The Guardian newspaper gave a boost to the Manchester property market yesterday when the weekend's “Let's Move To...” section focused on the “ general swankiness and astonishingly good schools” of Altrincham and Hale.
The feature noted the recent influx of BBC employees, thanks to the opening of the MediaCityUK development at Trafford Docks, and claimed that this had “added to the gene pool” of the Manchester property sector in the area.
It also hailed Altrincham as “leafy and rich” and noted its very close proximity to Manchester Airport and its convenient closeness to both the M56 and the M60, plus the regular Metrolink trams into Manchester city centre and the trains to Manchester Piccadilly and Chester – making the transport links among the best on the whole Manchester property scene.
In fact, there were no downsides mentioned at all, apart perhaps from the description of property in Altrincham and Hale as “delightful if pricey”, due to the prevalence of period semi-detached and detached properties. It noted, however, that it was possible to snap up a four-bedroom period semi for just under £250,000, meaning that the opportunities are certainly out there.