Manchester is more than just the eponymous city. As the the third-largest metropolitan county in England (after Greater London and the West Midlands), Manchester offers tons of other fantastic locations to choose from. That’s why we’re taking a look at some of the best places to live in Manchester.


Sale is not only one of the best places to live in Manchester, but has been voted one of the top 5 places to live in England. It is home to The Sale Golf Club, one of the best parkland courses in the county. It is easy to see why Sale is so popular, with only a couple of Metrolink stops between Sale and Manchester’s city centre. This convenient transport link is therefore ideal for anyone who wants to get their fix of city bustle, but wants the option to return to tranquility and unwind. It is also worth mentioning that Sale is only a short 12-minute drive from Old Trafford and its famous stadium, home to Manchester United football club.

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Altrincham, historically a market town, is now a shining star in the Manchester catchment area and one of the most sought-after places to live. It has been completely revamped and regenerated, bringing in an abundance of new jobs and opportunities. It also boasts good transport links to Manchester’s city centre, which is only 8 miles away. Since 2015, Altrincham has hosted its own music festival in August for 2 days, attracting thousands of visitors. Alrtrincham also offers a great selection of schools to choose, with numerous ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ Ofted-rated institutions available.

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Rusholme is situated in the inner city of Manchester and is regarded as being one of the most attractive areas in Manchester. It is particularly appealing for students and young professionals, thanks in part to its low rental prices and accessibility to nearby universities, including the prestigious University of Manchester. In addition to its low rental prices, Rusholme has green space in abundance and is home to picturesque parks, including Whitworth, Birchfields, and Platt Fields Park.

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Spinningfields is a commercial cornucopia packed full of bars, restaurants, and some of the best-known shops around. The perfect place to work and relax, Spinningfields accounts for almost half of Manchester’s prime office space and apartments are in high demand. Where someone might be able to get a two-bedroom flat elsewhere, one-bedroom flats in Spinningfields often go for the same price, or more. But that’s the price you pay to live in this part of Manchester, an area heavily associated with wealthy footballers, musicians, and actors.

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Didsbury provides an array of choices, from contemporary homes through to large Victorian respites. Didsbury is a great choice for those seeking eclectic styles and nightlife options, with a mile of bars and restaurants on the popular Wilmslow road alone. Didsbury is currently benefitting from a booming housing market and is conveniently located just 4 miles from both the airport and Manchester city centre.

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Chorlton has played host to some of Manchester’s biggest icons, including disco-kings, the Bee Gees. Considered the liberal cornerstone of the North, Chorlton is packed full of trendy bars, restaurants, and independent shops. Chorlton is an eco-conscious area too, with a heavy focus on sustainable lifestyle stores and organic delis. Although house prices are towards the higher end, there is a tangible sense of community and an excellent range of amenities to justify the cost.

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