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Old 10-15-2008, 07:36 AM
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Good day all,

I will move from US to Manchester soon and I have the following questions:
1) What is the best Neighborhood area If my work is close to MAN airport?
2)Are the apartments securely gated like here in US ?
3) Are the apartments furnished or non furnished? And what is better option to rent ?
4)I am looking to have a car. Is this good option or the public transportation will be enough?
Thank you,
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:04 AM
Location: North Carolina
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1. I know Didsbury is regarded as a nice, desirable area to live and it's not far from the airport. That's the closest area to the airport that I'm familiar with. A little farther from the airport, Chorlton is nice as well.

2. If there are ground level apartments or an open parking lot, it will usually be gated. Our apartment building isn't gated but there are no ground level apartments and we have a doorman ("House manager") who is there during the day and when he's not there, the front door is locked. Our parking is gated within a public parking garage (it's shared with the outlets next door). We live in Salford Quays, which is close to the city center... out in areas like Didsbury, crime might not be as much of an issue and therefore they may not gated. But I could be wrong, I really don't know.

3. There are usually options for fully furnished, partially furnished and unfurnished apartments. Obviously what is better depends on your circumstance.

4. Many people get around without a car and while the public transport is pretty good, I personally still find it inconvenient, my husband has a car. Especially if you're going to live farther out of the city towards the airport, you may want a car.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:05 AM
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Some apartments are securley gated, others are not, it just depends. Most do have a fence around the property, but the gates may not always be closed or have a lock. You can find both furnished and unfurnished apartments. It is always easier to have a furnished apartment. Public transport to the airport is good both by rail and bus, though a car can let you leave when you want and maybe get there a bit faster. I'm not sure what the best neighborhoods are near the airport. Manchester does have a lot of poor and some areas can be really gritty/sketchy. The city center is the nicest part, but I'm sure others will know of better neighborhoods in Southern Manchester where the airport is.

Edit: as the above poster mentioned, Didsbury is a nice part that is suburban in nature and has a lot of trees. It would probably be about a 30min ride on the bus to the airport from there.
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:56 AM
Location: UK ex-pat in Lanzarote, Spain
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Another vote for didsbury. My mate is a copper there. It's like a large village with enough to do or easy enough to go into Manchester.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:34 AM
Location: Earth
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I'm moving to Manchester in November,and based off the research I've done the past 5-6 months.Didsbury,Chorlton,Withington,and The Heatons area seem to be generally regarded as good suburban areas to live.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:04 PM
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I'm from Boston, but moved to Manchester for 3 years for my husband's job. We lived in Wilmslow and absolutely LOVED it!!! We we only about 15 minutes away from the airport, but it felt like a million miles away. It's got a great town center, health center, and hiking trails. There's a big expat community, too. Have fun!
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:59 AM
Location: Shropshire, UK
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I have to second Wilmslow. I'm from Chicago and have a mate who lives/works in Wilmslow and if I didn't love where I live so much I'd probably move there!
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