Under the spotlight: Broadgreen – An evolving suburb
Best known for its sprawling hospital site, Broadgreen has seen recent prominent residential developments trigger something of a renaissance in the area.
Coupled with enviable connectivity and tempting property prices, this suburb east of Liverpool city centre has become a location that’s worth serious consideration by househunters.
Words by Lawrence Saunders
More brick for your buck
With its extensive medical facilities and proximity to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Broadgreen has long appealed to many key workers who want to keep their commuting times to a minimum.
According to figures from online real estate portal Rightmove, the average price of a semi-detached house sold last year in the suburb was £152,039.
“Summerhill Park provides aspirational homes that have attracted new people to the area and encouraged those who already live there to stay.”
When you compare this to £164,047 in nearby West Derby, or £227,446 in neighbouring Childwall, it’s obvious why Broadgreen also represents an attractive option for prospective homebuyers who want their hardearned cash to go a little further.
And one new development that has undoubtedly helped bring the area into focus for many who may have previously overlooked Broadgreen is Redrow’s Summerhill Park.
Built on the grounds of the former Thingwall Hall stately home off Thomas Lane, the first phase launched in 2012 with residents beginning to move in during the formative months of 2013.
“Summerhill Park is a major boost to the attractiveness of Broadgreen as a place to live,” says Claire Jarvis, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire).
“It provides high quality, aspirational homes that have attracted new people to the area and encouraged those who already live there to stay.
“Redrow’s investment in redeveloping a site that previously lay vacant has had a very tangible impact on the area’s reputation.”
The scheme proved to be one of Redrow’s most popular in the region for a number of years, with 90% of the 400 homes planned for the development now sold.
A short hop down Thomas Lane is another housing development which has done its bit to boost the Broadgreen brand and entice new residents to this evolving district.
Rocket Green, a collection of 83 three and four-bedroom homes built on land which formerly housed the Hunter’s Handy Hams factory, was completed in 2016.
According to the developer Bellway, take-up of properties at the scheme was brisk and it has since matured into a “nice little community”.
“Liverpool Loop Line, affectionately known as ‘the Ralla’, runs through Broadgreen offering access to a traffic-free wildlife trail.”
On the right track
Liverpool Lime Street is only three stops and 12 minutes from the historic Broad Green train station on Bowring Park Road.
Purportedly one of the oldest working stations in the world, it sees services run to Lime Street roughly every 15 minutes on a weekday. Northern Rail also operates regular services to Manchester.
Meanwhile the Liverpool Loop Line, affectionately known to many Liverpudlians as ‘the Ralla’, runs through Broadgreen offering access to a traffic-free wildlife trail which stretches from Halewood to Aintree. The route makes an ideal cycle path.
Still want to get in your car? With the start of the M62 motorway practically on your doorstep, setting off on a long distance journey is a doddle.
Broadgreen’s position close to some of Liverpool’s more coveted suburbs means it’s well placed to make the most of a fine range of education options.
Primary-wise, Malvern Primary School and Knotty Ash Primary, both rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, are within easy reach.
Meanwhile, St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary, which was graded ‘outstanding’ in 2016, is also comfortably accessible.
Moving onto secondary education and the options include Broadgreen International School and Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School.
The highly regarded St Edward’s College and King David High School are also straightforward to reach from Broadgreen.
Revamped retail park
Anyone partial to a dose of retail therapy will be glad to hear that one of the UK’s biggest out-of-town shopping centres can be arrived at in less than 10 minutes by car from Broadgreen.
Re-launched as Liverpool Shopping Park in October 2017 following a £100 million redevelopment, the old Edge Lane Retail Park is home to food choices and high street regulars including River Island, TK Maxx, Outfit, Boots, Smyths Toys and Next.
Shopping aside you’ll still find Liverpool’s solitary bowling alley, Hollywood Bowl. Admittedly it’s seen better days and will be replaced by a new facility opening later this year.
Any list of potential benefits for a new housing development will usually include the promise of extra spending and investment in local shops and services.
One long-standing business located on the border between Broadgreen and West Derby which has experienced this benefit first hand is John Kerr Chartered Accountants.
“I think Summerhill Park has regenerated the area greatly and provided much-needed housing,” says David Glover, director at the Eaton Road firm.
“We’ve seen a lot of economic activity as a result of people moving into the area.
“It’s been good for local businesses and we’ve actually got some clients who have addresses in the new development.”
John’s daughter and her young family relocated to Summerhill Park in the last 18 months, with her own daughter recently starting nursery in the area.
Take it from a local
Primary school teacher Peter Kelly moved to Summerhill Park with his partner and young child in 2014.
YM Liverpool spoke to Peter to discover what attracted him to buy in Broadgreen and his experiences of living in this developing location.
You’re not originally from Broadgreen, what drew you to the area?
“My partner and I both felt the estate was situated in a great location for us, with good links to town and other parts of the city.
“It also appealed to us because of its closeness to the south end and north end of the city where our parents live.
“There are some excellent schools in the area which was important to us as this was something we had to consider for our little girl.
“We also felt the area was developing and this has been proven with the opening of Liverpool Shopping Park which has a good variety of shops and restaurants.”
How have you and your family found Broadgreen as a place to live?
“We have enjoyed the four years we have lived here and have no plans to move away anytime soon.
“The actual estate we live on has been a great place to buy our first home.
“We enjoy the layout of the estate. Even though it is big there is a real sense of community and people enjoy getting to know each other.
“There are also some great pubs within walking distance such as the Turnpike Tavern and the Childwall Abbey Hotel, which we enjoy strolling to of a weekend.”