Date Published 27 March 2018
In recent years, Prestwich has rapidly developed a reputation as a property hub for the young adult. With supremely easy access to Manchester city centre, an array of bars and restaurants that make it a worthwhile destination in itself, and a growing spate of upmarket yet affordable residential developments alongside gorgeous period housing, the area is a golden ticket for the first-time buyer.
Just fifteen minutes from central Manchester by tram or under half an hour by bus, public transport access in Prestwich is matched only by its proximity to the M60 and A56 – you can be shopping in town or at the Trafford Centre within twenty minutes in either direction!
So much to choose from
The area hosts some truly unparalleled suburban opportunities for first-time buyers. Whether it's tall, spacious Victorian terraces brimming with character or charming ‘30s semis, the diverse period housing of Prestwich promises affordable peace for young families and couples. Conversely, a range of sleek, modern apartments can equally cater to those looking for a more metropolitan living atmosphere. Whatever your preference, with areas like Whittaker Lane – a delightful strip of small businesses and artisanal shops, including takeaways, a doggy day-care and a holistic chemist – a slice of village life is always on your doorstep.
All the Social life you need
Prestwich now boasts several renowned bars and restaurants that attract visitors from across North Manchester. Hip, downbeat brunch spots like All The Shapes – which becomes a live music bar after dark – and a branch of the regionally famous American 'dirty food' joint Solita are the cherries atop a burgeoning culinary scene, while bustling cocktail bars like Cuckoo and The Orange Tree double up as summer weekend watering holes and year-round nightlife hotspots.
An active lifestyle on your doorstep
If you're looking to get active or work off some energy, Prestwich is surrounded by fitness opportunities in a range of environments. Total Fitness, a hi-tech multi-purpose gym complete with a mammoth jacuzzi and sauna, is a stone's throw away in neighbouring Whitefield, as is the cheap and cheerful Lifestyle Fitness. If indoor activity isn't what you're after, you can make use of the vast expanse of natural terrain and parkland Prestwich sits amidst: lace up your running shoes and take to Heaton Park, Stoneclough, Phillips Park and plenty of others to explore the surrounding nature. These, as well as smaller parks like St. Mary's, also contain lively playgrounds perfect for young families.
Whether it's the amazingly affordable properties, the nature, the social life or the ideal atmosphere, Prestwich has everything a young professional could ever want in a local community and potential home.