New homes in North West England: Top 10 best developments

Whether you want the big city lights of Manchester and Liverpool, the idyllic charms of the Lake District, or something in between, North West England can likely provide it. Explore this diverse and appealing part of the country with us, as we review some of the best new homes in North West England.

Which areas cover the North West?

The North West region of England is bordered by Scotland to the north, Yorkshire to the east, and the Midlands to the south. County-wise, the North West contains Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

Why live in the North West of England?

As a region, the North West of England is starkly beautiful. It has stunning coastline areas, the Scottish and Welsh borderlands, and the Lake District – one of the UK’s most picturesque areas.

There’s also plenty of opportunity in the North West. Manchester, Liverpool and other cosmopolitan urban hubs are constantly supporting the growth of new jobs, industries and homes across the region. From young professionals to top executives, the North West holds plenty of promise for exciting career advancement opportunities.

Quality of life is another frequently cited benefit of moving to the North West of England. Communities across the region are known for their friendliness, making it easy to slip into the lifestyle here.

Finally, the North West offers excellent value for money, whether you’re buying or renting, as the next section shows.

What are North West England property prices like?

At the time of writing (late November 2021) the North West average property price stood at just over £216,000. This is a fair chunk more than you’ll find in the North East (roughly £202,000, making it England’s cheapest region). However, the North West is still extremely competitive in this regard, since the country-wide average for England is nearly £271,500.

House prices have remained broadly steady here, falling only 0.07% during the past 12 months. If you’re looking to buy flats in North West England, expect to pay around £170,000. Broadly expect about £139,000 for terraced houses.

As for renting in North West England, the regional average rental rate is £832 per month. However, this varies greatly across the different counties. Liverpool, Manchester and the Greater Manchester area are commanding increasingly higher rent rates, while more rural areas remain decidedly cheaper.

New homes in North West England: Top 10 best developments

If the general idea of house hunting in the North West appeals, the following list can be a starting point. You can find the 10 top-ranked property developments for the region listed on HomeViews. As always, we determine this list purely based on the scores given by verified reviewers. This gives you an entirely informed opinion in each case.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

Duet is a HomeViews award-winning development and the top-ranked entry for the entire North West region. It is adjacent to the bustling MediaCityUK on the waterfront in Salford Quays, in the Greater Manchester area. There’s a great range of local amenities here, including 15 bars/restaurants, shopping outlets, leisure facilities, a cinema, a theatre, and a nursery. The development itself comprises 270 pet-friendly 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments to rent. In addition, the building also provides a 24-hour concierge service. Finally, it offers extensive communal spaces, including a fully equipped private gym.

Read reviews and details of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

4.91 (156 reviews)
4.91 (156 reviews)

Ranked second is Chapel Wharf by Dandara Living, which sits right in the heart of Manchester. Offering a range of studios to 3-bed apartments, residents benefit from a pet-friendly policy, an onsite gym as well as car/bike parking. In addition, there is a courtyard, a library and a residents’ lounge called The Gallery. Additionally, the development is just moments away from Manchester’s famous cultural, shopping and entertainment scenes.

Read reviews and details of Chapel Wharf, M3

Manchester is dominating the list, as Vox, managed by Allsop, is located just off the A56, opposite St George’s Park and between the Old Trafford and Hulme areas of Manchester. This puts it a short journey from the city centre. Vox offers a collection of 1,2 and 3-bed apartments. In addition to underbuilding parking, there is also storage for over 280 bikes. These are monitored by CCTV and stored behind fob-operated doors. Other facilities include a gym, roof terrace and residents’ lounge.

Read reviews and details of Vox, M15

At 4th, we have another MediaCity favourite. The Green Rooms, managed by AmroLiving, offers a range of 1-3-bedroom apartments for rent, all with outstanding waterside views and access to a residents’ gym, bike storage and other on-site facilities. The Green Rooms is also just a few minutes’ walk from a wide variety of transport links and amenities, and is pet friendly.

Read reviews and details of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

For our middle entry on the list, The Slate Yard is a dedicated Build-to-Rent development located in Spinningfields, Manchester’s city centre. It’s also only a 6-minute walk away from Salford Central. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities here, including a 24-hour on-site team, a residents’ gym and lounge, and housekeeping services.

Read reviews and details of The Slate Yard, M3

At 6, The Trilogy is located in the heart of Castlefield in Manchester and it has access to a good variety of transport links for exploring the city and wider county. Deansgate is a three-minute tram journey, whilst Cornbrook Metrolink Station is a three-minute walk away. In addition, MediaCityUK is a 12-minute commute. The development comprises 232 pet-friendly 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities, including a fully equipped gym as well as a landscaped communal garden. Likewise, the building provides a 24-hour on-property concierge service.

Read reviews and details of The Trilogy, M15

4.68 (143 reviews)
4.68 (143 reviews)

Another development within easy striking distance of Manchester city centre, New Maker Yards features 275 homes. These are a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments in the heart of Middlewood Locks. The development is located only 10-minutes away from Salford Central and 14-minutes from Spinningfields. Residents have access to a wide range of amenities, including 24-hour security, Seven Bro7hers bar & restaurant and a Co-op store. There is also a residents’ club room with access to a connected workspace, big-screen entertainment, and free coffee.

Read reviews and details of New Maker Yards, M5

4.64 (18 reviews)
4.64 (18 reviews)

Ranked at number 8, Anco&co is situated in one of the coolest and most creative new districts in Manchester, Ancoats. Anco&co offers prospective renters and buyers 143 apartments designed by Bowler James Brindley, with flexible renting options, a 24/7 club concierge and a range of onsite facilities. These include a private dining suite and rooftop terrace, as well as a co-working space with Anco&co’s very own café-meets-cocktail-bar, Mule. The development is also pet-friendly and apartments come fully furnished with voice-controlled tech and intuitive heating. Finally, the development offers secure bike storage and 100mb/s unlimited broadband at no extra cost.

Read reviews and details of Anco&co, M4

Towards the end of the list, we now move away from Manchester and towards Sutton, near St Helens, Merseyside. The Abbotsfield development offers a collection of 2, 3 and 4-bed family homes with excellent retail and leisure opportunities nearby. The train station is a 7-minute walk from the site, providing direct services to Liverpool and Manchester. Ravenshead Retail Park is also just 6 miles away, with the Sherdley Park nearby too, for those who are after a bit of time with nature. Additionally, Abbotsfield is in the catchment area of several excellent schools. These include Mill Green School, Parish Church of England Primary School, and Allanson Street Primary School. This makes the development a big hit for families with young children.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Abbotsfield, WA9

Our final entry for the top-ranked North West developments can be found in Little Hulton in Worsley, Greater Manchester. This is a popular and well-connected area, while the development itself offers a peaceful slice of family-oriented modern suburbia, with 2, 3 and 4-bedroom family homes exclusively for rent.

Read reviews and details of Simple Life at Our Lady’s, M28

If you’d like to dig a little deeper into the North West as a property prospect, check out our area guide below. This will give you extra background information on the region, plus dozens of developments that are constantly being updated.

North West England is one England’s nine official regions. It is made up of Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. This corner of the UK is its third most-populated region, with Manchester and Liverpool its two principal cities. Read more about North West England

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