The list was compiled by Sunday Times writers from across the country, who took into account information including crime statistics, school performance, life expectancy and house prices. Community spirit, transport links, proximity to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and even the location of the nearest Waitrose also contributed to the placing of areas in the list. Carl Ollerhead, a Labour councillor for Didsbury West, feels the news is positive for the area which retains a unique identity. “It’s great to see us on this list. It’s a very unique area,” he told MM. “You’re in a city but you’re not, you’re in a village but you’re not – it’s cosmopolitan, metropolitan and continental. “The continental feel is what attracts people to Didsbury. It attracts business which is not just good for Didsbury but also for Manchester. “A lot of it is down to the local residents and there is an active community with lots of social clubs and residents organisations. It has a great atmosphere. “It’s quite a vibrant and multicultural area which is probably one of the reasons it’s been voted one of the best places to live in the country.” Didsbury’s close proximity to Manchester city centre, the airport, the M56 and the upcoming opening of the Metrolink extension meant it rated highly with transport links.