Didsbury named most sought after place to buy a home in Great Britain

Rightmove logo
  • New data reveals the Manchester suburb of Didsbury is the most popular area for buyers actively looking for their next home, while neighbouring suburb of Chorlton-cum-Hardy also makes the top ten
  • Walthamstow in London takes the second spot, and in third place is the Wirral in Merseyside
  • There are now over 2.7 million people signed up to receive instant property alerts on Rightmove to find out first about properties coming up for sale
  • While demand is still outstripping supply, there has been a jump of 51% in the number of properties coming up for sale in March and April compared to January and February of this year


New analysis out today from the UK’s biggest property website Rightmove reveals the most popular local neighbourhoods for buyers signing up to find out first about properties coming up for sale in the current frenzied market.

The new dataset, which is the earliest indicator of buyer demand in a local area, is based on over 2.7 million home-hunters who are signed up to receive instant property alerts for properties coming to market.

Top of the list of local neighbourhoods is Didsbury in Greater Manchester which is one of the most expensive areas within the county. The average asking price in Didsbury currently stands at £367,429, over £130,000 higher than the Greater Manchester average of £237,380.

Second on the list is Walthamstow in East London, where average asking prices have risen by 116% over the past ten years, rising from £230,888 to £499,534, and they are up by 4% over the past year.

The only other London location in the top ten is Chiswick, which is the only place on the list where asking prices are lower than this time last year, down by 1% to £969,350, and down by 9% when compared with five years ago when they were above £1 million.

The full top ten of most sought after locations for buyers across Great Britain is as follows:


Average asking price

April 2021


Average asking price

April 2020


Average asking price

April 2016


Average asking price

April 2011

Didsbury, Greater Manchester £367,429 £349,826 £321,907 £252,585
Walthamstow, London £499,534 £480,333 £464,260 £230,888
Wirral, Merseyside £287,243 £260,879 £237,162 £220,012
Prestwich, Greater Manchester £277,643 £250,241 £216,579 £186,708
Horsforth, West Yorkshire £312,460 £290,173 £272,229 £238,665
Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Greater Manchester £359,377 £319,694 £293,613 £219,118
West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire £365,370 £339,985 £304,285 £243,752
Heaton Moor, Greater Manchester £307,040 £292,903 £237,490 £204,248
Bramhall, Greater Manchester £482,311 £469,118 £429,583 £361,322
Chiswick, London £969,350 £982,464 £1,062,076 £934,551

The number of properties coming on the market is still not meeting the huge demand from buyers, but the level of new listings has improved. When comparing March and April with January and February of this year there was a jump of 51% in the number of properties coming onto the market, with over 260,000 new homes coming up for sale over the past two months.

Rightmove’s property expert Tim Bannister says: “Our new analysis gives sellers in these local hotspots a clear indication of just how popular their area is, as it tracks the huge pool of the most eager prospective buyers who are signed up to find out instantly when a seller decides to bring their property to market. More buyers have realised they don’t have the luxury of waiting until the weekend to decide which properties they want to request to view, and so they’re making sure they’ve signed up to find out first when a home comes up for sale.

“We’re hearing reports of some areas where properties are selling within a few days of being added to Rightmove, and the average time to find a buyer is the quickest we’ve ever recorded nationally. But we also know there are thousands of local markets and some are moving more slowly than others, so as a seller you’ll want your property being seen by the biggest group of buyers possible, giving it the best chance of selling and achieving the best price.”


UK Property news updates shared directly from Rightmove PLC - the country's leading property portal.

You May Also Enjoy

Estate Agent Talk

What can affect the profitability of a rental property?

In the residential lettings market, rents are rising, and competition is fierce. But what can affect the profitability of your BTL investment? We aim to find out here. As Stephen Clark, from Finbri bridging finance, says, “Demand for rental properties remains strong across the UK, but the market demand is not being met by the…
Read More
Breaking News


A roundup of the week’s top property and proptech news stories in partnership with Proptech-X   Table of Contents Airbnb for house shares’ raises a further £500k LettsPay partners with The Guild to provide Members with automated accounting tool Fine & Country has sights set on accelerating global growth with new appointments LettingaProperty.com Highlight New Smoke…
Read More
Commercial Agent Talk

How to Choose the Best Art for Your Hotel

Artwork is everywhere in great hotels, and while it may not be something guests consciously notice when they walk in, great art dramatically impacts the overall feel throughout the hotel space. Artwork can provide any hotel space – whether it’s placed in the lobby, a guest room or suite, or in the hotel dining room…
Read More
Estate Agent Talk

Marilyn Monroe bought her own home just four months before she died.

August 4th marked the 60-year anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, who would be 96 if she were still alive. Still a sex symbol today, the blonde bombshell started as a pin-up model before branching out into cinema. Famous for her comedies, such as Some Like it Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she was…
Read More
Breaking News


Daily bite-sized proptech and property news in partnership with Proptech-X.   LettingaProperty.com Highlight New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation Changes for Landlords Online lettings platform LettingaProperty.com is seeking to raise awareness among landlords and tenants of changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations. The regulations have been in place since 2015, but are…
Read More
Home and Living

How To Increase Your Homes Value With A Loft Conversion

Loft conversions are one of the easiest, quickest ways to add value to your property both functionally, and financially. If you’re still undecided about whether or not a loft conversion is right for you, read on to find out more about them and how they can help you boost the worth of your home: What…
Read More