Manchester

Manchester is the second largest urban area in England, and is often thought of as the UK’s second city. Located in the north west of England nestled between Liverpool and Leeds, Manchester is also reportedly the UK’s fastest growing city economically. The area’s 2.8 million residents 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 Economist‘s Global Livability Index. Read on to discover the developments rated by residents as the best places to live in Manchester and to read reviews from locals who own or rent in Manchester.

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

Historically, the textiles industry generated most of Manchester’s wealth. However, the city has developed to become a major exporter of media, music and football. It’s home to two international football teams – Manchester United and Manchester City – as well as popular TV soap Coronation Street and five universities.

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Top Rated Developments in Manchester

Street with tram in Manchester

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 new residential development springing up around 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

Manchester from above

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

Manchester city

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.

Reviews in Manchester

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Spacious rooms, good facilities and great location

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Oct 2020

Good bars and restaurants closeby
Close to metro stop which is convenient
Walking distance from grocery store and even city centre!

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Will designed spacious rooms. Our two bedroom flat has two bathrooms which is rare.
Common room and gym useful to have in the building especially in winter.
Having a private common garden area has been great especially during covid.
Concierge service good – although staff members have changed quite a lot over the past year and sometimes not always immediately available. Having said that all friendly staff and helpful when present.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Good cleaners are very difficult to find here locally

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Bathrooms would be better if fully tiled and bigger fridge would be handy

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4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
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Great building in a great location

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Verified Resident
Review Date Oct 2020

The building is build and finished to a high standard, it fits in well int eh local area, with the canals around the building and car park access to get out of the city centre easily, it’s a mix of convenience and utility. A nice area so close to the centre of Manchester.

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The building has been put together well, work in the apartments and the rest of the building shows the thought and utility of the building has been planned out meticulously. At first it seemed a bit strange, almost like living in serviced apartments or something as there’s more to the building than just the apartments, but we’ve managed to put our own touch on our apartment and it’s feeling much more like our home now. A great way to experience Manchester

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Not sure. We’ve had lots of details and information before we moved in, we didn’t have any real surprises

What is the best feature of your home:

The home is well thought out, plug sockets everywhere, fast Internet built in, sky was easy to hook up. It’s designed for living, not just to cram as many people in as possible

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Love the area, okay living space, terrible office team

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Verified Resident
Review Date Oct 2020

Area is really cool, lots of up and coming small businesses, development of green space

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Design of the building overall is beautiful, actual living space is good but there is a lot of dead space in the centre near the kitchen. An island or breakfast bar at least would make it so much better. People on the desk lovely. People in the office terrible. Like really terrible. You can call 3 times in a day and speak to the same person and they will forget you and give you 3 different answers. Speak down to you also.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

To expect to turn up on moving day, with no one knowing who you are, no keys, nothing for 2 hours, whilst all your stuff is left outside in the rain.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

No, our only issues was with moving in day and any correspondence with the office team. Everything else was great.

5
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
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I’m a happy tenant

Review Date Oct 2020

Only downsides probably; good schools, sports center, and supermarkets are little far. Restaurants and other amenities are good

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Car park is missing in the design, and the Communal garden is missing too.
Some improvement in cleaning would help, for example Stains on carpet next to elevator on 9th floor.
Maybe some activity for kids and women would help to create better living environment.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I would add a two seater sofa and TV in the living room.

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Manager Response

Hi Waseem

Thank you for review and glad you and your family are enjoying living at The Green Rooms

I will pass on your comments regarding parking and external grounds to the design team to consider for future developments.

Many thanks again for your review and have a lovely day

Avril

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