Best areas to live in Manchester

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Manchester is a beautiful city to live in and it boasts some of the most multicultural, vibrant and creative areas the country has to offer. In fact, it’s ranked as the third most popular city to visit in the UK. It’s home to world famous bands and musicians, one of the top football teams in the world and is rich in cultural heritage. There are also many famous architects in Manchester, and lots of great interior designers and other creative industries. We can see why it’s so popular! So if you are considering a move to Manchester, or you already live here and are wondering which area might be best to move to, House Architects has compiled a list of some of the best areas to live in Manchester. It was tough to narrow it down but here are our top ten!

Top 10 places to live in Manchester


Altrincham was given the prestigious title of “Best place to live in the North West” in 2018, and has won the title of UKs best high street for several years. We can understand why! The area has a beautiful housing stock of traditional Victorian and Edwardian properties, so if you love period housing rather than modern new builds this is a good area to look in.

Properties in this area come with a price tag though, with the average house price in the area at around £420,000 for a semi detached house, rising to a massive 3-quarter-of-a-million pound price tag for the average detached house.


Voted the 4th best place to live in England in 2018, this area also boasts a beautifully traditional housing stock with its fair share of Victorian and Edwardian detached houses. It also has smaller terraced houses and lots of 1930s semi detached homes too. The average house price in this area is a little less expensive than Altrincham generally, at around £320,000, with terraced houses around £245,000.

The area boasts lots of ofsted “good” primary and secondary schools, and is only 20 minutes form the city centre via public transport. A good area with a community feel for young families or single professionals.


Another good area for families due to the number of good schools. The house prices here are more within reach with the average semi detached house selling for around £250,000, and detached houses going for around £385,000. Its great for transport links too being very close to the M60 and it’s 15 minutes away from the city centre on public transport.


A popular area with students in Manchester, Rusholme has very attractive rent and property prices. It’s also home to the famous “Curry Mile”, a mile-long road home to lots of Indian and Asian restaurants and takeaways.

You can bag a lot more house for your money in this area with house prices ranging from around £150,000 for a terraced house and semi detached houses for aproximatley £250,000.


Didsbury is arguably one of the post popular residential areas in Manchester, and the properties here are highly sought after. This is reflected in the prices of the houses in this area with the average price of a detached home reaching almost £800,000 and flats selling for about £250,000.

The area is popular for a reason. It’s close to both Manchester airport and Manchester City centre, it is home to hosts of independent shops, bars and restaurants, and the housing stock isn’t bad either! If you have the money to spend on living in a great area Didsbury might be worth a look!


A popular area for young professionals to Manchester due to it being a commercial district, Spinningfields is a good area for those who like to live and work in one place.

In spite of it being the biggest commercial district in the city, Spinningfields has been given the title of most family friendly area to live in Manchester in the past. It has a large number of eateries, bars and restaurants, and offers it’s residents culture and leisure right on the doorstep.


Chorlton is another area in Manchester with a great community feel and as such its a popular place for those settling down with a growing family. Chorlton has lots of character and a liberal vibe with lots of organic shops and green space such as in Chorlton Park.

The house prices in the area are cheaper than areas like Altrincham or Didsbury, so you can get more house for your money, with the average house price coming in at around £320,000.


Ancoats is the area equivalent of Manchester’s cooler younger sibling. It was crowned Time Out magazine’s “13th Coolest Neighbourhood in the World” several years ago, even beating cities like New York, Sydney, and Barcelona. We put it down to it’s generous helping of independent shops and bakeries, craft beer pubs, and international cuisine restaurants all over this area.

As you can imagine, it’s popular with younger homeowners, or those who are thirsty for an engaging place to live, with much of the housing stock in this area being flats.


One of Manchester’s quieter areas, Castelfield was declared the UK’s first Urban Heritage Park in 1982, which means you wont get lots of traffic in this area, unlike other places in Manchester!

The architecture in Castlefield here is very old, home to the Roman fort and old mills, as well as cobbled streets. However it also has a good mix of new in the area too with high end bars and restaurants. The average house price is around £245,000 in Castlefield.

Castlefield offers its residents the perfect mixture of old and new, with high-end bars and restaurants as well as the Roman fort and old mills, this quaint, cobbled street area of Manchester has something for everyone.

With the average price of all property types selling for £235,166, it’s clear to see why so many people are drawn to the Roman heart of Manchester. 1982 saw Castlefield become the UK’s first Urban Heritage Park, which means you won’t find any traffic in Castlefield. If you prefer to live in one of Manchester’s quieter areas, Castlefield is for you.


House prices in Salford are significantly lower than in other areas in Manchester, and the architecture and layout of this area of the city is quite different to other areas. It’s a great place to live if commuting to either Manchester or Liverpool and is home to Media City UK.

The average house price for a semi detached in Salford is around £210,000, and terraced houses go for about £180,000, making Salford one of the more affordable places on our list.

With terraced houses selling for £171,828 and semi-detached properties for just £202,266 on average, Salford gives families and professionals the opportunity of affordable property prices with the benefit of being in the city centre via the metrolink in a matter of minutes.

Home to the MediaCityUK, Salford isn’t short of job opportunities and housing but also acts as the perfect commuter town for those working in the city centre of Manchester or Liverpool.

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