Damn right it is.
It’s no secret that Altrincham is a great place to live nowadays, and now, the Sunday Times has cemented that fact by naming it the official ‘best place to live’ in the North West.
Home to the bustling indoor market, a number of fantastic independent restaurants, leafy streets and brilliant parks, the Greater Manchester market town ranked in the Sunday Times’ top 10 places to live in the UK, sitting alongside the Surrey Hills, London’s Teddington and nearby Ilkley. Dropping six places overall since last year – when it won the best place in the UK – Altrincham officially ranks in seventh place on the UK-wide list, with Stroud taking the top spot for 2021.
Considering a number of factors when deciding which neighbourhoods were the ‘best places to live’, The Sunday Times dubbed Altrincham the place where “suburbia meets utopia”, praising it for its independent shops, “classy” restaurants, and scenic canal cycle route into Manchester. Its dog-friendly parks, stunning period properties, and the number of great schools were also taken into consideration when forming their list. Dunham Massey also forms part of Altrincham’s now pretty extensive arsenal, becoming a huge tourist attraction thanks to its deer park and stunning Grade I listed buildings.
Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor said: “This guide has never been so important. The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings.
“With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live.
“Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience. It hasn’t been a year for big cities or small villages. Instead it is small towns that have shone: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.
“Altrincham was named The Sunday Times Best Place to Live in Britain last year. It was chosen as our regional winner this year, as it has everything you want in a suburb: parks, excellent transport links and top-class schools.
“The inspirational market and food hall that transformed the town centre from the worst in Britain to a favourite destination have continued to show their value, even during the pandemic.”
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