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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Clippers Quay Review

Verified Resident

The area has all necessary amenities – a tram stop nearby, multiple shops / big retailers, a big gym and an area for walking around.

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The development itself is great. I think that the building has been developed to a high standard – it has excellent features and the design is modern and clean. The facilities within the development are excellent, in particular the gym and the downstairs ‘common area’ are definite selling points when it comes to these flats. The staff that work at the development are incredibly welcoming and helpful, in particular Paris and Jacob who will provide advice / help with anything, without hesitation. The property management team that run the development remain supportive and involved, which is a big plus. I find it a shame that these flats are only available to rent, and not for sale as I think they would be a good investment opportunity.

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

I would like to have seen bigger flats on offer, in particular with slightly wider bedrooms and living area. I would also like to see comfier sofa’s being used in the flats where furniture is provided (although I note from looking at the newer flats more recently furnished, that these appear to be different and so maybe this has already been addressed?)

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Love the quays and area in general

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People working there are the nicest, v helpful and super friendly. The location is great (can be v. quite most of the time tho). Transports to and from the city are easy and quick. Gym is great (for taking pictures) and the working space gets u productive.

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

Choose a higher floor. Add a built in microwave maybee

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Really appreciate your feedback and we are so glad to hear you have had a great time with us!

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Fabulous Easy Renting

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Clippers Quay is located in a perfect spot close enough to feel like you’re in the city but just far away enough to be able to take a breath and relax without the hustle and bustle.

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The building, design and even furnishing done in CQ is brilliant. Accompanying this the team from start to finish have been easy and pleasant to deal with. From the first viewing to signing the tenancy to now with any issues which may occur whilst living here all the staff members have done their very best to make it as peaceful as possible. Nothing but good things to say about the whole development!

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Not really everything was laid out pretty straight forward.

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Any disputes or issues that have been raised the team have dealt with quickly and efficiently and have always made sure to follow up afterwards

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A view from apartment 1404

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Great location for transport links, leisure facilities are very good with numerous restaurants and bars within walking distance. Safe location for taking a walk. Being near Old Trafford is a billy bonus.

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Overall design of the building is very good, nice open reception area with excellent guest seating area and well equipped gym.
The undercover car park is well worth the money.
Having 3 lifts is very useful, and the rooftop terrace is just what you need to give your pet some exercise if the weather is doubtful and will be a get place to sit and chill when the sun comes out.
Love having the 24 hour concierge makes the building really secure and great for receiving packages etc.
The property management team are brilliant and they have organised some excellent get to know your neighbour events and long may it continue.

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Equipment for assisting you in moving your stuff into the apartment would be useful.

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

The quality of some of the furniture could be better.

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