Would you buy a house that has no parking?

(115 Posts)
CheeryCherry Thu 27-Feb-14 07:59:27

Its a stunning grade 2 listed house. No parking anywhere near. I think that is the main problem they are having with selling.
We currently have a drive and parking on street for 2 more cars. We have 2 cars.
DH not happy with parking issue. I don't care as I love the house blush

Wuxiapian Wed 05-Mar-14 13:16:27

No. We wouldn't hear of buying a house without parking - it makes life just that little bit easier.

MrsJohnDeere Wed 05-Mar-14 13:10:48

No. Been there, done that....

Apart from being a PITA it makes selling much harder.

CelticPromise Wed 05-Mar-14 12:57:10

We're still buying ours. <stubborn> I parked right outside it this morning, it'll be fiiiiine.

Teeb Tue 04-Mar-14 23:37:04

Ooh if you've decided againkst it, can we have a nose at the lovely listed place please?

stuckindamiddle Tue 04-Mar-14 22:42:18


cafesociety Tue 04-Mar-14 22:05:32

No. The novelty of the lovely house will wear off after too many times of the [non] parking being an issue for you, visiting friends and tradespeople.

My son and dil had a gorgeous house without parking, in the end it got to them and they sold up.

carlywurly Tue 04-Mar-14 21:19:57

No. I've lived in houses with and without, and every day now I appreciate coming home to my lovely wide drive way. With shopping, book bags etc it would be a nightmare to lug stuff streets away, and it would add time to my work journey each way.

Sil has no parking, she and bil regularly forget where they left their car smile

CheeryCherry Tue 04-Mar-14 21:10:39

Just catching up on this!shock
The overall opinion is deafening!! grin
I have listened to every one of you. The issue still doesn't worry me, but I know it does bother DH a lot. Plus someone upthread mentioned the visitors and family being twitchy about parking away from the house, that would also apply to my family members.
The house is also not practical aside from being gorgeous so you have all done the job well grin
I have now spotted a house which is fine but too pricey...maybe I need a new thread about how cheeky is a really low offer smile

namechangeagaininnit Fri 28-Feb-14 23:39:03

I've lived in London forever and there's no way I would buy somewhere without parking.

Kikibee Fri 28-Feb-14 22:23:39

No, never again. Did it in our last house and it was a nightmare. I love our driveway smile

Quangle Fri 28-Feb-14 22:17:50

oh and meant to add, Camden is now stipulating that new developments that are put up - particularly at the high end - do not come with rights for residents to have a parking permit. So for those developments that do not have parking on site, you literally cannot have a car. Not unless you can find a private parking space for several thousand pounds a year.

Quangle Fri 28-Feb-14 22:14:23

I'm amazed too minipie. Obviously if you live some places you need it but my bit of central London and probably in most of central London you really don't - and wouldn't get it even if you really did need it. Not unless you have several million anyway. Lots of my neighbours don't have a car - congestion charge adds to the reasons not to have a car. I suppose I'm just surprised there aren't more Londoners on the thread although I completely accept the situation in London is very different.

As I mentioned, I do have a car but I toy with getting rid of it when the DCs are old enough so we can just use the various car clubs around here. Can't at the moment because they don't come with car seats but will make the switch when we don't need car seats. The car club cars are actually nearer than the residents' bay where I can park!

Wingdingdong Fri 28-Feb-14 21:23:28

We're in London. On-street residents' parking.

We can usually get a space in our street, and more than 50% of the time outside our own house (though this definitely depends on timing and I'm a SAHM at the moment - we wouldn't get a space within 3 streets if DH used the car to commute). However, we have noticed that the parking situation is a LOT worse than it used to be, we moved here in the 90s, we didn't have a car and neither did most of our neighbours. Now it's all young families and everyone has at least one car if not two. The local authority has allowed development on every possible site (so pubs and, er, car parks being turned into 6-apartment blocks, each apartment with a family and car...) so there are far more cars and far fewer spaces.

We wouldn't buy somewhere without parking again (assuming we move out of London - no way can we afford a driveway/garage in zone 1/2!), simply because of the risk of nearby development without allocated parking spaces. There may be a dozen spaces available at the moment, but when the council allows developers to buy up four houses and build three new homes in each back garden, you're shafted.

