As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food & drink, education, transport, culture & attractions and much more.
This month we start our journey in the North West with a trip to the vivid city of Manchester…
Property market at a glance
At the moment, Manchester is blossoming as a city with plenty of high quality urban and suburban apartments and houses on offer. The average price for semi-detached properties in Greater Manchester was £228,559 for properties sold over the past year. Terraced houses go for an average of £173,748.
The city and surrounding suburbs are a great choice for everyone from single professionals to bigger families. You’ll find luxury apartments in the city centre, large family homes in Didsbury, a fixer-upper project in the fashionable Ancoats area and much more. For city living you can get a great amount of space for your money – usually with some form of outside area such as a rooftop terrace, full-size garden or a balcony. House prices are predicted to rise, as they have increased by 18% in the last three years, making the city a fantastic investment when it comes to property.
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Food and drink
Manchester is a paradise for food and drink lovers! The city is leading the UK in the craft ale revolution with trendy bars such as the Scandi-style Pilcrow Pub (or “The Pub That Manchester Built”) and the super-friendly Port Street Beer House. There’s also a handful of beautiful traditional pubs decked out in their original “racing green tiles” including Gullivers and Peveril of the Peak.
When it comes to food, Manchester is one of the most diverse places in the UK. From the artisan pizzas at Ply to the tantalising Indian street food at Bundobust, there really is something for everyone. Of course, Manchester is home to all the chain restaurant favourites such as Wagamama, Pizza Express and Wetherspoons – it’s a city that caters for all tastes! If you simply can’t choose between all the amazing restaurants then Mackie Mayor could be ideal – it’s essentially a food hall filled with indie food vendors offering everything from tacos to fish and chips. There’s constantly new bars and restaurants popping up in and around Manchester – so you’re never short of new food to try!
Almost 75% of the schools in the Manchester area have been rated as either “Outstanding” or “Good” by Ofsted. This includes primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in the region. There’s also plenty of opportunity for school leavers looking for an apprenticeship – including accounting, catering, hairdressing, business admin, journalism, plumbing, engineering and much more.
There are three universities in Manchester including Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford and the University of Manchester, the latter of which is a Russell Group university.
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Culture and attractions
Manchester is a treasure trove of fantastic museums, art galleries and music venues – it’s hard to know where to start! Some highlights include the People’s History Museum, the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester Museum and the Science & Industry Museum.
Music lovers can see all their favourite bands and discover new ones thanks to the variety of live music venues available. There are bigger venues such as the Apollo, Manchester Arena, as well as smaller venues such as the O2 Ritz and Academies 2 and 3. Theatre is also big in Manchester too, where you can catch the biggest musicals at the Palace Theatre or check out the latest indie playwriting talent at HOME.
The Manchester Christmas markets are one of the most popular attractions in the North West during the festive season – it’s here you’ll find culinary delights such as bratwurst and Hungarian goulash, as well as hand-crafted gifts, clothes and toys.
On a day-to-day basis there are hundreds of things to see and do in Manchester. Crack some codes in the many escape room games available, go on a tour of a local brewery, indulge in some crazy golf at the Junkyard Golf Club or even treat yourself to some axe-throwing at Whistle Punks. There are a number of sports venues too, such as the Etihad Stadium, Old Trafford, the National Speedway Stadium and indoor ski and snowboard centre Chill Factore. The fun never stops in this vibrant North West city!
Getting around Manchester, and visiting other cities, is easy when you’re in the know about all the transport options available to you. Manchester has its own tram network, as well as several train stations in the city centre including Piccadilly, Deansgate, Oxford Road and Victoria where you can easily travel to other cities such as Chester, Bolton, Liverpool, Sheffield, York, Macclesfield and much more. There’s also a free bus between the rail stations, shopping areas and commercial sites available Monday to Saturday. Manchester is a bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly city, so getting around by cycling or on foot is fairly straightforward. The city’s transport links make it a good choice for commuters and day-trippers, alike.
Are you thinking of starting afresh in a new city? Make sure you have a good conveyancer ready when you find your dream home!