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#913292 - 3rd Dec 2014 10:14am Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please!
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Hello all.

My first post after finding this forum yesterday, looks like I'll be spending quite a lot of time around here! coffee I'm a professional Geek so where else to turn for advice but cyberspace smile

Anyway...

Please educate me as to areas. Scurrilous opinions most welcome crazy as I need to know where to look at & where to avoid - but please remember not to offend your neighbours!

MrsTheGeek has had a good day this week - and been offered a job she really, really, really wanted at St Catherine's Hospital in Birkenhead.

Commuting will be fine for a while (we're currently in Crosby) but the plan is to move over to The Wirral next year before our daughter gets too entrenched in school (currently in reception so I'm not too worried about moving her at this stage, don't want to do it again though)

For various boring reasons we'll be renting out our current place & renting wherever we live on the Wirral.

BUT... For all the times that we've visited New Brighton, Lever Art Gallery and hundreds of tea shops, we don't really know the Wirral very well in terms of good/bad/indifferent areas.

So - could I ask for your honest feedback on any areas that occur to you - good or bad!

FWIW, we want to be about 20-30 mins commute from the hospital. I can work from home or a small office so that's no problem - so long as I have broadband I'm good to go. Looking for a 2-3 bed with a bit of character & not in a heavily built up or scumsville area. About 600pcm.

So your opinions please!

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#913295 - 3rd Dec 2014 10:31am Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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Hello The. Geek. Having lived in Wallasey all my life I can say there are good parts and bad,I recently moved to New Brighton and love it there. There are many quiet roads if it's peace and quiet you are after . Good luck in your search and welcome to Wiki. Dilly

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#913296 - 3rd Dec 2014 10:38am Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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Registered: 18th Mar 2009
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Loc: neston
Hi,
I would definitely look at Neston if I were you, its a great area with a great community spirit, a good example being the Christmas lantern parade that is happening on Friday 5th dec. There is a weekly market on a Friday and the farmers market has just restarted on the first Saturday of the month. We have an Aldi and a Sainsbury's as well as some smaller local shops and if you are into cycling or walking we have the Wirral way on our doorstep. We also have a sports centre and a youth and community centre and a great high school which has currently put in for planning permission to be totally rebuilt. We have had a few problems with the buses lately due to tory cuts to the subsidies but there is still a regular 487 service that goes right past st.catherines for your wife and there are some lovely old sandstone cottages around for a home with a bit of character. I've attached a link to our local internet News site for some more information
http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Cheshire/Neston/CH64

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#913299 - 3rd Dec 2014 10:50am Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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Thanks guys - really appreciate the info.

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#913311 - 3rd Dec 2014 12:04pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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I don't think you can go wrong anywhere on the West side, Neston, Parkgate, Heswall, Frankby, Gresby, Pensby, right up to Hoylake.

New Brighton can first appear as being busy and brash, but take a turn down a little side street and there's a great quiet community of small rows of terraces.

There was a lovely child's hand drawn poster in the window of one terraced house which said they were selling cakes and their toys to help raise funds for the dogs home in Manchester that burnt down. It brought tears to my eyes then and does now recollecting it.

Further inland, Oxton is pretty good, there's lots to rent in the area - big converted Victorian houses, nice village atmosphere and close to the park.

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#913318 - 3rd Dec 2014 12:16pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: Gibbo]
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I agree about the West side. On the East, I'd consider Port Sunlight.
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#913320 - 3rd Dec 2014 12:40pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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I think a more accurate way to do this is to type the name of a town into somewhere like facebook, and see how many groups and pages there are for that area and read them, you will get a more accurate feel by what you read from the people ie if there is a crime problem, or not, because people from areas say the wealtheir ones will poo poo less wealthier ones with no substance other than snobbery and people from poorer ones will poo poo wealtheir ones again with no real substance other than a chip on their shoulders.

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#913330 - 3rd Dec 2014 1:05pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
Cobby Offline
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Registered: 28th Nov 2009
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Originally Posted By: chriskay
I agree about the West side. On the East, I'd consider Port Sunlight.

Definitely Port Sunlight if you can find anything in your price range, especially if you're after character, but also with lovely open spaces, countryside on your doorstep and excellent road/rail/bus links as well, and only 5 minutes from St Cath's. In the same sort of area, Bebington, Bromborough and Eastham are all nice. And if you're happy going a little further, you could even venture into Cheshire (Hooton, Childer Thornton, Little and Great Sutton) - I'm in Great Sutton and it takes me around 20 mins to drive to St Cath's each day. HOWEVER - you might find you need to increase your price range to get what you're looking for in any of the "nicer" areas

And congratulations to MrsTheGeek on getting her dream job!

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#913336 - 3rd Dec 2014 3:44pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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Irby, Heswall, Pensby, Thingwall, areas. Everywhere is so easily accessible

Right by Irby primary school on Glenwood Drive. Was always a good little school. Thingwall Primary also has a good reputation. There are plenty of modern houses as well as older properties in that area too, so you could maybe find your permanent home in the Irby area.

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/property-49094186.html[spoiler][/spoiler]


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#913354 - 3rd Dec 2014 5:43pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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Registered: 29th Jun 2011
Posts: 24
Loc: United Kingdom
We retired here to Moreton (Millhouse Lane area ) 7 years ago and absolutely love it. Quiet neighbourhood and really good neighbours, we can walk or bike down the lanes to Meols and the promenade, yet easily access New Brighton, Birkenhead and Liverpool via excellent train service. Gt Meols school is rated excellent and both Grandchildren have been v happy there. Wouldn't think of living anywhere else. Quite a few houses too rent around here too and traffic not too bad if you avoid Moreton Cross. Plenty of supermarkets near including Aldi & Lidl. You wouldn't go wrong here.

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#913368 - 3rd Dec 2014 6:54pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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I live in rock ferry and think its great don't get me wrong it has its down sides but you can find some really nice houses and there are lots of lovely people.my dad lives in Hampden road right opposite the hospital and the houses are great .

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#913385 - 3rd Dec 2014 7:28pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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Might be easier if you suggested a few places you were looking at and we could comment--also on schools.

This one is in walking distance to St Caths. Looks really nice inside but bear in mind edge of town and sandwiched between 2 busy roads and high density housing. Parking may be tight and no mention of a garden.

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-to-rent/property-33018984.html

The one granny has highlighted (seems best on rightmove for location/money)is in a good area and backs onto countryside and may have a small gate at bottom of garden over a small stream to a footpath .It should have broadband very soon as they were installing it in the pavement only a week ago. Can second the school as friend teaches there and I have done school crossing patrol for it when they had one and the kids seemed happy.

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#913445 - 3rd Dec 2014 8:24pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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Loc: birkenhead
I agree with Granny, Arrowe Park just on your doorstep, easy access to the motorway. Asda Sainsburys Tescos and loads of local shops close by. Take your pick for beaches and North Wales only 30ish mins away.

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#913452 - 3rd Dec 2014 8:35pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: TheGeek]
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#913468 - 3rd Dec 2014 8:54pm Re: Where to live on The Wirral? Advice please! [Re: fish5133]
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Loc: Crosby (Wirral bound)
Originally Posted By: fish5133
Might be easier if you suggested a few places you were looking at and we could comment--also on schools.


Oh I'm sure I'll be back with more detailed questions as we start to narrow things down - the great thing (but also a PITA) is that we've got a pretty blank sheet of paper at this point so just wanted to open it up & see what comments came back.

The advice on this thread has been fantastic (don't stop now though, all info gratefully received!), gives us some clues on where to look & start consolidating our thoughts.

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