"Nice" places to live in……….Liverpool?

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  • Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Yes, here is a nice place if you need to get to Liverpool.
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    amplebrew
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    Crosby and Waterloo are nice, you’ve got the beach and there are some really great walks up through Hightown and on towards Formby and Ainsdale.

    St Helens and Prescot way are also nice.

    It depends on how far she is prepared to travel. All the above areas are on a good train link to Liverpool centre.

    Edit – You’ve also got Maghull and Ormskirk which are really nice, but I can’t recall how easy they are to access via public transport.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Cross the Mersey – Hoylake and West Kirby are nice. Train is quick back again.

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    Marin
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    My house!
    Though if I wasn’t with a scouse bird I’d be back on the Wirral. Nice riding, good beaches, easy access to Liverpool.
    Depends what she likes doing really. Give us a clue.

    project
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    Wirral peninsular, as above,lots of space,little crime,decent parks,easy travel to the pool, and cheaper foprcouncil tax, rents.

    St Helens is not nice.

    FTFY

    Junkyard
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    You’ve also got Maghull and Ormskirk which are really nice, but I can’t recall how easy they are to access via public transport.

    Direct train from Ormskirk to city centre via Aintree – not sure if it goes through Maghull tbh
    Its also a uni town but a tad small but not rough

    No idea on nice areas of Liverpool – that is not a dig at the fine city BTW.

    toxicsoks
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    As above. The eldest offspring has secured a PhD in that Liverpool and apart from the, obvious, language problem, she needs a decent area to live in. Suggestions? 😉

    loddrik
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    Liverpool has loads of nice places, ignore the idiots.

    I live in Childwall, it’s very nice. As a rule, avoid the north of the city unless you want to go beyond the city limits. Things are much better south of Edge Lane.

    Areas to consider are Childwall, Wavertree Garden Suburb, Mossley Hill, Aigburth, Woolton, Bowring Park, Gatacre. Can’t go wrong in any of these. South of the city is much more cosmopolitan and studenty. Around Sefton Park and Lark Lane would also be great, very lively and bohemian.

    toxicsoks
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    matt_outandabout – Member

    Yes, here is a nice place if you need to get to Liverpool.

    Yeah, well that’s where Mrs Sox and I are looking ATM. 🙂

    Any opinions on the Sefton Park area?

    camo16
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    Right – here’s the right answer!

    If your offspring needs to be close to the uni, south of the city is best. Nice areas are Allerton/Mossley Hill and Aigburth, both close to the river, Sefton Park and Lark Lane (for artsy socialising).

    Don’t go north of the city, unless you’re going for Crosby or you’re heading out of the city proper; like Ormskirk. Don’t do Maghull, because it’s basically a hole that thinks it’s way more special than the hole it is.

    so, Allerton, Moseley Hill or Aigburth – all safe, chilled, surrounded by green spaces; easy rideable distance to the uni etc.

    If you need any more info, let me know!

    toxicsoks
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    Depends what she likes doing really. Give us a clue.

    She’s a runner and is considering a bike.

    loddrik
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    She’s a runner and is considering a bike.

    Around Sefton Park is the main runners route it seems, 3 miles for a lap, tree lined all the way and safe as houses.

    camo16
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    Look for L17 and L18 postcodes, basically.

    Oh, and to counter the usual anti Liverpool yawn fest, there’s a chilled atmosphere and a wide demographic living in these areas of South Liverpool these days.

    Yeah, joggers destination is usually Sefton Park, Otterspool and the promenade.

    * waves at Ioddrik *

    Hi neighbour!

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    Don’t live across the Mersey, its another land; she’ll not be able to stay out in the evening and be apart from fellow students, may as well be on an open university degree….

    Marin
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    Sefton Park is very nice for running and lots of bars, restaurants on Lark Lane. As stated most of north Liverpool is best ignored and too far from the Uni. Could try short term let to get a feel for the place and see where suits best. Ex lecturer lives up our road and rents out a room to uni students short term for such purposes. City centre is full of flats you can get on short lets. Once you get past the stereotypes and accent its actually a very friendly city all over.

