The pet-friendly Manchester apartments putting residents’ wellbeing at the forefront

Pets seem to have the magical ability to turn a house into a home.

Studies have shown that owning a pet, especially a cat or dog, can relieve stress, ease loneliness and increase activity and exercise.

Results from a number of studies and questionnaires have proven pets to be a major factor in people’s own personal sense of wellbeing and fulfilment. However, the benefits of pet ownership are often sacrificed by non-homeowners who struggle to find rental properties that allow an animal companion.

Award-winning residential property owner Get Living has a solution to that, welcoming both new residents and their furry family members to its 1-3 bed homes to rent which start from £850*.

Sam and Alfie have claimed the balcony as their space

The company’s newest neighbourhood, New Maker Yards (Salford M5), is a vibrant canal-side development nestled between Salford and Manchester in the heart of Middlewood Locks – an ideal location for a lunchtime stroll with your dog.

New Maker Yards aims to set a high standard for renting property, proving that renting should not be a second choice to homeownership.

Get Living has structured its company around the wellness and enrichment of its residents, putting them first by anticipating the needs of a balanced and healthy lifestyle and providing the facilities to ensure that those needs are met and actively cultivating a sense of community amongst their neighbourhoods.

As working from home looks to be a staple in our future ‘new normal’, Get Living have anticipated the increasingly blurred lines of the work/life balance. To help residents achieve a healthier division between relaxation and work time, they have built a dedicated meeting space that is an ideal working location.

Kim Quickfall, general manager at New Maker Yards, said: “We’ve set up communal spaces that encourage productive home working.

“At New Maker Yards we have consistent, superfast Wi-Fi across the neighbourhood and have provided workspaces in the club room that allow residents to separate home and work.

The club room area is a space to relax or workThe club room area is a space to relax or work

“Just like our apartments, the resident club room is pet-friendly, has an open plan kitchen space and free tea, coffee and treats available.”

Scrapping many traditional headaches of renting a property, Get Living offers residents fully furnished apartments in a modern, yet comforting, Hygge style.

Apartments are expertly furnished with a wholesome and modern aestheticApartments are expertly furnished with a wholesome and modern aesthetic

Deposits have also been removed in almost all cases, meaning all you have to pay is your rent.

Get Living also works with independent retailers to help add character to the neighbourhood, and has seen this foster a sense of community in its locations.

New Maker Yards is home to Salford’s own Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse, which is owned by seven actual brothers who share a love of brewing. While enjoying a Seven Bro7hers beer by the New Maker Yards canalside, you should also check out their (literal) sister company Four Sis4ers gin distillery.

The neighbourhood also has a Co-op convenience store on the doorstep so that you can stay close to home.

Muffin making the most of the independent businesses at New Maker YardsMuffin making the most of the independent businesses at New Maker Yards

City living can in some cases be detrimental to building a close connection with your neighbours and establishing a community. New Maker Yards combats this by holding regular exclusive resident events.

Adapting during the pandemic, these continued online and residents of New Maker Yards were invited to join in with ‘live sessions’ which included activities such as weekly pub quizzes, arts and crafts workshops, cooking classes, workouts, and speed dating.

During lockdown, Get Living went the extra mile to help ensure residents felt supported and that they maintained a healthy work/life balance while at home. The team hand-delivered care packages with activities and treats for their residents and promoted mental health support with their charity partner Mind in Salford, which ran a ‘Phone Call Away’ campaign.

Green spaces with a canalside view for the residents of New Maker YardsGreen spaces with a canalside view for the residents of New Maker Yards

Although it has been a period of uncertainty, Kim noted that there has been a positive impact of people rallying together and said: “This time has highlighted the power of neighbourhoods and strength of community.

“We’ve seen neighbours pulling together to help one another with shopping and exercising together outdoors; I think we’ve all found a new appreciation for having green open space on our doorstep as well as local amenities that are going to support a positive work/life balance.”

New Maker Yards continues to offer virtual tours as well as in-person viewings with social distancing measures in place so that you can safely explore their neighbourhood, and they accommodate non-contact move-ins.

To find out more, or to arrange a viewing, visit the Get Living website. You can also follow the company on Instagram or Facebook.

*price correct at the time of publishing article

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