20 best places to live in Manchester according to residents

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Where are the best places to live in Manchester? Ask the residents! Our reviews come from tenants and owners living in Greater Manchester. They’ve rated their developments on factors like location and facilities to reveal Manchester’s 20 best places to live in 2021. Whether you’re interested in stylish flats in the city centre or luxury apartments in Manchester’s suburbs, this list of the best new developments is essential reading.

The city’s property market has been booming in recent years, prompting billions of pounds to pour into property developments across Manchester. Even so, housebuilders and developers are still struggling to keep up with demand and average prices rose by more than 11% during 2020. This brings the average price of a property in Manchester up to £230,715 for the past year, while the average monthly rent for a three-bedroom property in the city stands at £1,470 in September 2021.

Manchester is the UK’s third most-visited city after London and Edinburgh. It also has the busiest airport outside London. It’s celebrated for its architecture, sports clubs and venues, cultural heritage and scientific achievements. As a result, the city is often described as the UK’s second city, despite its status as the fifth largest.

Manchester has even acquired the status of UNESCO City of Literature. This is thanks to its connections with authors such as Elizabeth Gaskell, Friedrich Engels and, more recently, Carol Ann Duffy.

Living in Manchester

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The three universities in Manchester attract thousands of students every year. This is a significant source of demand for student flats in Manchester. A large number of new developments offer affordable studio flats to rent and buy, to cater for the constant flow of student tenants.

Manchester nightlife is also a major factor in making it a great place to live for students and long-term residents alike. The city’s ‘Madchester’ clubbing scene spawned a number of influential bands and artists throughout the 1980s. Oasis and BritPop then kept the city in the headlines during the 90s.

Manchester City or United?

Sports fans living in Manchester are genuinely spoilt for choice. Premier League giants and fierce rivals Manchester United and Manchester City both boast world-class players and stadiums. The city’s National Cycling Centre is the home of British Cycling, as well as Team Sky, while Old Trafford Cricket Ground hosted The Ashes back in 2013.

Etihad Stadium Manchester City

So you’re wondering where to live in Manchester? Then let’s get on and explore the 20 best places to live in Manchester. Remember that these rankings are purely based on what our verified HomeViews reviewers think of the developments they themselves live in.

20 best places to live in Manchester

1. Vox, M15

Allsop Letting and Management
4.89 (75 reviews) 4.89 (75 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Vox, M15

Vox wins our top spot thanks to near perfect ratings from its residents. It sits on Trentham Street, located just off the A56, making Vox well connected as it offers a short bus ride into the city centre. The Vox offers a collection of 1,2 and 3-bed apartments and residents benefit from 50 under-building car parking spaces and storage for over 280 bikes, which are monitored by CCTV and stored behind fob-operated doors. Other facilities include a gym, running track, studio, roof terrace and residents’ lounge.

Read reviews and details of Vox, M15

2. Chapel Wharf, M3

Dandara Living
4.90 (153 reviews) 4.90 (153 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Chapel Wharf, M3

Chapel Wharf, by Dandara Living, is our residents’ second favourite. Located right in the heart of Manchester, this development offers a range of studio to 2-bed apartments, while residents benefit from a pet-friendly policy, an onsite gym and car/bike parking. As well as this, the development is just moments away from Manchester’s famous shopping, entertainment and cultural scenes.

Read reviews and details of Chapel Wharf, M3

3. The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

AmroLiving
4.88 (89 reviews) 4.88 (89 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

The Green Rooms is only narrowly in third place, and has plenty of appeal thanks to its proximity to Manchester’s Media City. Comprising a range of one to three-bedroom apartments for rent, the development benefits from being pet friendly, waterside views, a residents’ gym and bike storage. The Green Rooms is also just a few minutes’ walk from a wide variety of transport links and amenities.

Read reviews and details of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

4. Duet MediaCityUK, M50

More. 'Superenting', Allsop Letting and Management
4.93 (110 reviews) 4.93 (110 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

Duet has only recently (and narrowly) been knocked off the top spot in our Manchester developments. Managed by Allsop Letting & Management, Duet is adjacent to the bustling MediaCityUK on the waterfront in Salford Quays. There’s a great range of local amenities, which include 15 bars/restaurants, four shopping outlets, six leisure facilities, a cinema, a theatre, and a nursery. The development comprises 270 pet-friendly one, two and three-bedroom apartments to rent. In addition, the building also provides a 24-hour concierge service and offers extensive communal spaces, including a fully equipped private gym.

