Didsbury is definitely one of the most sought-after places to live in South Manchester. Wide, tree-lined streets and beautiful properties give the area a calm and tranquil look, while in the evening the many trendy bars and restaurants buzz with the conversation of ‘beautiful people’ unwinding. Once you have lived in Didsbury it is hard to leave, and those who do often say they haven’t found anything quite like it.
When people refer to Didsbury, they could be talking about one of three areas, each with their own identity. East Didsbury is best known for its sedate, tree-lined streets and excellent schools. West Didsbury is fiercely independent, dominated by The Metropolitan pub on the corner of Burton Road and Lapwing Lane (busy every night of the week with 30 something professionals) and a plethora of small but credible restaurants, such as Greens (the home of Simon Rimmer), and The Lime tree. Didsbury Village is the most sought-after area of the three, with a busting village centre that boasts top-end chains like Gusto and Pitcher and Piano, boutique hotels, delis and a large M&S supermarket.
There is a large amount of lush green space connecting the three areas and it is usual to find substantial gardens attached to properties. Palatine Road, the main artery road that leads to the city centre, is notable for the massive trees that line it and the beautiful houses from the days of the wealthy cotton mill owners.
However, what the three areas have in common is an affluent community. Didsbury is made for people with money, though it doesn’t shout about it. The rental and property markets reflect this and prices are consistently higher than in the areas around. Properties range from stylish new-builds to sprawling Victorian houses, many of which are set in conservation areas. A one-bedroom flat costs around £150,000 with four-bedroom properties selling for in excess of half a million. The property market is fierce and houses do not stay on the market for long. The rental market is also extremely competitive, and if you find something you like – don’t hang around pay a deposit on it!
Didsbury as a whole is very popular with medical professionals, due to the proximity and easy access to the main hospitals here, namely Wythanshawe, Salford Royal & Manchester Children’s Hospital.
There are many good local and private junior schools, such as Beaver Road Primary School, Didsbury Church of England (you must be a weekly Church goer to get into this one!), Cavendish Primary School; and Moor Allerton School is an excellent option for the private sector, which has fabulous pastoral care, and a fabulous Arts, Drama & Dance department.
For the Senior Schools, there are two in Didsbury, Parrswood High School & Barlow Moor High School (Catholic). The other alternative are the private secondary schools such as Manchester Grammar, Cheadle Hulme & Stockport Grammar; all of which have school buses from Didsbury.
For recreation Didsbury is spoilt. There are two golf courses practically next door to each other, Withington Golf Course & Northenden Golf Course. In East Didsbury there is the Parrswood Entertainment complex, with cinemas, a Virgin Active gym, Casino and numerous restaurants. For tennis and squash there is the Northen Tennis Club and Alberts lawn Tennis Club – which both boast a club house. However, if this isn’t enough for you, in under 6 miles there is the city Centre of Manchester and going South you have Tatton Country Park & Dunham Massey.
In a nut shell, if you need to have easy access to Manchester airport, the city center, one of the hospitals or you need to commute to the surrounding areas, you want to be part of a thriving friendly community, either with your family or as a young professional – then Didsbury offers a great place to live in Manchester!
Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, known as Chorlton to locals, is a suburban area of the city of Manchester, located approximately 4 miles south-west of the city centre. The suburb splits into two wards, Chorlton and Chorlton Ward and offers a unique multi-cultural and shabby chic lifestyle. It’s definitely more popular with the more boho, arty and Guardian-reading type professional looking for somewhere that’s got plenty of personality and charm.
Living in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy
As an up and coming area, it’s not surprising that people are looking to Chorlton to get on the property ladder or as a step up in the right direction in terms of improving their property portfolio. It offers great local amenities, good transport links and an assortment of property types to give you inspiration.
Beautiful properties are not hard to find in this sought-after place to live, with a variety of houses to rent from 1 bed flats from £550.00 and 2 bed terrace houses starting at £750.00 pcm right up to 3 - 4 bedroom fully furnished properties from £1,000 - £1,400 pcm. If you’re looking for the best places to reside, then close to Beech Road you’ll find a number of older, more sizeable terrace. However, north of the High Lane in places like Darley Park, Whaley Range and Manley Park have bigger, semi-detached properties. Whatever your budget and specifications, you’re sure to find something to suit your needs here.
