Why you should move to Didsbury
PUBLISHED: 01:36 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 30 June 2015
Welcome to Didsbury, the Manchester suburb to see and be seen in. WORDS BY EMMA MAYOH PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY THOMPSON
This bustling area has become a magnet for commuters, unsurprisingly, due to its proximity to Manchester city centre and the major motorway networks.But rather than get swallowed up by the city, Didsbury has a personality and character all of its own. The main shopping streets are packed with independent shops and boutiques which sit remarkably well with the bigger name high street giants.
Historically, the area was a small, rural place which has grown up and extended as the city centre has spread. Part of the traditional Didsbury area is now in the Didsbury St James Conservation Area that is believed to contain the highest number of listed buildings in the area outside of the city centre.
Today, Didsbury still pays homage to those old buildings but it also resembles more a playground for young professionals and for those who have a little more money to spend. Every luxury and whim is catered for here with restaurants, bars, pubs and cafés to suit every taste from Italian to Nepalese. It could take you some time to negotiate your way around all the different places.
There are many interiors shops and fashion boutiques boasting designs from well-known names or the chance to buy a one-off. For the foodie fanatics you have the pick of the bunch with specialists in every kind of local produce you can think of. If you love to spend the afternoon browsing art exhibitions then there are a handful of galleries too.
Sunny days can be enjoyed with a picnic at Didsbury Park or enjoy a stroll through the Fletcher Moss Gardens, a haven for flora and fauna.
Those fortunate enough to already live in Didsbury don't need to be told twice how lucky they are. For those who haven't yet discovered its charms, one glance is enough to realise the huge kerbside appeal of the district's gloriously grand houses.
Just outside the centre, wide tree-lined streets with grand Victorian detached and terraced homes mix with new contemporary apartments and flats. More of the latter can be seen at the heart of Didsbury but take a turn off the main street and you'll find hidden terraces providing the ideal home for those who want to be in the
thick of it.
The average price of a property here, according to the latest Land Registry figures, is around the £225,000 mark. Despite this fairly modest cost, do not be fooled into thinking there are bargains. A quick look in the window of a local estate agents shows that homes come at a premium including those approaching the £1 million mark. A sure sign of more and more people realising the pleasures of living here.
Ups: Gorgeous houses, lots of essential facilities, great places to eat and drink and plenty of shops to keep you entertained.
Downs: Traffic and parking can be a problem and house prices could be a stretch too far for those at the lower end of the property ladder.
Beaver Road Primary School, 0161 445 9337;
Cavendish Primary School, 0161 445 4891;
Moor Allerton School, 0161 445 4521;
The Barlow RC High School and Specialist Science College, 0161 445 8053;
Parrs Wood High School, 0161 445 8786
Being so close to the city centre means public transport can be an issue. Buses and trains run regularly into Manchester which in turn gives you access to the huge rail network available from Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria.
It's easy to see why Didsbury has become a popular commuter town for Manchester city centre and parts of Cheshire; you're right on two major motorways, the M60 and M56. You're also not too far from the M6 or the M67 making it simple to reach other parts of the county.
Shopaholics will be in heaven. There is everything you can think of from interiors shops, fashion boutiques and lots of speciality food shops selling cheeses, fresh fish, tasty fruit and vegetables and more wines than you can think of.
If you are a foodie you will love it here. There are plenty of places to eat and drink from the more mainstream names you recognise from most high streets to great little finds tucked off the main high street. Jem & I, a Cheshire Life Food and Wine Award winner, is a good place to start.
Enjoy a long lunch out with friends at one of the many bars and restaurants, do a spot of shopping or take a walk around one of the local parks.
There's a lengthy list of things to do here but, if you did fancy a day out in the city, you're only a short journey away