Hi everyone Not sure if this is the right place to post this (I'll also try the Mumsnet Local) but thought it was worth a try...
My DP, DD (6m) and I will shortly be moving to Liverpool (DP has a new job there) from London. But we have no idea where to live... Can anyone recommend any nice areas to live in? Or any areas to definitely avoid? Initially we'll be renting.
I'm not sure about our budget - realistically it's quite small because I haven't found work yet and DP's salary is going to be very low. But we currently live in North London and pay about £1000 a month. I'm assuming it's cheaper in Liverpool, but want to live in an OK area, so maybe £500-700? Does that sound realistic?
What do you need? Where is best in terms of travel? I know the South, and there are lots of nice parts.
Allerton, Calderstones, Childwall, Mossley Hill and parts of Aigburth nice. You just need to be aware of what parts of the area you are in - some parts of Allerton are very plush, near Calderstones park, and others are in streets with lots and lots of students and a bit noisy/rubbishy. I like near Allerton Road as there are lots of cafes/ big parks, little shops for pottering up to with a baby.
You can get 3 bed terraces around there for around 600 month, I think, not sure about bigger houses.
Places to avoid - depends what bothers you as there are nice streets in most areas. Despite all the stigma, some parts of Toxteth are really nice and are near to Sefton Park.
We moved here 6 years ago and its the friendliest place I've lived out of 4 major cities, and while there are always awful people, I've met more people here who are genuinely kind, interesting, helpful and honest than in other places.
depends on where you want to live. To rent a house around my area would be around £600 a month for a small 3 bed semi with front and back gardens. Suppose it depends what area DP will be working in etc
DP will be working near Liverpool Uni and I don't have a job yet, and don't drive, so I guess somewhere on a train line that goes into town? Although I don't know how buggy-friendly the trains are in Liverpool? And another reason to live in a nice area, so I don't always have to get on transport to do something.
A 3-bed terrace or semi sounds perfect - and much bigger than what we have in London (small two-bed flat).
In terms of what bothers me, I guess the main one would be feeling unsafe, followed by not being able to walk to shops etc. I'd also like to live somewhere where there's NCT or other mum and baby type stuff going on.
good suggestion about the meet-ups thread - I didn't know about that
have you thought about the Wirral? West Kirby is fab - great schools and amenities, baby groups coming out of your ears, beach, lovely park and a direct train route into Liverpool. also packed to the rafters with uni lecturers.
trains and nearly all stations in the area are buggy friendly. Woolton ISN"T near a train station. Would be about 1/2 hour on the bus. Crosby would be about 15-20 minutes on the train, West Kirby 30 minutes. Possible disadvantage of living on Wirral is Mersey Tunnel - so a quid toll each time you go through it by car. I agree with other posters- Allerton Road area is nice. Only downside is you might have a yard rather than garden if you live in a terrace.
I live on the Wirral in Bromborough and trains take about 30 minutes to get into Liverpool Central from here. There are lots of lovely parts to both Liverpool and Wirral with great transport links. I know the Wirral better as I have lived here all my life and only lived in Liverpool briefly as a student! On the Wirral, West Kirby has already been mentioned, also Bebington, Bromborough (I would say that though!) Heswall, Greasby are all nice. I have a friend living near Sefton Park / Lark lane area and it is beautiful there.