Whalley Range is a similar suburb to Victoria Park in that it grew as an affluent suburb at the beginning of the Industrial Age, declined as the rich moved further away (it in fact earned the reputation as the biggest red light district in Manchester) and has seen a swing back towards popularity and prosperity over recent years.
It is just 2 miles south of the city centre so is popular with commuters. Closer to the City than Chorlton, but still on the same bus routes, the area has seen an increase in young professionals and families taking advantage of the lower prices and proximity to amenities.
There is a small centre with shops and supermarkets. Just down the road in Neighbouring Chorlton you will find a large selection of bars, restaurants and boutique shops.
There are many spacious detached and semi-detached Victorian era houses where the wealthy past of the area becomes evident, but also many more recent flats and apartment blocks. In addition, many of the large properties have made excellent locations for offices, doctors, dentist and holistic clinics.
The area is well served by public transport and is only a short drive to the city centre.
There are four secondary schools in the area. William Hulme’s Grammar School became a state school in 2007, with a specialist subject of languages. St Bede’s College is a Roman Catholic independent school, and is down the road is Hartley College- an independent grammar school. Whalley Range 11-18 high school and ‘Business and Enterprise College’ is girls only. There are also a number of primary schools in the area- for example Manley Park primary school.
Alexandra Park spans 60 acres and is on the border of Whalley Range. It’s the well known site of an annual Caribbean music festival.