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.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Tue 02-Jul-13 18:03:15

Deal breaker. I agree with Jan19. Rush hour, November, raining, will it still be okay?

Jan49 Tue 02-Jul-13 17:56:11

I8mine, I think it's more the case that if you have no parking but have a car, you may have difficulty finding anywhere to park at all when you arrive home, not that you are unable to walk a few yards to the car.

I don't drive or have a car but I would still hesitate to buy a house that didn't have parking because I'd be afraid of never being able to sell it.

One of my friends had a house like the one the OP describes. When one of her dc was sick in the car she ended up driving to my house to clean the car on my driveway because of the difficulty of cleaning it a few streets away from home with 2 little dc to look after.

nemno Tue 02-Jul-13 17:49:11

I wouldn't ever want to be without parking. The non delivery excuses are a pain, I think if finding the house is difficult some delivery drivers won't put much effort in. Having work done costs extra if materials need shlepping. Where to put the skip?

Oh I didn't notice this was a zombie thread...

Wouldn't bother me TBH. We don't have allocated parking and the road is very congested, but the worst thing that's ever happened is that I've had to park maybe 7 or 8 doors down. Hardly a catastrophe.

BackforGood Tue 02-Jul-13 17:02:34

You revived a 6 month old thread for that i8Mine ?
People have already explained lots of really valid reasons for needing parking nearby. I walk quite a lot. I like walking, but it's a bit tricky when you are carrying furniture, or alone with a baby, trying to get a load of stuff into or out of a car and not wanting to leave them alone for long.

We don't have our own parking, and I couldn't care less - but we do live on a quiet, wide street where we can double park outside to offload shopping etc. I would find it a nuisance if I couldn't do that.

Mumelie Tue 02-Jul-13 15:07:20

I wouldn't at the moment as I have very young DCs and mobility problems. But 10 years ago I don't think it would have bothered me at all. I don't currently have of road parking but live on a quiet street and can park outside my house 90% of the time. Most things can be delivered to your house these days anyway. If you love it and it works for you then go for it.

i8mine Tue 02-Jul-13 14:50:12

I find this incredibly sad. No doubt many of the posters here will avidly absorb all the information this site can offer on diet and exercise in order to stay healthy.......and yet wont walk a few yards to the car. A case of the tail wagging the dog methinks! - a car is only a tool!

Bumblequeen Sat 05-Jan-13 18:46:44

We currently do not have a garage/drive way. When we move this will be on our list of must haves. We can park in front of our house 95% of the time. The other 5% of the time we can park directly opposite and then move the car when driver has left. We never have to park down the road or around the corner.

We looked at a house with a 'garage en bloc'. This was out of the question as I like quick access to our car. Bringing shopping home or being caught in the rain would be a nightmare!

Startail Sat 05-Jan-13 16:08:36

Yes and it's the major reason we chose both our rented flat and our first house.

My car was far and away my most valuable possession no way could I afford minor repairs or to loose my no claims over minor damage caused by joe public walking, driving or cycling by.

In fact DH had very posh hire cars for work and the local, pretty wild DCs and the mums with buggies never damaged any of them despite them being on the pavement at the front.
(Our parking being a pretty tight garage, that fitted my fairly small car)

laughinglikeadrain Sat 05-Jan-13 15:48:10

i wouldnt buy a house without off street parking..... because i cant park properly and it stresses me out. even when the drive is empty dh will park on the road and leave the drive for me.

I KNOW i should learn to park properly..... but if this is my solution (and it works for everyone when im less stressed) then there will be others who are put off too.

detoxdiva Sat 05-Jan-13 15:43:55

As someone who lived for 4 years without parking I would never do it again. We parked on a nearby street and it was a total pita in the rain, when shopping, getting stuff delivered etc etc. We were swayed by the beautiful old cottage but didn't think practically and it took us much longer to sell as a result.

fussychica Sat 05-Jan-13 14:57:17

Would put me off because you can't guarantee a parking space in the "quiet" street around the corner. But if it's the norm for the area that's different.

RyleDup Sat 05-Jan-13 13:14:27

We bought a house like that once. It was such a pain and the neighbours in the other street were constantly leaving notes on my car, telling me not to park in their street angry. It was pretty stressful. Having said that, when we came to sell it, loads of people came to view and we sold it quite quickly. So if its a really nice/ quirky house, (as ours was) I doubt you will have a problem.

Tyranasaurus Sat 05-Jan-13 13:00:48

wouldn't bother me, have lived in a terrace with difficult on street parking and was fine. Perhaps have a walk around the area one evening and see how many people have cars

soverylucky Sat 05-Jan-13 12:47:19

We don't have parking. It isn't a problem really. I vowed never to buy a house without parking but we are never more than 10 feet from our front door. The reason I broke my own rule was the price of the house. Tens of thousands of pounds cheaper that what it would have been with parking.

notcitrus Sat 05-Jan-13 10:50:31

Sounds fine for that sort of house and location. Potential buyers are going to use public transport, and only have max 1 car, so any inconvenience would balance the greater privacy.

I used to live on an estate in a courtyard next to the road, so could stop in the dustcart bay to unload if needed, then there was some parking at the end of the courtyard and loads at the back of the estate. We did end up doing most supermarket shopping online but that was as much to do with the stairs to our flat as the parking. It really wasn't much of an issue, but neither of us drove to work.

Most people on this thread seem to be in areas where most people have driveways and two cars - the question is what will people looking in your area think? The transport links are ones people will pay a lot for, and many of those won't care about parking if it makes the house a bit cheaper.

Gooseysgirl Sat 05-Jan-13 10:09:00

Wouldn't view it... Rented a house with with no driveway a few years ago, only on-street parking, absolute nightmare... Used to race home from work every night to get a space near the house. It's a deal breaker for me, especially now we have a DC. I think you would have to price accordingly when selling, but as others have said I would negotiate a lower price when buying to offset this.

gingermcflea Sat 05-Jan-13 10:07:03

Posted too soon...
Anyway, ours is similar and I'm fine with it. But I know many people have expressed surprise at the lack of offstreet parking. and said they couldn't/wouldn't live without dedicated parking, so I'm guessing I'm in a minority who wouldn't care.

HecatePropolos Sat 05-Jan-13 10:03:13

What about the people in the street where you'd be parking? Some people can get really nasty.

gingermcflea Sat 05-Jan-13 10:03:13

Wouldn't worry me at all. Our house sounds very similar to what you're describing. Have to find a carpark nearby then cross over and walk up to

AlwaysOneMissing Sat 05-Jan-13 09:57:38

We would not consider a house with no parking either. Though actually, we were considering an investment property, buy to let, and had seen a great place but with no parking. The responses on this thread have made me realise it would probably not be a wise investment if it would put most people off.
Let us know what you decide to do OP. Good luck.

Oodhousekeeping Sat 05-Jan-13 09:49:32

I'm quite happy not to have allocated parking, we don't at present and have 2 cars. But we can stop on the road outside the house to unload then park in the next street. This may be an issue in your case.

PolterGoose Sat 05-Jan-13 09:27:30

Officedepot, I think for that type of house it will be fine, a different issue for a 'family house' maybe, but if you love the house then go for it. Really important IMO, to buy a house you actually want and not buy based on future profit...

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