For first time buyers in Manchester, choosing a home can be daunting. From city-centre apartments that offer convenient access to some of the city’s most alluring workplaces to further afield homes in Greater Manchester, there are a wide range of properties for aspiring homeowners to choose from. But don’t worry – we’ve broken down some of the best options so you don’t have to!
When selecting a home, however, there’s far more to consider than types of property available. First time buyers must take lifestyle factors such as dining and drinking out into account. They should also research nearby cinemas, shops and proximity to other individual interests. They should then consider school catchment areas, council tax bands and other elements that may not matter when they first buy a home, but will in years to come.
Due to a combination of location, amenity and pricing considerations, some areas around Manchester are naturally more appealing for first time buyers than others. The following are our favourites…
Best for: city centre canal side convenience
Castlefield is, in our opinion, the best possible option for first time buyers in Manchester. A conservation area which was the original site of the Roman Fort Mamucium where Manchester began, Castlefield is now a thriving residential area with promising developments which will welcome hundreds of new owners.
Castlefield is just 15 minutes on foot from the hustle and bustle of Spinningfields, with all of its shops, bars and restaurants. It is also paved with charming cobbled streets that run alongside canals, giving plenty of routes to bars such as Dukes 92, Bar Eight and The Knott.
Better still, Castlefield is also a central hub for commuting – just a short walk from both Cornbrook Metro and Deansgate station. It is ideally located for reaching anywhere in the city and further afield.
Perhaps most of all, however, Castlefield offers young first time buyers the chance to get a prestigious, brand-new home. It is a central hub of development, with our own Castlefield scheme consisting of a number of developments such as No.1 Castlefield, St George’s Gardens and City Gardens. Whatever your taste and budget, there’s an option in Castlefield to help you get on the property ladder.
Best for: suburban peace and quiet
We’ve discussed Reddish before, but the suburb is really worth mentioning again in the context of first-time home ownership. Where many of Manchester’s first-time buyer schemes offer apartments in the city centre, Reddish provides a quieter setting from which you can commute to work easily by car or train. Better still, it’s got ample parking when compared to city living – a must for many car owners looking to get on the property ladder.
Reddish also offers all the amenities you could need – from sporting clubs to dining out and even a beautiful nature reserve to explore when you want to wind down. To find out more about Reddish, read our area guide and take a look at properties in our innovative Elisabeth Gardens scheme, where an old textile mill has been converted into stylish apartments that pay respects to their industrial heritage.
Best for: the buzz of culture
Everybody knows about the Salford Quays, but few would consider that it’s a great area for living as well as working. The home of Media City, the Salford Quays attracts businesses such as the BBC and has become a must-have place to work.
The Salford Quays boasts some of the most exciting shopping in the city, with the Lowry Outlet offering 80 outlet stores to pick up great bargains on big brands. For residents who want a bit more excitement in their lives, the Helly Hansen Watersports centre has wakeboarding, sailing, powerboating and more to enjoy.
There’s plenty to eat and drink too, from The Alchemist and Lime to the stunning Pier Eight restaurant which overlooks the skyline and waterfront. Our upcoming Wavelength development will put you at the heart of it, just 15 minutes from Media City UK and 2 minutes from Salford Quays Metrolink.
For first time buyers who want to be in the heart of culture, Wavelength is also just 7 minutes from the Lowry theatre.
If you’re a first time buyer and you’d like to buy in any of these three amazing areas, get in touch today to discuss your options and see how DeTrafford can help lead the way to your first home.
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