What’s most important?(5 Posts)
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So I’m looking to buy and I’m from the south looking to move into the north around Manchester. What tips have you got about finding a great area that you’d wish you had known?
Just want to find a great area, cheers x
Check the crime maps out for the areas you are thinking of.
This is useful in identifying different types of areas. I agree re crime rates. Also transport links.
As a young professional buying my first place I was most interested in a cool, vibrant area with lots of younger professionals but also somewhere good for my hobbies (river for rowing and a tennis club for tennis.
As a young family, I’d look for a family area with great schools, green spaces, easy commute and family amenities like baby and toddler classes, leisure centre, library, sports clubs + a suitable housing stock (preferring a detached property with a large garden).
So start off by working out what’s important to you.
I asked local estate agents to suggest areas that might be suitable and then went for a look myself.
I looked at how well maintained properties were, what cars were parked outside (day and night) and what the local shops / bars / restaurants were like.
I checked out transport routes and what the wider area was like. I didn't check crime statistics, that is a good idea.
I was going the opposite way to you, I was going to the South East, and ended up in St Margarets near Twickenham.
When I moved to Bristol I used London analogies - eg somewhere with a similar feel to Battersea and ended up in Clifton.
Sorry, forgot to say that I didn't have DC at the time. When we moved with DC the quality of schools and the safety of the local area was number 1.