Spotlight on: Didsbury, South Manchester
The village of Didsbury is a highly desirable area to live in South Manchester. There are three distinct sectors to the area; East Didsbury, Didsbury village and West Didsbury, with a population of just over 30,000.
To the East there is a modern entertainment centre that is made up of a cinema complex, restaurants, a gym and a bowling alley. In the village you can find more upmarket and trendy establishments, where as in the West end of the village the vibe tends to be a little more bohemian and alternative.
Didsbury is located only four miles from the city centre and four miles from Manchester Airport, the second busiest airport in the country. Didsbury High Street, Wilmslow Road, is reputed to be one of busiest bus route in Europe with a bus every 60 seconds! In East Didsbury there is a train station and the Metrolink has also recently been extended to serve both East and West Didsbury.
There are currently seven primary schools in the area and two secondary schools. Manchester Metropolitan University has a campus in Didsbury as does The Manchester College. At Parrswood High School there are a wide range of Adult courses so there is plenty of places for all ages to go and learn something new!
The social scene in Didsbury is always lively, there is an eclectic mix of old and new in the area. You can find traditional pubs such as The Metropolitan on Burton Road in West Didsbury (an old Victorian railway hotel) and then across the road are two Hawaiian themed Tiki bars; Tiki M and Hula.
There is a well established foodie scene in West Didsbury, from Volta, who are soon to open a second resturant in the city, to Crazy Wendy’s, well known for its late night karaoke sing alongs! For the beer aficionados, The Epicurean will keep you occupied for hours with their vast selection of local and international breweries.
If you are looking for more family oriented activities, at Parrswood there is an arcade, bowling alley, cinema and restaurants to keep all members of the family occupied!
Didsbury village has an upmarket reputation with award winning restaurant Jem & I and Italian and Argentinian chains in Gusto and CAU. Whatever you fancy for food and drink in Didsbury, there really is something for everybody.
Didsbury has some beautiful parklands and green areas. It has local community areas such as the cricket club for any budding bowlers or batsmen, Didsbury Park and the award-winning 21 acre Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden.
Community is a big part of life in Didsbury, and there are a few festivals and markets that are a big hit with the locals. The Makers Market where you can discover foodie, gourmet, creative, quirky, design led and artistic events in the heart of the area. The Makers Market brings together the finest and more often than not award wining local food, drink, art and craft producers. I have been to many myself and can confirm just how good they really are!
WestFest is another local creation that celebrates all things West Didsbury. It plays host to all of the independent businesses in the area who operate from Burton Road, Lapwing Lane and Nell Lane from arts and crafts, to clothing, and of course food and drink.
As far as property goes, West Didsbury houses are largely period semis and terraces and some of the larger properties in the area have been converted into apartments. East Didsbury consists mainly of 1930’s and 1940’s semi’s and detached with gardens and in Didsbury Village property is very much at a premium and there are a selection of houses and new build apartments.
In 2015, according to Rightmove data most property sales in Didsbury involved flats which sold for on average £195,780. Semi-detached properties sold for an average price of £336,992, and terraced properties fetched £315,290. Didsbury, with an overall average price of £285,805 was more expensive than nearby West Didsbury at £269,631.
When you are moving home the key points are to get organised early, be clear about the type of property you want, contact estate agents you trust, and once your move has been confirmed you’ll have a date to work towards and will be ready to put plans into action.
For more information on Didsbury and the available properties in the area, pop into our local branch on Wilmslow Road in Withington for a chat with one of our friendly team. If you are looking to move into the area, take a look at our available properties on our website at www.homes4u.co.uk. Or if you have a property you wish to sell or let and are looking for a no obligation appraisal complete our online form and one of the team will call you back.