Described as Britain’s new cultural capital, the eclectic streets of Manchester provide endless opportunities to try out new things and experience what makes a Mancunian loud and proud about their marvellous city. This ‘northern powerhouse’ is currently being heavily invested in to transform this once industrial-based city into a global cultural hotspot, welcome to all and far less daunting than the likes of London.

A foodie’s paradise

Food brings people together, fact. Clearly Manchester welcomes everyone with a warm embrace as the restaurant scene explodes across the city. From mouth-watering Caribbean takeaway to hearty steakhouses and incredible Spanish tapas that you couldn’t find anywhere else but in Spain itself! The sense of community grows more and more as locally sourced delis and restaurants appear across Manchester, supporting the local economy and never compromising on fresh and seasonal produce for their diners.

Manchester further offers a delicious range of quirky vegetarian cafes, wood-fired pizza places, chic restaurants and classic ice-cream parlours to tease taste buds. Take Rosylee for example, it boasts of a ‘stylish chill-out’ vibe serving bottomless brunches, al fresco dining and Sunday roasts. What isn’t to like! Plus if you fancied an after dinner tipple, head over to The Whiskey Jar for 2 for £10 cocktails (before 7pm!) complimented by one of their superb cheeseboards. All located in the urban-go-bouji Northern Quarter, near The Hallmark.

What’s on?

Whether you are musically inclined, a bookworm or an art lover, Manchester has it all. It accommodates a fiery variety of diverse dance troops, musical productions and art displays as well as hosting the biannual MIF: Manchester International Festival, a fantastic showcase of global talent, right at your doorstep.

Music culture is buzzing in Manchester, given its legacy of producing some of the best British musical talent across the decades e.g. The Smiths, Elbow, The Chemical Brothers and more recently Bipolar Sunshine and The 1975. Because of this, there are plenty of music venues and nightclubs to dance the night away. In reality, you are never too far from a library, gallery, museum or concert hall so you don’t have an excuse not to indulge in some contemporary cinema or learn more about the streets you walk down. Also, with the BBC producing up-and-coming and entertaining content here at Media City for the whole nation, the buzz never stops.

Shop ‘til you drop

Shopping-wise, the Barton Arcade is a stunning place to go. Awash with independent boutiques and exclusive shops, this magnificent Victorian arcade is perfect to splash some cash or just peruse when there is bad weather. What’s more, Kings Street and the Deansgate area are ideal if you prefer designer labels and luxury department stores. For quirkier finds, the Affleck Centre is best and for general high-street shopping, there is the famous Trafford Centre of course!

The Hallmark allows you to live in luxury at a lesser cost than London but still indulge in all the nicer things in life such as sipping mulled wine at Manchester’s’ award-winning Christmas Markets and taking a dip at the Olympic-sized swimming pool (along with a trip to the sauna and steam room afterwards). With stylish, cutting-edge architecture and high-specification interior, living at The Hallmark is the ideal place to fit in like a local.

Vibrant local economy

Over the past decade Manchester has enjoyed an innovative and exciting economic growth spurt, gaining a strong reputation for business across a variety of sectors. Between 2002 and 2015, job growth sky-rocketed to 84% making Manchester one of the UK’s major city regions for developing career opportunities. For example, the creative and digital market in Greater Manchester employs roughly 63,500 people which generates an annual GVA of £3.1 billion- no wonder both the BBC and ITV studios relocated here! Furthermore, major sporting companies such as Umbro and Adidas flock to Manchester to sign deals with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City, as well British Cycling.

Also Manchester isn’t shy with its spending. The £14 billion proposed HS2 Rail (which cuts train travel to and from London to just an hour!) and the £800 million airport expansion are just some of the major improvements to the city’s travel connections. This aims to produce more jobs to entice graduates to stay “up north” as well as further influencing the ‘north-shoring’ of many large companies. It should also be mentioned that within the world of academia, Manchester’s red-brick universities also contribute towards job opportunities such as the newly announced Faculty of Science, which highlights how investments are being utilised to generate more economic prosperity. Thanks to plenty of recent investment into the city, the local economy is only going to continue to thrive which, in turn, helps to create a strong, safe society.

To live or not to live, that is the question.

It is no word of a lie that Manchester’s housing market is booming. It has surpassed London in terms of the level of property growth and sales and is expecting nearly 80,000 new residents by 2033.

As a region, Manchester is already home to over 2.8 million people, on top of its huge student population, and welcomes an additional 1.15 million international visitors each year. As you can imagine, the demand for city-centre living as well as affordable housing is high. Impressively, Manchester’s forward-thinking response to the property markets has been through urban regeneration which is 1) extremely attractive to investors and 2) reinforces the notion that Manchester is a vibrant and contemporary city, one that is focussed on providing quality housing and a diverse environment to everyone.

Would you consider living in Manchester? If that answer is YES! Then Forty/8 currently has a collection of stunning apartments in Manchester that are available to buy now. For more information, click here.

Plus, if that isn’t a reason enough to move to Manchester, Forty/8 will give you £12,000* towards furnishing your brand new home when buying an apartment at The Hallmark.

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