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What are the best places for families to live in Greater Manchester?

Whether you are a family looking to relocate or a young couple wanting to move out of the city to settle down, Greater Manchester is not short of options.

Research by the Manchester Evening News, has analysed current house prices, spoken to local families within the region and surveyed dozens of estate agents to find the most popular places for people to raise their children.

Worsley, the Heatons, Didsbury, Chorlton and Sale encapsulate everything that a family would look for in a rural setting. Away from the bright lights of the city they all offer some of the best schools and beautiful open spaces.



According to the research, schools are the key in Didsbury, and parents who want to get their child into the best school love this trendy suburb.

The community feel is another of Didsbury’s key selling points, with an array of green space and parks, as well as lots of family friendly venues.

House Prices

According to Zoopla, the average house price in Didsbury is £343,716, an increase of 7.21% over the last 12 months. Larger families will need to dig even deeper though, with the average semi-detached property going on the market for around £390,869.

What types of houses are available?

There is a wide range of homes available, from three-storey Victorian family and Edwardian semi-detached homes. A mix of contemporary apartment blocks along with those dating back to the 1970s, cater for young professionals, and small families.

Where are the best places to live?

Spath Road, Mersey Road, and Pine Road are all hotspots for young families, due to the close proximity to the bars and restaurants of Burton Road in West Didsbury, the village high street and both Beaver Road and St Catherine’s primary schools. To the east you have the leafy tree-lined streets with large Edwardian semis on Kingston Road.

But you’ve got to be quick off the mark if you want to secure a home in the area, as according to a local estate agent, it can take as little as two weeks for a property to be snapped up.

Family friendly?

You can’t move for green space, with Didsbury Park, The Marie Louise Gardens and Hough End Fields just a stone’s throw from the village.

Most bars and cafes are also oriented towards families. Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, which has a variety of family friendly restaurants, as well as ten pin bowling and a cinema, is hugely popular during the school holidays.


Beaver Road Primary School and St Catherine’s are the most popular schools in the area, both receiving ‘Outstanding’ marks in their last Ofsted reports. Due to the popularity, Beaver Road recently announced its plans to expand making it the largest primary school in the country.


There are four Metrolink stations in Didsbury, offering quick and easy access to both Manchester city centre and Manchester Airport. They also provide links to Bury, Rochdale, Altrincham, Ashton-Under-Lyne, MediaCity, and Eccles.

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Chorlton boasts a number of independent shops, offering a close knit community feel, just. Families and young professionals now flock there to settle down, and to enjoy the stylish bars and restaurants.

House Prices

Over the past year, the average price for a semi-detached family home in Chorlton has risen by over £27,000, to £384,631, with an average terrace now setting you back £318,930.

What types of houses are available?

There are a wide range of properties available, from extremely large semi-detached Victorian and Edwardian period homes, to smaller, traditional terraces. A lovely mix of the old and the contemporary with a range of modern apartment blocks, popular with the area’s increasing number of young professionals.

Where are the best places to live?

Chorlton has no shortage of premium roads, with parents fighting tooth and nail to get their children into the best local schools; St John’s Primary and Oswald Road Primary.

Family friendly?

Chorlton is well known for its community, village feel, which is perfect for families looking for a balance. In the day, parents can pop into Battery Park, while in the evening there are a wide range of relaxed bars and restaurants.


Despite being smaller than neighbouring Didsbury, Chorlton also has two well performing schools, which are very popular with parents. Both are in the centre of the town.

St John’s R.C Primary School and Oswald Road Primary has recently undergone a massive refurbishment. Both schools received ‘Outstanding’ in their Ofsted reports.


Chorlton benefits from excellent transport links to town and the surrounding areas, with three main stations. Bus routes are also frequent, running through to the city centre.

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The Heatons

Just to the east of Didsbury, in Stockport, lie two of the four Heatons, Heaton Mersey and Heaton Moor. Both are incredibly popular with families, who are searching for that perfect place to settle down.

Boasting a range of top performing schools, lots of open, green spaces, not to mention impressive houses on offer, it has become extremely popular with couples looking to raise a family.

House Prices

Over the past year, semi-detached homes in Heaton Mersey have risen by more than £14,000, to £279,939. Terraced properties aren’t too far behind, setting you back £244,998.

In neighbouring Heaton Moor you’ll be digging deeper, with larger families looking for a semi-detached property having to fork out £431,354.

What types of houses are available?

