22 Apr A guide to living in Sale
It’s recently been named as one of the best places to live in the whole of England – beating the likes of Didsbury and Altrincham. But what makes this Trafford suburb just so popular and what types of property are available? We explore exactly that in our Sale area guide.
A brief introduction: Sale area guide
Just 2.5 miles from Altrincham and just over 5 miles southwest of Manchester city centre, Sale is a popular commuter town that attracts families and young professionals. As well as its close proximity to the M60 and fantastic links thanks to a Metrolink network, locals say the community feel and neighbourly sense are why it’s such a great place to live.
Things to do in Sale
As with many towns in the area, Sale is packed with plenty of things to do – whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, bars and restaurants or even sporting facilities. For starters, there’s the Sale Waterside Arts Centre which hosts concerts and exhibitions throughout the year. Every July, there’s also The Arts Trail which is where local artists come together to showcase their creations. An annual pantomime draws in locals every December too. The library, Lauriston Gallery, Robert Bolt Theatre and Corridor Gallery are other popular haunts for events and concerts.
Sports fans are sure to be impressed with the fact there’s two golf clubs nearby as well as lots of gyms and easy access to Old Trafford. And shoppers can enjoy a traditional high street affair as well as The Square Shopping Centre which boasts more than 50 shops. Plus, it’s just a 20-minute journey into Manchester for bigger name brands.
You don’t need to worry about going hungry in Sale either as there’s lots of establishments serving up tasty food and drink. The centre of town is home to a range of cuisines and family-friendly favourites include Sale Hotel, Serendipitea and JP Joule.
Green spaces in Sale
If you’re looking for some open space to enjoy with the kids, your four-legged friends or maybe even on your own, Sale has lots to choose from. Sale Water Park has over 150 acres of parkland and countryside and a 52-acre artificial lake. Here, you’ll also find Broad Ees Dole, which is popular with nature lovers and birdwatchers. Other parks in the area include Worthington Park and Walton Park. Close by, you’ll find Tatton Park and Dunham Massey – national trust sites and a great place for a walk and a picnic.
Transport in Sale
Sale boasts the Metrolink which makes accessing Manchester city centre and other towns in the nearby area really easy. Even better, trams depart every 12 minutes or so – from 7am until 10.30pm.
The motorway (M60, M56 and M6) is also easily accessible and Manchester city centre is just 20 minutes away. A regular bus route takes you into Piccadilly Gardens and, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try the water taxi that runs from Bridgewater canal into Manchester?
Schools and education in Sale
Trafford as a whole has plenty of excellent primary and secondary schools with many of them in Sale. In fact, there’s 19 primary schools, two secondary schools and one grammar school to take your pick from.
This includes Springfield Primary School, Brooklands and St Joseph’s RC – which all perform very well in Ofsted inspections. Regular bus services mean that those good schools in Altrincham like Loreto and St Ambrose Grammar Schools are never too far away either.
Properties in Sale
Just as there’s so much to do and see here, there’s also a huge variety of property. Prices typically range from £150,000 to £900,000, with semi-detached properties averaging at around £300,000. Of course, houses in the school catchment area tend to be snapped up quickly but the Lakes Estate, The Avenue, Moss Lane and Walton Road areas are just as popular.
In terms of the property type, there’s everything from period homes to contemporary flats with amenities like gardens, private parking and pools in some of the bigger houses. Modern, old, terraced, villas, semi-detached – whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here and many of the properties are steeped in Victorian history too.
It’s hardly surprising that Sale has been, and continues to be, one of the most popular places to call home in the local area. And we don’t think that’ll change anytime soon. So if you’d like to see what Sale can offer for you, why not get in touch with our team today? And if you liked this Sale area guide, keep an eye out for more in the future.