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    • MissMarble
    • By MissMarble 22nd Nov 17, 10:45 AM
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    Best places to buy in Manchester for a first-timer (that isn't Didsbury)
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    • 22nd Nov 17, 10:45 AM
    Best places to buy in Manchester for a first-timer (that isn't Didsbury) 22nd Nov 17 at 10:45 AM
    Hi everyone,

    My partner and I are looking to (hopefully) buy our first home at some point in the not too distant future in Manchester. I wondered if there are any Manchester-based forum dwellers who could shed some light on good places to check out for buying in as first timers?

    We've looked at 5 properties so far - in Urmston, Preswich, Heaton Norris and in central Stockport. Out of those, the areas we liked the most were Urmston and Preswich as they had a nice community, things on our doorstep and good houses. Since last looking in Urmston, I've noticed house prices are rapidly increasing which is a little concerning for first time buyers!

    Having lived in Rusholme for the past 6 years, we are ready to move away from this area. We are keen on having a house with a bit of character, in a good/up and coming location with amenities around us i.e. cafes and shops as well as being easily commutable (or as best can be) into Manchester city centre. Where we currently live, it's not in the nicest of areas and so I feel location is pulling on our heart strings - but we would like somewhere we can put our own stamp on things and hopefully make a bit of a profit too.

    Our budget is around £220,000 - £250,000 (absolute max) and I know this can buy us a bit more in areas slightly out of the hot spot perimeters and very little within them! We'd be looking at 2 - 3 bedrooms or 2 beds with room for a loft conversion (for my boyfriend's office/man cave).

    We are also looking at areas such as Monton - also Walkden (although I've heard conflicting views on this location), but if anyone has any specific areas where they feel would be worth exploring or even avoiding, I'd be keen to hear.

    As an avid-viewer of Location, Location, Location I also feel I may need to pull in Phil & Kirsty for their help too!

    But for now, thank you in advance!
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    • Lauralou79
    • By Lauralou79 22nd Nov 17, 10:59 AM
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    • 22nd Nov 17, 10:59 AM
    Hi
    Iíve recently bought in the Swinton/worsley area and we love it. We are close to the new busway which makes getting into the city centre easy. Really good but busy Motorolaís links too.
    We are between worsley and Monton both good for bars/pubs/food and walks too. Itís well within your budget and worth a visit and look around. Monton itself is more expensive as itís an up and coming place (apparently) and transport links arenít great currently
    I know people in Urmston it definitely is another of those that are increasing in price.
    Visit some areas of interest , look at houses in your price range and go visit the areas they are in and look at the estates/roads/streets get a feel for them. Research whatís nearby too.
    I knew the area well luckily so it was a no brainer for me. Good luck
    • kingstreet
    • By kingstreet 22nd Nov 17, 11:02 AM
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    I'm an Eccles lad and I'd head for Monton if I was moving 'back home.'
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    • Rambosmum
    • By Rambosmum 22nd Nov 17, 11:13 AM
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    • 22nd Nov 17, 11:13 AM
    Urmston, Prestwich and Monton would be my top spots.


    Our first home was in Prestwich, when we looked for our second we looked for them in the above areas.


    Yes Urmston house prices are going up at a rate (we've just bought there!) so buy sooner rather than later - also to preserve the current low interest rates.
    • clairesilverspar
    • By clairesilverspar 22nd Nov 17, 11:14 AM
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    • 22nd Nov 17, 11:14 AM
    Worsley/Monton/Walkden are all pretty good as far as I'm aware, though it's been a while (I now live the other side of greater Manchester) so I'm not sure of house prices etc.
    Stockport isn't bad. It's definitely a quick, easy commute into Manchester on the train. And I've friends who found Heaton Norris to be their perfect location.


