30 Apr, 2020

The 7 best places to live in Manchester

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Manchester is a city transforming in front of our eyes. Every year sees record-breaking levels of construction and huge public and private investments which have put the city on a global stage.

With an economy growing significantly faster than the national average, and all of the new high quality jobs being created in the city, it is no surprise that so many people are moving to Manchester.

The City Council projects that 5,000 people will move to the city centre alone every year until 2025, meaning that competition for the best apartments will be high. So, if you’re moving to Manchester it pays to know where you want to be in order to secure your dream home.

Read on for our list of the seven best places to live in Manchester and find out a bit more about each…


The vibrant Castlefield area is a stunning, tranquil area on the waterfront minutes from Deansgate. Named because it is the site of the original Roman fort in what is now Manchester, Castlefield is an area which blends seamlessly the city’s industrial past and its present status as a beautiful modern city.

There aren’t many places in Manchester better for evening dinner and drinks on the waterfront, or a sunny summer’s day sat in a beer garden. Castlefield is understandably popular, and one of Manchester’s most in-demand areas to live.

Great Ducie Street

Great Ducie Street is an area in the northern part of Manchester city centre which is undergoing rapid changes. A 20-year local government Framework is in place which will create millions of square feet of office space and regenerate the whole neighbourhood on the banks of the River Irwell.

This development is already making Great Ducie Street one of the most desirable parts of Manchester for businesses – a status which brings with it a myriad of other benefits such as huge potential for capital appreciation on residential properties. This is the perfect time to get in on the ground floor of an exciting and growing area minutes from Victoria Station and Spinningfields.

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Our next choice is slightly outside the city centre, but easily accessible via the Metrolink tram service. Regularly named on lists of the best places to live in the UK, Altrincham has undergone an incredible transformation in recent years.

Considered an out-of-the-way place as recently as 10 years ago, today Altrincham is home to arguably the city’s most exciting food and drink scene as well as dozens of other interesting and unique small businesses. Destinations like Altrincham Market have made the area desirable as well as wealthy, and there has never been a better time to look at living here.


The area around Piccadilly Station is already one of the most in-demand parts of Manchester. Outstanding transport links around the UK combine with business hubs and attractive neighbourhoods to create something special.

What’s more, huge investments into areas like Mayfield, Central Retail Park and Portugal Street will only improve the Piccadilly area further, turning it into one of the most popular areas of the city centre for long-time residents and people new to the city alike.

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King Street

King Street is in the heart of Manchester and benefits from exciting restaurants, high-end shops, bustling bars and convenient transport links. In addition, cultural hotspots including Manchester Art Gallery, the Royal Exchange Theatre and Central Library are only a short walk away.

What's more, the local area is also one of the most beautiful in Manchester, filled with hidden gems and curiosities. To the south east lies Albert Square, home to Manchester Town Hall, and just beyond that is St. Peter's Square. In the other direction is Deansgate and the John Rylands Library, a neo-gothic masterpiece which acts as the gateway to Spinningfields. To the north you can find the attractive St Anne's Square, and a little further on from that lie Manchester Cathedral, Selfridges and the iconic Northern Quarter.

Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter is the creative heart of Manchester. If you’re looking to live somewhere which has more of an independent spirit, this might be ideal for you. Vintage boutiques, independent record shops and pop up restaurants mix with art galleries, start up businesses and more to create a unique living environment.

The best part? The Northern Quarter is always changing. There’s always something new and exciting round the corner for you to discover. If you value quirky character and a good vibe, this is the place for you.


Regularly making international lists of the coolest places to live, Ancoats is something special. This canalside neighbourhood is defined by its converted mills and warehouses which lend it a sense of history as well as a trendy modern style.

What was once a major industrial area has become a hotbed of new restaurants, microbreweries, small galleries and theatres and fun bars where you can sit by the water in the sun – whatever happens, you’re guaranteed a good time in Ancoats.

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