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NEW OPENING: Manchester’s first ever £1M shared beauty salon work space

After massive success over in the US, Phenix is testing out the waters on the other side of the pond…

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Salon giant Phenix Salon Suites has launched its first ever UK venue in Manchester’s city centre, creating a new haven for all things hair and beauty.

The first of its kind in the UK, Phenix Salon Suites is a flexible place for hair and beauty professionals to master their craft and run their businesses all under one roof at Number One Deansgate.

The brand was originally launched in Colorado Springs in 2007 after founder and entrepreneur Gina Rivera wanted to offer salon professionals an alternative to either renting a chair in an existing salon or dealing with the challenges of owning their own salon.

And fast forwarding to 2021, Phenix has over 300 sites dotted across the US and now, one here in Manchester, which boasts twenty-nine salons, 50% of which have already being leased by business owners.

Phenix Salon Suites

Phenix Salon Suites

Current tenants include hair stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, skincare professionals and makeup artists. 

And as for the building itself? Well, as guests arrive at the new space, they will be taken through a luxury lobby just off Deansgate and, as they climb the stairs, will be ‘transported to a hair and beauty haven’. 

Down the spa-like corridor, you’ll find tenants such as Andrew Trott-Barn with byATB, Joseph Snee from Joseph Patrick Hair, Ashley Longmore at Moloko Hair, pedicurist Yulia Hamilton, hair extension specialist Savana, and many more.

Each tenant will be given access to a break room and kitchen space, as well as an on-site laundry room with FREE use of commercial equipment for fast washing and drying. Hairdressers and barbers will also be provided with a backwash, styling chair and hair trolley, while nail artists or beauty therapists will be offered sink units and storage trolleys.

Phenix Salon Suites

Phenix Salon Suites

John Gillespie, Operations Director of the UK & Europe said on the new opening: “We know how hard it is to set up a salon from scratch, and even more so when it comes to finding something affordable in the middle of an incredible city like Manchester.

“We wanted to make it accessible and achievable for anyone to create their own business, and so we’ve launched the very first Phenix here in Number One Deansgate, maybe one of the best addresses in the city!

“We chose Manchester as our first location here in the UK as it’s already a leader in the hair and beauty industry. There are so many creatives and entrepreneurs, we knew immediately it was the right home for us.”

For more information, head over to the Phenix Salon Suites UK website.

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Average UK house price hits £250k: Here’s what that’ll get you in Greater Manchester

Looks like I’m moving to Bolton then…

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Bad news for first time buyers: The average UK house price has reached £250,000 for the first time, making the prospect of owning a home even more unrealistic for thousands of people across the country.

But what could that sum of money buy you here in Greater Manchester?

While it is common knowledge that buying a house up in the North is a considerably cheaper alternative to buying in the South, prices are slowly creeping up here too, making it even more difficult for people to get themselves on the property ladder.

Prices vary from borough to borough, so we had a snoop on RightMove to see what exactly £250k can get you in each location. Here’s what we found…

RightMove

RightMove

Salford

For 250,000 sheets, those looking to settle down and buy in Salford can get themselves this lovely – though admittedly a little dated – three bedroom semi-detached house down Eccles New Road.

The garden is undeniably the best feature of the property, with an abundance of space for avid gardeners and vegetable plotters to throw themselves into. It is also situated in an enviable location with it being within walking distance from a Metrolink station, Salford Royal Hospital (because you can never be too careful) and Salford Quays.

However, as the photos demonstrate, the house is in desperate need of a lick of paint (and a new fireplace, obviously), especially if a young couple are moving in.

You can see the full property listing here.

RightMove

RightMove

Rochdale

Over in Norden in the borough of Rochdale, £250K can get you this gorgeous three bedroom cottage, complete with one bathroom and an absolutely massive kitchen with actual wooden beams.

Located in the heart of the Norden countryside, this property is ideal for all those looking to swap the hustle and bustle of city living for a wholesome lifestyle in that ‘proper’ country fresh air. The cottage boasts tons of space, including three double bedrooms, a large dining room and living area, and two generous gardens, front and back.

I struggled to find any faults with this property other than it being a tad dated and in the middle of nowhere; though it does seem to only have electric heaters instead of a gas central heating system, which could rack up your energy bill in the colder months.

You can see the full property listing here.

