Places to consider when buying a new-build in Manchester

The economic downturn in 2008-09 may have but the brakes on the house building boom, but there are still plenty of superb properties currently on the market - particularly in Greater Manchester in the UK.

Few things can match the sense of excitement you get when the estate agent gives you the keys to a brand new home. Unlike older, pre-owned houses, you get the sense that this building is a blank canvas that you can really stamp your own personality on.

You don't have to worry about the garish wallpaper or dated bathroom suite left by the previous owners and there is more chance that a new home will cater for your needs. Architects and construction companies develop new-build homes to accommodate modern lifestyles, which is obviously not the case with properties that were erected in bygone eras.

Greater Manchester has a plethora of fantastic new housing estates that are definitely worth checking out. Here are just a few examples:

Salford

Salford has undergone extensive regeneration in the past decade and there are plenty of attractive housing developments strewn across the area.

One that stands out in particular is the New Broughton Village, which lies just to the east of the city. All properties in the development have a "very good" EcoHomes rating - an increasingly important consideration at a time when energy bills are skyrocketing.

The village itself is set among lush greenery - something that is not hard to come by in Salford, 60 per cent of which consists of parks, forests and other pleasant leafy spaces. You will also benefit from being just a stone's throw away from the vibrant and constantly-evolving Manchester city centre.

Oldham

Oldham is a sizeable town to the north-east of Manchester and although it is a little further out of town than many would like, it is certainly worth a look. Countryside Properties has reported soaring demand for homes in The Triangle - a collection of appealing three and four-bedroom homes.

People who move to Oldham have easy access to Manchester and are also on the doorstep of some of the UK's most stunning rural scenery. More than a quarter of the town lies within the Peak District National Park, which will appeal to those who have a penchant for the countryside.

Burnage

A suburb to the south of Manchester, Burnage is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Liam and Noel Gallagher. However, this area has far more to offer than a tearful trip down memory lane for Oasis fans who are still grieving the band's breakup in 2009.

There are a number of smart houses springing up across the area, as developers have clearly noticed that more people are shunning expensive city centre properties in favour of much more affordable new-builds on the outskirts of town.

Higher Broughton

Many people do not realise that Salford is a separate entity to Manchester and it has its own suburbs - one of which is Broughton.

Building companies have earmarked Higher Broughton as a good place to establish a new estate containing 80 new family dwellings with three to six bedrooms. It is highly likely that other developers will follow suit, as it is clear this particular area will become more popular as the populations of Manchester and Salford grow in the near future.

Alternatively, property buyers might consider Swinton or Walkden, which are a little further afield. Both of these areas have their fair share of new houses that are just a short bus or train ride away from Manchester city centre.