What Liverpool lacks in size, it makes up for in diversity. From arty and bohemian neighbourhoods like Hope Street in the Georgian Quarter to the leafy suburbs of South Liverpool, there's an area to suit every budget and lifestyle. But who is buying in Liverpool, and where?
First-time buyers – Greenbank
This sought-after neighbourhood in South Liverpool is becoming more affordable since many landlords in the area are selling off their properties. This exodus has been brought on by a number of factors, such as the ban on 'to-let' signs in the area and an increase in purpose-built student accommodation in central Liverpool. The result? Plenty of affordable flats have popped onto the market ready for first-time buyers to snap them up.
Downsizers and retirees – Woolton and Gateacre
While some baby boomers are moving to the centre of Liverpool, the leafy suburbs of Woolton and Gateacre hold plenty of appeal for older generations. The abundance of bungalows is a big draw. Single-level homes offer easy accessibility as well as privacy; a huge selling point according to a recent survey.
Urban professionals – Waterfront
Converted warehouses and office blocks in neighbourhoods like the Baltic Triangle, Albert Dock and Princes Dock are very popular with affluent young professionals. This demographic thrives on the lively atmosphere created by street cafés, communal public spaces and bustling restaurants, and enjoy being within walking distance of the city centre.
Families – Crosby
Previously listed by The Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in Britain, the waterfront neighbourhood of Crosby is a firm family favourite. It's just 20 minutes from central Liverpool by train, and is home to two excellent independent schools – St Mary's College and Merchant Taylors'. The marine lake, Anthony Gormley art installation and many independent boutiques add extra charm to this well-heeled neighbourhood.
Affluent buyers – The Wirral
In a 2015 study, The Royal Mail found that three of Britain's most desirable postcodes were in The Wirral – Bebington, Eastham and Wallasey to be precise. Just a short hop across the Mersey, the peninsula is a fantastic choice for those wanting to escape the city. With the Heswell Dales and River Dee nearby – and easy access to the motorway – it's an ideal place for striking a good work-life balance.