MediaCity UK creates growing demand for new homes in Greater Manchester
With the BBC's move to MediaCity UK - a major new waterfront destination for Manchester - along with the creation of many new jobs there at numerous other media organisations, there is a growing demand for new homes within easy commuting distance.
Just over three miles from MediaCity UK in Pendlebury, Nightingale Gardens is a development from Barratt Homes offering a choice of two-, three- and four-bedroom family homes priced from £184,995. Royal Manchester Children's Hospital School and St Ambrose Barlow RC High School are both within a mile of Nightingale Gardens making it easy for children to travel to and from school. Manchester city centre is only about four miles away, with a huge range of shops, bars, restaurants, comedy clubs and venues such as the Palace Theatre. And to get away from the city, the Peak District National Park is less than 30 minutes away by car, offering beautiful open spaces and lots of opportunities for outdoor activities.
Less than five miles from MediaCity UK, Lovell has created The Way, a collection of some 550 one- to three-bedroom loft-style apartments and homes priced from £157,995. With carefully planned green spaces, this development will appeal to buyers who want to live in a modern home in the city, but at the same time yearn for a proper garden, and not just a balcony. With stylish features such as sliding walls creating flexibility in the space, stylish interiors and high quality exterior finishes, these properties offer something unique. The government-backed Help to Buy and NewBuy schemes are both available.
For those with a more generous budget who would prefer a quieter pace of life, The Oaks at Stamford Brook in Altrincham, Cheshire, offers a range of traditional family homes priced from £449,995 less than eight miles from MediaCity UK and the centre of Manchester. Built by Redrow in partnership with the National Trust on National Trust land at Dunham Massey, this development will incorporate greenways, woodland walkways, lovely cycle paths and bridges to encourage wildlife and enhance the existing environment. All of the homes will be energy efficient with recycling opportunities and the ability to optimise solar gain and for those who would rather leave the car at home Manchester Metrolink tram service is within a 10-minute cycle ride or bus journey. Altrincham itself is home to a good range of vibrant cafés, bars and restaurants as well as an excellent range of shops and supermarkets, while for families with children there are a number of top-performing local schools with places available.
Another good option for families is available from Redrow at Hayes Green, in Cadishead, about 10 miles from MediaCity UK and the heart of Manchester. The house styles are from Redrow's New Heritage Collection portfolio, combining traditional craftsmanship with features designed for convenient modern living, priced from £229,995 upwards. The development is ideally located for both the city and the countryside and close to major motorway networks, making it ideal for commuters. There are some good local schools nearby, and for leisure time the famous Trafford Centre is only about five miles down the road - or residents can escape the city and head for Risley Moss Reserve or historic Dunham Massey with its National Trust house and gardens.