Would no parking be an issue for you?

(62 Posts)
Officedepot Fri 04-Jan-13 17:03:42

Considering a house which is on a lovely quiet alley / footpath type thing (rather than a road). It is great as the house is not overlooked at all and nice and peaceful feeling. However there is no driveway / garage and you cannot park directly outside house as it is on a pathway rather than a road. However there is a quiet residential street just across the road that you could park on, so literally just seconds away from the house.

Does not bother me, but do you think it would be an issue re-selling the house? It is in an area where a lot of elderly people live (who might not necessarily drive anyway) and also the house is very close to shops (2 minutes' walk) and close to bus stop (1 minute walk) and close to train station (2 minutes' walk) so could attract someone who might not have a car.

HDee Fri 04-Jan-13 17:05:32

It would irritate there'll out of me not being able to park outside my house. I'd never buy a house without my own parking.

BackforGood Fri 04-Jan-13 17:08:23

I think it would depend on how far away the nearest vehicle could stop - for example, moving day, if you need work done on the house, if you are having something heavy delivered, etc.
Also, on how many vehicles were trying to park on the other street - I'd go round and have a look at different times of day and night and different days of the week.
Overall, I'd definitely consider it on my "cons" list, and whether I'd be interested would depend on how may "pros" there were, on the price, and on what else was available at the time.

ggirl Fri 04-Jan-13 17:08:36

It would be an issue for me , I need a guaranteed parking space or driveway.

sweetkitty Fri 04-Jan-13 17:09:36

Same here I would need a driveway, I have a huge 7 seater that's a nightmare to park though.

BackforGood Fri 04-Jan-13 17:09:41

Depends as well if it is a little house that one or two people would live in, or a bigger, family home. I'm just thinking of the number of journeys I do from my car boot to my kitchen just after the weekly shop, for example.

Ruprekt Fri 04-Jan-13 17:09:49

I would need to know I could park.

Deffo an issue for me.

Same with DH.

georgedawes Fri 04-Jan-13 17:10:42

I think it would put some people off.

bluebiscuit Fri 04-Jan-13 17:12:42

It would be an issue for me yes. I know someone who was selling 1 bed flats and people were citing lack of allocated parking space as a reason not to buy.

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Fri 04-Jan-13 17:14:54

what if you needed an ambulance? or am I not understanding, is it on a road but without parking, or down a path that vehicles can't pass?

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 04-Jan-13 17:15:06

It would be an issue for me I wouldn't look at a house without parking

CajaDeLaMemoria Fri 04-Jan-13 17:15:15

It would put the majority of people off, I think, unless it's a cheap house that one person would live in.

I'd need to know at least one car could park. We'll have two cars most of the time, so ideally we'd need parking for both...

Even renting we immediately discounted anywhere without at least allocated parking, if not a driveway.

PoppyWearer Fri 04-Jan-13 17:15:25

Yes, in fact we rejected an otherwise-lovely house during our last house hunt due to lack of parking (it had one space outside, not enough for us!).

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Fri 04-Jan-13 17:15:40

(p.s. I would consider it, but would pay about £20-£30k less round here for no allocated parking)

IceNoSlice Fri 04-Jan-13 17:19:14

We wouldn't consider it, sorry.

But if you're on a train line to London maybe people would?

helpyourself Fri 04-Jan-13 17:20:17

It would put lots of people off- we rented the most beautiful house in the world with amazing views, it was only affordable because others didn't like the steps and having to carry shopping up hmm
So is it cheaper than it would be otherwise? Could you offer less, citing inconvenience?

ninjanurse Fri 04-Jan-13 17:22:10

It would be a deal breaker for me. Wouldnt even consider a house without off road parking for at least one car. However, judging by the response on this post, you may be in a good place to negotiate a deal on the house if you decide to go for it.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Fri 04-Jan-13 17:26:52

Massive problem for me. Imagine doing your big shop and there being nowhere to park

CuddyMum Fri 04-Jan-13 17:35:45

No I wouldn't consider it either.

lalalonglegs Fri 04-Jan-13 17:40:20

I think it depends what you are used to/the surrounding houses. I live in a Victorian/Edwardian area of London, there are very few houses that have OSP (most front gardens are too small) and, of course, no garages but that's not what people look for around here. If you live in an area where it is standard, or at least more likely to be available, then a house without might be dismissed by a lot of people.

cassell Fri 04-Jan-13 17:42:13

Depends where it is - in London where we are it's on street parking only and you're lucky if you can get to park anywhere near your house but that's the case for all the houses so it wouldn't affect desirability of one particular house iyswim. If it's an area where people normally have drives etc then it is much more likely to be an issue.

Angelfootprints Fri 04-Jan-13 17:44:28

No, it would drive me bananas!

Don't underestimate how many arguments ate caused between neighbours and parking. What if you park in someone else's unofficial spot? What if there are no spaces at all on the road one day? What about visitors?

TripleRock Fri 04-Jan-13 17:44:35

We wouldn't view it, off road parking's always been on the essentials list for us, but then we run 2 cars and both drive every day

DeafLeopard Fri 04-Jan-13 17:47:48

Massive issue for me too. Our first house had allocated parking, 45 seconds walk away, not so bad (apart from on moving day) when it was just the two of us.

But, coming home after work at night, carrying brief case, laptop, shopping and baby in car seat plus supervising a young child through car park, along path and round to house was a bloody nightmare.

mercibucket Fri 04-Jan-13 17:48:17

We also wouldn't view. So if you do go for it, get a good price as it's going to be hard to sell on (unless it's normal for the area)

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