Just three short miles from Manchester city centre, and with great public transport and road links to the north west region, Blackley is a popular spot for renters. Although the area has suffered from a somewhat sketchy reputation in the past, there are now a number of new housing developments and modern apartment blocks. These are attracting young couples and families who are priced out of the city centre but want to be close to all the amenities of Manchester. Recent Blackley property news reveals new and upcoming developments from the likes of Taylor Wimpey that are sure to enhance the area still further.
Public transport links
As with most of the areas surrounding Manchester city centre, Blackley enjoys excellent public transport links. Many bus routes connect Blackley with both the city centre and other towns and villages in the region. In addition, Manchester’s excellent Metrolink tram network serves the area, providing frequent and speedy journeys into the city for commuters. Residents can also travel further afield by tram, with towns such as Bury and Altrincham easily accessible.
Excellent road links
The M60 motorway that circles the city of Manchester passes by Blackley, and in fact borders the area to the north. Easily accessed from Blackley, the M60 links up with many of the region’s other motorways, offering straightforward commutes to towns and cities further afield.
Parks and green spaces
Blackley is home to a number of sizeable parks and green spaces, ensuring that there is plenty of scope for outdoor leisure activities. Irk Valley, Tweedale Common and Nutbank Common are all located in the area. One of the most famous local landmarks is Boggart Hole Clough, a popular park with lots of pleasant walks. The park has recently been rejuvenated thanks to heavy investment, and now boasts a number of improved leisure facilities. As well as football pitches, basketball and tennis courts, Boggart Hole Clough has a popular boating lake, a bowling green and a well-maintained athletics track. Events are held in the park throughout the year, with summer fun days taking place during the warmer months, and an impressive firework display on Bonfire Night. Those who enjoy walking will love discovering the numerous paths and trails, as well as spotting the historical stone bridge that crosses the brook running through Boggart Hole Clough.
Heaton Park, now famous as a concert venue that has hosted some of the biggest names in British music in recent years, is situated in Blackley and is home to Heaton Hall, an impressive Grade I listed mansion. Blackley Forest is another popular outdoor spot, and was one of the earliest Community Woodlands in England. Originally developed to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, the forest also commemorates those who lost their lives in World War II. The forest was planted on the spot of an ancient woodland dating back at least a thousand years. The forest attracts a wide range of walkers and families, and is well served by a number of trails and paths.
Blackley Golf Club is situated near the M60 motorway, and celebrated its 100th birthday several years ago. The club has recently invested in improvements to its facilities, with its current clubhouse opening in 2009. In addition to its golf club, Blackley is also home to Blackley Cricket Club.
Blackley has an excellent range of shops, both small independents and large national retailers, including Asda. There is also an indoor market. Avenue Library and Learning Centre is a large, modern and well-equipped library on Victoria Avenue East. Built on the spot where Blackley Cinema once stood, the library is a hub of learning and community activity. As well as traditional lending library, the centre also offers classes and training programmes for local people.
Those who aren’t familiar with Blackley, and who only know of its previously rather rough reputation, are often surprised by the variety of properties available in the area. Modernised semis and detached properties, as well as new build houses, routinely sell for in excess of £300,000. At the lower end of the market, however, it’s possible to find small terraced homes going for not much more than £60,000.
The variety of properties available in Blackley make it a great choice for buy-to-let investors, who should have no problems finding a property to meet their requirements. Modern apartments that need no major work are readily available for below £100,000, and are easily let to young professionals who want a luxury property but not at city centre prices. Much of the local housing stock consists of traditional red brick terraces, generally of two, three or four bedrooms.