Murads Group, a specialist Manchester removals firm, are based in Salford, just a short leap (if you have long legs) across the river Irwell. Areas like Spinningfields straddle the border and if you stand at Manchester Cathedral, or Harvey Nicholls, Salford is clearly visible.

It’s an area that is unique we think, in the UK, for having two cities that sit side by side. Salford has its own council, its own cathedral, its university and has property as expensive as desirable as its neighbour. Salford Quays and MediaCityUK are both sought after areas for existing residents and newcomers alike.

We do though want to look at other parts of both cities that are attractive for those moving to Greater Manchester.

The rules for renting or buying here mirror that of other major cities, like London or Birmingham, in that the closer you are to the centre of either Salford or Manchester, the higher the prices.

South Manchester too has its own high property microclimate and North Manchester is more affordable (with the exception, perhaps, of Prestwich) so here goes; a summary of four areas you should add to a shortlist when considering a move here:

Salford Quays

Salford Quays is a popular area, as it has great road, rail and tram links from Cornbrook, Pomona and Salford Crescent and Salford Central. It is based around the Manchester Ship Canal, with views towards the Imperial War Museum North and Lowry Arts Centre, with Old Trafford for cricket and football fans close by.

Residential developments consists mainly of tower blocks – some brand new, some older – with new ones springing up on the Manchester border, around Middlewood Locks and Ordsall Lane. All great areas to rent or buy in, and Murads Group are often busy moving people to the Quays.

MediaCityUK

Headquartered here are the BBC and ITV with newer developments in place and a growing infrastructure of cafés and bars. It has its own tram stop connecting the outlying Eccles and Manchester city centre and is a popular place for professionals with many luxury skyscrapers commanding high rental and purchase prices.

Ancoats

Voted the 11th coolest neighbourhood in the world by Time Out magazine, this sits on the edge of the cool Northern Quarter and commands premium prices. It’s not difficult to see why though with Cutting Room Square at its centre, with an abundance of cool bars and restaurants, making it a night out in itself. The Royal Mill is a Grade 1 listed building overlooking the Rochdale Canal, with its own glass atrium of a courtyard as well as a popular café.  Again it’s an Uber-desirable place to call home and Murads Group often move people there.

New Islington

Just across the canal from Ancoats, New Islington is another chic area, with apartments like Cottonfield Wharf and the Chips Building (next to New Islington tram stop and the Ashton canal) being popular relocation spots.

Now for the sake of balance, we’ve deliberately picked two places either side of the Irwell.  We would recommend though looking at other places in Greater Manchester that offer a different kind of living and note too that Murads Group removals are on hand to move you nationally or locally, with great customer reviews showing on Google and our home page.

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