Best areas to live in Manchester
From the suburbs to the city centre, there are lots of places you might choose to live in Manchester – but each of them has a different feel. From quirky city centre living in the Northern Quarter to family-friendly living a little further afield, there’s a huge variety of properties and places. Overall, property prices in Manchester are around £211,000 – but of course this can vary depending on where you’re looking to buy.
Regularly cited as one of the nicest places to live, Didsbury is popular with young professionals and families. There’s Didsbury village, with popular shops and restaurants, or West Didsbury’s Burton Road high street, that boasts some lovely independent bars and restaurants. With the city centre just a 20-minute tram ride away, it’s easy to understand why Didsbury is in high demand – and why the average house price here is in the region of £350,000.
Similar to Didsbury, this popular area is a little closer to the city, which makes it a big hit for young professionals and commuters. With its own high street, there’s a real community feel here and lots to get involved with. Pretty period properties and apartments make up a lot of the housing here, and you’ll be looking at an average property price of around £314,000.
Sitting in between the student suburb of Fallowfield and the upmarket Didsbury, Withington is a great option, with a buzzy atmosphere but slightly lower housing prices, at around £301,000. This makes it popular with young families and professionals. There’s a good mix of housing here, with semi-detached 1930s homes, large Victorian properties and terraced streets, so you’re likely to find something that works for your budget.
For anyone working in Media City, this is the obvious place to settle. There are lots of flats here, with an average property price of £189,000 – a great investment for anyone working at the BBC, ITV, or at any of the other big businesses who call Salford Quays home. This area is obviously popular with young professionals, but it’s grown over the last few years to encompass bars and restaurants, making it a great place for work/life balance.
One of the most desirable areas in the north of the city, Prestwich has lots of open green spaces, with Heaton Park serving as a great place to get away from the city hustle and bustle. Property prices are very reasonable here, at around £237,000. After a £2million investment in the high street, you can find plenty of great independent bars and cafes, and for more culture and shopping, the city centre is only a 15-minute tram ride away.