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The Village, Manchester

One of the UK’s most well-loved gay quarters, The Village is home to a host of bars and entertainment venues, all set around the famous Canal Street. Being part of the old industrial Centre of town, this area boasts a host of conversions and is ideal for those looking for properties with a bit of charm and character. Although parking can be tricky, there isn’t much need for a car when you live this centrally.

In the 60s the area that would become the Village was deserted following the collapse of the cotton industry. Having been industrialised it was a gloomy part of the city with little life

By the late 80s, more gay people were coming out. In Manchester protests against Section 28 took place that passed through the city centre, the Village and ended at the town hall. At one of these Manchester protests around 20,000 people marched and what was significant was that: they weren’t all gay. This was the start of the Manchester Pride, although it wasn’t named as that until many years later. It started with the owners of Rembrandt, Napoleons and the New Union wanting to do something on the August Bank Holiday weekend, the main event in the first year was an afternoon bring and buy sale. The vigil aspect came a few years later when the gay people of Manchester started losing their friends, lovers and life partners to HIV/AIDS.  It’s now attracting thousands of people to Manchester every year

The 90s brought a glass-fronted revolution started by the newly opened Manto bar.  Before Manto, the Village had a very “behind closed doors” feel to it, and this glass-fronted venue was symbolic of being: out and proud. New bars sprang up including Metz, Prague 5 (now G-A-Y), Vanilla and Via Fossa. Poptastic and Cruz 101 clubs opened around this time as well.

Queer As Folk, a TV programme that dramatised the life of three gay men in the Village was aired on Channel 4 and signified that there had been a major shift in societal attitudes towards gay people.

The Village today is a clean and bright setting with plenty of bars and clubs that gives it a vibrant atmosphere

Alongside the social part of the village, the area was one of the first major areas that developments started to be converted to living spaces. Granby village being one of the first and largest developments in the whole city centre. Granby Village is one of only two developments in Manchester that has a swimming pool and Gym for the private use of the residence. This was then followed by a stream of conversions along Sackville Street, Whitworth Street, bloom Street, Richmond Street and Chorlton Street. The late Carol Aniscow played a huge part in this area, none more so than 42/44 Sackville Street, this was originally a development that Manhatton Lofts were going to develop, but they pulled out after throwing a stunning party in the building! Carol then produced what can be seen as some of the most sought after apartments in Manchester.

Julie’s view on The Village

It’s one of the busiest areas in Manchester, there’s always something going on, so if you want to be in with the action this is the place for you!

The turnaround of property in this area isn’t as constant as in other areas of the city, there are a lot of long-standing tenants and owner-occupiers in this area.

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Featured Developments

55-57 Whitworth Street

julie twist is the best Whitworth Street is within easy reach to Manchester University, Manchester Oxford Road’s Rail Station & to Deansgate. This street is at the heart of the City Centre and also has great access to Manchester’s cultural ...Read More

Orient House

A short distance down Granby Row from Sackville Street, just passed Granby House, stands Orient House. Orient House was designed by the architectural practice of G. H. Goldsmith, Orient House but it was built  in 1914 and has been described  as ...Read More

The Arthouse

One of the most stunning conversions in the city, the Arthouse is within touching distance of the Town Hall. It has character throughout, from winding stone staircases through to exposed brickwork within the apartments. This is truly special.     ...Read More

42-44 Sackville Street

This conversion property is situated along the canal, backing on to the world famous Canal Street. These apartments benefit from the character lent by old exposed brickwork and iron beams. They also have high ceilings and most of the apartments ...Read More

Stonebridge House

Stonebridge House offers a good range of accommodation with breathtaking views over part of Manchester University. The development has some underground parking and is in easy walking distance to Piccadilly.   Stonebridge House 5 Cobourg Street MANCHESTER M1 3GB

Princess House

Princess House is a great building which boasts character, with many original features, large windows and a wide selection of accommodation, all within easy walking distance to the Village. Located on Princess Street, which is the main road out to ...Read More

Lancaster House

A grade II listed building Lancaster House was a packing and shipping warehouse built between 1905 and 1910 for Lloyd’s Packing Warehouses Limited,The building was designed by Harry S Fairhurst, who had become “the leading expert in the design of these advanced ...Read More


M1 is situated in a central location, amidst some of Manchester’s landmark buildings, providing some great views. The development is within easy reach of the bus station and the Metrolink. The accommodation is modern and well planned. 48-50 Princess Street ...Read More


Lexington occupies part of the Sheena Simon College and fronts on to Sackville Park, with Canal Street on the corner. There are many apartments here with loft-style duplex accommodation and the finishes are of a high standard. There is a ...Read More

Cotton Mill

A conversion by Seddons around 2000, a smaller complex with some interesting designs and a variety of accommodation.  The location is great for The Village, yet just far enough away to enjoy a quite night’s sleep! Cotton Mill 7 Samuel ...Read More

China House

China House is located off Princess Street in a quiet area. This development offers substantial City Centre accommodation, with 1 & 2 bed apartments. China House is within walking distance to The Village and Manchester University. China House 14 Harter ...Read More

Lancaster 80

  One of Manchester’s landmark buildings, Lancaster 80 is a beautiful Victorian warehouse conversion. With its Baroque styling, red framed windows and famous decorative turret, this Grade-II Listed warehouse sits on the corner of Whitworth and Princess Street with views ...Read More

Granby Village

Granby Village is one of the most popular places to live. It is situated at the Piccadilly end of Whitworth Street and benefits from a swimming pool and gym underground. The apartments are all different in size and aspect, varying ...Read More

City Heights

City Heights 1 Samuel Ogden Street MANCHESTER M1 7AX  

Brazil House

Overlooking Sackville Park, this is an Artisan special. Unique and oozes with character, the development has open brick walls, high ceilings and something special round every corner. 2 Brazil Street MANCHESTER M1 3PW

Asia House

Asia House is an early 20th century packing and shipping warehouse  built between 1906 and 1909 in an Edwardian Baroque style. It is a Grade II listed building  as of the  3 October 1974. Asia House has an exceptional entrance hall and stairwell, lined ...Read More

27 Sackville Street

A Small development of apartments offering affordable living and 2 stunning penthouses, located in the heart of the Village. Parking to rent close by. Walking distance to Piccadilly Bus Station.   27 Sackville Street MANCHESTER M1 3LZ    

14 Whitworth Street

There are only a couple of apartments on each floor, so it’s a great alternative to some of Manchester’s larger, more anonymous blocks. The apartments are comfortably sized and their wide curved-steel balconies are fantastic. It’s also one of the ...Read More