Top tier cities highlighted as best places to live in UK

April 26, 2021

The Times has flagged up some of the UK’s leading cities as the best places in the country to live. Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool all made it into the 2021 list, highlighting their importance in property investment terms. 

“The Times’ Best Places to Live list always makes for interesting reading. Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool are all popular property investment destinations due to the huge demand for rental homes in them, which is fundamentally linked to how pleasant the cities are to live in and the extent of the economic opportunities that they provide. We dive deeply into such factors in relation to every property that we offer to our investors, both in these three cities and elsewhere.”

Dale Anderson, Managing Director, Fabrik Invest

For Birmingham, the report expressed confidence that, “Britain’s second city will remain on an upward trajectory.” Its young, diverse population and the vast variety of experiences, eateries, communities and vibes across the city and its suburbs were all highlighted as important factors behind its position as one of the Midlands’ best places to live. With lots of options for good and outstanding schools for pupils of all ages, the city also presents plenty of opportunities for families, as well as for students, graduates and working professionals. 

Over in Manchester – a city described as “a byword for energy, innovation” – there’s plenty of redevelopment underway to keep both residents and investors happy. Community creation is a key focus and one that plays into the city’s friendly atmosphere. Manchester is awash with independent shops, cafes, restaurants and music/artsy businesses. The city is also home to many distinctive neighbourhoods, meaning that investors have plenty of choice over their target rental audience. 

Liverpool, meanwhile, was highlighted for its “welcome new burst of energy” and its cheerful resilience in the face of the pandemic. With a compact city centre that’s packed with everything you could need, as well as areas that range from green and leafy to dynamic and ultra-urban, Liverpool has plenty to suit differing investor preferences, as well as budgets. 

In fact, all three cities are big wins when it comes to property prices. The February 2021 Zoopla UK House Price Index lists Manchester as enjoying the highest rate of property growth in the UK over the past year (at 6.6%), followed by Liverpool at 6.4%. Birmingham comes in at a respectable 4.5%. In affordability terms, Liverpool has the cheapest average property price of the three, followed by Birmingham and then Manchester. 

The latter is the location of one of Fabrik Invest’s most popular investment opportunities: Michigan Towers. The exciting flagship development is delivering 375 contemporary apartments and town houses, along with an on-site gym and cinema. Located in the buzzing Salford Quays area of the city, the properties are located at the heart of MediaCityUK, Manchester’s international hub for technology, innovation and creativity Currently in the midst of a £1 billion expansion, it is the ideal location for such luxurious homes. 

To find out more, you can call the Fabrik Invest team on 020 8175 9891, email or visit

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Wayne Venter

International Business Development Manager

Wayne has been in the property industry for over 17 years. He started out selling residential properties in the northern suburbs of Sandton, South Africa, for one of the bigger real estate brands, before moving to a boutique, Johannesburg-based property developer. He worked at a senior level, specialising in residential developments on the north coast of KZN and various other areas of Northern Johannesburg.

Wayne moved to selling luxury, free standing homes and apartments in Sandton, Johannesburg in 2006, having joined the Country’s leading real estate brand and within six months was leading the team. In 2008, he began to focus exclusively on the luxury apartments in central Sandton, priced from approximately R2 million to R60 million. Over the years, he has also added commercial property sales and rentals to his repertoire, as well as building his own investment property portfolio between 2011 and 2018.

By 2018, realising where the South African property market was headed, he sold out of his investment property portfolio to de-risk and went looking for a real estate company to buy into. South Africa’s property market was extremely volatile at that time, so Wayne took the initiative and moved to London to work in property in the UK.

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Edward Snell

Senior Property Consultant

I live in Spanish countryside with my wife and our 11 rescue dogs.

Originally from Bedford, I have two sons, two step children & 6 grandchildren.

I have a keen interest in property investment and over the years have built up a personal portfolio for the purposes of rental income and capital growth.

I have over 20 years’ experience in property investment, both in the UK & overseas.

My other interests include animal welfare, football, motorsports, travel and music

My personality is of an even temperament and I enjoy the cut and thrust of doing deals.
I am happy and successful in what I do & take great pleasure in providing my clients with successful outcomes.

I’m a good team player but work well as an individual.

Daniel Harburn

Property Sales Consultant

Daniel had a passion for property from a young age so he began his working life by undertaking a plumbing apprenticeship for a large well known UK developer to pursue a career in construction. After qualifying he soon realised that building relationships was a preferred skill of his due to his loyal and trusting nature.

From then on Daniel launched his career in sales where he worked his way to to a high performing sales person at a creative media company. Part of Daniels success in accumulating clients over the last 10 years is put down to his diligence in customer experience.

Daniel has a keen interest in golf and also in keeping himself fit which is essential as he and his fiancé have 4 year old twins, Jacob and Sofia who keep them both on their toes.

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