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RightMove

Stockport

Back in the city, £250K gets you considerably less than a countryside cottage and promises a hell of a lot more blood, sweat and tears with this three bedroom end-of-terrace.

Located in Heaton Chapel, Stockport, this house strikes me as oddly charming from the outside thanks to its unique yellow and green painted door and window frames. However, upon setting foot inside the property, you’ll find that tens of thousands of pounds worth of work is desperately needed to make the property liveable.

The photos show wallpaper – which could have only been purchased in the 1970s – peeling from the walls in a number of rooms, while tiles and floorboards lay broken and smashed on the floors. Oh, and there’s literally no counters or worktops in the kitchen, which wouldn’t be helpful.

Though I have to admit, this house has a lot of potential for those who are willing to give it some love (and a couple of bank loans).

You can see the full listing here.

RightMove

RightMove

Manchester

Over in Fallowfield, Manchester, you’ll also struggle to get your money’s worth for £250,000 with this four bedroom terraced house.

The property, which looks destined to be rented out to easygoing students, features four bedrooms, a large cellar (not the romantic wine kind, sadly), and two bathrooms ideal for those happy to share and pinch each other’s shampoo. It is also located within walking distance from the universities and both Oxford Road station and Piccadilly station.

Though it is worth noting that the house, which is very narrow and will definitely need a good lick of paint and some new furnishings before anyone could comfortably live there, sadly reflects the rising costs of central Manchester living. My advice? Get out of the city and into the derelict countryside if you’re wanting more bang for your buck.

You can see the full listing here.

RightMove

RightMove

Wigan

Now that’s more like it… Over in Leigh, Wigan, where pies are in an abundance, you’ll be able to spend your £250,000 on this lovely three bedroom detached house.

Located close to the East Lancashire Road, this property boasts massive space throughout, though there are some slightly questionable decorations and furnishings. Like many of the properties up for grabs at this price in the region, the house feels a little 70s and could definitely do with a spruce up (did you ever see a kitchen so sterile looking?).

But overall, this house is a total steal and has huge potential with it’s massive front-facing windows and promising garden (which even comes with it’s very own willow tree!) That’s worth the security deposit alone, in my opinion.

You can see the full listing here.

RightMove

RightMove

Tameside

£250,000 is money well spent in Broadbottom, Hyde, with this gorgeous two bedroom end of terrace property with, low and behold, space for an actual vegetable patch. 

While the back garden boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside, around the front of the property there is another large garden with flower beds and a small pond. Inside, the house has a large open plan living and dining area complete with rustic burning stoves, and a generously sized kitchen perfect for cooking all those home-grown veggies.

The property also features a new side extension and plenty of room for storage, something that’s quite hard to come by these days.

You can see the full listing here.

RightMove

RightMove

Oldham

Over in Oldham, £250,000 will get you this charming three bedroom semi-detached property, complete with a conservatory and, miraculously, modern decoration and furnishings.

Yep, in probably the first modern listing I’ve come across under this price bracket so far, this house is located down a quiet cul-de-sac just a stone’s throw away from a number of schools – so it’s perfect for those looking to settle down and start a family. 

The house is also situated nearby to a Metrolink station, Ashton-Under-Lyne train station and the motorway, making it an ideal location for those wanting to get out and about. 

You can see the full listing here.

RightMove

RightMove

Trafford

In Trafford, you’ll be getting a little less value for £250,000 with this three bedroom end-of-terrace property that is in urgent need of a spruce up and de-weeding.

Though it may be a haven for die-hard Manchester United fans, considering it’s just a short walk away from the football clubs Old Trafford home ground. It is also located close to local schools and has good transport links to the city centre, if Man United isn’t your cup of tea.

The house also features a cosy living room, a decent sized kitchen and a large garden which, with some TLC, could have some great potential for those summer barbecues. 

You can see the full listing here

RightMove

RightMove

Bolton

Westhoughton in Bolton has knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous three bedroom semi detached property priced at, you guessed it, £250,000. 

This refreshingly modern home features two bathrooms, a stylish and newly fitted upstairs bathroom and kitchen and a large master bedroom. Outside, there’s a massive double driveway and an extension to rear.

And guess what? Not a single strip of floral, 1970’s wallpaper in sight! The area is massively sought after among families, and is close to a number of transport links. 

