Living in Manchester / Cheshire
Living in Manchester and Cheshire
Manchester is in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north and east – it’s a fabulous place to live and work. Whether you’re familiar with the area already or looking to relocate, here are all the things you’ll want to know about to help you feel at home in no time.
From Manchester’s vibrant and culturally diverse city centre, to the leafy affluence of many of Cheshire’s villages – there’s no shortage of things to see and do around here.
Choose from the designer boutiques of King Street or the high street chains around the Arndale Centre and St Anne’s Square. Sample the bohemian and vintage offering of Affleck’s Palace and the Northern Quarter or Cheshire’s John Lewis and designer boutiques. Alternatively, you can visit the Trafford Centre – the largest shopping centre in the UK.
Music and Culture
The Manchester music scene is legendary. From The Smiths,
Buzzcocks, Joy Division, New Order, Oasis and Take That… the list goes on! No wonder the city has the highest number of local radio stations outside London and a thriving live music scene. If you fancy a dash of culture, the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery are popular destinations too, as are The Lowry Theatre, The Palace Theatre, The Opera House, the Hallé orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall and The Royal Exchange.
Central Manchester is the most “vibrant” place to live in the country, according to a new report, while Cheshire East is the fifth happiest place to live in Britain according to the Office for National Statistics. While, the Sunday Times Best Places to Live survey, 2013, placed four locations in Cheshire and one in Manchester on a list of the top ten places to live in the North West.
Whatever you’re looking for you should find something to suit your tastes. To give you an idea, the average detached house price sales in Greater Manchester in 2014 were: Trafford £437,464; Stockport £311,166; Manchester £267,295; Salford £247,126 and Tameside £209,795.
The majority of sales in Cheshire during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £178,543. Detached properties sold for an average of £325,649, with terraced properties fetching £142,815.
And, if you’re not in the market for buying, average rental prices in the area are pretty competitive too. They vary depending on the area you choose. For example, in Stockport, Wilmslow and Manchester City Centre, rental prices range from £300-£900 pcm for a one-bedroom apartment, £600-£900 pcm for a two-bedroom property and £800-£1,500 pcm for a three-bedroom property. There is a vast range of properties to choose from. It just depends whether depending on whether you’re more interested in being at the heart of the action in the city centre or surrounded by good schools and leafy parks in the suburbs.
Manchester and Cheshire are home to some of the best primary and secondary schools in the country, not to mention the University of Manchester, Manchester Met and some excellent colleges.
Eating and Drinking
Food-wise, few places in the UK can match Manchester and Cheshire. From Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional home cooked pub food. Manchester even has its own Chinatown, offering plenty of eateries. Canal Street is the heart of Manchester’s thriving Gay Village complete with a number of excellent café bars, restaurants and clubs, while The Northern Quarter is home to a number of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants.
Home to Manchester United and Manchester City Football Club’s, we have the 2002 Commonwealth Games to thank for world-class facilities such as the National Squash Centre, Aquatics Centre and The Manchester Velodrome. Lancashire County Cricket Club plays at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and Manchester is soon to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup. There are several championship golf courses in Cheshire and Cheshire is represented in the highest-level basketball league in the UK, the BBL, by Cheshire Phoenix.
If you’re a member of the National Trust, you’ll have a field day visiting the many historic estates in and around Cheshire. Tatton Park, Dunham Massey, Quarry Bank Mill and Lyme Park are all lovely places to visit. Added to which The Lake District, North Wales and the coastal resorts of Blackpool, and Southport are all just an hour or two’s drive away.
Transport and Travel
One of the best things about living in this part of the North West is the fantastic access we have to road, rail and air links. You’re never far away from anywhere! Manchester Airport is the third busiest in the UK and the largest outside of the London region, flying to more destinations than any other airport in Britain. The Manchester Metrolink, is the largest light rail tram system in the UK with 7 lines and 92 stops along its 57 miles.
The city has one of the most extensive bus networks outside of London with over 50 bus companies. While the Manchester rail station group – comprising Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate – is the fourth busiest in the UK – and you can reach London Euston in just 2 hours.