Holiday makers across the world ‘flocking to stay in British council estates’

Holiday makers from across the world are reportedly flocking to stay in British council estates.

Tourists visiting the UK are choosing to stay in properties further out of town as opposed to forking out for expensive hotel rooms, according to research.

In Manchester, the council recently commissioned a report to assess the impact of Airbnb on the city.

They found the California-based company is by far the biggest in the city's short-term rental market, accounting for at least 75% -with many properties in residential suburbs such as Moss Side, Benchill and Beswick.

Although the city centre remains the most popular place for people to stay, growth is quickly expanding into more unexpected places.

Council estates that are close to some of the biggest attractions, such as Old Trafford and the Etihad, are fast becoming Airbnb favourites in Manchester, reports the Manchester Evening News.

In some cases, Airbnb hosts are benefiting from the regeneration of once-dilapidated estates that have been rebuilt into family homes offered on the open market at favourable rates.

The full impact of the phenomenon is still being assessed by officials, but their initial findings make for a remarkable insight into how some of Manchester's working class neighbourhoods are being transformed.

Moss Side has seen Airbnb listings rocket from around 30 in 2015 to almost 140 in 2019. 

In fact, the neighbourhood has the second highest number of listings on Airbnb in Manchester, way ahead of more affluent suburbs such as Didsbury.

When the  Manchester Evening News  searched for places to stay in Moss Side later this year results included two on Quinney Crescent.

At the height of the 'Gunchester' days, the street and surrounding Alexandra Park estate often found itself caught up in gangland feuds.

But now tourists are paying to spend the night in properties close to the city centre and the home of Manchester United .

One listing on Quinney Crescent costs £57 a night and is described as a 'charming and chic' apartment.

The host, Bayan, adds: "A perfect little home in the City for your city break.

"From here you are well placed to see all that Manchester has to offer – from city centre shopping and restaurants to music venues, sports stadiums and museums and galleries."

Recent guests have left overwhelmingly positive reviews.

"Nice flat in good location, convenient parking facilities. Would stay again," wrote Clive this month.

"Hosts communicated well, lovely space in a good location and good amenities nearby. Would highly recommend for a short or longer trip – any queries were resolved quickly," added Gabrielle.

The other on Quinney Crescent is described as a 'comfy and trendy Manchester house' and costs £30 a night.

Host Sam says: "Our house is perfect for someone wanting to stay close to the city centre but not right in the middle of it.

"We have a nice open planned kitchen and living space, with a sizeable back garden and a room perfect for a couple to share.

"Anyone at all is welcome to stay with us, we love meeting new people and making new friends!"

Reviews of the area are equally positive.

One visitor Laura wrote: "Sam is a wonderfully sweet host, lives in a very nice house in a cozy neighbourhood close to the city centre.

"I loved staying at his place with my mom!"

The council report also identified areas of east and north Manchester where there is 'high demand for visitor accommodation, property type and management.'

Officials highlighted a modern housing estate called 'The Way' in Beswick.

Developer Lovell first began working with the city council in 2004 to replace rows of run-down terraced properties owned by the New East Manchester urban regeneration company.

The result is hundreds of new homes that have transformed Beswick and brought life back to an area that had been experiencing significant unemployment and depopulation.

The £80million project was only completed last year.

However, most of the homes were sold on the open market and it appears a significant number have been bought up for the purpose of short-term rental.

The council report found there are now a staggering 28 Airbnb listings within one-mile radius – all on the 'The Way' estate.

Most hosts advertise their proximity to the Etihad Stadium and city centre and offer accommodation for large groups of up to 10 guests.

The M.E.N found one listing for a 4-bedroom 'holiday home' that could sleep 10 guests available for £450 a night on the weekend of July 26. 

'Henry' the host says: "This property is close to Manchester city centre, Etihad City Stadium, National Cycling Centre, MEN Arena, University of Manchester.

"You’ll love my place because of the neighbourhood, the light, the comfy bed, the kitchen, and the cosiness. My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), and big groups."

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