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The 5 Best Places to Live in Manchester City Centre

Manchester over the last 20 years has grown rapidly in population and in size. There is so much to do and see, from leading museums, theatres, bars, restaurants, cafes, a number of shopping areas ranging from designer to high street and much more. Manchester is becoming the to go to place to visit and live.

There are many areas to live in Manchester City Centre but here are what we think are The 5 best places to live in Manchester City Centre.

1. Ancoats, Manchester

Ancoats has become one of Manchester’s most desired places to live over the last 5 years. It was once a run-down area after the collapse of the industrial revolution and whilst Manchester was regenerating, Ancoats was left on the outside until more recently. Deserted working mills have now been converted into stunning residential apartments and the canals and cobbled streets give the area charm and character. The area has a blend of cutting-edge design, contemporary architecture and ongoing regeneration. It now occupies a range of independent restaurant and bars and now holds Manchester first Michelin starred restaurant.

Ancoats is located on the of the city centre, only a stones throw away from the Northern Quarter, Arndale, Market Street and within easy walking distance to Piccadilly and Victoria train stations.
Read more on Ancoats here 

Ancoats, Manchester

2. Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Northern Quarter is popular both with young professionals and students who want to be in hustle and bustle of the city centre, with everything you need right on your doorstep. With a wealth of independent bars and restaurants woven within the many streets all of which have their very own individual identity.
The Northern Quarter set precedents in the Manchester property market during it’s regeneration; Smithfield Buildings raised the bar selling the first £300,000 apartment in Manchester in 1996 and people even slept outside for days to be the first to buy these unique apartments!
There’s something for everyone in the Northern Quarter and for this reason it attracts an electric mix of residents, it offers the quirk and charm not found in other parts of the city.

3. Castlefield, Manchester

Castlefield is well known for its waterways and its history including the Roman Forts, cobbled streets, working canal, walkways and the well renowned Science and Industry Museum. One of the first developments in Castlefield was Castle Quay also known as Middle Warehouse, a fantastic warehouse overlooking the canal and home to Hits Radio

Soon to follow were the bars and restaurants and the pedestrian bridge linking a hub of the housing in Castlefield to the City Centre.

Castlefield is one of few areas which offers outside space and tends to be a little more peaceful and quite within it being situated on the southern edge of the city centre. Deansgate Train Station and Cornbrook Metrolink are both within easy walking distance

Castle Quay
Southern Gateway, Manchester

4. Southern Gateway, Manchester.

Southern Gateway stretches from Oxford Road to Old Trafford and demonstrates the very best of inner city living. The area is awash with modern developments and mill conversions that lie just outside the city’s busiest thoroughfares. Most notable is Hacienda apartments that have been rebuilt upon the infamous Hacienda nightclub. Part of the draw to Southern Gateway is the proximity to Manchester University and MMU campuses that are situated along Oxford road and supplied by a frequent bus service.
The most iconic historic building in this area is Charles Macintosh’s India Rubber Works which is now coverted in to beautiful apartments. The original factory located on Cambridge Street was demolished but the second and third phases of the factory situated along Hulme Street still exist.

5. Green Quarter, Manchester.

The Green Quarter is located close to Victoria Station and consists mainly of purpose-built developments, particularly suitable for professionals who need quick access to rail networks with Victoria Station close at hand and the main ring road within very easy reach.
The area is therefore very popular with people who work in the city as well as those who commute to further afield, there are a couple of shops and bars in the very immediate area (on Red Bank) but it’s only 10 minutes’ walk to the city centre/ Northern Quarter.
This area is well populated, and has grown in a relatively short period of time, mainly due to the excellent accommodation offered.

The Green Quarter, Manchester

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