Manchester

A Guide to Living in Manchester

Often thought of as the UK’s second city, Manchester, with 2.8 million residents is the second largest urban area in England. Found in the northwest of England nestled between Liverpool and Leeds this is our Manchester Area Guide. Manchester is reportedly the UK’s fastest growing city economically. Locals, known as Mancunians, are incredibly proud of their city and rightly so. In 2018 Manchester was officially named The Best Place To Live In The UK in the ‘The Economist’s ‘Global Livability Index’. Read on to discover the developments that are rated as the best places to live in Manchester and to see reviews from residents who own or rent in Manchester.

This landlocked county is mostly urban and comprises ten boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan. And of course, the cities of Manchester and Salford.

The textiles industry has formed Manchester’s wealth, but the city has now emerged as an exporter of media, music and football. With two international football teams – Manchester United and Manchester City – it is home to popular TV soap Coronation Street and it has five universities.

Getting Around Manchester

If you haven’t visited Manchester for a few years you might be in for a surprise. The city’s skyline has changed dramatically in the last decade, with cranes and construction bringing new residential developments to the city centre. More people are living in Manchester city centre than ever before.

 

“The tram station is a minute away which is a huge deal for me. Super easy to get around town because of that. We’re also in range of a lot of restaurants so deliveroo and Uber eats are awesome for us. So many choices. Overall we’re in a really great location.” Mark-Christian, Verified Resident of The Trilogy

 

Spinningfields is one of the richest areas to live in Manchester. It is an area popular with footballers and soap stars. The amenities, array of restaurants and bars on the doorstep make this a highly desirable area; if you can afford the price. The River Irwell runs right through the heart of Spinningfields with developments Potato Wharf to the west and 10-12 Whitworth Street to the east. There are communal areas such as Hardman Square where local workers meet for lunch.

 

“The area is the best, its quiet but close to centre, close to the canal. Its close to the deansgate station. And its close to deansgate so loads of bars and restaurants there.” Anon, Verified Resident of Potato Wharf

 

The Alternative Areas of Manchester

The reputation of Ancoats isn’t the best and was once viewed as the rough area of Manchester. A recent regeneration has allowed the dilapidated mills and deserted streets to become a much popular area. With new luxury flats like Flint Glass Wharf and The Ice Plant that are rated as some of the best places to live in Manchester, there are shops, bars, and new restaurants opening on a weekly basis and a flood of new residents moving to this area.

The Northern Quarter has a similar reputation to Ancoats with once empty streets now home to cafes, chic vintage shops or hip new bars. Local Mancunians are drawn to this area for the uniqueness and eclectic offering of property like Nuovo Apartments and Burlington House with sites between the two. Not as cheap as Ancoats it is not as expensive as other city centre areas. You are more likely to find quirky spaces, high ceilings, or conversions full of character. For many Castlefield boasts the best of both worlds. The convenience of town just a five-minute walk away but it is more peaceful, quiet and has some stunning views down by the canal. Many locals feel you get the best of both worlds living here. 

 

“The area is brilliant – we are so central to town – and Ancoats is really up and coming at the moment. The only downsides are the noisy road outside – but that is to be expected anywhere central!” Naomi, Verified Resident of Nuovo Apartments

 

Outside the City Centre

For something new, visit Salford Quays. Whilst not the city centre every day the two seem to merge closer and closer. Salford Quays has become the media hub of not just Manchester but the UK with the iconic MediaCity. Many companies are relocating to the north west bringing with them new residents who are making this area of the city their home at developments like Middlewood Locks and Wilburn Basin. Both rated as great places to rent in Manchester. Salford Quays offers riverside living with shops, architecture and scenic views.

You can find out more about living in Manchester by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover great places to rent in Manchester. If there’s a Manchester property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.
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It must be good if i’m still here!

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The location is superb!! Just a short walk from Victoria Station and the Northern Quarter and about a 20 min walk to Piccadilly. It really does have it all for placement. As we are ‘not’ smack bang in the middle of town, you don’t get the higher banded Council Tax either. But I suppose that could all change with the building work that has been occurring of late.

With the introduction of newer apartment blocks in the area such as Moda, this has prompted the convenience of even closer shops (Co-Op Local over the road) and new bars attached to hotels. There is also the added value to know that once it has all been completed, it will be a nice, safe, well lit area.

The downside to all of this regeneration in the current sense, is that you do feel like you are living in a worksite. Also; the back of the building is in desperate need of this to be completed as it doesn’t look appealing to more timid individuals on a dark night.

The design of the 2 buildings is also something to be desired in relation to sound. On a late night, a whisper downstairs (if your apartment is situated in the central area) can sound like a full blown shout-fest. So when there is a group who have congregated just outside the entrance, you can be tempted to lose your s**t if you have to get up early for work etc… And this can occur on a regular basis as it is a well known pick-up location for Uber and you can usually flag a black cab with ease before it hits the centre of town.

I assume this is nothing compared to if you resided in the town centre but does solidify my argument for better sound proofing on the windows and doors.

If you do have a car…you are perfectly placed to be able to escape on the main feeder roads (Oldham / Rochdale) out of the city straight to the motorway.

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I have lived in Skyline for over 9 years now, and the reason for that is partially down to the size of the rooms, the location of the building and the fact that I have too much stuff to move now.

The onsite amenities are a happy extra, though most new complexes are looking to offer something similar these days, and can’t really appeal to the wider market without at least a gym.

