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

Waswondering Thu 27-Feb-14 08:00:39

I would hesitate. Think about unloading your supermarket shopping or similar.

eurochick Thu 27-Feb-14 08:01:41

No way. It makes such a difference to day to day life. Living in a pretty house doesn't.

yes, though not quite the same as yours because we have a large, free public car park directly across the road and a paved area right in front of the house that is large enough to stick a car on to load/unload big stuff (but not permitted to park on permanently). without those two things it would be very difficult

dannydyerismydad Thu 27-Feb-14 08:04:20

We did, but we have loads of on street parking, and it's rare that I can't park outside my house. On the days I can't park outside the house, I can always get a space in the road.

If there was no parking anywhere near I wouldn't consider it.

JanePurdy Thu 27-Feb-14 08:05:35

What dannydyerismydad said. We bought a house with no parking but rarely can't park near our house. It doesn't bother us.

QOD Thu 27-Feb-14 08:07:55

Where would you park then?

Quangle Thu 27-Feb-14 08:09:30

I can't park on my street but I live in central London so use my car rarely. It was a pain when the DCs were smaller but now they happily walk back to the house and it's fine. All groceries delivered anyway!

MoreBeta Thu 27-Feb-14 08:11:22

I bought a Grade II listed house last year and it has only a small back yard parking area for a Smart car plus parking permits on street.

I have no right to any visitors permits. My friends can only park on Sunday outside my house and tradesmen have to have marked vans. Otherwise my visitors have to park 200m away in a pay car park. It is inconvenient some times.

It put off all buyers and I got it at a big discount for the same price as the vendor paid 10 years ago. It really did put off all the buyers without a doubt. I do not drive so it does not bother me.

Where will you park, how will you get deliveries, move in, get tradesmen to work for you?

wonkylegs Thu 27-Feb-14 08:11:55

What do the current owners do?
Is there road access to drop off stuff / move in?
How far to the closest parking?
Is there anyway to create parking / access from the rear for example?

It wouldn't be an automatic no but I would have to strongly consider the actual impact it would have day to day.
Our old house only had on street parking which was fine in theory but as we were next to a metro station, high street and 2 schools. I'd rarely get to park close to the house, often not even in the same street.
We lived there nearly 10yrs, occasionally it was frustrating but you could usually temporarily stop outside to drop stuff off or load the car. It was most annoying when DS was small and I was carrying a car seat back & forth (bloody hell it was heavy) or when he'd fall asleep and I'd have to carry him in.
He no longer does that and our new house has a massive driveway with direct access to front & back - Typical!

InternetFOREVER Thu 27-Feb-14 08:14:17

For me, it would be a definite deal breaker. But that's with young DC, pushchairs, shopping, etc, etc. What sorts of thing do you use the car for? How far would you have to carry shopping every week? Or if you got anything delivered, is there room for a delivery van to pull up outside or will that be difficult too?

CheeryCherry Thu 27-Feb-14 08:19:17

Would have to park 50-200m away, its a free for all on street in the village. My dcs are all teens so buggies not an issue. Shopping deliveries could stop outside but would block the whole street whilst they did so. Current owners gave 1 car, she doesn't drive, they've been there 20 years. Just feel unsure, it's very different to having a drive and on street parking.

FuckyNell Thu 27-Feb-14 08:22:38

Lets have a linky then and we will decide if you should buy it or not grin

CheeryCherry Thu 27-Feb-14 08:23:41

There is a free car park about 300m for tourists and visitors. We have driven past at different time of day and night and there has been spaces around and about. Might grab a bargain as a result of this but may sell it for the same a few years down the line.

CheeryCherry Thu 27-Feb-14 08:24:38

Nooo dare not link it - someone might snatch it from under my nose!!

YouAreTalkingRubbish Thu 27-Feb-14 08:30:54

What about when you are old and wobbly? Do you intend to stay there forever? I agree it's much less of an issue if your kids are teens. Do you drive nice cars? Insurance/vandalism? How often do you use your car?

Can you 'pretend' you don't have parking at your current house for a few days and park a way away and see what you think?

Parking was on our non-negotionable features a house must have.

