The Top 10 Cheapest Areas of Manchester to Buy a House or Flat: A Guide
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Manchester is generally a good value part of the country to buy a house or flat. While the average price of a property in the UK is around £290,000 currently, the average price of a property in Manchester is just £236,500.
Some parts of Manchester have much cheaper property prices, however. In some districts of Manchester, average house prices are still well under £200,000.
It’s possible to buy even cheaper houses and flats in some districts of Manchester where property prices start from around £50,000.
In this report, we’ve analysed property price and location data from right across the Manchester area to find the top 10 cheapest districts in which to buy a house or flat.
1. Little Hulton
Little Hulton is the cheapest part of the Manchester area in which to buy a house or flat. Little Hulton is on the northwestern outskirts of Manchester. It is part of the Greater Manchester area but it is within the Salford council area.
The average house price in Little Hulton (based around the M38 postcode district) is currently £164,983.
Little Hulton is an ex-mining and industrial area. It is convenient for workplaces in Bolton, Salford and Manchester. It has good road links to the M60 and A580 for those who travel around the area. Nearby Walkden train station has trains to Manchester and Wigan.
It is possible to buy even cheaper houses or flats in the area. The cheapest property available in Little Hulton, according to Rightmove and Zoopla, is just £85,000.
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Gorton is the second cheapest part of Manchester in which to buy property. Gorton is to the south-east of Manchester city centre. The Gorton area also covers areas including Abbey Hey and Debdale.
The average house price in Gorton (based on the M18 postcode) is currently £172,192.
Gorton has benefitted from lots of regeneration in recent years. Old tower blocks have been replaced with more modern and more popular houses.
Gorton has very good public transport links by bus and trains into Manchester city centre. It is also convenient for other local towns such as Ashton under Lyne and Hyde. It is right on the A57 road with easy access to the M60 and M67 for those who need to travel around the area.
Although the average price is around £172,000 the cheapest property available to buy in Gorton is £115,000, according to Rightmove and Zoopla figures.
3. Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw
Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw make up the M11 postcode area. They are in east Manchester, around 2-3 miles east of the city centre, and have good transport links into the centre for those who work there.
The average price of a house or flat in M11 is £176,015 based on the latest figures.
The area comprises many residential housing estates and has seen lots of regeneration in recent years. It is well known for Sportcity and the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City FC.
It is possible to buy even cheaper houses or flats in the area. The cheapest property available in Beswick for example is just £75,000 according to current Rightmove and Zoopla listings.
Atherton is north-west of Manchester itself. Atherton is part of Greater Manchester but is within Wigan borough.
Atherton is an ex-mining and industrial area with low property prices. The average house price in Atherton (based on the M46 postcode) is currently £178,546.
The Atherton area includes districts such as Howe Bridge and Hindsford.
Atherton has its own local amenities. It has bus and train links into Manchester for commuters. It is also a convenient location for those who work in Wigan or Bolton.
Although the average property price in Atherton is around £178,00 the cheapest property available here is just £90,000 (latest Rightmove and Zoopla listings).
Radcliffe is around 6 miles to the north of Manchester city centre and just over 3 miles to the southeast of Bolton. The Radcliffe area is part of the Greater Manchester area but is divided between the boroughs of both Bury and Bolton.
The average house price in Radcliffe (M26 postcode area) is currently £186,677 based on official figures.
The M26 postal district includes areas such as Chapel Field, Prestolee and Stoneclough.
Like many parts of Greater Manchester Radcliffe is an ex-industrial and textile area. Radcliffe is now mainly a residential area with good-value property. It is well located for those who travel to Bolton, Bury, Rochdale and Manchester and has good access to the M60 motorway.
It is possible to buy even cheaper houses or flats in the area. The cheapest property available in Radcliffe, according to Rightmove and Zoopla, is £75,000.
Here’s a useful article which looks at buy-to-let in Bolton.
6. Blackley and Harpurhey
Blackley and Harpurhey make up the Manchester M9 district. M9 also includes areas such as Higher Blackley and White Moss. They are in northeast Manchester.
The average price of a house across Blackley and Harpurhey is currently £188,494.
The area has great transport links into Manchester city centre as well as elsewhere on the M60. It is mainly a residential area and is known for its green spaces including Boggart Hole Clough and nearby Heaton Park. North Manchester General Hospital is also in the area.
Blackley and Harpurhey have even cheaper property than the area average. Rightmove and Zoopla show that the cheapest property in Blackley is currently £80,000.
7. Monsall and Moston
The M40 district comprises the suburbs of Monsall and Moston plus Collyhurst, Miles Platting, New Moston and Newton Heath. These suburbs are in the northeast of Manchester stretching out from the city centre to the M60 motorway.
The average house price in this part of Manchester is currently £198,267.
These areas are mixed commercial and residential areas. They are very well located for travel into Manchester using the bus, Metrolink tram or car.
Buyers can find even cheaper houses or flats in the area. The cheapest property available in Monsall for example, according to Rightmove and Zoopla, is £83,000.
8. Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall
Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall are in northeast Manchester. Cheetham Hill is only around 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre and Crumpsall is around 4 miles.
Average house prices in Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall (based on the M8 postcode) are currently £198,544.
Cheetham Hill is a densely populated inner city area while Crumpsall is more suburban and is close by Heaton Park. They all have good transport links by bus, Metrolink tram or car. North Manchester General Hospital is also in the area.
According to Rightmove and Zoopla listings, the M8 area has some really cheap houses and flats. The cheapest property in Crumpsall is currently just £50,000 and the cheapest property in Cheetham Hill is £80,000.
9. Pendleton, Seedley and Irlams o' th' Height
Manchester M6 comprises the suburbs of Pendleton, Seedley and Irlams o' th' Height as well as Charlestown, Langworthy and Little Bolton.
These suburbs are just north-west of Manchester city centre. While they are part of the Greater Manchester area they are within the Salford city council area.
The average house price across the M6 postcode is currently £200,460.
These areas are mixed residential and light commercial areas. They are within easy reach of Manchester city centre by public transport. Salford Royal Hospital is within the area and the University of Salford is nearby.
The cheapest property available in this part of Salford (Pendleton) is £69,000, based on current Rightmove and Zoopla listings.
Here’s a useful article which looks at buy-to-let in Salford.
10. Ardwick and West Gorton
The Manchester M12 district is the tenth cheapest part of Manchester in which to buy a house or flat. It is based around Ardwick and West Gorton and is to the southeast of Manchester. Other areas within the district include parts of Belle Vue, Chorlton on Medlock and Longsight.
The average house price in the M12 postcode area is £201,708 based on the latest figures.
These areas are ex-heavy industrial areas and are now mainly light commercial and residential. They have lots of traditional Victorian and post-war housing. There is good access to Manchester by car and bus along the A57 and A6.
The cheapest houses and flats in this area are around half the average price. The cheapest property available in West Gorton, according to Rightmove and Zoopla, is £115,000.
So Where Are the Cheapest Parts of Manchester to Buy Property?
According to our latest research, the cheapest areas of Manchester in which to buy a house or flat are (in alphabetical order):
- Cheetham Hill
- Irlams o’ th’ Height
- Little Hulton
- West Gorton