Shared Ownership in Manchester
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Enduringly cool and leftfield, Manchester has always strum to its own beat with a knack for letting the good times roll. And there’s never been a better time to buy a slice of the action - forgotten areas of the city are being spruced up with inventive restaurants, cultural centres and slick flats, and old-time institutions, like the Victoria Baths, have been reinvigorated and now play host to some cracking fairs and festivals.
Why you should buy a shared ownership property in Manchester
Manchester’s legendary music scene - that spawned The Stone Roses, Oasis and the notorious nightclub, The Hacienda - continues its national domination with flagship live music venues and fun-centric bars staging new bands and artists. Its culinary map is more complex than ever, and regular shiny new openings mean you’ll never get bored or go hungry. The arts scene is well and truly alive too – classic art galleries like the revamped Whitworth art gallery have been joined by offbeat arts venues, such as HOME, and if you mosey on over to the Northern Quarter, don’t miss the impressive street art that’ll doll up your Instagram account. Elsewhere, the Lowry theatre showcases a clutch of West-End-worthy productions, and Manchester’s big gun museums rival London’s top sights.
There’s the Manchester Museum, with its thought-provoking collections of Egyptian artefacts and a fossilised T-Rex; the National Football Museum and City and United’s grounds where you can book behind-the-scenes tours; and the Chetham’s Library – the oldest public library in the English-speaking world - is an extraordinary place to leaf through medieval manuscripts and materials.
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When it comes to commuting and getting around, Manchester’s a doddle. It has a very walkable urban centre, but the transport links in place make darting from one side to the other very easy: there’s the free ‘hop on hop off bus’ that whips passengers between rail stations, shopping areas and the hubs of business, whilst a comprehensive bus, metrolink (tram) and train network ferries locals to all corners of the city. Sounds good eh? Which is exactly why many people want to put roots down here.
Few UK cities possess a more infectious pull than this northern kingpin – so if you’re thinking of buying a property here, let out a collective cheer: you can with shared ownership in Manchester, and there are dozens of developments scattered around. Look to the student-centric suburb of Withington, and you’ll find plush, modern two-bed apartments where the natural light streams in and kitchen islands make for perfect party props.
Within the development, residents have access to an onsite treatment room for wellbeing and a hip café with parquet flooring and bare bulbs. Head to Reddish, and you’ll find former warehouses converted into characterful flats, with high brick walls and huge windows. In Burnage, meanwhile, there are smart apartments with all mod cons and immaculate gardens.