The apartment layouts work well (mine does at least) and the storage I have available is key for the amount stuff I’ve collated over the years. However; if you were hoping on getting parking allocated with the price, think again. Better to get a bicycle if you are going to remain in the city for a length of time as the parking costs are not cheap.

I have seen the design of the building change somewhat over the years and have can say that things have improved since the last takeover, with the onsite staff, aiming to please where they can and refreshing tired/dated communal areas to appeal with the new competing market. They also invested a considerable amount in making the outside cladding of the building safe and replacing glass bricked areas with an actual window to the world. Living in the building whilst it was being completed, was an experience I’d have rather missed.

And if they want to make the building feel like a community; (apart from the gym and pool, there are no real social spaces for interaction) they would need to consider how this could be done without interrupting the day to day running required. However, with town on your doorstep, its not a huge inconvenience.

The concierge are and always have been second to none!! Terrific team that make you feel like you are at home. They go the extra mile and quite possibly a HUGE factor to why I have never left yet.

However; there is still work to be done to improve the apartments. The internal storage heaters are rubbish and not cost effective, and a lot of the heat appears to get lost through the windows and balcony doors. The soundproofing internally is somewhat to be desired, and at times can add to comedy genius, but feeling like the windows are open when they are closed (noise) isn’t funny at all. The building in general (communal spaces / storage / carbon footprint)could also do with a rethink if they are still to stay in the game.

So I guess the question is, can I see myself staying here…for now…yes! If Moda’s apartment bedrooms and living area sizes were better and more cost effective, I would switched after I attended a viewing. The lifestyle they are offering is impressive. The apartments let them down slightly in my perception. Depends on what you value more.

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1. The heaters – they are rubbish and you only feel the heat if you are stood over the top of them. They take a lifetime to heat a room and by then, you will have killed yourself with a HUGE electricity bill.

2. The temperature – I moved in in the summer and whilst the weather was reasonable, it wasn’t too hot. However in subsequent years I have realised that the apartment is like a greenhouse in the summer and an icebox in the winter. This is down to poor insulating windows, doors and other components.

3. Gym Timing Flexibility – I always hoped that there was a more flexible option once you were a resident to utilise the gym. When you work really early and late, you can’t always take advantage of them. If they were 24 hours, it would be better.

4. Gym Lockdown – There should be different options to enter the gym area other than biometrics (iPhone etc…) my hands / fingers don’t always register and then you can waste time trying to contact concierge to let you in, and they could be on break.

5. AirBnB – Though a great source of income to the building, the introduction has meant that we are sometimes faced with weekend parties of people who do not respect the fact that people live in the building full time.

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Thank you so much for your kind words, Sian.
We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. It is lovely to hear you are enjoying the apartment and all local amenities.
We have noted your comments and we would love to hear more about your experience, so that we can use your valuable feedback to deliver an even better experience next time. Please do get in touch with us with any suggestions you have on skyline2@wayoflife.com.

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Harinder

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Modern living

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Good: Close to town, lots of nearby restaurants, nice staff, good amneties

Bad: parking cost, gym needs bigger weights

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Nice concierge , great staff and admin team very helpful, building modern

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Thank you so much for your kind words, Gabriel. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us.

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Personal and Luxury touch, combined.

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Being on the edge of town, living here is quiet. There is a co op across the road for local supplies, or the large Arndale centre just 5 minutes walk away. The northern quarter region is crammed with bars and restaurants and comedy clubs too, very convenient. Piccadilly station is a short walk away with frequent direct trains to Manchester Airport. Great for travelling businessmen or frequent holiday makers.

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Skyline central 2 has the personal and luxury touch combined. Expect a great welcome by concierge each morning and evening while passing through reception. The apartments are a great size and well though out open plan layouts with the best balcony views over Manchester (Especially the co-op building side). Optional secure underground parking, 24 hour parcel service, on site Gym, rooftop pool, Sauna and jacuzzi are just sins of the added bonuses to living here. The location is just outside the center of the inner city, making it quieter than the riots and crowds that are 5 minutes walk away. Any maintenance problems can be reported directly to the lovely staff running the building at reception. With problems usually being resolved with 24 hours without question.

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I was told that there would be a communal area for people to work on laptops, have meetings and possible get hot drinks from a machine. I was looking forward to this addition, but nothing came of it.

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Thank you so much for your kind words, Gareth.
We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us.
We have noted your comments on the communal area. We will be looking to make changes to the communal area in the near future. If you have any suggestions please do email us on skyline2@wayoflife.com.

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Terrible maintenance

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Location is lovely so I can’t fault it

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The location and facilities are good. However, the maintenance isn’t great. The care from some of the team lacks in terms of urgency. Lots of defects and these are just cast off as “general wear and tear”. The washing machine flooded the flat a few days ago and they said it wouldn’t be fixed for 5 days which is ridiculous. Lots of thing that could be changed here. There is always something wrong with the jacuzzi or pool. Lots of defects from previous tenants and shoddy furniture. The doors are designed terribly and they didn’t replace certain items they said they would, for example the mattress.

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That way of life wouldn’t do the things they said they would

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Thank you for taking your time to give us your feedback James.
We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience with our maintenance department. We are committed to providing you high quality care, and we take your feedback very seriously. We aim to rectify any non-emergency issues within 2 working days and emergency issues within 1 working day. The leisure facilities have been working fine, however if you have any concerns, we would like to address them in the most suitable way. We are not aware of any outstanding maintenance issues in relation to your apartment. Please do get in touch by emailing us skyline2@wayoflife.com and we will be happy to discuss additional details to resolve this matter with you.

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