Two Greater Manchester towns named amongst best places to live in UK

Two towns in Greater Manchester have been named as some of best places to live in the UK, according to a new guide curated by The Sunday Times.

Prestwich in Bury and Altrincham in Trafford have been selected alongside four other locations in the North West as part of the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live in 2022.

Christleton in Cheshire, Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, West Kirby in Merseyside and Trawden in Lancashire were also selected as great places to reside in the region.

Altrinham was described as one of Manchester’s ‘best’ destinations where ‘suburbia meets utopia’. The town was also endorsed for its food and schools which include Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.

A bustling Altrincham, April 2021

Meanwhile, Prestwich was praised for its culture and community, giving a mention to Parklife Festival.

The Sunday Times’ says that Prestwich now rivals more traditional hotspots such as Chorlton or Didsbury.

Properties in Altrincham had an overall average price of £533,789 over the last year, whilst those in in Prestwich had an overall average price of £275,734, according to Rightmove.

St Mary’s Flower Park, Prestwich (cc-by-sa/2.0 – © David Dixon – geograph.org.uk/p/6776270)

In Altrincham, detached properties sold for an average of £970,689, with flats fetching £280,456.

The Sunday Times crownded Iikley in West Yorkshire as the best place to live in the UK for its ‘top-class schools, a buzzing high street and breathtaking views’.

See the full list here.

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