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Up town top ranking: Crosby makes list of best places to live

Sefton suburb and Heswall among cream of North West crop

Published on March 15th 2013.

Up town top ranking: Crosby makes list of best places to live

WITH its 10 million hairdressers and just as many churches, you'd be crazy not to want to live there... wouldn't you?

Crosby has been named as one of the most desirable places to live in the North West in a national list of little Nirvanas compiled by The Sunday Times.

The north Liverpool suburb is just inside the Sefton borough - so, best of all, no purple bins. However, this was not cited as a reason to move there. Nor was the Crows Nest pub.

Crows NestCrows NestInstead, good schools, the beach, the Antony Gormley Iron Men installation Another Place (which was nearly got rid of in 2006) and a bargain flat overlooking the Irish Sea were named as why you should live in L23.

It's a place where, according to the authors, locals like nothing more than to ask one another if Cherie Blair has been spotted in Boots lately. And happily there still is a Boots after developer Maghull laid waste to a whole section of the village a couple of years back.

Course, Cherie grew up in Waterloo, which is as close as dammit, and, many would say, much more fun than its neighbour.

The Best Places to Live list, first part published this Sunday, also recommends Heswall, and takes a wide range of elements into account including transport links, quality of schools, natural beauty, low crime rate, property prices, cultural life and unemployment figures.

The guide names the 10 most desirable locations in the North West as:

Kendal, Cumbria
Crosby, Merseyside
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Heswall, Wirral
Chester, Cheshire
Clitheroe, Lancashire
Northwich, Cheshire
Hale, Cheshire
Didsbury, Manchester
Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Property journalist Eleanor Mills, who edited the list, said: “I find there are particular bits of our crowded island which always retain a particular attraction for people.  This will prove invaluable for anyone starting a family, retiring, or simply considering a move.”

It must be good, even Satterthwaites has been bought - by a baker from darn sarf.

What they say about Crosby and Heswall

The Crosby and Heswall entries read as follows. See if you agree

Another Place Crosby: Pic by Angie SammonsAnother Place Crosby

Crosby, Merseyside 
Antony Gormley chose Crosby for his sculpture Another Place, 100 cast-iron life-size figures spread along more than a mile of foreshore, stretching out into the sea. And it is the beach — as well as the schools — that play an important role in attracting buyers to the L23 postcode, six miles north of Liverpool. 

Great local shops include an independent bookshop where owner Steve Pritchard knows his customers well enough to order stock with individuals in mind. And the attractions of the big city — theatres, cinemas, restaurants, galleries, museums and shops — are 22 minutes away by Merseyrail; the Lake District little more than an hour’s drive north.  

Would-be first-time buyers and downsizers choose from flats ranging from under £100,000 for a one-bedder to £224,000 for a new two-bedroom flat overlooking Blundell Sands. Families with children, who may attend one of the highly rated Church of England and Catholic state schools or the independent sector’s St Mary’s College and Merchant Taylors, aspire to the Edwardian and Victorian houses which cost £250,000-£400,000.  

What the locals say: Seen Cherie Blair recently?

Why we love it: Beside the sea yet just 20 minutes from Liverpool

Heswall, Wirral 

Heswall is no stranger to a ranking in surveys of best places to live in the UK. The attraction? Overlooking the Dee estuary with views of the Welsh hills while being equally close to the diverse charms of Chester and Liverpool. 

Heswall BeachHeswall BeachThe town of 8,000 on the west Wirral is a magnet for families. It is less than 10 minutes from the M53 and close to good schools, both state — Pensby, Neston and Ridgeway high schools and Wirral Grammar School — and the independent Birkenhead School and Kingsmead. The natural world is close at hand at Wirral Country Park, Britain’s first, while the 12-mile Wirral Way footpath and cycleway has wonderful views. There are also lots of local sporting facilities, including three nearby leisure centres and a golf club.

Although self-contained, Heswall is divided into the lower village, much of it protected by conservation orders (from £500,000), and the top village with newer properties (from £200,000). 

What the locals say: We’re tucked away from city life but still have two on our doorstep.

Why we love it: Rural bliss, village atmosphere from top to bottom.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Paul WardMarch 15th 2013.

I've never heard a local comment about Cherie in Boots - given she hasn't lived in the area for many years, it would be a bit of a trek for a bottle of aspirin. I did see Stevie G in Sainsbury once. I was too far away to see what he had in the trolley though I wouldn't have been surprised if there was a packet of bacon.

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AnonymousMarch 15th 2013.

That's no way to talk about Alex Curran

Stephanie LengMarch 15th 2013.

Waterloo, oops, sorry, Crosby, has got to be one of the most beautiful places to live near a city center. The views, the beach, the rusting mold encrusted Antony Gormley statues, the bohemain (well could be bohemian) docks nearby, the schools, the Saturday night boozers on South Road. Ok, can't have it all. But seriously, as an ex-Londoner, ex-New Yorker AND ex- Rio de Janerian, no competition. And 10 minutes to the city center on the train with views of industrial promise on the way. Now, could the council supply a nice eatery, cafe, pub, tourist shop on the sea front so that tourists don't come, look, and go elsewhere to have a pause, a bit and natter?

P.S. All is meant as truth, including sarcasm

AnonymousMarch 15th 2013.

Never looked back after I moved from Lark Lane to Waterloo after 25 years.

Sandy ShoreMarch 16th 2013.

Such a pity they knocked down the Blundellsands Hotel which was a prominent landmark, meeting place and and handy for the beach and station.

How did Hale get in there?March 18th 2013.

Hale is full of fat meatheads wearing footie shirts!

How did Hale get in there?March 18th 2013.

And it is under the airport flightpath!

AnonymousMarch 20th 2013.

Lived in Waterloo for a couple of years. Nice to have the beach so close, and friendly people as ever, but otherwise too many nasty scallies. Moved to Aigburth, which has a much nicer more villagey feel and is closer to the city!

Liverpool WagMarch 20th 2013.

You get a much better country-bumpkin sort of smackhead in Lark Lane, I agree

DigMarch 26th 2013.

Described me to a tee there Liverpool Wag.

AnonymousJune 15th 2014.

Hale in Cheshire not hale village

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