Despite being knocked off it's 2020 perch as National Winner by Stroud, the Manchester suburb of Altrincham retains it's title of the Sunday Times' regional champion for the second consecutive year.
Each year, the newspaper chooses it's favourite towns, based on a wide range of criteria, including their schools, transport, amenities, culture, green space and high streets. Their panel looks for improving, attractive areas with good homes and a community spirit. Altrincham scored highly on all fronts.
Alty is where suburbia meets utopia. It has trams and trains and a canalside cycle route into Manchester. Not so long ago it was the worst high street in Britain. Not any more. These days there’s an Everyman cinema, neat specialist shops such as Batch Bottlestore and the Idaho interiors shop, as well as classy restaurants such as Sugo Pasta Kitchen.
The area's schools were particularly commended, with the girls' grammar named as the North West's school of the decade.
Above all, the judges were taken with the independent Market Hall, restored to it's former glory and now home to a variety of food stalls around a shared eating area. As well as the range of cuisine on offer, Market Hall provides a community focal point.
For any prospective landlord looking to invest in a suburban location, Altrincham really does have it all - a thriving town centre, excellent transport into Manchester city centre, strong rental demand and a rising property market.
Just two minutes to the Market Hall and the High Street is The Address, Altrincham a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments.
Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021
Overall Winner - Stroud, Gloucestershire
Regional Winners -