Chorlton is full of bohemian bars and vibrant pubs, all lining Wilbraham Road. With a selection of household bistros, wine bars, traditional pubs and upmarket restaurants the northern quarter of the city offers an attractive night out with a relaxed atmosphere. The Bar on Wilbraham Road is one of the most popular hangouts in Chorlton and a must visit spot, whereas the historic Famous Trevor Arms or the Horse And Jockey offer a more traditional pub vibe with good food. If live music is your thing, then The Nook is the place to go. All you need to do is sit back and unwind after a busy day at work and enjoy the atmosphere and any up and coming music talent.
Being situated not far from the city of Manchester means that you’re never too far from a local attraction such as the Trafford Centre, less than 5 miles away; or museums and galleries that are only a short commute. An essential hang out for locals is the Unicorn Grocery that sells organic and fair trade goods, as well as the trendy cafes scattered amongst Chorlton Cross and along Beech Road.
For recreation, just 30 minutes away is the 18-Hole parkland and golf course in Mersey Valley for those looking for some down-time. Alternatively, enjoy a walk around Chorlton Park or Longfold Park, complete with tennis courts and Bowling Greens, so you can enjoy the outdoors and fresh air only a short distance from a bustling city.
Chorlton is the ideal setting, close to everything you need such as Manchester Royal Infirmary, an international airport and the University of Manchester.
For families in the area there are a number of primary and secondary schools, all of which have been judged from good to outstanding by Ofsted. Some of these include Chorlton Church of England and Chorlton Park and Manley Park primary schools, and for secondary education Chorlton High and Whaley Range High are some of the top choices.
Chorlton-Cum-Hardy is definitely on the map as an upmarket place to live with great features. Ideally located for commuters to the city, this prosperous suburb of Manchester is the perfect place to live.
Situated just 3 miles from Manchester city centre, Fallowfield has plenty to offer its residents. Nestled between Rusholme and Withington, it’s widely known for its large student population with sprawling Halls of Residence complexes and huge residential properties that can have up to 10 bedrooms. With a diverse population it is becoming an increasingly popular place to live, and not just with students. Young people in general who want the hustle and bustle of an area always brimming with life, yet still have easy access to all the amenities they need are often found looking for property here. The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan are just a short bus ride away, so it’s not surprising that students flock to live here, as excellent transport links ship them straight to the universities or the city centre.
Living in Fallowfield
In Fallowfield, there is always something to do, but the real bonus is that it offers much more affordable housing than central Manchester or the likes of Didsbury a few miles south, whether you’re looking to buy or rent.
Wilmslow Road runs like an artery through the heart of Fallowfield with buses running to and from the city centre 24 hours a day, 7 days a week giving easy access to the universities, the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Children’s Hospital, making it an ideal spots for medical students or medical professionals.
Whether you’re looking for a flat or shared accommodation then you’re certainly in the right place, as there’s an abundance of these types of accommodation available in Fallowfield. Such as 4-bed semi-detached homes starting from £1,000 pcm. As you’d expect, student housing is big business in this area too, but that doesn’t mean you have to slum it. You’ll find properties to suit all budgets, with shared houses starting from £350.00 pcm with bills included, to larger 8 bedroom properties offering 1 and 2 bedroom flats from £550.00 pcm.
Lining Wilmslow Road is a plethora of vibrant pubs and bars offering live entertainment such as open mic nights and the traditional pub quiz, providing a lively yet perhaps less expensive alternative to the city’s nightlife. For cheap cocktail and a great atmosphere head to The Font, or why not sample some real ales at The Grand Central.
There are also plenty of restaurants that will get your taste buds tingling with delicious aromas, with high-street names like Nandos to local hotspots like Kosmos a Greek taverna that’s been around since the 80s – the only difficultly will be deciding where to eat!
In terms of greenery, Platt Fields Park, with its beautiful greenery and calming lake allows you to take a breath of fresh air away from the energetic city and bustling streets of Fallowfield.
In terms of local amenities, you’ll find plenty of cafes and takeaway restaurants lining the streets of Fallowfield, as well as shops and large supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s and The Co-Operative. Plus, Manchester International Airport is only a short distance away and there’s easy access to Manchester’s shopping centres for some retail therapy.
