Living in Salford Quays
Once home to Manchester Docks, it’s hard to imagine now that Salford Quays was derelict in the 1980s.
Since then, it has grown into a vibrant and sought-after community – somewhere where sport and TV stars live and work alongside young professionals in plush, purpose-built apartment blocks.
The joy of Salford Quays is that, although it does attract the rich and famous, it’s still down to earth – you’re just as likely to find a group of students or a couple in their middle years enjoying this part of Greater Manchester as you are to bump into a BBC presenter.
And a lot of that is down to the diverse range of property on offer at the Quays. Apartment living dominates the landscape and ranges from studios renting out for as little as £650 a month to large two-bed properties at up to £2000 a month.
There are also more owner occupiers here than in the city centre – people are keen to buy rather than rent, showing that once they move to Salford Quays, they want to stay for the long haul.
It’s easy to see why residents are bowled over by the location. Waterside living is coupled with diverse local attractions – there’s everything available, from culture (a museum, a gallery, a theatre) to shopping (the Lowry Outlet) and sport (a large watersports centre and a view of Old Trafford from across the water).
This is not to mention the crowning glory: MediaCityUK, home to branches of the BBC, ITV, Salford University and many other smaller businesses. Since this media hub opened in 2011, a flurry of bars and restaurants has followed, creating an exciting buzz in this once-quiet part of town.
Another reason for the popularity of the Quays is the excellent transport links available. Jump on a tram to zoom into Manchester or take advantage of the neighbouring motorway network – in contrast with the city centre, most apartments come with parking here, making it the perfect choice for frequent travellers.
We at Julie Twist Properties have seen the Quays grow into the well-loved living area that it has become. In fact, we were the first agency to set up shop in 2002, when, as many clients will remember, we worked in partnership with Jones Homes under the brand ‘JJT Residential’.
More recently, we took over the reins entirely and rebranded to the familiar green signage of Julie Twist Properties now seen across all three of our offices. The latest development for us is a brand new location for JTP Salford Quays. At the end of 2017, we moved out of our old home in Quay Plaza to take up a unit just under the Sovereign Point residential development.
It’s great to see Salford Quays so well established as a residential zone and we know that there will be many more exciting developments ahead as time moves on. Watch this space!
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