    Rockape63
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    Only been to Formby and that’s a nice area near a stunning beach.

    Rich_s
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    We lived just off Sefton Park for a couple of years – opposite Mossley Hill Hospital.

    Cracking place to live tbh.

    Trampus
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    As a native I can only advise that the posts from loddrik, camo16, and edhornby above are all you need to know. 🙂

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    St Helens and Prescot way are also nice

    I don’t think those letters have ever been arranged in that order at any time in history before this thread. 🙂

    St Helens certainly isn’t the town I grew up in – its a lot, er, nicer now. I think the towns got its head screwed on an has a great future. Its only downside in the context of the OP is it isn’t really in Liverpool

    Premier Icon colp
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    As the others said, South Liverpool or very North (Crosby upwards).
    If you want countryside on your doorstep and beaches West Wirral or Bebington area. Other benefit of Wirral is 30 minutes to Delamere, 40 minutes to Llandegla.
    From most places it’s only 15 to 20 mins on the train/bus into Liverpool city centre.

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    I moved from 10 years in Manchester to west lancs two years ago. I’d never really been too Liverpool before then. Seems like I’d been missing out on a place much more interesting than its reputation permits.

    Oh, and as a PhD candidate she’ll want to be close to the heart of the action, so anything outside the city won’t really be where it’s at.

    sweepy
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    I spent 10 yrs between toxteth and sefton park, was twenty years ago mind but it was a great place to live.

    amplebrew
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    maccruiskeen – Member
    St Helens and Prescot way are also nice
    I don’t think those letters have ever been arranged in that order at any time in history before this thread.

    St Helens certainly isn’t the town I grew up in – its a lot, er, nicer now. I think the towns got its head screwed on an has a great future. Its only downside in the context of the OP is it isn’t really in Liverpool

    😆

    They’ve spent a few quid on St Helens and although it’s not in Liverpool; it’s still part of Merseyside.

    I lived in Prescot and St Helens area for a number of years, so have a bit of a soft spot for the area. Even St Helens which is a fair way out from Liverpool centre only takes 32 mins on the train.

    As others have mentioned though, the Sefton Park area is really nice.

    loddrik
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    * waves at Ioddrik *

    Hi neighbour!

    We must have passed one another on occasion. Surely…

    camo16
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    I reckon so! Nice to see other Liverpool STWers here… I was beginning to think it was a Manchester forum.. 😀

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    My sister lives on North Mossley Hill Road, really nice area and a fair bit of student accommodation round there too. Go into the Rose of Mossley and people just start chatting to you! Properly bizarre for a Southerner

    timc
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    Crosby Resident here, as mentioned above, Crosby, Formby, Maghull, Ormskirk all nice areas to Live, but not ideal for a student, away from Uni Campus & social circles that come with student life, not recommended on this occasion.

    I would also rule out the wirral, not worth the effort & the additional costs of commuting will be noticed by a student living away from home

    Good advice about south of city centre / sefton park above, but Im going to recommend Living in the city centre itself. I used to Live in a new build tower on the waters edge, city centre, not cheap ill grant you, but nowhere nice is! there were quite a few students in our building but we never had any trouble, secure parking, 24hr concierge! if i was a student in Liverpool now, its where I would look first!

    surfer
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    Grew up in Fazakerley and rode into Uni everyday from there. Wouldnt recommend the area !

    As Loddrick and Camo16 are spot on.

    Don’t live across the Mersey, its another land; she’ll not be able to stay out in the evening

    This is rubbish though. I live on the Wirral now (Heswall) and other than a couple or areas around Birkenhead its generally nice with good access to motorways and train links into Liverpool. Getting to Liverpool town centre is quicker from parts of the Wirral than parts of Liverpool so dont rule it out.

    additional costs of commuting

    Merseytravel costs are based on zones so some of the areas above as well as being further aways would cost more than commuting from the Wirral. They have tunnels now you know its not dependent on the Ferry anymore!

    Sidney
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    Lark lane FTW – stones throw from sefton park, great bars and restaurants (Keith’s wine bar is ace). Met my wife there, well she was a lettings agent and showed me round a flat off lark lane and the rest is history!

