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Property expert lists top six places to buy in Greater Manchester in 2021

From first-time buyers to buy-to-letters!

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We spoke to the experts at Bentley Hurst to find out the best places to buy in Manchester this year. 

I don’t have to tell you how great Manchester is – I don’t think you’d be following Proper Manchester if you didn’t love this place as much as we did – so I’ll skip straight to the good bit.  

Business Development Manager, Jonathan Gold has listed the top six places to buy in Greater Manchester right now, whether you are looking for ‘an affordable home, stylish suburban living, or somewhere to raise a family’. Perfect!

First on the list is the city centre – it’s thriving, and it’s (normally) vibrant and full of life. There are also tonnes of new developments happening too. Jonathon gives a specific shout out to the Deansgate Square developments that include four residential towers in an iconic location. 

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There are so many options for the city centre, with more and more new venues adding to the already massive list of shops, bars, restaurants and museums, and city centre living is bound to stay popular for quite sometime. 

Average prices for areas like Piccadilly and Deansgate come in at around £231,156. 

Next on the list is the classic suburban dream of Chorlton and Didsbury. There’s a strong social scene, impressive properties and beautiful greenery, plus it’s super easy to get into the city centre.

There’s a strong independent culture with a real ‘neighbourhood feel’. Average house prices can range from £292,280 to £354,549 and are very much in-demand.

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For first time buyers, Jonathon recommends Salford and Trafford where you’ll get a bit more bang for your buck while still maintaining pretty close proximity to the city centre.

In Salford house prices cost on average £200,715 with a capital growth of 30% over a five year period. 

Jonathon also explains that it’s a good area for those looking for a buy-to-let property, with rental yields in Little Hulton on average of 6%. 

Next up on the list, Prestwich. Known for it’s neighbouring Heaton Park, Prestwich makes the list as more and more people are looking to relocate to greener areas after almost a year of being locked up inside.

The up-and-coming suburb has had a big high street regeneration and now boasts an array of indie cafes and restaurants. You can be back in the city centre within 15 minutes and Jonathon promises a good mix of housing, plenty of greenery and good schools – making it the perfect place to start a family.

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Unlike anywhere else Manchester has to offer, Ancoats and New Islington are next on the list. 

Packed full of shops, arts and entertainment – and even a Michelin-starred restaurant – Ancoats and New Islington are a vibrant part of the city and perfect for anyone looking for something a little different.

Average house prices in Ancoats are around £213,371.

And finally, the Green Quarter. Situated close to the bustling Northern Quarter, the Green Quarter is perfect for those who like a little open space, and Victoria Station is just five minutes away.

A brand new 15-storey development, The Hallmark, is offering high-spec apartments with exclusive access to a landscaped roof top terrace! 

There are of course plenty of other amazing areas to buy in Manchester that will offer an array of different things, like Stretford’s bustling and growing food scene, and Tameside’s suburbia.

For more advice from Jonathon and his colleague’s, head to Bentley Hurst Manchester

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Spanish town is offering free houses and jobs in a bid to convince families to relocate there

Fancy trading in the 9-5 grind for a life in the sun?

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A Spanish town is offering families free homes and jobs in an attempt to encourage them to move there.

Griegos, a small town in the north-east of Spain, has seen its citizens dwindle in recent years, with only 132 residents remaining. So in a bid to tackle this issue, the town is offering three houses to rent along with two jobs, while the town hall is offering three different jobs ranging from local restaurant work to home teleworking.

The very persuasive advert explained: “We offer you work in the kitchen and restaurant for you and your partner at the Paladar de Aragón, located in La Muela de San Juan. Or you can manage the Griegos hotel-restaurant, located in the square.

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“If you are one of those who work from home […] You can telecommute and make use of our coworking.”

It is worth noting that only the first three months of your Spanish adventure will be free – after that time period has passed, rent will cost €225 (£194) per month, and families will get a €50 discount (£43) per child – meaning if you have two kids you’ll pay just £108 per month. 

Think of all the tapas and sangria you could buy with that extra money!

The only catch is that you have to be a family with children. Sorry, singletons. So, if you want to embark upon the next Spanish chapter of your life, you’ll have to be quick – there have already been over 3,000 applications from people all over the world who are keen to escape the hum drum. 

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And, with the amount of competition there is, applicants are now being asked to submit a video message alongside their application explaining why they should be selected for the scheme.

If the project is successful, it could lead to other Spanish towns offering similar schemes in what is dubbed ‘Empty Spain’, where villages and towns are seeing a steady decline in population numbers.

The town mayor Salvador Gil has also requested €150,000 to update and renovate the town’s hostel to ‘make it more attractive.’

You can visit the original social media campaign here – better get brushing up on your Spanish!

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Woman is raffling off stunning two-bed city centre flat and £10K spending money for just £5

‘I feel like a lot of younger people have less of these opportunities… So I thought maybe I could help somebody get themselves on the property ladder’

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A newly refurbished city centre flat is up for grabs in an incredibly unique raffle opportunity. 

