Please help us choose a house in Merseyside?

(33 Posts)
Houseinmerseyside Sat 27-Apr-13 20:11:14

I have name changed so I don't out myself.

We've moved to Merseyside and are trying to figure out where to buy a house and which one to buy. We need to move quickly because we have to port our existing mortgage or else pay a fee of several thousand. But on the other hand we don't know the area very well and are working long hours so its hard to view. But I've been studying Rightmove constantly and it's doing my head in. So I have the cheek to turn to mumsnet for help.

Our budget is around £250k and we're looking for a place with at least two bedrooms and two reception rooms though we'd strongly prefer one more of each. We don't want a bungalow but don't mind a semi, a terraced or of course detached. We do want a nice garden or decent bit of land and we'd like a place with some character. Because of work we want to live on the southport to hunts cross train line and we want to be in a safe neighbourhood.

Ideas on neighbourhoods would be great. For example, is Crosby nice? Ainsdale? Any links to houses on rightmove would be amazingly helpful. Or any other advice please. Thank you!

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 20:17:23

Yes that was one of MadBusLady's that I want to look at. Amazing how gorgeous it is inside versus how ordinary the exterior is. I guess if you're creative you can make just about any house look great.

headlesslambrini Sun 28-Apr-13 19:55:13
MadBusLady Sun 28-Apr-13 19:25:31

Headless, I looked, the pub bar jumped out at me! grin

That's a great garden in that Davenham Road place you found.

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 19:23:47

Omg at the crazy golf i think that is just plain crazy!

headlesslambrini Sun 28-Apr-13 19:23:14

MadBusLady - take a look at the last house I posted, pub bar and crazy golf grin

MadBusLady Sun 28-Apr-13 19:20:30

grin

DP quite wants a pub bar. So do I actually.

headlesslambrini Sun 28-Apr-13 19:19:16

WAIT - I found it for you - do you like crazy golf grin

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 19:15:13

Oops cross posted, hightown looks okay will have a nose about there soon.

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 19:14:03

Lovely, headless, i think that's the best contender so far. How's that part of Formby? Small world that you're here too. When we close on a house drinks at the freshie are on me for any mumsnetters who can be there!

headlesslambrini Sun 28-Apr-13 19:12:30
headlesslambrini Sun 28-Apr-13 19:06:40
headlesslambrini Sun 28-Apr-13 19:03:35

I'm in Formby as well and rightmove is my favourite hobby grin that house is about a 10 min walk to Freshfield station. If I remember rightly, I think it's been reduced as well. The only thing is that is it across the road from The Freshie pub although that would be a bonus for me!

MadBusLady Sun 28-Apr-13 18:58:12

You need Property Bee. You can choose to just track your own searches (ie it'll start tracking properties only from today) or if you opt to "work in a bee" you get everyone else's searches in the past as well.

Zoopla has "on since" dates too, but probably no less hassle than x-reffing with mouseprice.

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 18:55:40

No need for a high school for us. How can you tell how long that house has been on the market, please, headless? It's quite nice btw and in a good area.

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 18:53:51

Yes, the prices are higher for a reason, I suppose. Ok so formby it probably is, or Ainsdale. We should get a chance to drive by some of the linked houses there next weekend.

headlesslambrini Sun 28-Apr-13 18:52:53

Ainsdale doesn't have a high school anymore - not sure if this is something you need to consider or not.

Crosby is nice area but as with most places there are nice and not so nice areas. Formby has good primary schools, lovely village, and two good High schools Range is the best IMO You can get a 3/4 bed semi in Formby for your budget. this one has been on the market for quite a while

CheesyPoofs Sun 28-Apr-13 18:46:01

If you work in Bootle it would make sense to stay up at that end of Merseyside. If you love Formby why not stay there, or look close by? I'd say living in Formby is worth the higher house prices precisely because it's so lovely.

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 18:39:33

I'd quite like to be on that line. Basically my husband and I work in Bootle and that line is the most convenient for us. We'd consider elsewhere though and change trains or drive in for a really special house. Aughton could work although I do like some of the Ainsdale houses you linked to, MadBusLady, particularly the second and third houses which are nicely below our budget, too. I just wonder whether we've gotten too spoiled renting in Formby - we can walk to Waitrose at the moment plus tons of nice restaurants and cafes, too, plus an easy commute. I just wonder if that's worth the higher house prices and should we just buy somewhere small in Formby? I suppose only we can answer that.

Also does,anyone know how to figure out how long houses on rightmove have been on the market for and their original prices? Up to now I have just been cross-referencing with mouseprice but they don't have all the houses listed.

Thanks again, I'm so amazed at and grateful for all the help!

Shiraztastic Sun 28-Apr-13 18:38:14

How about the Wirral? V nice, good schools etc. Meols is 27 mns by train from central station. Changing there is easy and quick.

another one

Nice beach nearby too smile

hazelnutlatte Sun 28-Apr-13 18:28:09

Do you need to be on that particular line or just able to get the train in to Liverpool? You could get a huge house in St Helens for that money - Rainhill is nice and is on the Liverpool - Manchester train line or Eccleston Park is also nice and is on the line from Liverpool - Wigan.
If you did want to look in that area I could let you know where is best avoided too.

wreckitralph Sun 28-Apr-13 12:39:09

Aughton is really lovely and well classy. Everyone from Maghull and Lydiate who gets a bit of cash always to move to Aughton. If you are from there you are a bit posh. I always wanted to move to Aughton. Maghull used to be a really nice place, but it has gone downhill a lot - sorry!

SwedishEdith Sun 28-Apr-13 12:10:34

Ah, missed the bit about what line you want to be on...

SwedishEdith Sun 28-Apr-13 12:01:56

Look around areas on the Ormskirk line from Maghull outwards - Aughton is lovely, 2 stations and quite rural. Only 20 mins into town

MadBusLady Sun 28-Apr-13 11:11:21

I love a good Rightmove sift. smile Definitely stick to the smaller places if that's what you prefer, I only mentioned Aigburth in case towns were more your comfort zone. More Ainsdale ones:

Bit of a winner if I say so myself. Great location, big, pretty house (and could definitely be improved in the front), decent garden.

This needs a bit more work on the downstairs space but you might particularly appreciate the open views at the back.

Garden doesn't look huge but a really characterful house, could be gorgeous with a lick of paint and new kitchen.

Houseinmerseyside Sun 28-Apr-13 09:34:49

Rockdoctor, thanks for your answers, I'd prefer to do what I'm doing now which is just roll out of bed get ready and have a quick five or ten minute walk to the station - but for a really special house / area I'd consider it.

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