    Other areas to consider are Allerton, Mossley Hill and Penny Lane.

    She should have an excellent time!

    camo16
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    Keith’s wine bar is ace

    True nuff. Artsy in a good way. Plus I see Margi Clarke there all the time, which can’t be a bad thing. Trust Margi – she knows what she’s on about.

    Premier Icon porter_jamie
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    i worked in liverpool and have lived in:
    woolton – hated it, car got vandalised a few times. locals told me it was a good area but if thats the case i’d hate to go to a bad area.

    waterloo dock – this was nice, bit of a walk to town but there was a barrier and security guard to keep the lowlife out so your car didnt get done over

    south ferry quay – same, had a communal car park underneath, with electric doors. didnt stop a few cars going missing though, they would find ways of getting in.

    city quay – similar, electric gates so felt secure.

    whiston – but of a dump imo, but it was much cheaper

    tyldsley – town towards manchester – utterly hideous and miserable place. mistake.

    few colleagues lived over the water or commuted from wales and they liked it there.

    konagirl
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    I would note that, if she is doing anything linked to medicine she should check where she’ll be located as it is taught and researched all over Merseyside depending on the discipline.

    As has been said, the Wavertree / Smithdown Road area is very studenty (undergraduate), whereas the Aigburth / St Micheals area is more ‘young professional’ housing which might suit her age better? South of Sefton around Mossley Hill is nice, semi-detached housing with gardens. Between Upper Parliament Street and Princes Park is a bit rough and as much as I love the city, I wouldn’t walk that route with a laptop bag or ride through Princes Park after dark, I would keep to the well lit streets that have plenty of traffic.

    The city centre is very nice, but more expensive and more difficult for public transport to campus. The Canning Street / Anglican Cathedral area is lovely but I guess priced accordingly. If she’ll ride throughout the year, then the area just north of Dale Street (the traditional business district) is getting more studenty because of the number of John Moores students.

    One thing you might notice is that one street can have a very different character from another. We lived in a cul-de-sac off Edge Lane and it was great, couldn’t have asked for a nicer place, but some other side streets were pretty rough. Especially to the north of Smithdown, one street can looked well looked after and be very friendly and the next has a nuisance family so have a good nosy around before she decides.

    Echo what loddrik says don’t go north ,unless you go past seaforth

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    I lived there for years, out of choice I’d choose Lark Lane, very nice feel to the place, bang on for transport in and out of the city and to Manchester, plus Sefton Park is awesome.

    I didn’t live there, for some reason I lived in L15, like Mogadishu with half chips half rice.

    toxicsoks
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    Thanks to all who’ve contributed, here. My daughter has found your comments and suggestions very helpful. She’s plumped for the Sefton Park/Lark Lane area and is popping over, from Leeds, on Monday for a number of viewings.

    Ta, once again.

    Premier Icon stever
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    Good choice, there’s some good friendly running clubs in Liverpool too. See her at the cross country league 🙂

    surfer
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    Stever do you do the L&D league ?

    Premier Icon stever
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    When I can, Sunday League too (Helsby vest)

    Marin
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    Rich_s are you a monkey?
    If you think that’s rude the answer is no.

    GJP
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    I would say anywhere but Prescot, Whiston or St. Helens. I grew up in Rainhill, what I would probably describe as a posh village by comparative standards and that was mostly a dump.

    I really am puzzled by the comments that St. Helens has got it head screwed on.

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    Marin – Member

    Rich_s are you a monkey?
    If you think that’s rude the answer is no.
    Yes its our Rich he of the shite texts and crap jokes.

    I’ve worked in sunny Toxteth/Dingle for the last 18 years, but work with quite a few who live in the Sefton park/Lark lane/Mossley Hill area or as some call it “The Golden triangle” and it has a good feel to the area as many say.
    TBH Liverpool gets a right load of shit flung at it and as an outsider I have to say only about 5% of it is true which could be true for any city. Only Liverpool has probably some of the most stunning buildings & scenes outside of London but without the cost.
    I’ve done my city living though so now live about 2 miles further into Cheshire than Surfer 😉

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