Most people outside of the UK aren’t all too familiar with the sprawling city of Manchester – well, further than it being home to the two massive football clubs of Manchester United and Manchester City. The city is also known as an industrial hub and while it’s true that the industrial sector is the driving force behind the city’s momentum – there is so much more to this amazing city than meets the eye.
Some of the biggest attractions in Manchester include the Museum of Science and Industry, John Ryland’s library, the Manchester Museum, Old Trafford, the Etihad, Imperial War Museum, Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens and the 18th century canal system that snakes its way through the city. These are just some of the biggest tourist attractions in the city, which are complimented by a vibey nightlife, excellent bars and pubs, as well as a gastro and restaurant culture that will please any foodie.
The above attractions, along with the decently priced housinghave proven to be a big draw card for young professionals over the last few years. The following areas are some of the best places where young professionals are choosing buy, sell and rent.
If you are looking for a suburban haven that is close to the city centre, then Castlefield is the area for you. Popular with young professionals, Castlefield offers the options of waterside living just a short commute from the bustling city circuit. Based in the basin of the Bridgewater Canal, the area is an eclectic mix of industrial history, canals, edgy architecture and tranquillity, which make it one of the most sought after spots in Manchester for young professionals.
Not only does it have a serene air to it; Castlefield also has a bustling pub culture and there are many spots along the canals to have a pint or a party, as well as tons of tantalising restaurants to choose from.
The Northern Quarter of Manchester is one of the most diverse when it comes to housing and population dynamics. It is the heart and soul of Manchester’s music and fashion scene – serving up some truly beautiful bohemian living, which makes it an absolute hit with young professionals and students alike; flocking to the area to get a taste of this trendy area. It is also home to some of the most stunning apartments in Manchester such as the Burton Buildings.
The Northern Quarter is known for its pub, club and restaurant scene, as well as its record stores, street music and restaurants, which are not just starting to attract tourists but also a healthy variety of people looking to settle in the area.
Ancoats is perfect for the younger crowd looking to experience the Northern Quarter’s culture and lifestyle but who cannot quite afford living in the actual area. Just a stone’s throw away across the Great Ancoats Street, the area is just a 5 minute walk until you enter the vibe of the Northern Quarter. The area is an exciting mix of old buildings and streets, new cutting edge architecture and regeneration that is turning the area into a much sought after residential pursuit for young professionals.
While it is super close to the vibe of the Northern Quarter, Ancoats still has its own bars, pubs and restaurants to keep residents busy, as well as excellent accessibility at many bus routes and the ‘Metrolink’ tram stop.
The Millennium Quarter is a relatively unknown side of Manchester, but one that is most certainly on the up and coming list. The area has undergone intense regeneration since the IRA bombings in 1996, and is now home to one of the fastest growing residential real estate markets in the city. The location and accessibility of the Millennium Quarter make it one of the most popular areas; with access to the Piccadilly and Victoria train stations and a good bus route network.
The restaurant and pub scene are great and there are tons of stores, gyms and other convenient shops to help out those who live in the area.
The Village may not be everyone’s vibe but for young people it is the hot spot to be. It is known as one of the UK’s biggest and best gay quarters and the last few years have seen a marked increase in residential property purchases. Young professionals love this area because of the incredible nightlife, café culture and old architecture, all of which are only a ten minute walk away from all the main transport routes.
Manchester is so much more than football clubs and industrial works, it an eclectic and vibey city that offers the best in terms of residential prices and quality. It comes as little surprise that is has become so popular with young professionals looking for a new place to call home.