Sushma Sharma will be giving one lucky winner the chance to own her two-bedroom city centre flat completely mortgage free, all for the price of an expensive Northern Quarter pint. 

It’s no secret that property prices have been rising to unaffordable levels for the last couple of years – and, out of the half a million people living in Manchester’s city centre, a vast proportion have had to settle with renting rather than enjoying the luxury of owning their own property.

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Well, a new opportunity that could make the dream of being a homeowner a reality has now arisen.

Sushma bought the flat, which is located just a stone throws away from Deansgate and Manchester Cathedral, in 2002 when property prices weren’t so costly, and now wants to give someone else the opportunity to own the place she has called home for the last two decades.

Speaking to Proper Manchester, Sushma, who works as a school teacher, explained: “This flat has been my home, and I’ve absolutely loved living here.

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“It’s south facing so very light and airy and the windows are huge. From here, I’ve watched as Manchester has changed so much over the years.

“Though what I’ve really loved is the location – I live on my own, and I’ve loved being able to feel safe coming home. I’ve taken full advantage of living directly in the centre and having all the city’s best bars, restaurants and galleries right on my doorstep.”

Sushma paid to have the property fully renovated around five years ago, so it now includes a utility room, brand new flooring, a new kitchen and a larger bathroom.

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Yet despite her happiness in the flat, when her mum died after a long battle with lupus two years ago, she was spurred to make some big changes in her life: “I could continue to love living here, but I’m feeling restless – after losing my mum two years ago, I’m wanting a change of scenery.

“Because I’m fifty-three, I feel like I had a lot of better chances to be able to buy and own my own property. I feel like a lot of younger people have less of these opportunities because things are so much harder.

“It makes me really sad, so I thought maybe I could help somebody get themselves on the property ladder.”

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Sushma explained that she could very easily sell the flat through an estate agent, but it would give her more pleasure to be able to do something new and to help someone at the same time.

And thus, the flat raffle idea was born.

Hosted on the competition app and website, Raffall, Sushma has 50,000 raffle tickets up for grabs. Priced at just £5 each, the winner of the final draw will get the two bedroom flat complete with a car parking space, service charges paid for a year and £10,000 spending money.

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The property will also come with a TV, integrated kitchen appliances, a washing machine, sofa, coffee table, double ottoman bed and double wardrobe.

And, if all 50,000 tickets are sold, Sushma will not only donate £5,000 to Lupus UK, a charity helping those living with the rare and incurable illness, but will give another £10,000 to a different ticket holder in a second prize draw.

“That could be a deposit for someone else to get their foot on the property ladder themselves.”

Do you fancy your chances at being a city centre homeowner? If so, get your own raffle ticket here, and make sure to follow the raffle’s official Instagram page and Facebook Page for updates.

The raffle ends on Sunday, August 22nd at 9pm.

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Haunted village in Scotland complete with beach up for sale for just £125,000

A ghost is a small price to pay to own an entire village…

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An entire village complete with its own private beach has been put on the market in Scotland, but there’s one catch: It’s apparently very haunted.

Because of course it is. 

Located on the idyllic shores of Loch Tay in Perthshire, the Old Village of Lawers is alleged to be haunted by a 17th-century ghost – but other than that, it sounds like a very lovely location. 

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According to Goldcrest Land and Forestry Group, the 3.31-acre site boasts its own private beach, semi-ancient native woodland, a grass paddock with potential planning opportunity, trout fishing rights and ‘wonderful views across the loch.’

However, the village also comes with the ghost of the Lady of Lawers, who resided and died within the village hundreds of years ago.

The Lady of Lawers was remembered for her various prophecies – a number of which appear to have actually come true.

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The brochure from Goldcrest Land and Forestry Group explains: “When she referred to ‘fire-coaches’ crossing the Drumochter Pass, she is said to have predicted the coming of the railway.

“She is alleged to have planted an ash tree at the northern end of the church, stating that when it grew to the height of the little spire, the church would fall. In fact, the church was so badly damaged in a thunderstorm, in which the ash tree perished, that it was never used again.”

Long before the construction of steamships, the Lady of Lawers had also once said: “A ship driven by smoke will sink in Loch Tay with great loss of life.”

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But putting ghoulish predictions and curses to one side, the entire village is priced at just £125,000, which is cheaper than most properties here in Manchester so, if you think about it, it’s a total steal.

Historic Environment Scotland has described the site as ‘an upstanding and well-preserved example of a deserted settlement.’

Jon Lambert, partner at selling agents Goldcrest Land and Forestry Group, said: “This is an extremely rare opportunity to buy a part of Scotland’s heritage in one of the most beautiful places in the country. The sale offers a unique chance to be the owner and custodian of an area wonderfully rich in history, romance and tradition.”

For more information, visit the Goldcrest Land and Forestry Group website here.

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