You can see the full listing here

RightMove

RightMove

Bury

And last but not least, this is what you can get for £250,000 over in Brandleshome, Bury – and, to be honest, I’m impressed. 

This three bedroom detached house features a garage (!!!) which is completely unheard of in £250k Greater Manchester properties for some reason, a three-piece bathroom suite and a lovely open plan living room and dining area. 

Outside, there’s a generous garden space with some lovely trees and shrubs – because who doesn’t love a good bit of greenery in grey and rainy Manchester?

You can see the full listing here

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‘Most expensive’ penthouse in Greater Manchester goes on sale

The property has been described as ‘the pinnacle of luxury living’

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A four-bedroom penthouse believed to be the most expensive apartment Greater Manchester has ever seen has gone on sale.

And it could be yours… Granted you have £3,500,000 laying about.

Yep, the elusive apartment, located in Altrincham, comes with a hefty price tag and the pictures make it easy to understand why – the property is part of an ‘exclusive’ brand new development in Bowdon and is the final of four apartments in the building to be sold.

The apartment, which is just a stone’s throw from the popular Durham Massey Park as well as Hale MetroLink Station, features four spacious bedrooms, a hidden and heated driveway, a private rooftop terrace and state-of-the-art fingerprint recognition. 

RightMove

RightMove

The living space features an open-plan kitchen and living area, with white marbled floors, and slate grey integrated appliances, as well as beautiful floor-to-ceiling patio doors leading out onto a balcony, which boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding area.

Other features not found in your typical property is a home cinema room, a walk-in wardrobe/dressing room, a separate study, and a dining room

There’s also an electric rubbish chute which takes waste down to a particular bin, so the residents won’t even have to leave the building with pungent and leaking bin bags – the dream!

Described on its RightMove listing as ‘the pinnacle of luxury living’ and a ‘groundbreaking project’ by the estate agents Hibbert Homes, the apartment is up for grabs for a cool £3.5M, which can be paid in monthly mortgage payments (for obvious reasons).

RightMove

Rightmove

Hibbert Homes’ director, Will Magdzinsk, said: “It’s an amazing development. I don’t think there has been a development of apartments which has managed to achieve such high prices outside London, certainly in the North West.

“Normally a luxury apartment will cost you £1.5 million, but these are over double that and blow everything else out the water.

“It is definitely the most expensive apartment to have sold in Greater Manchester. Some have asked for a similar price, but never achieved it.”

If you’re interested in the penthouse or, like me, you like to look at properties way out of your price range, check out the full listing on RightMove.

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Manchester’s iconic CIS tower to become £150M ‘vertical district’ with bars and restaurants

The investment marks a whole new era for the former CIS tower

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The former CIS skyscraper will be getting a whole new lease of life thanks to a massive £150M refurbishment project.

The project, commissioned by Castlebrooke Investments, will be transforming the building – which was once the tallest tower in Manchester before the arrival of the Beetham Tower back in 2006 –  into Society, a new ‘vertical district’ complete with restaurants, bars and shared workspaces.

Society will offer ‘all the facilities of a HQ environment with flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, conference suites and the convenience of on-site amenities’, according to Castlebrooke. 

Castlebrooke

The 425,000 sq ft building will be sectioned into three distinct parts; the Tower, which will feature 143,527 sq ft of workspace across twenty-six floors, the Podium, 207,379 sq ft of the ‘largest and most flexible office floor plates in Manchester’ and the Street, a space for food, drink, retail and leisure amenities at street level.

A spokesperson from Castlebrooke said: “The tower has been at the forefront of innovation in Manchester city centre since it was first erected in the 1960s.

“Our redevelopment strategy continues this forward-thinking tradition, re-imagining the building to form a vertical district that will attract distinct user types to its three component parts – tower, podium, and street – as the way we work and live in the city evolves.

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“Together these components facilitate the coming together of a new society, offering all the facilities of a HQ environment with flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, conference suites and the convenience of on-site amenities, which are ideal for Manchester’s international business community.”

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, added: “Society complements the established neighbourhood of vibrant communities in this part of the city and marks an exciting new era for the building and a creative re-imagining of an established working environment, which Manchester’s business community will no doubt embrace.”

The plans for Society are still in their early stages so a finish date is yet to be announced – but you can stay posted with updates over on their website.

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