From two bed terraces to five bedroom Edwardian detached properties, if you have the money to spend there are a wide range of styles available.

Where are the best places to live?

Due to the popularity of schools in both Heaton Mersey and Heaton Moor, securing a home in one of the catchment areas is a task in itself.

Desirable locations for families include, Napier Road, Elm Rod and Stanley Road, which all offer easy access to any one of the fantastic schools as well as the local bars and restaurants that run along on Shaw Road and Heaton Moor Road.

Family friendly?

Both areas benefit from an enormous amount of green space, with the river Mersey running close by, perfect for a walk. There is also Heaton Moor Park, and the common, both of which are perfect for those rare days when the sun is shining.


Norris Bank and Tithe Barn are both extremely popular primary schools, due to their ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted reports.


The motorway links make the Heatons perfect for people commuting to the city centre, East Didsbury Metrolink station is close by, as well as direct trains into Manchester Piccadilly which run from Heaton Chapel train station getting commuters into the centre in 20 minutes.



Perhaps less well known than Didsbury, Chorlton or neighbouring Altrincham, Sale shares much in common with each of them, offering a wide variety of properties and prices.

According to local experts it’s also about reputation and location, which are key reasons why families are moving to this quiet Trafford suburb.

House Prices

House prices in the area vary, with some roads almost reaching the £1 million mark. The average home will set you back £295,222, which is an increase of just under £20,000 in the last year. If you’re looking for something a little smaller however, terraced houses are selling for around £218,196.

What types of houses are available?

Sale offers a wide range of properties, lots of typical 1930’s semi-detached mixed in with Edwardian and Victorian houses. Small two bedroom terraces are great for first time buyers.

Where are the best places to live?

Where there are great schools there is always competition for places and Sale is no different, so when families are looking for a place to call home getting as close to those schools as possible is a must.

Walton road is great as it offers close proximity to the schools and easy access to the tram. Roads like Harrow Road, Brookside, Derwent and Shrewsbury all neighbour Brooklands Primary and again offer easy access to the tram.

Family friendly?

Sale benefits from an enormous amount of green space and parks such as Sale Waterpark, Walton Park and Worthington Park, which are extremely popular with families within the area.


Though it may not have the same trendy reputation as a Chorlton or a Didsbury, one thing that Sale does excel at is the number of well-performing schools it has to offer, from primary right the way through to sixth form.


Sale boasts three Metrolink stops which all run regular services to the Manchester, as well as Didsbury, Rochdale, MediaCity and Ashton-Under-Lyne. The M60 is also very close, perfect for those looking to commute in and around the city centre.

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Worsley has a lot to offer families, local estate agents say it is quickly becoming as popular as the Heatons, with acres of woodland to stroll round and increasing numbers of chic cafes and bars to go to during the weekends.

Lauren Hopkins of Bridgfords, said: “It’s an up and coming area, with some great schools and it’s a beautiful place with lots to do.”

House Prices

House prices in the area vary massively from the palatial houses on Leigh Road, known locally as ‘Millionaire’s Row’ to more modest two bed terraced properties in Ellenbrook. Larger families will be happy to hear that this idyllic suburb is somewhat cheaper than Sale, with the average semi-detached property going for £234,577.

What Types of houses are available?

Worsley certainly doesn’t lack variety, with a real mixed bag of properties and styles, from classic terraced properties to the plush mansions that line the street on Millionaires’ Row.

The village also boasts some stunning period cottages and a host of semi and detached homes dating back to the 1930’s and 1950’s.

Where are the best places to live?

The most popular roads are all centred around Worsley’s best performing schools, the roads surrounding Roe Green proving particularly popular.

Roads such as Greenleach Lane and Chatsworth Road are ideal for high-earning families looking to send their children to the private Bridgewater School.

Family friendly?

Families are welcome in many of the pubs and restaurants in the village. At Worsley Old Hall and the surrounding grounds, parents can take the kids for a run around, while Worsley Woods give children the opportunity to go and explore the wild flower trail or feed the ducks.


There are several good performing schools close to the centre of Worsley, such as Ofsted outstanding rated Broadoak Primary School and Bridgewater which is a private school and offers places from nursery right the way through to sixth form.


Worsley has numerous bus routes, the new shuttle services - V1 and V2, which travel through the whole area and go straight into Manchester. The East Lancashire Road is also close by for those who need to commute to Liverpool or other areas outside of Manchester.

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