The property market may be slowing down across the UK, but it’s a different story here in Greater Manchester as house prices continue to soar in 2023.
There’s no doubt the property market in our region has been booming over the last decade or so, with average house prices seeming to rise year-on-year, and more and more areas becoming sought-after as the places to live.
But when we look at the wider UK housing market, house prices are currently on the decline.
After what had been continuous price hikes as a result of a high demand for properties following the pandemic, recent figures from Nationwide and Halifax have shown a consistent fall in the average house prices over the last five months – which is of course great news for buyers, but not so good for those looking to sell.
Here in Greater Manchester though, a handful of residential areas have seen house prices continue or start to soar in 2023, and the Manchester Evening News has decided to shine a light on 10 of them in a recent round-up.
The paper used data from HM Land Registry and looked at what the average price of a house was back in October 2022 compared to February 2023 to find out where prices are rising the most.
10 Greater Manchester areas where house prices are rising the most
(Average price as of February 2023 listed)
Bramhall, Stockport – £494,819
Broadheath, Trafford – £349,190
Bowdon, Trafford – £897,758
Heaton Chapel, Stockport – £358,329
Cheadle Hulme, Stockport – £365,327
Heaton Norris, Stockport – £300,921
Whitefield, Bury – £274,705
Radcliffe, Bury – £231,989
Audenshaw, Tameside – £221,088
Ardwick, Manchester – £204,743
The affluent leafy suburb of Bramhall in Stockport took the top spot on the list, with data showing that the average cost of a home in the area is now £494,819 – which has gone up by £48,558 from £446,261 in October 2022.
The average cost of a home in Broadheath in Trafford was £303,094 back in October, but this has now jumped up to £349,190 in February, where as in Bowdon – which has always been one of the most expensive places to live in the region – the average price was £855,886 in October, but this has now risen by £41,872 to reach £897,758.
Bramhall, Broadheath, and Bowdon are the places where prices are rising the most / Credit: Alan Cleaver (via Flickr)
Heaton Chapel and Cheadle Hulme in Stockport are both seeing fast price hikes, with the average cost of a home now being £358,329 and £365,327.
Two of the most popular areas in the borough of Bury, Whitefield and Radcliffe, have also seen house prices rise on average, with the Tameside town of Audenshaw also seeing homes get more expensive, and while the Manchester suburb of Ardwick may be sitting in tenth place, prices are still on the rise.
We may only be two months into 2023, but it’s predicted that in these 10 areas of the region, house prices will only continue to rise.
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Rudy’s is launching a Leap Day competition to win FOUR YEARS of free pizza
One of Manchester’s best-loved restaurants is celebrating this year’s Leap Day with an absolutely unmissable competition.
We’re talking FOUR YEARS worth of free pizza kind of ‘unmissable’.
In what is, quite literally, a once-in-a-four-year opportunity, Rudy’s has announced that it’ll celebrating the upcoming Leap Day this Thursday (29 February) by giving one lucky – and hopefully hungry – pizza fan the chance to win one of its elusive ‘Famiglia Cards’.
The popular pizzeria chain’s – which has Manchester city centre sites on Peter Street, Portland Street, and in Ancoats, alongside suburban restaurants in Chorlton, Didsbury, Sale, Warrington, and soon-to-be Prestwich, and loads more cross the UK – ‘Famiglia Cards’ are very rare.
Rudy’s is launching a Leap Day competition to win FOUR YEARS of free pizza / Credit: Rudy’s (via Instagram)
So rare, in fact, that according to Rudy’s, there’s apparently only 30 of them in circulation nationwide at the moment.
Each card usually entitles its owner to two free Rudy’s pizzas per week for a whole year… but this ‘Leap Day Famiglia Card’ is taking things one step further.
That’s because, the foodie lucky enough to secure this special card will be awarded the one-off opportunity to tuck into two free Rudy’s pizzas per week for the next FOUR years.
This equates to more than £4,000 or 16 Rudy’s pizzas between now and March 2028.
There’s said to only be 30 rare Rudy’s ‘Famiglia Cards’ in circulation across the UK / Credit: Rudy’s (via Supplied)
How amazing does this sound? To be in with a chance of claiming the coveted card, all pizza lovers have to do to enter the limited-time-only competition is look out for the dedicated post set to be shared on the official Rudy’s Instagram page @wearerudyspizza at 5pm this Leap Day (29 February).
With the competition only open for 24-hours, you’ll just need to make sure you’re following the Rudy’s account, then tag the friend you’ll be inviting to join you for free pizza in the comments.
Entries closing on Friday 1 March at 4pm, and the winner will then be announced pretty much straight away on Instagram at 5pm.
Good luck everyone.
Featured Image – Rudy’s (via Instagram)
Tram upgrades and track replacements to take place across Greater Manchester this summer
Upgrades to trams and several track replacements are set to take place across Greater Manchester this summer.
It comes after it was announced last week that an extra £21.4 million investment funding is being ploughed into the Metrolink network over the next 12 months in a bid to “improve” it and ensure that services remain as “safe and reliable” as possible for years to come, according to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).
The improvement works were approved by the Bee Network committee last Thursday (22 February).
According to TfGM, the work is part of a planned £147 million package to “maintain, upgrade, and improve” the network throughout the region up to 2027.
Immediate priorities for this summer include track replacement in several parts of the city centre, including Piccadilly Gardens and London Road, and on parts of the Altrincham, and Bury Lines too – which transport bosses claim will mean “quicker, smoother, and more reliable” journeys for passengers using these services.
Plans also include a programme of modifications to the trams themselves, and the installing of state-of-the-art safety systems – including sensors in the middle of double trams, and speed warning devices.
Tram upgrades and track replacements are set to take place across Greater Manchester this summer / Credit: TfGM
New electrical substations are being added along parts of the Bury Line too to additional power so that more doubles trams run in future.
Metrolink is also replacing much of the communications network that’s said to be “critical” to the operation of its signalling and control systems, and is also looking into the replacement of overhead lines on some of the older parts of the network too.
Although the long-term benefits of the works to passengers are expected to be significant, TfGM has conceded that the improvement works set to take place this summer will mean some short-term disruption – but says this is planned to “minimise inconvenience to passengers”.
Vital information about service changes and replacement bus services will be available well in advance of the work, it has been confirmed.
Works are part of a planned £147m improvement package for the Metrolink network / Credit: Mangopear Creative (via Unsplash)
“Metrolink is an integral part of the Bee Network,” explained Danny Vaughan, who is TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, as the plans were announced last week, “And it’s really important that we invest in it so that we can continue to provide a safe, reliable, and positive experience for the thousands of people who travel with us every day.
“This is a coordinated package of planned works to maintain, renew, and improve the network and help to keep Greater Manchester moving.
“While we understand any disruption can be frustrating, we’ll be doing everything we can to keep it to a minimum, and we will make sure passengers know what’s happening well in advance, so I’d ask people to please bear with us while the works are carried out, as the benefits will be there to be enjoyed for years to come.”
For full details of all tram improvement works planned for this year, you’ll want to head to TfGM and the Bee Network website here.