Devora Fri 28-Feb-14 21:10:31

Yes, I would but then I don't have a car (another Londoner here). In fact, I have off-street parking - a drive that is always empty grin. I do kind of fall behind minipie on this one - I can see how useful a car is (especially outside London) but people do seem to get very addicted to having it right on their doorstep. Me, my kids and our shopping seem to cope very well with walking for ten minutes before we get the option of transport.

Methe Fri 28-Feb-14 21:06:57

No way. I thought of trekking god knows how far to my car in the morning before I drive to work is awful. I like stagger out of my house with my cup of tea in my hand and walk the 3 steps to the car door.

PrincessOfChina Fri 28-Feb-14 21:00:17

We live a few miles from the centre of Birmingham and have parking to the rear of our two bed terrace. That and the fact the loft already has velux windows, adds at least £10k to the value of our house.

Ironic given we park on the street unless we absolutely have to!

Nocomet Fri 28-Feb-14 20:59:30

No, we crossed loads of our list when we bought our first house.

We have lovely relationships with all the neighbours despite having a drive, our houses are terraced and we all see each other coming and going all the time (I make more journeys on foot than by car). I still love the convenience of unloading my shopping at the door, being able to load up for the weekend by the door and having the cars off the road - ours is a nice road but it's also a busy pedestrian thoroughfare and cars do get keyed and wing mirrors broken off by night-time passers by.

everlong Fri 28-Feb-14 20:47:33

No. Wouldn't want to live anywhere without a drive. Can't be doing with people parking in "my" place.

Lcy Fri 28-Feb-14 20:44:10

We lived in a house in a tiny village with parking 5 minutes away. Downside was when it rained and inviting guests who didn't like not parking near the house. Positives were huge- we had really lovely relationships with all our neighbours as we all walked down the street together each day. My daughter learned to walk on our street with the elderly neighbours clapping her! We are also very focused on increasing daily activity for health reasons so this worked for us.

minipie Fri 28-Feb-14 20:23:25

For the Londoners that happily live without parking, you can probably also happily live without a car as you have a functional public transport system to enable you to get to work

Yes, but I have to walk to get to the public transport. So I'm not sure why people who drive to work can't walk (a very short distance) to their car...

hiccupgirl Fri 28-Feb-14 09:30:14

I wouldn't buy a house without parking. We have 2 cars and a campervan - we have a drive for 2 cars at the mo and our next door neighbour asks us to park one car on her drive because it makes her feel safer at night.

We did rent a house for a year with permit parking only and overall it was ok but we also had joyriders hit and write our car off late one night and it was a nightmare. The insurance company were difficult because our car was shunted into another one which was also a write off so they were claiming off us and we had no-one to claim off. We ended up being carless for 6 weeks and we lost over £2k on the finance deal. For that reason alone I will never choose a house again without parking.

tobiasfunke Fri 28-Feb-14 09:29:16

Unless you can rent a space or a garage close I'd say no. If you've had parking you will miss it and your DH will moan about it everyday for the next 10 years.
We had a flat with on street parking in Edinburgh- lovely no bother at all even if we had to lug our shopping a bit. Then the council decided to do some traffic management and they painted double yellow lines right along the street. Suddenly parking became a huge issue. There were lots of cars and nowhere to park them. It became a nightmare. Noone quite knew why they'd done it as the parking hadn't been an issue.

Bunbaker Fri 28-Feb-14 09:13:32

We reduced the size of our front garden last year so that we can have two cars parked in front of our house. I know it will have added value to the house as well.

So now we have one car in the garage, one on the drive and space for a guest. Win win.

Pizdets Fri 28-Feb-14 08:39:21

Oh dear, we have just bought a stunning grade ii listed house with no parking.. move in next week! This thread is making me nervous too.

I think because we're moving from central London parking just didn't seem to be a big issue, plus neither of us will need the car on a daily basis. The house had stuck around on the market for 6 months with no offers though, so I think the lack of parking must have made a difference! Luckily permission has been granted for parking in part of the (large) garden in the past so we planned to put some in eventually... wondering if we need to do it sooner!

Will you be coming and going in the car every day? Or just at weekends etc?

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