Buying Repossessed Properties in Manchester

By June 22, 2010House Repossession

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Like all big cities, Manchester is really a collection of small villages, each with its own individual character. Here’s our guide to the ‘villages of Manchester.’

If you hanker after city living then it has to be Central Manchester, where the only way is up – in terms of building that is. The city is now so filled with properties, both commercial and residential, that tower blocks are the order of the day. Don’t equate these tower blocks with those high-rise estates of our post-war years, though; today’s high-flyers have little in common with Del Boy and Nelson Mandela House. Beetham Tower, for instance, the tallest residential building in Europe, is home to not only luxury penthouses and apartments but also to the Manchester Hilton Hotel. The locals actually call this tower the Hilton Tower and the hotel occupies the first 23 floors, of which there are 47 in total.

If you’re not a lover of heights, or if you simply don’t like city life, why not consider South Manchester? Follow the Wilmslow Road out of the city and your first port of call will be the student territory stretching from Rusholme to Withington; travel a bit further on, however, and you’ll come to Didsbury and Chorlton, both very trendy places to live. West Didsbury is home to Thyme Out, which has just been nominated as Deli of the Year; a troupe of travelling players are putting on Shakespeare at Heaton Park; there’s an independent book market in St Anne’s Square at the end of this month (June). You get the picture. Too much culture? Well, just further down the road you have the even more salubrious suburbs of Stretford, Altrincham, and Hale Barns. Yet, over in Wythenshaw, you’ll find Europe’s largest council estate.

In terms of value for money, North Manchester has to be pretty hard to beat. Far more cosmopolitan than south of the city, you’ll find a traditional Jewish community in Prestwich and ethnically diverse populations in Crumpsall and Cheetham Hill. The Moston Lane area is renowned for its strong community values.

The area to the east of the city was one of the most deprived areas in Britain but, with Clayton, Openshaw, and Beswick in East Manchester in receipt of

huge regeneration monies, this is an area ripe for investment. Manchester City FC has set up home in the City of Manchester Stadium, centrepiece of the Commonwealth Games and where the regeneration of the area started. The aims of the New East Manchester

regeneration framework are impressive and bode well for an up and coming future.

If you want to see Coronation-Street-like back-to-backs, Salford and West Manchester should be your destination. This is another area of social deprivation yet travel just a little further out and you’ll find yourself in the WAG territories of Boothstown and Worsley.

For excellent transport links to the city it has to be Eccles, while for sheer loveliness the prize goes to Monton Village, which is a conservation area.

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