Prestwich has been named as one of the best places to buy a first home in 2023, according to The Times.

The publication took into account the local area, average house prices and what the future of the area could look like.

Prestwich has much to offer compared to areas of Manchester's south for a more affordable price.

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A first time buyer will spend £236,100 on average on a two-bed home here whereas in Didsbury it would cost them £293,000.

A spokesperson for The Times said: “In return they get fast trams to the city centre, a main drag packed with independent bars and cafés majoring in craft beer, cocktails and oat flat whites, and the huge expanse of Heaton Park or pretty Prestwich Clough to walk the dog.”

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A £100m masterplan to regenerate the town is also progressing to transform the Longfield Centre and "cement Prestwich as one of the best places to live and spend time in the North West". 

The development will also see around 200 houses built to help meet the rising demand for more properties.

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The Times spokesperson added: “There’s character and community here, with a good traditional pub scene and an annual festival to showcase local talent and bring Prestwich’s diverse communities together.”

The average house price in Prestwich is £346,900.

Managing director of Cardwell's Estate Agents, Andrew Cardwell, said: “It’s no surprise that The Times have identified Prestwich as one of the best places to buy a first home. Prestwich is wonderful!

"It has so much to offer, some beautiful green spaces such as the much admired Heaton Park, and Philips Park, some wonderful artisan restaurants, fabulous independent shops and coffee houses etc. 

"Of course Prestwich is ideally placed for both easy access to the motorway and there are Metrolink stations throughout the 'village' which directly heads into both the city centre of Manchester and Bury.   

"Although Prestwich may be a touch more expensive than some other areas with Bury, it has been, and remains, very popular with first time buyers, those moving up the property ladder and investors alike. 

"First time buyers may also wish to consider other areas nearby such as Whitefield, Unsworth and Sunny Bank which are also fabulous.”

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