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’
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
New images reveal how Debenhams Manchester will look after huge transformation
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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
This Manchester neighbourhood is home to some incredible pet friendly apartments
Pets stay for free
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.