Only1scoop Thu 27-Feb-14 08:36:24

My brother is trying to sell gorgeous Victorian villa style house ....no parking and relatively narrow street. Awful whenever you visit....especially in the rain.

Just to bare in mind for resale....

Bunbaker Thu 27-Feb-14 08:39:34

No. It would be a deal breaker for us.

ZingSweetMango Thu 27-Feb-14 08:40:06

no, I wouldn't.
we have 6 kids and #7 on the way.
we have an 8-seater car and been just given a second car as we'll need it.

we have a large family (18 nephews and nieces) and loads of friends who come and visit, not to mention PILs who come and help regularly.
a place without a parking opportunity is unimaginable for us.


LIZS Thu 27-Feb-14 08:41:25

No I wouldn't. I live between rows of terraced houses with limited off road parking and it is a pita for all of us especially if they have more than one car per household.

Where we live now, the parking is horrific.
I have been known to sit in my car for 20 minutes after work, waiting for a space anywhere

I never knew how awful it would be. But it is.

impty Thu 27-Feb-14 08:44:38

No I wouldn't. Yes, it would (and has) put me off buying houses in the past.

Tbh I think it would become an irritation. It will definitely be an issue when/ if you resell.

Jackthebodiless Thu 27-Feb-14 08:45:15

It's very hard to sell a house with no parking, however beautiful. I think judging by your other thread you're having serious doubts about this house Cheery and trying to convince yourself to buy it?

MoreSkyThanWeNeed Thu 27-Feb-14 08:45:37

Yes, I would.
We have two cars and park a few streets away as we can't park outside. was a hassle at first, as we were used to driveway, but it's fine now. We have a buggy to battle with so it will already be easier for you.
Definitely consider it.

expatinscotland Thu 27-Feb-14 08:46:41


princessalbert Thu 27-Feb-14 08:46:51

No. I wouldn't.

Our house has a drive, which we can fit our two cars down. Moat other houses on the street don't have drives, so park on the road.

If we have visitors or workmen visiting, then it can be tricky for them to get a space.


morethanpotatoprints Thu 27-Feb-14 08:49:21

Hello OP.

We don't have a driveway, but on road parking.
When we moved in we bought a garage that came up for sale round the corner.
Can you check if anybody is selling or renting them near you. This is often found in areas where parking is an issue.

FiveLeavesLeft Thu 27-Feb-14 08:50:05

We did (have to park on neighbouring streets), and while it can be a bit of a pain it does have an (admittedly very small) advantage, in that it makes me think twice before I use the car. I drive only when I really need to, am not tempted to pop in the car to do the school run and walk a lot.

We also got a complete bargain and I do like looking at my huge garden and lovely house which was £100k less than similar properties with parking. We aren't thinking of going anywhere for a long time though, and once we are too old and infirm to drive we are 30 seconds to excellent shops and on a very good bus route (two of our other must-haves).

If it didn't have nearby facilities, or if we were looking at resale value, I would think twice. Ours was on the market for a long time before we bought it.

Orangeanddemons Thu 27-Feb-14 08:51:33

We've just moved because of this....the stress was hideous. It actually got to the point that if you had a space, you didn't dare take your car out, as someone would nick the space.

We could never have a skip, removals were a nightmare. Never ever again

FloppyPoppyCocky Thu 27-Feb-14 08:53:19

Never. One of our top necessities for our current house was that it had space for 2 cars without blocking each other in. It's such a PITA otherwise.

Floggingmolly Thu 27-Feb-14 08:56:30

It depends where it is. A hell of a lot of people in London do this all the time; off street parking is a rare and beautiful thing.

bamboobutton Thu 27-Feb-14 08:58:25

no! we looked at two fantastic houses, i loved both of them and desperately wanted them but one had no parking at all as it was up an alley behind a row of shops (its been up for sale for years and has now been taken off the market) and one had a very narrow drive and hardly any turning room, meaning we would have to reverse out on to a rural road on a blind corner!

we looked for almost a year before we found our perfect house, with enough parking for 5 cars.

magimedi Thu 27-Feb-14 08:58:32

No way. It will affect the re sale & though you may have 'easy & free' parking now, will it be the same five or ten years hence?

