Top 10 new build homes: Manchester’s best developments

With its construction boom of new office blocks and new build homes, Manchester has picked up the nickname ‘Manc-hatten’. With so much on offer, where should you start looking for new build homes to rent or buy in Manchester? Start with the top recommendations of the people already living there.

A Construction boom like no other

You might think that the pandemic would have slowed or even stopped Manchester’s explosive growth. In fact, it barely made a dent. More new homes were built in Manchester in 2020 than any other year, almost 5,000 in total.

Even before the record-breaking year of 2020, Manchester was already enjoying a massive surge of property development. Figures from the Office for National Statistics say that construction output in the North-west was 10 times the national average in 2018, and since then Manchester has become the leading city in the region for building new homes.

Chapel Wharf, M3 by Dandara Living

Today, there are several billion pounds invested in the new homes Manchester is building. Industry analysts are constantly revising this figure upwards, as more developers look to get in on the action. It’s not just the private sector either. By 2025, we should see another 32,000 new build homes Manchester council has pledged to build.

Top areas for new build activity in Manchester

While the city centre is a magnet for investment, there are plenty of prospects for new build homes Manchester-wide. From the mega-trendy Ancoats neighbourhood, to the expanding Media City and revitalised Eastlands, there’s a rapidly growing supply of new build homes to buy in Manchester.

The same applies to the Greater Manchester area. Bolton, Rochdale and Stockport now boast hundreds of new build homes developments.

Top 10 new build homes: Manchester’s best new developments

The following are the top-rated new build homes Manchester has to offer. This list is based purely on the ratings given by Verified HomeViews reviewers, and nothing else.

If you want to see more details on any of the developments below, just click on them. You’ll be taken to the development’s dedicated page, where you can see all of the reviews in detail.

4.98 (14 reviews)
4.98 (14 reviews)

Top of our list is Vox, with its almost perfect scores across the board. This twin set of new build towers sits on Trentham Street, offering great city views from its stylish, bright and spacious apartments. With its highly rated concierge, lovely communal gardens, extensive parking and storage options, and a great rooftop terrace to boot, it’s easy to see why residents love it. Located just off the A56, Vox is also well connected to the rest of Manchester, offering a short bus ride into the city centre.

Read reviews and details of Vox, M15

Chapel Wharf is more than a worthy silver medallist, with impressively high scores from over 50 resident reviewers. The development is right in the heart of Manchester, and offers studio to 2-bed apartments, while residents benefit from a pet-friendly policy, an onsite gym and car/bike parking. Its central location also means that residents are mere moments away from Manchester’s most famous shopping, entertainment and cultural scenes.

Read reviews and details of Chapel Wharf, M3

Media City is a prime spot for new developments, and an ultra-competitive area for newcomers. The Green Rooms Media City is our third top-rated development, comprising a range of one to three-bedroom apartments for rent, all of them designed and furnished to a very high level. The development also benefits from waterside views, a residents’ gym and bike storage.

Read reviews and details of The Green Rooms MediaCityUK, M50

Duet is also adjacent to the bustling Media City, and is situated on the waterfront in Salford Quays. Residents love that there are so many extra facilities here, including a mezzanine level library, painting gallery, and raised garden with excellent views over the water. There’s also easy access to a range of local amenities, which include 15 bars/restaurants, four shopping outlets, six leisure facilities, a cinema, a theatre, and a nursery. The development comprises 270 pet-friendly one, two and three-bedroom apartments to rent. In addition, the building also provides a 24-hour concierge service and offers extensive communal spaces, including a fully equipped private gym.

Read reviews and details of Duet MediaCityUK, M50

At number 5 we have The Slate Yard – a new Build to Rent development located in Spinningfields, Manchester’s city centre, putting it only a 6-minute walk away from Salford Central. Residents have access to a wide range of facilities including a 24-hour on-site team, a residents’ gym, housekeeping services and a residents’ lounge. The development is also pet friendly.

Read reviews and details of The Slate Yard, M3

4.68 (45 reviews)
4.68 (45 reviews)

Located only a 5-minute stroll from the Castlefield district of Manchester City Centre, Wilburn Basin features a variety of apartments spread across four district blocks. Residents say they love the aesthetics of the building, as well as the interior of the apartments and the stunning river views they offer. All residents also have access to a wide range of facilities and amenities, including a gym, cinema, residents’ lounge and meeting rooms, as well as the almost obligatory 24-hour concierge service.

Read reviews and details of Wilburn Basin, M5

4.64 (18 reviews)
4.64 (18 reviews)

As the name suggests, Anco&co is located in the vibrant and attractive Ancoats community, and comprises 143 apartments designed by Bowler James Brindley. It offers flexible renting and a 24/7 club concierge alongside a range of onsite facilities. These include a private dining suite and rooftop terrace as well as an onsite co-working space with Anco&co’s very own café-meets-cocktail-bar, Mule. It’s a pet-friendly development and apartments come fully furnished with voice-controlled tech and intuitive heating. In addition, the development offers secure bike storage and 100mb/s unlimited broadband at no extra cost.

Read reviews and details of Anco&co, M4

New Maker Yards features 275 homes with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the heart of Middlewood Locks. The development is located only 10-minutes’ walk from Salford Central and 14-minutes from Spinningfields and Manchester city centre. It was built around three historic canal basins and is bounded by the River Irwell, giving residents plenty of choice for relaxing, picturesque walks. There are also plenty of amenities on site, including 24-hour security, Seven Bro7hers bar & restaurant and a Co-op store. There is also a residents’ club room, which offers a fully connected workspace, big screen TVs, and free coffee.

Read reviews and details of New Maker Yards, M5

As we draw near to the end of our list, the West Tower provides an excellent rental-only prospect. This development gets plenty of praise for the high standards and quality finish of its apartments, as well as the similarly impressive pool, sauna, cinema, roof top garden and bar, and the various gyms on site. Residents also have access to dry cleaning services and a residents’ lounge.

Read reviews and details of West Tower, M15

4.59 (24 reviews)
4.59 (24 reviews)

In at number 10, Oxbow offers a collection of one, two and three-bedroom rental homes. Situated close to the River Irwell and only a 12-minute walk away from Salford Central train station, this INSTRATA Lifestyle Residence managed by Greystar offers an impressive range of facilities, and residents say that the 24-hour on-site team do everything they can to put you at your ease and make life at Oxbow more comfortable.

Read reviews and details of Oxbow, M5

If you want to take a wider look at the best rated developments across Manchester, we have a top 20 list right here. Our Manchester area guide also provides a useful overview for property hunters in the area.

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