Crusader and Piccadilly East were recently featured in The Times article “The next greatest places to live”. Scroll on down for a short excerpt from the article.
The next greatest places to live
Northern cities are a good place to look. Even in Manc-hattan — as Manchester is becoming known — there are a few spots that have yet to feel the full effects of regeneration. The latest rival to Ancoats, Castlefield and the Northern Quarter is Piccadilly East, a new “urban village” next to the city’s main station. Residents should be moving into the flats in imposing Crusader Mill (from £198,000) and its stylish neighbour Phoenix this year; there’s already a craft brewery, arthouse cinema and music venue, and there are hotels, bars, parks and offices in the pipeline. It showed its credentials by rejecting buy-to-let investors and selling only to owner-occupiers.
One of those is Andy Parkinson, 36, who works in marketing and has been renting all over the city. “It’s an amazing location, and while it’s definitely in its infancy you can already get a feel for how it’s going to evolve.
“I think the area has potential to be one of Manchester’s coolest neighbourhoods, up there with the likes of Ancoats, Castlefield and the Northern Quarter. And if HS2 materialises I’ll be about a minute’s walk from the front door to the station if I ever want to work in London again.”