Liverpool locations make top 50 living list

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The Royal Liver Building at the dockside. Photo: Ida Husøy

The Royal Liver Building at the dockside. Photo: Ida Husøy

Liverpool’s waterfront and Aigburth have been named in The Sunday Times top 50 list of best urban places to live in Britain.

The list was put together using statistics that included nearby schools, house prices, crime figures and transport links. Writers from the paper with knowledge and opinions on Liverpool also gave their thoughts on the areas.

The waterfront has undergone a transformation in recent years to become an up-scale and trendy attraction and The Sunday Times article stated: “Footballers, TV actors and a surprising number of empty-nesters are swapping leafy suburban lanes for urban buzz. Even a few families have chosen to live by the river, perhaps lured by the pre-school on Princes Dock.

“All love the stunning views – you can watch ferries cross the Mersey.”

Liverpool’s Three Graces weren’t the only feature of interest as Mann Island was labelled as “the address of the moment. Its location was also rated as being in a prime position for everything on offer at the waterfront and wider city centre. Added to longer established developments in Quebec Quay and South Ferry Quay, it makes for one of the best locations in the entire UK, according to the Sunday Times.

Aigburth and Sefton Park were praised for excellent schools, housing and transport links into the city centre. Sefton Park’s boating lake, Palm House, café and children’s playground also gained a special mention.

The Sunday Times stated: “Families covet the former merchants’ houses in Cressington Park… singles and couples opt for flats in converted Victorian mansions or new developments.

“Scousers maintain that Lark Lane’s quirky shops, galleries, bars and restaurants rival those of Notting Hill, which is why they attract tourists as well as locals.”

The guide also praised Aigburth Cricket Club for its sports facilities on offer, along with recognition for Otterspool Promenade and transport links to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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