Given how varied and interesting Manchester is, not to mention its staggering size spanning 115.6 square kilometres, it shouldn’t surprise that so many people enjoy spending time there. But, if you want to take up residence there, which are the best places to live in the city? It’s a subjective judgement, of course – but vibrant North West news site Huddled, which obviously knows the city well, has some good ideas of what are Manchester’s most appealing places to live.
Unsurprisingly for a city that, according to the last census, is populated by 503,100 people, Manchester can be really bustling at times! However, that’s not so much the case in Castlefield, one of the city’s more peaceful areas. The wide open canals and viaducts here have encouraged a broad range of al fresco dining, and it’s a historically fascinating area, too; it’s located on the basin of the Bridgewater Canal, which was first constructed in 1764 and helped Castlefield’s industry to flourish.
Often called Manchester’s centre, the Northern Quarter is indeed near two significant transport hubs and the Arndale, the city’s largest shopping centre. However, the area is also very appealing in its own right, thanks largely to its array of independently-owned restaurants and bars, which lend the Northern Quarter a unique charm. The vintage record shops, comedy clubs and jazz clubs are also well worth checking out should you be lucky enough to land a home here.
A mere stone’s throw away from the Northern Quarter is Ancoats, an area much esteemed for its rich historical character in particular. Just check out, for example, Great Ancoats Street – where old mill buildings have been converted into offices, apartments and other spaces. Another place of great historical interest in Ancoats is Victoria Square, a section of apartments where many elderly people live with a level of independence that isn’t always on offer at other old people’s retirement homes.
The Millennium Quarter is home to top drawer attractions including the Arndale, the Printworks and the Corn Exchange – and this likely helps to explain why it is among the most popular parts of Manchester to live. Enticing nightlife and shopping venues are also just a minute away, while making occasional visits out of Manchester is easy thanks to the Victoria and Piccadilly railway stations being in such close proximity as well. Not that you would actually want to leave this awesome Manchester area, which is also home to the Tudor building of Old Wellington Inn.
Among the UK’s most loved gay quarters, the Village is well-served with flats, bars and entertainment venues along Canal Street. The Village is also fascinating to visit to see how a number of historical buildings here have been given a modern makeover. No wonder the area has become increasingly popular as a place to live – and this can make for great investment opportunities. The investment property consultants at Flambard Williams can help you to financially make the most out of Manchester’s popularity.