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Would you buy a house that has no parking?

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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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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.

WillieWaggledagger Thu 27-Feb-14 08:03:28

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 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.

TantrumsAndBalloons Thu 27-Feb-14 08:44:05

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


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