Greater Manchester has some amazing areas that can offer young professionals, families and retirees alike a welcoming, busy and interesting life. There are so many that it’s hard to pick just one, so here are the four best regions to look for a house, job or new life.
Prestwich isn’t as well-known as other Manchester suburbs like Chorlton and Didsbury, but it’s very popular with young families as it has a community feel while still being within easy reach of the centre. The cheap taxis Manchester has to offer come in handy here.
It’s certainly up and coming, with bars, restaurants and businesses moving in on the cheaper rents. It also has fairly affordable housing and some good schools, with a few parks dotted here and there. Add in the good transport links and most people’s boxes are ticked.
What are the house prices like?
Of course, this depends on what you’re looking for, but the average semi in Prestwich is just under £205,000. There are pricier options, though, with detached properties going for more than £500,000.
There are lots of well-regarded schools in Prestwich, with some rated as Outstanding at their least Ofsted inspection. There’s a good mix of faith schools and secular, with some of the schools attracting parents into the area.
Prestwich has become a bit more lively and trendy recently, with bars and cafes opening up. There’s also lots of green spaces, including the famous 600-acre Heaton Park which hosts lots of events throughout the year.
Bramhall, a Stockport suburb, has a wide range of housing types to suit everyone, as well as brilliant transport links to Manchester and further afield. You can spend as much or as little as you like, with the semi-detached houses in the Dairyground development being snapped up fast.
Bramhall’s a bit pricier than many areas of Greater Manchester, with the average detached house going for just over £434,000. Semi-detached places are £100,000 cheaper and terraced houses in Bramhall average out at £223,000.
Stockport has always had great schools, with many of the primaries and secondaries getting Outstanding Ofsted ratings.
Bramhall is a small suburb so you’ll get that community feel despite only being mere minutes from Manchester city centre. You can also get to the Peak District in no time, or if you want to stay local, there’s some friendly independent restaurants on offer.
Saddleworth is stunning – rugged, windswept moors with drystone walls and crags a-go-go. It’s actually made up of seven villages, which makes it hard to pick the best one. However, whichever village you choose – Uppermill, Delph, Greenfield, Dobcross, Diggle, Grotton or Denshaw – you can’t go wrong.
Uppermill is the “capital” with the shops, bars and cafes, as well as the Museum of Saddleworth and a narrowboat ride.
Saddleworth is pricy – the average house price in Uppermill is £260,000 and it’s not slowing down. Two-bed places are just over £200,000, but some properties are well over the £1 million mark. Properties sell fast, too.
Saddleworth does well when it comes to primaries and secondaries, although Saddleworth School in Uppermill doesn’t have a sixth form. There’s good provision in nearby Oldham or Huddersfield, though.
Saddleworth always has something going on – festivals, farmers’ markets and of course, the world-famous brass band contest. There’s no shortage of bars, cafes and restaurants and even Morris dancing clubs. Then of course, there’s the moors. There’s excellent transport links, too, with regular trains and buses into Manchester, Leeds and Huddersfield.