districts of Salford, Eccles, Worsley, Irlam, and Cadishead — is also a popular area for prospective first-time homebuyers.

You can find a more in-depth run-down of the best places to live in Manchester in this blog post.

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