    Best advice is to go spend a day or so wandering around the areas you're considering. A lot of the feel of an area is very subjective, so it's worth going yourself to have a look. You could also check out the bus/tram/train routes in and out of Manchester while you're investigating.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 22nd Nov 17, 11:15 AM
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    • 22nd Nov 17, 11:15 AM
    TBH, I'd look around Whitefield, but only because I know around there..

    Maybe something like this? http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-65853038.html

    Or more towards Sunnybank - http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-62042878.html

    Take a trip to Slattery's if you need persuading to leave near there!
    Last edited by ringo_24601; 22-11-2017 at 11:20 AM.
    • Rambosmum
    • By Rambosmum 22nd Nov 17, 11:16 AM
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    Once you are out of 'studentville' (Rusholme, Fallowfield, Withington and Didsbury) you don't actually miss it much and when we returned to visit friends found it quite dirty and unpleasant in a way we hadn't noticed when living there!


    I would avoid Walkden personally and whilst South Swinton/ Worsley are nice, there isn't much there is terms of shops pubs and restaurants.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 22nd Nov 17, 11:32 AM
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    I would live near here. http://www.littleboroughlocal.co.uk/ It is a little village. There is a train station with a service that goes from Manchester to Leeds and stops here. So you can get to Manchester and Leeds. There are a few restaurants the village is only small. A canal which has canal boats on it from time to time. It is right on the edge of the countryside. Close by is a large lake called Hollingworth Lake. It is becoming more popular/ getting more expensive.
    • dammitjanet
    • By dammitjanet 22nd Nov 17, 1:16 PM
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    What didn't you like about Stockport, was it the area or the houses?

    If you'd still consider Stockport, other areas to look at are Heaton Mersey (on the border of Burnage/Didsbury so best of both worlds with the added bonus of Heaton Moor bars and shops - Heaton Moor itself probably a bit pricey as it's mostly larger houses, plus a lot of rented with large houses converted into flats), and Davenport, Woodsmoor, Offerton and Great Moor.
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    • MissMarble
    • By MissMarble 22nd Nov 17, 1:18 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Wow - thank you so much for your replies! It's great to hear your thoughts and experiences - plus knowing we are all sort of locals!

    Would anyone recommend parts of Salford? I've always thought against it, but I know there are some places which seem quite popular with first time buyers - I just don't know where they could be!

    I think we will find a map of Manchester and go through with a couple of pens, highlighting areas we love, are interested in and ones we would rather avoid. Hopefully that way we'll be able to be quick to decide and get moving!

    I also thought of Levenshulme as I know with the market and some nice neighbourhoods it's meant to be on the rise. My problem is how we can never find those roads and in some ways it reminds me a bit of Rusholme which I am keen to avoid.

    I think we probably just need to look harder and like @clairesilverspar said to get out there and walk around! After going on viewings we like to wander around, but I think making an afternoon of it would be great. We did so in Urmston after viewing a lovely house (first one we ever saw) and grabbed a hot chocolate at the top of the road - which was awesome!

    Would anyone also suggest going into estate agents and speaking with them directly - rather than relying on RightMove? I'm not quite sure how it all works and have mainly relied on calling for viewings and that's it. If so, can anyone recommend any good estate agents?

    Thanks so much once again
    • MissMarble
    • By MissMarble 22nd Nov 17, 1:22 PM
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    What didn't you like about Stockport, was it the area or the houses?

    If you'd still consider Stockport, other areas to look at are Heaton Mersey (on the border of Burnage/Didsbury so best of both worlds with the added bonus of Heaton Moor bars and shops - Heaton Moor itself probably a bit pricey as it's mostly larger houses, plus a lot of rented with large houses converted into flats), and Davenport, Woodsmoor, Offerton and Great Moor.
    Originally posted by dammitjanet
    It was mainly the area - it was off one of the most popular roads in Stockport, but there was very little amenities around. We viewed a terrace house and it had a lot of potential (I loved the dining room) as well as loft space - but I think the location just wasn't for us. I've heard quite a bit about other parts of Stockport (including Edgeley) so think we will keep those in mind too!
    • MissMarble
    • By MissMarble 22nd Nov 17, 1:25 PM
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    Once you are out of 'studentville' (Rusholme, Fallowfield, Withington and Didsbury) you don't actually miss it much and when we returned to visit friends found it quite dirty and unpleasant in a way we hadn't noticed when living there!