There is also a good selection of primary and secondary schools on your doorstep, with primary education available like Wilbraham Primary and Birchfields that are state run or Withington High School for Girls and Manchester Grammar school for Boys, which offer private education for secondary level students. In terms of comprehensives near Fallowfield, you’ll find Manchester Academy and Whalley Range High School. So wherever you live in and around Fallowfield, you’re guaranteed a good range of state and private eduction options.
Fallowfield is a diverse community, and you’re never far from an adventure. This suburb offers those looking to be in proximity to the vibrant city of Manchester more affordable housing with a variety of amenities and recreation options on your doorstep.
Located 8 miles south of Manchester, situated in the borough of Stockport, Cheadle is considered an upmarket and sophisticated suburb. Its close proximity to Manchester and Stockport, as well as the beautiful Cheshire countryside, make Cheadle the ideal choice for families and professionals. With a thriving community, it gives the appearance of an upmarket town with practical and adventurous features along the way.
Living in Cheadle
Cheadle is on the verge of the Cheshire countryside, but in the suburbs, so residents there can enjoy the best of both worlds – a quieter and more laid back lifestyle, but with easy access to all the bright lights and life of the city. It’s this factor that makes it a popular choice for commuters who work in Manchester, but don’t want to pay the high prices of closer locations or want more space for their money.
This area has an excellent selection of homes from retirement flats, to semi-detached family properties of the perfect home for first-time buyers. With a wide price range, there’s something to suit everyone, with rental prices ranging from as low as £400.00 pcm for a one bed flat, £850.00 pcm for a fully refurbished three-bed semi-detached and £1,000 pcm for well presented detached house in Cheadle Hulme.
Cheadle is home to a wide range of vibrant bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes for you to relax in after a hard day. The likes of The Cheshire Line Tavern will offer you a good food in comfy surroundings, or head to The March Hare with its homely log fires and retro/pub feel, whereas the Cheadle Royal Table is an upmarket chain pub for drinking and eating with friends or the family.
Across the whole of Cheadle, there are numerous restaurants from independent restaurants like Piccolo Italian Restaurant to high street chains like TGI Fridays. The diverse food matches the community, with plenty of cuisines to choose from, from all over the world, with something to suit the entire family.
Bruntwood Park is the main park in the suburb, ideal for family trips and individual adventurers, with open green spaces and seasonal activities; Bruntwood Park is the heart of the Cheadle community. Abney Park, a short distance from the shopping area, features in a number of Agatha Christies mysteries because the writer was a frequent guest of her brother-in-law, James Watts, who lived at Abney Hall.
Cheadle is the ideal setting close to everything you may need, such as Stepping Hill Hospital located just over 4 miles away and Manchester International Airport only 6 miles away. For the health and fitness conscious tenant, David Lloyd Leisure offers superb facilities.
For families looking to give their kids a good education as well as plenty to do, Cheadle has a number of good quality primary and secondary schools in the area. Cheadle Hulme School features high in the rankings for high schools, whilst Cheadle Roman Catholic Primary and Cheadle Primary School do well for primary. Cheadle Royal offers larger private schools such as CHS and Stockport Grammar.
For shopping, you’ll find a thriving shopping district on Cheadle High Street with local shops, including a Wilson’s fruit and flower shop, a couple of independent clothes shops, the Natwest Bank, Boots & Costa coffee and other independent coffee and sandwich shops, there is also a small gym. At Cheadle Royal which is half a mile towards the A34 there is a John Lewis and a large Sainsbury, which is also next to David Lloyd Leisure.
If you need access to local amenities and want to live in a thriving yet sophisticated community then Cheadle is the place to be.
Cheadle Hulme has another shopping area, with a locally renowned butchers called Pimlot’s which has been in the family for five generations. Waitrose was added to the main street, and has kept the village busy. There is also a shopping precinct where you can find many local shops and Monkhouse the school uniform shop for all the private schools in the surrounding area.
For more leisure opportunities you can find The Village Hotel, which has a gym, swimming pool and 117 bed hotel, and the Verve Grill & Public House, there is also a Starbucks.