Preciousbane Thu 27-Feb-14 09:14:00

I wouldn't buy and lots of people will not consider it either. We have just pulled out of a sale. There is only one other house in our entire town that has come up that we like but no off street parking and opposite a junior school so the thought of the parking wars is enough to put me off.

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 27-Feb-14 09:25:59

Maybe if I was sufficiently in love with the house I'd be silly enough to, but it wouldn't be a good idea.

I had a house with no parking pre-children when I didn't have a car myself and it was very hard to sell. Also, the inconvenience of not being able to park nearby led to things like tradesmen turning up and going away again because they couldn't be arsed to walk from the nearest parking spot hmm

I would only do it if the house had pretty much guaranteed space on the street, eg where I am now we have parking but we have never needed to use it because we're in a village with more than enough room for everybody's cars.

Bunbaker Thu 27-Feb-14 09:37:04

When we had a holiday apartment in Tenby one year there was no parking and we had to park in the pay and display car park up the road. One of us had to get up early every morning to go and feed the meter. It was also a pain when we arrived and left because we had to make more than one journey with the luggage.

It made me realise that there was no way I would ever live in a house with no parking.

BethGoLightly Thu 27-Feb-14 09:58:25

I wouldn't consider it after living in a lovely village in one of the many terraced cottages and most neighbours had fallen out over street parking. It was a PITA, so many arguments. We deliberately chose parking in our next house.

splasheeny Thu 27-Feb-14 10:04:00

I'm guessing this is outside London?

Inside London this situation is pretty normal and wouldnt pit buyers off.

When we sold our old place with no parking, and no right to get a residents parking permit people were fighting to get it it.

ouryve Thu 27-Feb-14 10:05:47

No way.

CheeryCherry Thu 27-Feb-14 10:06:51

Oh you are all saying the wrong thing!!
Jackthebodiless I am so smitten by the house I would move in tomorrow, it is DH and my practical head which is making me think things over more carefully.
We would only plan to be there ten years or so, so not into old age. It is in the middle of a tiny village. There is a local pub, maybe we should go there and mull things over with the landlord! I think we will always get a parking spot, just not by the house.
This is a downsize move so we know we will have to compromise somewhere whether it is garden, location, parking or actual house. <sigh>!

MoreBeta Thu 27-Feb-14 10:08:29

Tradesmen are quiet reluctant to work in my house for this reason, I have to make sure they have marked vans. The tiler who only has a white unmarked van here today is non too pleased about having to park down the road in a 3 hour parking bay.

No way, no. All of the above mentioned things would put me off, visitors, tradesmen, skips, difficulty for loading and unloading. I would find it very stressful indeed.

MoreBeta Thu 27-Feb-14 10:10:57

So you are in a village with no parking space. Impossible. You really do have to have a space designated or you have to buy one.

We intend to live in this house for ever and it really is not our plan to sell but if you are planning to move on I suggest you really need a much more easily saleable house.

What do the owners do now?

CheeryCherry Thu 27-Feb-14 10:13:07

The owners only have one car, they say there is no problem parking -but they would say that! We have been past at various times of day and night, there has always been parking.

Bunbaker Thu 27-Feb-14 10:16:05

A good time to see what an area is like is at pub closing time, especially if you plan to live near the pub.

CelticPromise Thu 27-Feb-14 10:22:18

We are buying a house with no driveway, despite it being on our list of things we needed. It does have a garage. It's opposite schools and I am there at drop off and pick up time- it is never impossible to park, although sometimes you have to go up the road a bit. The driveway issue would have put us off a house we didn't love, but we really do love this one. So I think if you love it, buy it smile

although this thread is making me nervous

SavoyCabbage Thu 27-Feb-14 10:24:07

No definitely not as I have lived in a house where parking was an issue and it spilled into every part of our lives. It was horrible.

AnneEyhtMeyer Thu 27-Feb-14 10:26:30

I would never do this.

Getting things delivered, buying bulky heavy items, when you are loading up the car for holidays, when elderly relatives are visiting, all would be more difficult.

Off road parking for two cars was about the only thing we weren't prepared to compromise on when buying this house.

CheeryCherry Thu 27-Feb-14 10:35:50

CelticPromise High Five! grin Though you do have a garage....!

