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Nestled against Burnage and Fallowfield to Manchester’s south-east, Levenshulme – or Levy as it’s commonly nicknamed – is one of the city’s fastest-changing neighbourhoods. Currently it’s attracting more and more residents looking for a vibrant community feel without the expensive purchase and rental prices found in the centre.


Ladybarn has its own park, its own civic centre and its own train station, just three of the features that are attracting more and more first-time buyers to the area. Its compact geography spans Ladybarn Lane and Mauldeth Road, but with a western edge nestling against Fallowfield and Withington it’s popular with students and provides easy access to the bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets they offer – with a far calmer atmosphere.


Follow the Oxford Road corridor south out of Manchester and eventually you’ll find Withington, sat between the student-centric Fallowfield and well-to-do Didsbury. Its location to the city – and both of these villages – gives it something nowhere else in south Manchester quite has – a relaxed, accessible vibe that’s the best of both worlds, twinned with great links to pretty much everywhere.


With its close proximity to Withington, Didsbury, Heaton Chapel and Levenshulme, Burnage is right in the sweet spot for getting the best of each – from cool bars to delectable delis – whilst being affordable and leafy. It’s also virtually inside Cringle Park, with Highfield Country park just the other side of the A6, and with lots of properties offering gardens it tends to be on most peoples’ search list if they’re after a family home in south Manchester.



Historically, the village of Stretford formed part of Lancashire in the 19th Century, and was nicknamed Porkhampton for the large number of pigs produced locally for the market in Manchester.



Tucked against the south west edge of Stockport, Edgeley is the closest residential area to the town centre and therefore the best placed to make the most of everything it has to offer. It’s also a top place to get on the property ladder, with a wide choice of high-ceilinged terraces that were originally built to house the workers that kept Stockport’s Victorian factories going.


Reddish is located on the northern edge of Stockport Centre, just five miles from Manchester City Centre. But it’s got a character and community spirit that’s very much its own. Along with the its community centre and interesting religious buildings of all kinds, its historic library and mills give the area a highly distinctive feel, with local property increasingly complemented by loft style apartments developed within many of the dramatic mill buildings.


Seven miles away from the centre of Manchester, Stockport is a thriving town and a municipal borough made up of several suburbs and residential areas, so there’s a lot of choice when it comes to properties – and what’s on their various doorsteps. Architecture is one of Stockport’s badges of pride, boasting 500 listed buildings and 37 conservation areas. But if you’re looking for something a bit more straightforward, lots of Stockport’s suburbs are among the most desirable spots in the region, providing an excellent alternative to Manchester’s most popular southern areas, with added bonus of the Peak District thrown in. With such good transport links – both local and across the UK – Stockport is one of those ‘best of both worlds’ locations that many locals would rather you didn’t know about.

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