Shopping and Leisure: Investing in lifestyle property for sale in Manchester city centre

A mecca for shoppers and leisure seekers, promising potential for investors

Property for sale in Manchester city centre offers investors a chance to capitalise on today’s desire for lifestyle living. It offers something for everyone, whatever their age, background, favourite recreational activities and occupation.

In this article, you’ll learn more about why property for sale in Manchester city centre presents such a good long-term investment opportunity to profit from lifestyle living.

A mecca for retail therapy

Manchester is a mecca for retail therapy. It has some of the best and most famous shopping centres in the UK. These include the Trafford Centre, Arndale, Exchange Square, and Market Street. It is in these centres where you will find the largest high street and international brands such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, DKNY, and Tommy Hilfiger. All major department stores – including John Lewis, Primark, Debenhams, House of Fraser, and Marks and Spencer – are to be found in Manchester.

For shoppers who prefer something a little different, the boutique shopping districts of Spinningfields, New Cathedral Street, and King Street are a must-visit. It’s on The Avenue in Spinningfields where niche retailers including Mulberry, Flannels, Nicky Clarke, and Phillip Stoner are located. And in the Northern Quarter, you’ll find a host of handmade goods and vintage stores.

Arts for all

Manchester is the heartbeat of the Northwest’s music and performing arts scene. It is home to several concert halls and music venues, attracting some of the world’s best acts. It rivals London as both a place to perform and a place to experience.

Manchester Arena is Europe’s largest indoor concert venue, and the City of Manchester Stadium and Manchester Central are both venues fit for the largest concerts and gigs. More intimate venues include the O2 Apollo Manchester.

For those who prefer their music more classical, the Hallé Orchestra is based at The Bridgewater Hall. Manchester also benefits from the Manchester Camerata, the Royal Northern College of Music, and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

With more than a dozen theatres, Manchester’s repertory is the UK’s largest outside London. The menu of performers includes local amateur dramatic groups and world-famous performance companies. There’s a thriving comedy scene, with the only Comedy Store outside of London at Deansgate Locks, and several other comedy venues, including The Frog & Bucket Comedy Club in the Northern Quarter.

Canals, culture, and countryside

A truly eclectic city, Manchester is a centre of cultural excellence. The Manchester city region is home to over 30 museums and galleries, and thousands of acres of parks and stunning countryside.

Museums include the Imperial War Museum North and. The Manchester Museum rivals London’s Natural History Museum. For art lovers, galleries include the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery.

Walkers, ramblers and cyclists will never run out of open space and fresh air. Manchester is within easy reach of areas of outstanding natural beauty, which include the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and the Peak District. Nestled in this glorious countryside are several stately homes such as Lyme Park and Dunham Massey Hall.

Sport and leisure: a premier league city

Two of the country’s biggest football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, provide weekly entertainment to tens of thousands of fans in their stadiums. United is, perhaps, the most famous football club in the world. It’s fitting, therefore, that Manchester is also home to the world’s largest football museum: The National Football Museum. But the city is not known only for its football.

In 2012, Manchester was ranked number five in the Ultimate Sports City Index.

Lancashire County Cricket Club has its base here. Rugby League is well represented, with seven top teams in the region. State-of-the-art sports facilities include velodromes, swimming and athletics venues, and the Etihad Stadium. Speedway is a prominent sport, with regular events (including the 2016 Speedway World Cup) held at Belle Vue Sports Village.

For amateur enthusiasts, there are amenities including the longest indoor real snow ski slope at Chill Factore, the indoor BMX centre, the Manchester Climbing Centre, and indoor skydiving at Airkix.

Manchester city centre property – benefitting from more than retail

Of course, basing a property investment decision on a single property fundamental would be foolhardy. Shops and leisure is only one factor that makes a place great for property investment. Shops need to be accompanied by schools, transport links, major employers and major investment. Manchester doesn’t disappoint in a single category:

  • For families, Manchester’s educational options are comprehensive. Children from the age of two through to 18 and older are completely catered for, with some of the best educational facilities in the country and a university network that has produced 25 Nobel Prize winners.
  • The city is one of the best connected in Europe, with extensive road, rail, and bus networks as well as an extensive canal network. Manchester Airport, which was ranked the UK’s best airport at the 2015 Globe Travel Awards, is just minutes from the city centre.
  • Manchester boasts the UK’s second largest economic region in the UK after London and produces 3.5% of the entire nation’s GVA. It’s a powerhouse of job creation, with a diverse and rapidly expanding economy which makes it well protected against the economic downturn.
  • Manchester is benefitting from its status as being the first UK city to take advantage of the devolution of power and financing from the central government. The Greater Manchester City Deal makes billions available for investment here, supporting urban regeneration and the creation of enterprise zones and thousands of jobs.

Investing in property for sale in Manchester city centre could be the secret weapon in your property portfolio. Contact one of the Gladfish team today on +44 (0)207 923 6100, and discover more about the incredible property investment opportunities in Manchester.

Live with passion,

Brett Alegre-Wood

About the Author

Brett has over 20 years experience in all facets of property, he owns various companies centred around property and is the driving force behind the education and training at Gladfish. His companies have sold over £850 million in UK and London property and he manages over 1200 properties through his estate agency chain. Today he shares his time between UK, Australia and Singapore. He is married to Arlene and together they have 4 kids.

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