Living in Manchester makes it easier and more cost effective when raising a family
Manchester has long been an established city for young professionals, students and business workers to settle and live in, but there has been an ever growing population of young families choosing to live in the city recently. Many prefer the hustle and bustle of Manchester over some of the other cities across the country such as London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle.
Most people move to cities in search of the nightlife, business opportunities and general life which can be enjoyed by young professionals in an environment that are always active and changing. The general consensus is that most will move outside the city centre when they decide to settle down and start a family, but an increasing number are choosing to remain in the centre.
House prices in and around Manchester city centre are more affordable than the option that is available in some other cities, particularly in the south. This may be the main motive behind many people’s exodus from other regions and relocation to the North West. Property inflation prices have been steady in Manchester and it is seen to be relatively affordable on a family income when compared to its rivals. Rental wise, there has been a sharp increase in the number of properties available to those who are searching.
It’s not just the city centre that has seen a sharp uprise in their young family population. Areas such as Worsley, the Heatons, Didsbury, Chorlton and Sale have captured the essence of young family living and are benefitting from the increased number of young family residents. These suburb towns encapsulate everything that city life has to offer but away from the hustle and bustle of the actual city centre. They still offer the luxuries the city has to offer, such as places to enjoy at night and some fine restaurants to dine at, but have the benefit of less noise pollution and access to country areas and parks.
What does Manchester and its’ surrounding areas have to offer a young family? Most young parents will have schools at the forefront of their lists when they are choosing somewhere to live. A number of new schools have been constructed and opened in the city centre and the very near vicinity such as Ancoats, as well as suburb towns such as Didsbury offering a whole host of schooling options for families to pick and choose which fits their desires best. The surrounding areas of Manchester also offer young families access to recreational parks and council owned green spaces.
There is a wide range of homes available across Manchester. These range from period Victorian or Edwardian semi – detached homes which are located on avenues and roads to smaller contemporary apartment blocks which can date back as early as the 1970’s. You also have the luxury of a number of transport options to access the city centre. Most suburbs are only a short drive from the centre, making car or taxi journeys extremely affordable, but you also have access to a number of buses, train and tram options and there is even now a Waxi – a water taxi.
Many suburbs have a strong community and a family friendly environment. Hollie Knowles, who moved to Chorlton after originally living in Essex described how the area has ‘everything here for young families’.
“They have a group above the theatre, where you can bring your baby, and there are children everywhere, so it doesn’t matter how much noise the baby makes. Even the pubs are really family friendly.”
The village of Gatley also offers its young residents a wealth of affordable accommodation and living opportunities. It has a short direct train service to Manchester Piccadilly and has a village feel, with a number of independent cafes, bars and restaurants. In the centre of Gatley village, LPC Living will be launching The Oaks in the autumn of 2017. This will provide a boutique development of just 26 three and four bedroom homes set in a private gated development in one of South Manchester’s most sort after suburbs.
Gatley provides a village location, with easy access to Manchester city centre and the wider region. Gatley Train Station provides regular services to Manchester Piccadilly with an average journey time of 18 minutes (some as quick as 11 minutes). Manchester Airport can be reached with an average journey time of just 9 minutes. The M60 Is just 1 mile away, giving fast access to the regions motorway network.
A vibrant south Manchester village, a variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops are on your doorstep. Coffee Fix, one of the Oaks’ neighbours is a family run coffee shop that’s mad about coffee and was recently named as one of the best in the whole of Manchester. Set amongst private landscaped grounds, all homes at the Oaks have been designed to provide flexible living spaces, many homes have bright living areas and separate open plan kitchen/dining/family rooms opening out onto private gardens. All homes also benefit from a master bedroom suite, with dressing area and ensuite facilities.
Manchester has the benefit or being extremely affordable to live in. Young families can afford the housing and quite often do not have to pay out for luxuries such as two family cars due to the ease of access to public areas thanks to the ready availability of public transport. With the number of schools ever increasing as well as the ease of access to public parks and greens you can see why families are drawn towards Manchester and this attraction will only increase as new homes and recreational areas are constructed over the coming years. The same ethos applies to the city centre as well, where a number of new family friendly structures are being constructed to lift the appeal of city centre living.