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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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New images reveal how Debenhams Manchester will look after huge transformation

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AM Alpha

Brand new images reveal how Debenhams on Market street in Manchester city centre will look after it has gone through a huge transformation.

The iconic Grade II listed building currently stands empty on the bustling shopping street and is in need of some TLC. Once a busy department store, the empty building which was home to the household brand, is now covered in graffiti after it fell into administration in 2020.

Debenhams was later bought by Manchester-headquartered fashion giant Boohoo but all its stores were closed, leaving the site, known as the Rylands building, looking sad and in desperate need of a facelift.

Last year, global real-estate investment firm AM Alpha, based in Munich, confirmed that works were to get underway to breathe new life into the structure and transform it into a mixed-use development compromising retail, leisure and office space.

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However, after Debenhams vacated it fell victim to vandals as it had its windows smashed and became covered in spray paint — which saw it dubbed as the city’s scruffiest building.

Situated close to Piccadilly Gardens, the multi-storey building was originally built in 1932 as a warehouse by J. Gerrard and Sons of Swinton for the Rylands textile company. It was designed by local architects, Fairhursts, in an Art Deco style, complete with a decorative corner tower and zig zag window ledges.

Exciting new digital images have revealed how the derelict site could look after it has undergone a major glow-up with works set to commence this year. The £68.5m redevelopment project was approved by Manchester City Council in January 2021. 

AM Alpha

The plans will see the upper floors of the grand building turned into high-quality, modern office spaces while the ground floor will be home to a new shopping arcade. A four-storey extension will also be added onto the site.

Enabling works for the transformation of the vacant building have already begun, with main works scheduled to start in 2023 and completion expected in early 2025.

Construction company Russell WBHO is acting as a construction partner for the project while property companies OBI and Barker Proudlove are letting agents for the building.

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Stephan Schmid, Senior Vice President at AM alpha: “Working with listed buildings is always a great privilege. We are proud to be able to give this historic Manchester landmark a new future and restore Rylands to its former glory in a very sustainable way.

“In this way, we are also helping to achieve Greater Manchester’s 2038 carbon neutrality target.” 

Local construction company Russell WBHO, which specialises in listed and sustainable projects, will act as a construction partner for the project, while local property companies OBI and Barker Proudlove have been appointed as letting agents. 

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“It’s fantastic working with AM alpha on such an exciting project in our home town. Rylands is a well-known, impressive building,” says Will Lewis, founding director at OBI.

“The property is close to bustling areas such as Piccadilly Gardens and the Northern Quarter and will appeal to many local businesses. Due to the sought-after location, we already see a lot of interest from potential future tenants.”

Gareth Russell, founder and managing director of Russell WBHO: “We are delighted to be working with AM alpha to revitalise the historic Rylands building and position it in the market as a highly sustainable building. With our extensive experience in historic preservation and sustainable building, we will make AM Alpha’s vision a reality.”

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This Manchester neighbourhood is home to some incredible pet friendly apartments

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A neighbourhood in Greater Manchester is home to some incredible pet friendly apartments — offering a modern lifestyle for professionals in the city.

Nestled between two great cities — Manchester and Salford — New Maker Yards features pet friendly homes, a jam packed event schedule and a beer house on site.

The Seven Brothers pub — with locally crafted ales — also welcomes pets, as we all know fur babies are part of the family. Your potential new local features a ‘dog wall of fame’ where all the resident pooches are featured.

Situated by the River Irwell and close to the Bridgewater Canal, this waterside neighbourhood is the perfect place to call home for you and your furry family member. 

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Here, you can go for scenic walks and take part in activities together, including regular dog meet-up clubs, a puppy yoga event (April 23rd), and an annual ‘Ru Paw Drag Show’.

This doggy drag show runs over Pride weekend where residents dress up their dogs in cute outfits and enter a judging contest. The queens will then judge the pets on silly categories like ‘waggiest tail’ and ‘best dressed costume’.

