As a Liverpool estate agent, born and bred, perhaps we have an element of bias when it comes to our opinion of a city that is one of the best in the world to live, work and play. Not only has Liverpool became one of the UK's best destinations for a city staycation, but, it is now on the radar of international property developers, snapping up some of the most enviable plots for residential and commercial development.
In the midst of the global buzz that is approaching Liverpool from all corners of the globe, purchasing property in the city has become a hot pursuit for both locals and international house-hunters. In January, Venmores Allerton Road had 12 properties with their sales agreed within 7 days, a sure sign that the property market in Liverpool is prospering for both sides.
However, in a city that is as culturally diverse as Liverpool, choosing what area of the city to live can be a tough task. For when moving home, it is equally important to ensure that not only you and your new home are a match made in heaven, but, that you also are harmoniously paired with the area in which it resides. To help you make this decision, we have put together a guide of the best places to live in Liverpool, based on your personality and lifestyle.
1. The Perpetual Student Matched with Lark Lark, South Liverpool
Like an old soul with a young heart, Lark Lane sits within a unique time warp. Historic buildings house modern businesses of bars, eateries and vintage clothing stores, each born with a spirit which could only be defined by the 70s. Whether weekday or weekend, night or day, Lark Lane's energy never deters.
Lark Lane offers a lifestyle rich in variety, just a stone's throw away from the stunning Sefton Park, frequented by fitness fanatics and meditative masses, the area offers vast green spaces and tranquil scenery that is synonymous with South Liverpool's beauty.
This eclectic collaboration makes it the perfect place for the Perpetual Students, who still hark for the lifestyle they enjoyed at university. Those looking to move to Lark Lane or the surrounding area can expect to find an array of property sporting features that give a clear hint to the era of their birth. From pretty terrace houses that are hidden off one of Lark Lane's many adjoining roads and flats above the resident businesses to beautiful apartments inside vast Victorian villas that surround the park.
With a South Liverpool postcode, movers to this area can expect to pay a little more for their homes, perhaps not getting as much bang for their buck than in other areas but equally get a great lifestyle in return. The average house price in Lark Lane is £176,669.
Pubs, Bars and Restaurants
Quick Commute to City Centre
Former Students - There are actual students about!
2. The Great Outdoorsby Matched with Crosby, North Liverpool
For those who love the great outdoors but can't escape the reality of work, there is no better place to set up home than in Crosby, one of North Liverpool's beauty spots. Just a fifteen-to-twenty-minute drive away from the city centre, Crosby offers a completely different lifestyle and landscape akin to England's beautiful southern coast.
With Crosby Beach just within a few minutes drive away from most local residences, it is a hub of adventurous activity from simple walks along the beach to more adrenaline-fuelled watersports at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. For parents looking for a more simple upbringing for their children, one with plenty of fresh air and outdoor play, Crosby offers the perfect solution. The landscape provides an ideal scene for free to low-cost fun, it's where you can find joggers and dog walkers taking advantage of the vast space and children enjoying creative play in the sand.
Crosby also offers a great social life for those who prefer to avoid the high energy of the city centre's nightlife. There are many independent bars and restaurants on South Road and Coronation Road that have earned a reputation for their delicious food and atmosphere.
As one of Liverpool's oldest and most historic areas, closely linked with the city's maritime success, Crosby hosts a multitude of impressive property. From the colourful villas that line the coast to terrace houses and spacious detached homes which can be found further inland. With such a vast offering of benefits, those who want to move to Crosby pay the price, the average house price here is £271,232.
Quick Commute to City Centre
Locals - Sunny weather brings many to the usual quiet coast.
3. The Cosmopolitan Convivial Matched with The Georgian Quarter
Ahh, Liverpool's Georgian Quarter, the most beautiful, picture-perfect, and Instagrammable place in the whole city. Sitting perfectly in between the two cathedrals, the Georgian Quater offers a taste of architectural delight and a truly cosmopolitan lifestyle. Named because of its stunning Georgian townhouses that line the cobbled streets, the quarter is the perfect postcode for the Cosmopolitan Convivial.
Situated just on the outskirts of the city centre, the area has a diverse mix of the inner city buzz and a cool, relaxed vibe of those who reside there. Chic bars and restaurants can be found dotted throughout the streets along with independent theatres and event spaces. The Liverpool Philharmonic Pub, which has hosted many famous faces, could be your new local, adding you to the list of punters including Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Around a ten-to-fifteen-minute walk from the true city centre, the Georgian Quarter is a great place to live for those who work in the city and enjoy the lifestyle that comes with living in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The average property price here can vary with some of the Georgian townhouses being turned into smaller apartments, however, the average property price is around £117,360.
City Centre Workers
Bars and Restaurants
Theatre & Events
Quick Commute to City Centre
Locals - There are universities close by
4. The Parent Trap Matched with West Derby, North Liverpool
Saturated by nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and local amenities, West Derby is an area where families thrive. Boasting around twelve schools in a small area, many couples move to West Derby in search of suburban bliss, taking advantage of the local catchment area of good schools.
In addition to the many schools in the area, those who live in West Derby have a range of local amenities on their doorstep and spaces to enjoy fitness and fresh air including Lifestyles Gym, playing fields and Croxteth Hall Country Park. The local village is at the centre of life in West Derby with three village pubs, bars, restaurants and a church. This family-friendly environment makes the area a place where people stay and generation after generation of families choose to reside in the area.
West Derby is known for its spacious semi-detached homes and dotted around the landscape is the odd cottage, farmhouse and old-school mansion. The housing in the area is reasonably affordable with the average house price of £173,117.
Childfree People - The school run in West Derby is legendary!
5. The Entrepreneur Matched with Anfield, North Liverpool
With the great shadow of Liverpool Football Club's stadium dominating the area, Anfield is an area that is known for its sporting feats as opposed to being a playground for the entrepreneurial and enterprising. For those who are looking to start or grow their property portfolio, however, Anfield is one of the city's hottest postcodes for investment.
Its landscape is formed by rows of terraced houses that surround the stadium and beyond. With an average house price of £82,571, it's an affordable cost to those looking to invest. It is popular with those looking to buy-to-let with a great pool of potential tenants including football fans for short-term occupancy and locals for long-term residency. The area is set to undergo a £260 million regeneration project, bringing new residents, jobs and commercial premises to Anfield within the next two years.
Easy Commute to City Centre
Match Days - Anfield Stadium can hold around 54,000 people!