Monday, 27 May 2013 7:20 AM
Manchester has been completely transformed from an industrial town into a modern metropolis in the past few decades and it is proving to be an increasingly popular destination among people who are looking to relocate to the north.
However, its status as one of the trendiest and most vibrant places in the UK has inevitably caused the price of city centre properties to rise sharply in recent years. With this in mind, many house hunters are looking towards the suburbs in order to find a nice place to live that is within easy reach of the heart of Manchester and which does not cost as much.
There are a number of excellent locations for people who want to have a quieter lifestyle, while still being on the doorstep of one of the UK's most happening cities and here are three places that you should consider.
Chorlton, or Chorlton-cum-Hardy to give it its full name, is one of the most sought after suburbs in Manchester. Located around four miles to the south of Manchester, Chorlton is now a firm favourite among young professionals who have their finger on the pulse when it comes to fashion.
Indeed, the area is renowned for its art and culture and there are numerous festivals that highlight this aspect of the suburb throughout the year. Chorlton also has more than its fair share of excellent restaurants, trendy bars and rustic pubs.
Like any good suburb, Chorlton has plenty to keep locals entertained, while still offering a quieter, slower pace of life than inner-city Manchester. Due to its positive reputation, house prices in Chorlton tend to be higher than in other nearby areas, but you will still get far more for your money than you would in the centre of town.
Didsbury is very similar to Chorlton in a number of ways. They are both populated with artistic, cultural types, they each have a plethora of excellent shops and bars and they are both easily reachable from the city centre.
While Chorlton already has a Metro station that provides quick access to various parts of Manchester and Salford, work to create a new stop in East Didsbury is expected to be finished this summer. This is likely to make the area - which is around 4.5 miles away from the city centre - even more popular than it already is.
Something that gives Didsbury an edge over other suburbs is its wonderful selection of parks and green spaces, which make it the perfect place for people who are looking to raise a family on the outskirts of a major city.
Although Higher Broughton has not got the same glowing reputation as Chorlton and Didsbury, it is certainly an up-and-coming area to keep your eye on. Technically, it is a suburb of Salford, but it is only a couple of miles outside of Manchester, which means it is an ideal location for people who need to commute every day.
A lot of money is being spent on regenerating the area and the award-winning Higher Broughton Partnership was set up in 2004 to ensure the region benefited from new state-of-the-art housing developments. Even though it is so close to the centre of Manchester, property prices in Higher Broughton tend to be far more affordable, so this could be a good option for house hunters who want to be as close to the action as possible without breaking their budget.
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