For those who prefer not to own a pet or can’t due to allergies, New Maker Yards also has ‘pet free’ apartments — so there’s something to suit everyone.

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New Maker Yards is a sociable and lively neighbourhood with lots going on. Being close to the city centre and near Salford Quays, there’s plenty of bustling bars, shops, cinemas, restaurants, coffee shops, and a whole lot more to entice you.

The free fitness classes (three times a week), and community groups like book club, dog club and seven-a-side football, will keep you busy and are ideal for meeting new people.

This urban village also has a changing weekly food truck every Thursday, with different local food traders to satisfy those mid-week cravings while you’re busy balancing work and life.

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The apartments have options for either furnished or unfurnished rooms and balconies — many boasting stunning views of the city skyline.

There’s a spacious newly built co-working space which has popular coffee haunt, 92 Degrees, attached. It’s a suitable space for those working from home days, where the barista coffees will keep you going. 

Each contemporary apartment is designed to a high standard with modern furniture, built in storage and double size beds — and some even have outdoor furniture to lounge outside on.

If this sounds like the right neighbourhood for you, you can enquire to speak to the Get Living team about 1 or 3 bedroom apartments for rent here.


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NEW OPENING: The North’s first extended stay property is coming to Manchester

Just in case you’re wondering…the hotel is also pet friendly

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Marriott International

The North’s first extended stay property is set to open in Manchester city centre and bookings are now open.

The luxurious Residence Inn by Marriott — part of Marriott Bonvoy ® ’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands — is set to open its latest UK aparthotel in May, making it the first in Northern England. 

This latest addition will mark the brand’s fifth property of its kind with the other four located in London and Scotland.

From the brand renowned amongst airline crews for its ultra comfy beds, Residence Inn by Marriott Manchester Piccadilly offers a prime central location for those travelling into the city for work or play, looking for somewhere stylish to stay with comfort at the forefront.

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Situated on Laystall Street, close to the city’s main transport hub and located next door to the hip and trendy areas of Ancoats and Northern Quarter, this opulent hotel has picked the perfect location for potential guests.

The 155-guestroom building will consist of sleek and spacious studios and one-bedroom suites to suit all including solo visitors, corporates, couples, families and friends — ideal for business or leisure.

And, just in case you’re wondering…the hotel is also pet friendly, meaning your furry family members can come along too.

Modern design sweeps through both the individual apartments and communal areas, with the use of warm, neutral tones that strike the perfect balance between feeling at home while away from home.

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Marriott International

Every room comes with a fully functional kitchen, featuring microwaves, single ovens, two-ring hobs, refrigerators and dishwashers, with all the cookware you could possibly need to create a home cooked meal. All rooms come with Smart-TVs so you don’t miss your favourite shows.

The glossy new Residence Inn will also have an on-site state-of-the-art gym, self-service communal laundry services, a coffee shop with a ‘grab-and-go’ counter, plus a bespoke grocery delivery service. 

And of course, those staying on the higher floors can also expect stunning skyline views across central Manchester.

Unique to the hotel, the centre will be an open-air courtyard, with a stunning outdoor seating area, providing the perfect spot to drink a coffee and read a book. It will also house two prime retail units on the ground floor available to let. 

Marriott International
Marriott International

Meeting spaces can be transformed to suit diverse needs, as well as an outdoor seating area for those that like to dine, drink, or work al fresco.

Residence Inn Manchester Piccadilly General Manager, Mustapha Henini said: “We are incredibly excited for the opening of Residence Inn in Manchester Piccadilly. This city is inviting, and our new hotel offers the perfect space for those looking for a spacious stay.”

PHH UK Advisor, Morris Katri, said: “The Ancoats and Piccadilly areas have seen significant redevelopment and investment over recent years, with Residence Inn set to add to the offering available further.

“This hotel will enhance the community with its unique long stay offering and beautiful interiors, plus bring more jobs to the area, boosting the centre’s economic growth.”

Prices start from £135 per night. Bookings for this exquisite new hotel are now open, with rooms available from May 1st. Click here to book your extended stay. 

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