OneEggIsAnOeuf Thu 27-Feb-14 10:36:36

Function over form every time. I've done it twice. Once wasn't too bad - in a city, quiet road, could usually park near the house if not outside it, sometimes had to park in the next street. The other was in a village - busier road, quickly got fed up of lugging a big shop up to the house, often had to park quite a distance away, people got very territorial about spaces, the car got keyed several times by people coming home from the pub, the wing mirror got knocked off, impossible to work on the car or even wash it, trying to load and unload bouncy dogs - i didn't even have ds to cope with then and it was a nightmare. We also found it very difficult to sell the house afterwards - it had been on the market for ages before us mugs bought it.

I'm in a village now with a small and quite awkward drive, but it's worth it's weight in gold. Even here in a very friendly, sleepy little place on-road parking causes ructions. It is so easy to be seduced by a beautiful house and downplay any disadvantages, but you really have to think about the reality day in day out. It is doable, but think about it in the worst case scenarios as well as assuming it will be ok. I think if you are planning to move on in a few years you are making life difficult for yourself by buying a house with a clear issue for future purchasers.

CheeryCherry Thu 27-Feb-14 10:46:46

OneEgg you make a lot of sense.
Thank you.

CelticPromise Thu 27-Feb-14 11:28:08

<High fives Cheery>

<Fingers in ears to OneEgg>

We are not planning to move on anytime soon. I would like to grow old in this house although we will have to sort level access first.

We have a garage. And two cars and a motorbike. We think parking will only be an issue at school pick up and drop off and DH doesn't need to come and go at those times so he will park in the street and I will have the garage. There is a huge garden and we could perhaps create a drive if parking became an issue. A house further along has made a little layby.

It is going to be an absolute arse ache to move in though, or have anything delivered. High walls all around and only pedestrian gates. Argh.

Quangle Thu 27-Feb-14 11:47:08

I actually prefer not being able to park in my street than the anxiety of tussling with neighbours over parking spaces. We just can't park here - end of. It's quite liberating in a way. But as I say, I am in C London so very much not-reliant on my car.

I think for me the real issue is that it potentially puts off other buyers - as this thread demonstrates. But as a day to day issue for me living here - it isn't one. Was an issue when the DCs were babies and I needed to both keep an eye on them and load up the car for some reason - but we are not at that stage now.

RelocatorRelocator Thu 27-Feb-14 12:16:07

I'd consider it if there was plentiful on street parking and the road was reasonably quiet.

If not then it would put me right off I'm afraid (sorry!)

foxdongle Thu 27-Feb-14 12:21:04

My first house had no parking. I had a car, my bf parked his car , then my sister moved in and her bf parked outside when he stayed, also friends and family.
we all had crap cars so no issue there. luckily we had a few elderly (car less) people around us. but now a lot of families live there and there are cars all over the pavements, bumper to bumper etc.

Wouldn't do it EVER again but at the time it was all I could afford.

Think carefully about the resale/future value- it's a deal breaker for many.

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 27-Feb-14 12:25:13

You've been blinded. I guarantee you would regret it within a month.

Frettchen Thu 27-Feb-14 12:29:37

Massively no, I'm afraid.

Parking is a huge issue for me in the house I'm just in the process of selling, and is near the top of the list of must haves as I embark upon a new house search. It's a nightmare; esp as I have to pass through an unlit alleyway to get to my house. But even without that; it's not fun to get utterly drenched when walking from front door to car in the pouring rain, or to struggle with boxes/shopping etc when unloading the car.

IME it's not a small thing you can get used to, but something you'll notice every time you come home.

mazylou Thu 27-Feb-14 12:33:48

I live in a village with no assigned parking spaces - it's a bit of a free for all, but everyone is pretty good about it, and I had no trouble with skips/removal vans/tradesmen.

The local pub (less than a minute away) charges 50p a day to park, I believe. Yours may do the same. It can be a pain, but it wasn't a dealbreaker for me - it depends on your circumstances.

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Thu 27-Feb-14 12:44:31

If you bought the house, where would you park? Could you live without a car in that location?

Is there any garden that can be converted to parking, or nearby land?

What would the impact be on your insurance if you are parking well away from your home overnight?

Is there NO onstreet parking (yellow lines) Would the parking situation be massively different at other times of year? Eg OK in winter, but impossible in the tourist season?

