Manchester Area Guide

Local Area Guide from Reeds Rains Manchester, Greater ManchesterLocal Area Guide from Reeds Rains Manchester, Greater Manchester

Manchester is a city in the county of Greater Manchester. It has a population of 2.55 million and is the third-most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors, after London and Edinburgh. People who visit Manchester enjoy its architecture, culture, music scene, media links, and sports clubs. Manchester is proud to have built the world’s first railways inter-city passenger station and is the place where Ernest Rutherford’s atomic research first split the atom.

The City Centre market for Manchester has been transformed over the last 18 years to become to become one of the most desirable and fast paced areas to live and offers a wide variety apartment styles and values. Iconic architecture is evident throughout the area and desirable blocks are high on buyers’ lists. There is a huge choice available to purchase with typical prices anything from £100,000 to £1,000,000 plus.

Appealing to those looking for the benefits and trappings of this multi-cultural, bohemian environment with a vast array of shopping, leisure and night-life in the area; Manchester also has a fantastic choice of culture and arts. Its high mix of youth and maturity, major events and almost hidden arts and crafts creates an attraction to virtually anyone. There are a few hidden gems of green spaces to enjoy in the city when the sun is out; Whitworth Gardens, Parsonage Gardens, the Old Victoria Line and Hardman Square at Spinningfield. Manchester has many parks located within the borough.

The manager of Reeds Rains office, Greg Davies, says: “Manchester feels like the hub of the North West, providing a centre for employment, culture, arts and entertainment. Despite being a place of hustle and bustle, it is still a place with a friendly atmosphere and in essence feels like a very large interesting village. There is so much going on all year round from charity runs, sports events, and specialised markets... it almost re-invents itself time after time so everyone can get to enjoy a different aspect of what makes this a great city to live.”

The core of the city is predominately made up of apartments. Each developer has created a block that meets their own vision. Each section of Manchester has its own blend of new build; modern architecture intermixed with period conversions and restored buildings. Many of the former mills have been converted to provide character homes with restored chimney stacks to remind people of the roots that made Manchester what it is today. Every area almost has its own identity whether it is a waterfront/canal side spot or a front door to the shopping mecca. Careful research should help you find the right location for you. In the centre of the city, there are many two bedroom apartments, although with some careful searching, you can find anything up to a four bedroom triplex penthouse with concierge and stunning views.

Manchester is renowned for so many things it is hard to know where to begin. From the internationally recognised university, football, concert venues, shopping, and architectural buildings along with a fair bit of the UK’s talent including Noel and Liam Gallagher, The Stone Roses’ , Mick Hucknall and John Thaw to name but a few.

As one of Manchester most established estate agents, Reeds Rains have properties throughout the area and even out to the suburban locations on the outskirts of the city. The most popular apartments are the period conversions that offer character features and parking spaces are always in demand. The levels of service charge vary greatly and represent the quality of the services such as lifts, communal spaces, maintenance and concierge services. Make sure you review your budget and set your parameters before falling in love.

Amongst the most sought after developments are the ones that sit close to the city but provide a touch of calmness. For example, Castlefield provides the popular character buildings together with canal side gardens, bars and restaurants.

Manchester will provide you with all the major high street names from Aldi to Marks & Spencer’s, from full sized supermarkets to metro quick stop shops, all inter spaced with independent shops and markets. Arndale Shopping Centre has big names such as Next and Beaverbrooks, or you can worm your way round the Northern Quarter’s vintage and second hand stores. It almost seems easier to try and find out what isn’t available. Fashion outlets are littered through Cheetham Hill, or wander down Deansgate or Cross Street to sample some of the designer shops or department stores. With a range of retail parks a short journey away, choice is never a problem. Beyond retail options there is even more going on; from Christmas markets, museums, charity runs, theatres, pop concerts, sporting events, football, and comedy venues.