More ‘locals only’ flats at Crusader Mill in Ancoats are to go on sale.
Regeneration developer Capital and Centric (C&C) made headlines last July when they reserved 20 flats for people who live and work in Manchester.
The move was aimed at preventing property investors from siphoning them off.
Now C&C are to repeat the offer with 50 loft apartments going on sale on Saturday, June 16 from 10am.
With prices for the one and two bed apartments starting at £189k, C&C are expecting a repeat of interest which saw would-be owners queuing round the block for hours to get their hands on one.
Tim Heatley of C&C said: “Since we launched Crusader last year we’ve had people hammering on the door asking when we’d been releasing more apartments for sale.
“It was a brave move shunning investors from the start, but we’ve stuck to our guns and it’s paid off. We’ve had that much interest that it’s never crossed our minds to market it overseas.
“It took us by surprise just how much of a talking point Crusader became. It tapped into an issue that buyers had been facing for years, but hadn’t been addressed.
“The mill is still being restored, but there’s already a community forming. That’s always been so important to us, creating a proper community that will do justice to the social history of the building. People who want to be part of that should get down early so they don’t miss out.”
It’s not just the location that’s seeing buyers flock to sign up.
Built in 1830, the iconic mill will boast 123 unique loft apartments each with their own character and identity.
Merging contemporary design with Mancunian heritage the stunning properties feature exposed beams and brickwork alongside slick, minimal fittings.
Jo Harvie, who secured her apartment last year, said: “We’ve lived in the city centre for 8 years with no intention of moving out of the centre. Our current property is very modern and we liked the idea of going for something completely different.
“We live in a big tower block in town where there’s little sense of community apart from a very few owner occupiers, the big thing here is no investors and all owner occupiers and that will make a huge difference.”