I wouldn't because it would be massively inconvenient, and there is also the issue that it would put people off and be hard to sell.

AnneEyhtMeyer Thu 27-Feb-14 13:04:03

You only have to read the numerous parking threads on here to know that it is a bad idea.

nemno Thu 27-Feb-14 13:08:43

I would never buy a place without parking.

Getting good tradesmen to want my business is hard enough without them being put off by problematic parking.

roadwalker Thu 27-Feb-14 13:09:41

Never, not worth the hassle

drivinon9 Thu 27-Feb-14 13:15:54

We live in a house without parking. There's on street parking (permits) and I can usually get a space (the odd time we have to park a street away).

It really doesn't bother me, as most houses/flats round here don't have drives or garages; it's the norm. However, we're really close to amenities (shops/leisure centre/park/school) so we don't have to use the car that often - and that would swing it for me. How important is the car in your life, and are you frequent users?

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Thu 27-Feb-14 13:19:25

So OP, now we've put you off, can we see the 'stunning grade 2 listed house'?

NorbertDentressangle Thu 27-Feb-14 13:20:47

No I wouldn't buy it.

That's not to say you shouldn't but I think you do need to seriously think about the reality of it and not let your decision be clouded by the fact you've fallen for the house itself. Look at the wider picture.

As it's in a village location I'm presuming that (other than maybe trip to village pub or village shop) then you are going to have to use your car for work, visiting friends, school/college run for your DC, shopping trips, going out for meals/takeaways, any appointments (medical, financial etc) ...and so on.

Could you really be arsed to have to trek to the car streets away every time you go out, or have to drive round to find a space every time you come home?

Also, what happens when you're being a taxi service for your teens at unsociable hours? Late night pick ups may still involve you walking to your car, 200m away, in the early hours

Quenelle Thu 27-Feb-14 13:25:17

Definitely not. We've had no off-road parking at previous houses and wouldn't do it again.

It's not just about being able to park next to your front door, if your car is halfway up the street could you easily wash it? Or do simple repairs that you wouldn't pay a garage to do? Or load it up for a camping trip?

VeryStressedMum Thu 27-Feb-14 13:28:09

No, if the house didn't have a drive I probably wouldn't consider it because I have lived in places with street parking only - never again.

When the DC were younger it would have been a definite no-no for us, as difficult to unload toddlers/babies and other bags and then walk possibly some distance.

Now they are older and can get themselves in and out / carry stuff etc it wouldn't be such a deal-breaker for me.

There are usually ways round most things

carrying tonnes of shopping = online deliveries
washing car = car wash

Twilight23 Thu 27-Feb-14 13:37:39


Our house has no off street parking but 9 out of ten times we can park directly outside. Otherwise it is across the road or two houses down.

When we move I want off street parking for at least two cars.

FiveLeavesLeft Thu 27-Feb-14 13:40:26

Just to add to my previous post, I'm in the same situation as drivinon9 and agree that a lot depends on your specific circumstances. We were completely carless for nigh on 20 years and not car dependent now (only one car/driver between us). We have the car for fun days out and to make life a bit easier - not out of absolute necessity.

It's often less hassle to leave the car behind than it is to walk to the car, load the DCs into the car and then have to find another spot on our return. However had we not saved money on our place due to its lack of parking, we would probably not have been able to afford our car (therefore ending up with a lovely driveway and nothing to park on it!)

If I was car-dependent and/or less keen on walking I might feel differently. It is undoubtedly going to put off future buyers and this would probably be the deal breaker for me if I was planning another move.

whatsagoodusername Thu 27-Feb-14 13:49:15

Knock on the next door neighbour's house and ask them if they have trouble parking.

I would buy the pretty house with no parking, but we live in London, don't drive and don't have a car. I'd view parking as a bonus, but was never a requirement.

purpleshinyone Thu 27-Feb-14 14:26:07

If it's possible to somehow create parking in the large garden, sounds like it would add an awful lot of money and create an easy sale in the future - in that case, definitely go for it.