    I would avoid Walkden personally and whilst South Swinton/ Worsley are nice, there isn't much there is terms of shops pubs and restaurants.
    Originally posted by Rambosmum
    We are due to view a house on Walkden Road which I think is actually in Walkden but it's noted as Worsley on the advert! I think we will check it out, but I've googled it quite a bit and people have similar views to yours about it. The house looks really nice - but I feel the location could be a huge minus!
    • clairesilverspar
    • By clairesilverspar 22nd Nov 17, 1:38 PM
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    Definitely think it's worth popping in to a few local estate agents if you're not so knowledgeable about the area. They might advise you and show you what sort of things are in the areas.
    If you're keen they might remember you when something comes up and get in touch.
    Don't forget though that they're salespeople and do your own research too.

    I used to live in a few places in and around Salford and it's really hit and miss. Some really nice streets next to not so nice streets - like anywhere I guess. It's also undergone a lot of regeneration, so is not the area it once was. I'm afraid I wouldn't be much help there.
    Good bus links though!


    My favourite place to live was Chorlton, but its definitely not cheap. I've now settled on the east side of Greater Manchester (Tameside) and love it, but I wouldn't describe it as up and coming.
    • Rambosmum
    • By Rambosmum 22nd Nov 17, 1:44 PM
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    We are due to view a house on Walkden Road which I think is actually in Walkden but it's noted as Worsley on the advert! I think we will check it out, but I've googled it quite a bit and people have similar views to yours about it. The house looks really nice - but I feel the location could be a huge minus!
    Originally posted by MissMarble


    Walkden road is a big main road, you're best avoiding it.


    The whole of Walkden is technically in Worsley, but the South Swinton, Roe Green and anywhere south of the East Lancs (A580) is 'proper' Worsley.


    Worlsey is in Salford and is nice, but as I say, lacking in a proper village centre in terms of bars, shops etc. Though George's is nice.


    Monton is also in Salford - the Monton side of Eccles is ok, very up and coming (it'll take a good few years to up and come though, so be prepared to wait), we have a fair few friends who have recently moved to Eccles, so it is definitely moving. Irlams o'th height is ok as well, though again lacking in a 'centre', and what centre there is is lacking in anything beyond pound shops.
    • dammitjanet
    • By dammitjanet 22nd Nov 17, 1:44 PM
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    It was mainly the area - it was off one of the most popular roads in Stockport, but there was very little amenities around. We viewed a terrace house and it had a lot of potential (I loved the dining room) as well as loft space - but I think the location just wasn't for us. I've heard quite a bit about other parts of Stockport (including Edgeley) so think we will keep those in mind too!
    Originally posted by MissMarble
    How could I forget Edgeley, FTB heaven, almost exclusively made up of terraced houses! I would say that the "centre" of Edgeley ie the main shopping street is a bit run down and doesn't have the villagey feel you like, but it's not far from Cheadle centre which is more like that (plus it's so close to the train station and Stockport town centre that its location wins in other respects). If you walk around Edgeley you'll probably prefer the feel of the streets around Alexandra Park and the reservoirs.

    There's a fair amount of terraces near the centre of Cheadle too but they are overpriced IMO compared to the other areas I've mentioned.

    Sorry, I seem to have got a bit carried away there!
    • Rambosmum
    • By Rambosmum 22nd Nov 17, 2:03 PM
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    Was it this one?


