With its tree-lined streets, tranquil green spaces and beautiful buildings, the suburb of Didsbury is one of the most sought-after areas to live around Manchester. Didsbury is actually three separate areas, which each have their own vibe. West Didsbury is full of independent businesses and trendy bars and restaurants, while East Didsbury is a more sedate residential spot. Finally, Didsbury Village is the heart of the area and features boutiques, high-quality supermarkets and restaurants.
Property prices reflect the desirability of Didsbury. According to Zoopla, the average price stands at £326,995. The property market contains a mix of new build houses and apartments, which are located in Didsbury Village, and large Victorian houses and 1930s semis located in West and East Didsbury. A new build flat will set you back around £140,000, while a large Victorian property will cost around £500,000.
Didsbury is very well connected to the surrounding areas via regular bus services. Buses run once a minute on the Didsbury High Street/Wilmslow Road route, making it one of the busiest routes in Europe. East Didsbury railway station is served by trains which run into the city centre, Manchester airport (which is just 4 miles away) and TransPennine services to Yorkshire and the east coast of England. Didsbury is connected to the Metrolink tram system by the East Didsbury tram stop. Trams run every 12 minutes and allow residents to commute into the city centre in under half an hour.
Beaver Road Primary School and Broad Oak Primary School were both rated as outstanding in recent Ofsted reports. Barlow RC High School and Parrs Wood High School were both rated as good by Ofsted. In 2019, a new free school, Didsbury High School, is due to open, and was established by the Trust which manages the renowned Cheadle Hulme High School.
The area has large green spaces between East and West Didsbury and the Village, which means you won’t have to travel very far before you can enjoy some relaxing outdoor time. Marie Louise Gardens and Didsbury Park are especially popular with families. For a real treat, visit the nearby Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden.
The area also boasts several golf clubs and the Didsbury Cricket Club, which make it a great location if you enjoy sports. If you would rather take part in something a little less demanding, Didsbury is also home to a cinema, bowling alley, casino and gym.
If you enjoy your food and drink, Didsbury is one of the best spots in Manchester to grab a drink or a bite to eat. Classic pubs such as The Metropolitan in West Didsbury serve a range of local real ales and fine wines. Didsbury is also home to cocktail and wine bars, and offers up food from around the globe. The Spice Club is an award-winning Indian restaurant which is very popular. If you fancy something a little less spicy, the Olive & Vine serves a range of Mediterranean dishes, and the Okitchen serves classic Japanese food.
If you are looking for an area which has a village-like feel, but all the amenities of city living, then Didsbury could be the place for you.