Read reviews and details of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

5. The Slate Yard, M3

Legal & General, Urbanbubble
4.74 (85 reviews) 4.74 (85 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of The Slate Yard, M3

At number 5 it’s The Slate Yard, a build-to-rent development that’s located in Spinningfields, Manchester’s city centre and is only a 6-minute walk away from Salford Central. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities, including a 24-hour on-site team, a residents’ gym, housekeeping services and a residents’ lounge. The development is also pet friendly.

Read reviews and details of The Slate Yard, M3

6. Wilburn Basin, M5

Renaker
4.69 (45 reviews) 4.69 (45 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Wilburn Basin, M5

Located only a 5-minute stroll from the Castlefield district of Manchester City Centre, Wilburn Basin features a variety of apartments across four district blocks. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities and amenities, including a gym, cinema, residents’ lounge and meeting rooms as well as a 24-hour concierge service.

Read reviews and details of Wilburn Basin, M5

7. New Maker Yards, M5

Get Living
4.68 (141 reviews) 4.68 (141 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of New Maker Yards, M5

New Maker Yards features 275 homes with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Middlewood Locks. The development is located only 10 minutes away from Salford Central and 14 minutes from Spinningfields and Manchester city centre. New Maker Yards was built around three historic canal basins and is bounded by the River Irwell. Residents have access to a wide range of amenities, including 24-hour security, a Seven Bro7hers bar & restaurant and a Co-op store. There is also a residents’ club room for a connected workspace, big screen, and free coffee.

Read reviews and details of New Maker Yards, M5

8. Anco&co, M4

Urbanbubble
4.64 (18 reviews) 4.64 (18 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Anco&co, M4

Situated in the charmingly cool community of Ancoats, Anco&co comprises 143 apartments designed by Bowler James Brindley. It offers flexible renting and a 24/7 club concierge alongside a range of onsite facilities. These include a private dining suite and rooftop terrace, as well as an onsite co-working space with Anco&co’s very own café-meets-cocktail-bar, Mule. The development is pet-friendly and apartments come fully furnished with voice controlled tech and intuitive heating. In addition, the development offers secure bike storage and 100mb/s unlimited broadband at no extra cost.

Read reviews and details of Anco&co, M4

9. Simple Life at Our Lady’s, M28

Simple Life Homes
4.55 (15 reviews) 4.55 (15 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Simple Life at Our Lady’s, M28

Situated in the popular and well-located area of Little Hulton in Worsley, this development offers beautiful 2, 3 and 4 bedroom family homes exclusively for rent. Residents here say that the development offers a great family-friendly community vibe, and that, overall, it is quiet, well designed and provides all the facilities they need.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Our Lady’s, M28

10. Affinity Living Riverside, M3

Affinity Living
4.53 (19 reviews) 4.53 (19 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Affinity Living Riverside, M3

At number 10, Affinity Living Riverside, by Affinity Living, comprises 190 studio to 3-bedroom apartments. Located just 5-minutes’ walk away from Spinningfields, this development has excellent local amenities and transport links. As well as this, residents benefit from a pet-friendly policy, flexible tenancies and regular social events held within the development by the management team.

Read reviews and details of Affinity Living Riverside, M3

11. Simple Life at Coral Mill, OL16

Simple Life Homes
4.72 (5 reviews) 4.72 (5 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Simple Life at Coral Mill, OL16

Coral Mill gets its name from the former cotton mill that the site is built upon. It offers both houses and flats, all designed and finished to a high standard. Newhey is close to Rochdale’s many shops and leisure facilities, with the town centre perfect for socialising. Manchester itself is just a short 10-mile drive away.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Coral Mill, OL16

12. Hacienda, M1

Lendlease
4.61 (11 reviews) 4.61 (11 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Hacienda,  M1

Hacienda is an iconic development situated in the heart of Manchester and also the former home to the world-famous nightclub of the same name. The development offers easy access to all city centre amenities and transport links. Deansgate and Manchester Oxford Road train stations are both only short walks away.