YouAreTalkingRubbish Thu 27-Feb-14 21:34:43

The NO vote is deafening! shock

Preferthedogtothekids Thu 27-Feb-14 23:36:32

whispers NO!

minipie Fri 28-Feb-14 00:17:28

Wow! can't believe how precious so many people are about off street parking. I've never had it, it's never been an issue.


YouAreTalkingRubbish Fri 28-Feb-14 01:04:04

Our shiny 1 year car was written off by joy riders who crashed into it whilst it was parked on the street. It was insured but we still lost a good few thousand and it was very irritating angry It's not precious wanting off street parking it's sensible. smile

<not quite a Londoner>.

VestaCurry Fri 28-Feb-14 01:22:14

No. We had one. It was gorgeous but we had to carefully pick our moment to sell, when the market was on the rise, otherwise we would have been stuck. We made a really good profit because we had transformed the property and it was/is in a v desirable location, but the houses in that area without parking always stick and don't sell unless the market is extremely buoyant.

VestaCurry Fri 28-Feb-14 01:24:11

The property was not in London btw but in an area where off street parking is the norm apart from this particular 'enclave' of houses.

Gooseysgirl Fri 28-Feb-14 06:29:12

No way... I rented a flat in an area where on-street parking was a total nightmare.. Never ever again..

VivianStanshall Fri 28-Feb-14 06:33:09

I wouldn't even consider it, every time I do a property search I tick parking.

I think also a lot depends on what price category a house is in - if it is such that people who look in that price category are used to not having parking then it wouldn't necessarily be a problem, but if the house is in the price category where people usually get acres of land, a garage and a gravelled driveway then it will be VERY hard to sell on.

The day you buy is the day you sell......

AuditAngel Fri 28-Feb-14 06:51:58

Our previous house had "residents only" parking in a quiet street. DH bought the house before we were a couple. He didn't think parking would be an issue as it never had been when he visited before buying the house, but he always went during the day!

Although I only once had to park on the main road and walk in (about 1.5 minutes) it affected me because once my car was parked I then wouldn't go out again knowing it would be hard to park later. Also, some of the bays were 2 cars deep, as DH works shifts we always tried to get one of those so he could park behind me when he got home. That meant having to move his car every morning to go to work.

With careful planning we can fit 8 cars on our current drive and there are no parking restrictions on our street. We have no neighbours, although the street can get busy as we are next to a park, a stables and a scout hut.


HavantGuard Fri 28-Feb-14 06:56:19

No. I would only buy a house with off street parking and a garage.

DH and I both drive everyday. Parking is something that would be a pain in the arse every single day, at least twice a day. Having done on-street-parking-if-there-happens-to-be-a-space and communal (not designated) parking for a flat where there were enough spaces for half the residents life is too short to have to stress every time you bring the car back. Add on trekking back and forth with DC, pushchairs, shopping, dogs etc.

A garage is essential for me as safe storage for bikes, scooters, push alongs, and to keep the cars covered so you don't spend 10 minutes de icing them in the freezing cold in the winter or climb into a roasting tin box in the summer.

VivianStanshall Fri 28-Feb-14 07:04:53

That's a very good point neepsandtatties.

JanePurdy Fri 28-Feb-14 08:04:00

I thought about this thread last night as I came home. As I posted up thread we have on street parking - last night there were spaces for about 10 cars outside my house, so I really don't have the negative experiences others recount. It also depends if this is normal for your area, surely. Anyone looking to buy a house where we live will not get a drive - same with where my parents live (not London). Houses sell quickly where we are so it's clearly not an issue.

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Fri 28-Feb-14 08:13:05

No. Done it. Hated it. Moved.

namechangeagaininnit Fri 28-Feb-14 08:16:31

No chance

Eastpoint Fri 28-Feb-14 08:20:09

Grade II listed house which has had the same owners for 20 years plus will need masses of work - how will you get electrician, plumber etc sorted. Our house is listed & was bought in good condition, I can't imagine having all the hassle of getting it updated if there was no way of parking outside.

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Fri 28-Feb-14 08:25:30

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 it is crowded, but you don't have to deal with buses that are once per hour and are often late, and don't run at all at evenings or weekends.

I drive to work (occasionally cycle) but it would take about 3 times longer to go by bus.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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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?

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.

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

No. Been there, done that....

Apart from being a PITA it makes selling much harder.

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.

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