Where to live: Locations within 15 minutes of Liverpool city centre
By foot | By bike | By car | By train
Words by Natasha Young
With renowned cultural attractions, a mouth-watering mix of restaurants and bars and a vibrant range of shops, it’s all going on in Liverpool city centre. For many though, enjoying the hustle and bustle doesn’t necessarily mean wanting to live right amongst it.
Whether the car, rail, cycling or walking is your chosen mode of transport, we’ve rounded up a diverse mix of top destinations to live in the Liverpool City Region – all within a 15-minute reach of Liverpool city centre.
By car | Port Sunlight
Picturesque and with its original character preserved, Wirral’s model industrial village of Port Sunlight offers a quaint lifestyle just a short drive away from the heart of Liverpool city centre.
It takes an estimated 14 minutes to travel via the Queensway Tunnel from the historic destination to James Street – a bustling central Liverpool spot ideally located for the business district, iconic waterfront and evergrowing restaurant hub of Castle Street – meaning you can easily enjoy the best of both worlds.
Founded in 1888 by William Hesketh Lever after it was built to house the workers of the nearby Lever Brothers ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory, which later became Unilever, the 130-year-old village incorporates Arts and Crafts Movement design and many of its homes are now Grade II-listed.
A haven for lovers of period property, the area is looked after by the Port Sunlight Village Trust which is responsible for conserving its heritage and assists residents on making alterations and improvements in keeping with the Conservation Area.
Port Sunlight isn’t without its own cultural attractions and community activities either. National Museums Liverpool’s Lady Lever Art Gallery, which boasts renowned collections of Wedgwood jasperware and Pre-Raphaelite paintings, is based there along with the award-winning Port Sunlight Museum which delves into the history of the village and is set amongst stunning grounds.
By bike | Princes Park
Popular green spaces, thriving community spirit and character-filled homes, coupled with close proximity to the city centre and some of Liverpool’s most prominent landmarks – surely Toxteth’s Princes Park area has it all!
The Grade II*-listed historic park itself is a hive of activity for visitors and local residents alike, with its fishing lake, tennis courts and weekly 5K Park Run; plus it provides an easy route through to the jewel in Liverpool’s green space crown and major city event space that is Sefton Park.
It sits at the bottom of Princes Avenue – a main vein into central Liverpool from southern areas of the city which has renowned residential areas and key housing developments on either side.
The Welsh Streets area, for one, is currently the subject of a major regeneration project with PlaceFirst breathing new life into derelict Victorian houses to create new rental homes.
On the opposite side of Princes Avenue lies the Granby Four Streets, which enhanced Liverpool’s position as an art hotspot in 2015 when it attracted the prestigious Turner Prize. Architect practice Assemble’s contribution to the transformation of the area, in collaboration with local residents, was recognised with the award.
Now a Granby Winter Garden which formed part of Assemble’s vision plays host to community events such as workshops, and a regular Granby Four Streets Community Market fills the streets with artisan traders.
It’s a thriving part of the city which sits just a 14-minute bike ride away from the central retail and leisure complex Liverpool ONE.
By train | Waterloo
Looking to balance the buzz of a major city with sea, sand and some outdoor adventure? It’s perfectly possible if you set up home in Waterloo.
The Sefton town is just a 15-minute journey along Merseyrail’s Northern Line to Liverpool’s Moorfields train station in the central business district.
Previously known as Crosby Seabank before taking its name from the 1815 battle, the area marks the start of Crosby Coastal Park which stretches all the way to Hightown. The park is home to the now iconic ‘Another Place’ installation by Anthony Gormley as well as the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, where visitors can truly make the most of the waterfront location by trying their hand at water sports.
An abundance of charming, character-filled homes are available in the area and have a wealth of amenities close by for when even the 15 minute commute into the city is too far.
Step out of the train station and South Road is a hub of restaurants serving cuisines from around the world, alongside bars, pubs and shops.
By foot | Fabric District
Liverpool’s Islington area is being revitalised to become the Fabric District as part of an ambitious mixed-use vision which pays homage to the area’s historic textile heritage.
As the area is transformed it’s certainly one to watch for house hunters, particularly students and young professionals.
Just an estimated eight minute walk away from Liverpool city centre’s key Lime Street Station transport hub, the district forms part of the city’s growing multi-billion pound Knowledge Quarter and is therefore on the doorstep of university campuses as well as the Royal Liverpool Hospital and centres of innovation like Sensor City.
The area is already home to student accommodation complexes, with further developments underway or in the pipeline including One Islington Plaza. At the end of 2017 developer YPG was also given the green light to build three new seven to 10-storey blocks of apartments and a commercial space for young skilled workers and students.
Cultural venues have also been emerging in the area, including ‘craft, work and play’ space The Tapestry, as well as London Road’s new bar and live music and DJ venue The Reeds.