You’ll love this new neighbourhood between two great cities – here’s why

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Imagine living where you get the buzz of city life - and the tranquillity of living canalside
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Manchester might be the second largest city in the UK, but it’s undoubtedly the capital when it comes to music. Not to mention football, culture… the list goes on.

It’s known for its strong identity, tight community and civic pride – and so is its neighbour, Salford.

So where better to call home than a new neighbourhood which brings you the best of both?

Located within Middlewood Locks, a new neighbourhood spanning 25 acres, New Maker Yards by Get Living is based on the border of not one, but two fantastic cities: Manchester and Salford

It also offers the balance of buzzing city life, with the peace and tranquillity that comes from living canalside. And it’s operated by an award-winning team who make renting homes a dream. 

Here is a list of 10 (out of 1,001) reasons why you will just oh-so easily fall in love with New Maker Yards’ incredible location.

Prime location in new canalside neighbourhood

Living in an M5 postcode means you can easily get around on foot. The city centres of both Salford and Manchester can be reached in under 15 minutes, buzzing Spinningfields is only 15 minutes away – and you can reach Deansgate in just five Oasis songs. For the walk, why not grab a coffee from 92 Degrees at New Maker Yards? You’ll get a 10% discount just for being a Get Living resident. 

And for all cycling enthusiasts, all these locations are even quicker to reach – and what’s more, your New Maker Yards’ homes comes with free secure bike storage on-site.

Close to Spinningfields for the best spots in town

Home to the highest rooftop bar and restaurant in Manchester, 20 Stories, the garden terrace in Spinningfields is a great place to city-gaze while the restaurant and bar serve sophisticated British dishes and classy cocktails.

From rooftop to underground, where Manchester’s acclaimed Pan-Asian restaurant Australasia serves up plates ideal for sharing to live DJ beats and a well-turned-out, cocktail-sipping crowd. 

Gastronomy overload – and no rain indoors, guaranteed.

Be a local in Manchester’s famous craft brewery

Beer fans will be pleased to hear that there are over 80 local breweries across the city. 

And famous craft brewery Seven Bro7hers chose to open their second beerhouse at Middlewood Locks. Set up and run by – you guessed it – seven beer-loving brothers, it’s only a two minute (maybe three if you’ve had a few) walk to your front door if you live at New Maker Yards. 

Chill jazz evenings and quirky activity nights

Looking for something more than sitting and drinking? Whether it’s a first date, after-work socials or rainy day escape, Manchester is full of activity bars for those quirky nights out. 

NQ64 is THE place for video games enthusiasts, a bowling alley in Dog Bowl will keep your competitiveness up high, and Twenty Twenty Two bar guarantees a good laugh when you attempt to win a ping pong match after a couple of pints.

If you’re into jazz, get yourself to Matt and Phreds for basement club nights of funk and soul, late-night gigs and live music events – complete with free pizza and cocktail deals. And the wonderful Get Living events team is bringing Matt and Phreds back again this summer for another canalside jazz session. Sign us up!

Pawesome benefits to enjoy

Get Living’s pet-friendly approach means that pets are welcome at New Maker Yards – encouraged, even – with no extra fees or deposits. There are lots of green spaces for fellow companions to meet. But not only will your furry family members have the chance to make new friends – so will you. 

Your social calendar sorted with community events to join

Living at New Maker Yards gives you access to a whole host of events, from food and music to art, culture, crafts and fitness. There’s also regular Meet Ups – a monthly Book Club, weekly fitness classes and, coming soon, weekly 7-a-side football.

It’s the perfect way to get involved with your community, meet your neighbours, have heaps of fun and make life-long friends. Check out all regular and featured events in the neighbourhood.

A fashion capital with the best shopping destinations 

From a history in textiles to trendsetting, Manchester has earned itself a reputation as a major player in the world’s fashion scene, and one of the best spots to celebrate the fashion movement is the Northern Quarter.

Here you’ll find Manchester’s best vintage clothing stores, from Cow Vintage and Pop Boutique to Blue Rinse and Retro Rehab; the NQ is not for trend followers, but trendsetters. While you’re there, do yourself a favour and visit Affleck’s, and find out why it is called an emporium of eclecticism.

Easy access to the great outdoors

Life in Manchester gives you all the perks of calming waterside setting while nurturing the importance of green spaces and parks. Just around the corner from New Maker Yards you’ll find Castlefield, the UK’s first urban heritage park. A place bound with history, landmarks and preserved nature, it also features some of the most amazing bars and pubs in Manchester. 

Other exciting waterside locations include Chill Factore and Salford Quays’ Helly Hansen Watersports Centre, providing water and winter sports practically on the doorstep.

When you decide to step out of the M5 lines, you’re just a train ride or short drive away from the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and even Lake District (trains run directly to Oxenholme). Perfect for a weekend staycation in the countryside.

Manchester is Britain’s new cultural capital

According to Rough Guides, Manchester has reinvented itself as the world capital of the arts thanks to its smorgasbord of galleries, venues, festivals, as well as Salford’s MediaCityUK being home to both the BBC and ITV’s headquarters.

Some of our other favourite cultural spots include the stunning Manchester Opera House, and the glass vaulted ceilinged Paul Hamlyn Hall in Spinningfields, complete with champagne bar and dining. 

History buffs will go mad for the People’s History Museum and the Pankhurst Centre, for art head to The Whitworth, and for architectural-dusty-book-heaven, do not miss John Rylands Library.

Football heaven

It’s a funny old game, right? The age-old question of whether you’re red or blue is always the first question to ask a Mancunian. 

Football fans can get a sense of the intense rivalry by visiting Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium, two of the largest in the UK. Book a stadium tour – or, if you aren’t a fan of Man United or City, pay a visit to the National Football Museum.

So, when can you move in?

You can rent a modern 1-3 bedroom home with multiple layouts and designs to choose from at New Maker Yards. Overlooking the beautiful canal, you’ll be able to enjoy your work-from-home day in a new co-working space exclusively for residents to enjoy.

Ready to search for your new home at New Maker Yards and join the community? Just click below to find out more.

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