I recently moved to North Terrace in the CBD. As I have only just got here myself, I thought city living would give me great access to get all the eating and going out, out of the way before settling into a more subdued location. and i think it is working well. transport is very easy to the beach, the hills and whereever u might want to go.
rent is more expensive living here, but for convenience's sake i dont mind paying that little bit extra. I have heard plenty about how close the other desirable areas are, but i will look into that once ive gotten over city living. I notice you are also from Manchester. I have been living in Timperley for the past 4 years before I came here and im much happier being in the city!