Read reviews and details of Hacienda, M1

13. Oxbow, M5

Greystar
4.43 (64 reviews) 4.43 (64 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of Oxbow, M5

In at number 13, Oxbow offers a collection of one, two and three-bedroom rental homes. Situated close to the River Irwell and only a 12-minute walk away from Salford Central train station, this INSTRATA Lifestyle Residence managed by Greystar gives residents access to an impressive range of facilities, including an onsite gym and a 24-hour on-site team.

Read reviews and details of Oxbow, M5

14. Simple Life at Hamilton Square, M46

Simple Life Homes
4.54 (8 reviews) 4.54 (8 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Simple Life at Hamilton Square, M46

Hamilton Square is another residential development in the Greater Manchester area that gives the best of both the rural and urban worlds. It sits in Atherton, which is well served by road networks with easy access to the A580, the M61 to Manchester and Liverpool (via A579) and Bolton, the M62 and M6 via the A580. The development itself offers good access to educational, recreational and retail amenities, with the local town centre situated just 0.5 miles from the site.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Hamilton Square, M46

15. Simple Life at Norwich Green, OL11

Simple Life Homes
4.51 (7 reviews) 4.51 (7 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Simple Life at Norwich Green, OL11

Backing onto the Rochdale Canal, Norwich Green is a new development of just 70 properties, all giving access to excellent transport links and nearby amenities. Reviewers roundly praise the design and finish of the houses available, also remarking on how well the management team handle the communal areas and front gardens.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Norwich Green, OL11

16. The Skyline 2, M4

L1 Capital
4.45 (55 reviews) 4.45 (55 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
The Skyline 2, M4

The Skyline 2 is a Build to Rent development that was previously owned and managed by Way of Life before being bought by L1 Capital in 2020. It now features a range of furnished one and two bedroom apartments, as well as an exceptional three-bed duplex. The Skyline 2 also has great views over the city. Furthermore, located on Goulden Street in Manchester, the building is only a 10-minute walk away from Victoria Railway station and only a 5-minute walk away from Shudehill Metrolink tram stop and bus station.

Read reviews and details of The Skyline 2, M4

17. The Trilogy, M15

Allsop Letting and Management
4.66 (110 reviews) 4.66 (110 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of The Trilogy, M15

The Trilogy is located in the heart of Castlefield with access to a variety of transport links. Deansgate is only a three-minute journey on the tram, whilst Cornbrook Metrolink Station is a three-minute walk. In addition, MediaCityUK is just a 12-minute commute. The development comprises 232 pet-friendly one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities, including a fully equipped gym as well as a landscaped communal garden. Likewise, the building provides a 24-hour on-site concierge service.

Read reviews and details of The Trilogy, M15

18. GreenGate, M3

JLL
4.50 (67 reviews) 4.50 (67 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
GreenGate, M3

GreenGate is a JLL development where all residents benefit from a 24-hour concierge and a range of other communal facilities, including: an on-site gym, landscaped courtyard, residents’ lounge, flexible parking and a ‘family and friends’ guest suite. The development is situated just a 10-minute walk from local amenities and the key shopping areas of Manchester.

Read reviews and details of GreenGate, M3

19. West Tower, M15

Legal & General, Urbanbubble
4.46 (66 reviews) 4.46 (66 reviews)
Area guide to Manchester
Image of West Tower, M15

Our top 20 list is nearly at its end! Situated in Deansgate Square, West Tower Residences is a Build to Rent development over two towers (North and West) featuring a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to a wide range of shared amenities, including 20-metre indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, yoga and dance studio, spinning room and amazing private dining facilities (including hire of a private chef). The development is only a three-minute walk from both Castlefield and Deansgate stations.

Read reviews and details of West Tower, M15

20. Simple Life at Shrewsbury Close, M24

Simple Life Homes
4.42 (19 reviews) 4.42 (19 reviews)
Area guide to Greater Manchester
Simple Life at Shrewsbury Close, M24

For our final entry we return to Rochdale, where Build to Rent development Shrewsbury Close offers a remarkable collection of two, three and four bedroom family homes. Located in the suburban area of Middleton, it offers easy access to main motorway networks and excellent local amenities.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Shrewsbury Close, M24

House prices in Manchester

The current average property price in Manchester stands at £230,715 according to the latest estimates from Zoopla (September 2021). This drops to an average of £159,301 for a terraced house or £190,386 for a flat. This higher average price for a flat perhaps reflects the large number of new apartments being built in the city centre.

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