    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-62775730.html


    If so, then, yes it's practically the centre of walkden and very busy. Plus you'd never make any money on the house unless there's a big upsurge in the area.
    • MissMarble
    • By MissMarble 22nd Nov 17, 3:04 PM
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    Once you are out of 'studentville' (Rusholme, Fallowfield, Withington and Didsbury) you don't actually miss it much and when we returned to visit friends found it quite dirty and unpleasant in a way we hadn't noticed when living there!


    I would avoid Walkden personally and whilst South Swinton/ Worsley are nice, there isn't much there is terms of shops pubs and restaurants.
    Originally posted by Rambosmum
    Was it this one?



    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-62775730.html


    If so, then, yes it's practically the centre of walkden and very busy. Plus you'd never make any money on the house unless there's a big upsurge in the area.
    Originally posted by Rambosmum
    Indeed it was that one! I knew the price was too good to be true! I think we will view it and see how they've managed to convert the cellar into a room. It looks like such a nice place, but I feel with it being on a busy main road it may not be what we are looking for.

    Do you know much about Flixton? I've seen a few nice properties in that area and can see it's near to Urmston too.

    Thanks for your help!
    • Rambosmum
    • By Rambosmum 22nd Nov 17, 4:14 PM
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    Indeed it was that one! I knew the price was too good to be true! I think we will view it and see how they've managed to convert the cellar into a room. It looks like such a nice place, but I feel with it being on a busy main road it may not be what we are looking for.

    Do you know much about Flixton? I've seen a few nice properties in that area and can see it's near to Urmston too.

    Thanks for your help!
    Originally posted by MissMarble


    Urmston is broken up in to Urmston 'proper', Flixton and Davyhulme. All nice and pretty close to Urmston centre. Parts of Flixton are lovely, and parts are smelly due to the sewage works near by - but you'd be able to smell that on any house viewings easily.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 22nd Nov 17, 4:22 PM
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    We are due to view a house on Walkden Road which I think is actually in Walkden but it's noted as Worsley on the advert! I think we will check it out, but I've googled it quite a bit and people have similar views to yours about it. The house looks really nice - but I feel the location could be a huge minus!
    Originally posted by MissMarble
    The estate agents will call anything with an M28 postcode 'Worsley' even though that goes all the way out to Little Hulton!

    Monton is nice but I ruled it out because hardly any of the houses had parking or a garden. I moved to a more suburban bit. Have you looked at Boothstown, Ellenbrook or Mosley Common?

    More info needed though, where will you be working and how will you be commuting? One of the downsides of the Worsley area and the bits around it is the rubbish transport, no tram here, and the traffic into the city centre at rush hour is always at a crawl whether thats the East Lancs or the 602, and it starts practically at your front door. I don't work 9-5 so it doesn't bother me but if I did I'd probably want to be near a tram stop. Eccles has one, but its not that close to Monton.
    • MissMarble
    • By MissMarble 22nd Nov 17, 7:08 PM
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    The estate agents will call anything with an M28 postcode 'Worsley' even though that goes all the way out to Little Hulton!

    Monton is nice but I ruled it out because hardly any of the houses had parking or a garden. I moved to a more suburban bit. Have you looked at Boothstown, Ellenbrook or Mosley Common?

    More info needed though, where will you be working and how will you be commuting? One of the downsides of the Worsley area and the bits around it is the rubbish transport, no tram here, and the traffic into the city centre at rush hour is always at a crawl whether thats the East Lancs or the 602, and it starts practically at your front door. I don't work 9-5 so it doesn't bother me but if I did I'd probably want to be near a tram stop. Eccles has one, but its not that close to Monton.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    Thanks for your reply - I haven't looked at those areas but will have a search! We work in the city centre (NQ and along Oxford Road) and today when we went to view the property above, we left work at 4.30 for the viewing at 5.45 and it said we'd reach it at 6.20! So think we've learnt a lesson about the commute! I think we'd be happy with a tram line and buses though or even the trains - just a matter of how much it would all cost!

    There's just so much to think about and it can be so overwhelming!
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