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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 and 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 now attracts 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 largest developments in the whole city centre. Granby Village is one of only a few developments in Manchester that has a swimming pool and gym for the private use of the residents. This was then followed by a stream of conversions along Sackville Street, Whitworth Street, Bloom Street, Richmond Street and Chorlton Street. The late Carol Ainscow 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

    Manchester New Square

    Completed May 2021. This canal-side development has 351 apartments in the heart of The Gay Village, one of Manchester’s most vibrant locations. There is a 24 hour concierge and wellness centre for residents convenience. You’ll be spoilt for choice for ...Read More


    This beautiful Grade ll listed building has been converted to house studio and 1 bedroom furnished apartments with an on-site gym and yoga studio plus an art studio. It’s just a short stroll to Piccadilly train station and a stone’s ...Read More

    Whitworth House, 53 Whitworth Street

    Whitworth House is a conversion development on Whitworth Street in the centre of the city centre. Previously a shipping and packing warehouse, it was converted to apartments around 1999 and now comprises of a mixture of one, two and three ...Read More

    Orient House

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

    The Arthouse

    The Arthouse is a beautiful conversion development close to China Town and within minutes of the Town Hall. The development has retained character and original features throughout with exposed brick walls, winding stone staircases, high ceilings and sash windows. You ...Read More

    42-44 Sackville Street

    42-44 Sackville Street is one of Manchester’s most loved Grade II listed conversion developments. Positioned on the canal and backing onto the world-famous Canal Street, there are 29 apartments in total over four floors. The apartments are uniquely designed  and ...Read More

    Stonebridge House

    Stonebridge House is ideally located for anyone working or studying at Manchster University as its directly next to the Sackville Street university campus. Piccadilly train station is less than a five minute walk away too, offering fantastic transport links for ...Read More

    Princess House

    Princess House, 144 Princess Street is a large development comprising of 67 apartments over 10 floors. In the 1920’s a large warehouse building that manufactured dresses, princess skirts and dress skirts occupied this site. The development now has a mix ...Read More

    Lancaster House

    Lancaster House is a Grade II listed development which was previously a packing and shipping warehouse built between 1905 and 1910 for Lloyd’s Packing Warehouse Limited. The building was designed by Harry S. Fairhurst, who had become “the leading expert ...Read More


    M-One, 50  Princess Street is a beautiful red brick conversion, with apartments split over five floors. The development is located right in the heart of the city centre, with Piccadilly Station and Oxford Road Station less than ten minutes’ walk ...Read More

    Lexington 42

    Lexington 42 is a Grade II listed development which occupies part of the Sheena Simon College and fronts on to Sackville Park, with Canal Street on the corner. There are only 29 apartments here, and there are 8 apartment styles ...Read More

    Cotton Mill

    Cotton Mill is a converted Victorian mill building which now comprises 16 loft-style apartments. All the apartments are one and two bedroom and contain many of the original features including exposed brickwork and wooden beams. Some apartments have added mezzanine ...Read More

    China House

    China House is a Grade II Listed Victorian conversion development which is tucked away just off Princess Street in the heart of the city centre. The development is just across from Manchester’s famous Gay Village which is renowned for its ...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 towards ...Read More

    Granby Village

    Granby Village is situated at the Piccadilly end of Whitworth Street and consists of different blocks; Bombay House, Velvet House, Velvet Court and 55-57 Whitworth Street. The apartments are all different in size and aspect and some have parking spaces ...Read More

    City Heights

    City Heights is located on Samuel Ogden Street, just off Princess Street and Whitworth Street. Samuel Ogden Street is a quiet side road meaning City Heights has the benefit of being right in the heart of the city centre but ...Read More

    Brazil House

    Brazil House is a small conversion development located on Brazil Street in the Gay Village. This unique development has retained original features throughout most apartments with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and wooden beams. Brazil House overlooks Sackville Park and ...Read More

    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

    27 Sackville Street is a small conversion development of only eight apartments, two of which are stunning penthouses. Located in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village, the development is within walking distance of Piccadilly train station as well as the ...Read More

    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 developments. The apartments are comfortably sized and their wide curved-steel balconies are fantastic. It’s also one of the best-value blocks ...Read More