What’s so great about living here?
Living on the border of The Wirral and Cheshire means I’m well located to give you a local insight into these areas and the wider area of North Wales, West Cheshire and Liverpool city centre.
The area of The Wirral and Chester is well positioned to access the bigger contemporary cities of Liverpool and Manchester, the countryside and seaside resorts of North Wales. Just up the motorway is the scenic county of Cumbria, home to the Lake District, and less than 2 hours away is the Yorkshire Peak District.
This is a hidden gem of a place, only 24km x 11 km wide but full of lovely places to spend time in the outdoors or enjoy lunch in one of the quaint villages.
The peninsula is bordered by water on three sides; the River Dee (on the west) the River Mersey (on the east) and the Irish Sea (on the north). The east and west waterfronts provide very different views with the most well-known being the view across the Mersey to the Liver Buildings in Liverpool.
The Wirral is a Peninsula of 2 halves; the east side is more urban and industrial from the large town of Ellesmere Port to the northern town of Birkenhead, both providing high street shops and regular markets. It is well served by buses and the Mersey rail line, which run from Chester through The Wirral and under the water to Liverpool. The motorway, the M53, travels from Chester up the centre of the pensinsular and ends at the Wallasey tunnel – 1 of 2 tunnels taking traffic to Liverpool; alternatively catch a ferry from Woodside or Seacombe and enjoy the journey across the world famous Mersey.
The west side is, in contrast, more rural with picturesque villages, local country pubs and access to the Wirral Way, a nature trail for walking or cycling. Properties in this area tend to be more luxurious and have a price-tag to match. The small affluent town of Heswall and its neighbouring village of Caldy are amongst the most expensive in the whole of Merseyside if not the UK. However both provide access to the Dee, lovely views and a good selection of restaurants (Heswall).
Some of Wirral’s features that stand out for me are its lovely beaches, red sandstone rock cottages, historic seaside resorts of Parkgate, New Brighton and Eastham Ferry and the views from the top of Thurstaston Common. If you particularly enjoy the outdoors and character properties then The Wirral is a great place to visit or live.
Considerably smaller than its neighbour Liverpool, it also has a distinctly different feel. Its historic roman walls are the best preserved in Britain and its Victorian black and white buildings, known as the Rows, have quaint shops to browse or simply sit and enjoy the café culture.
Despite its size Chester still has an abundance of diverse restaurants, cafes and bistros. It is a lovely place to bring families as there are plenty of places to have a stroll: the River Dee, the historic walls, the canals and Grosvenor Park and just out of town is the world famous Chester Zoo.
The city is popular for horseracing and crowds flock throughout the summer months to Chester Races.
Properties can be expensive in the centre of Chester, particularly older character properties. However the last decade has seen an increase in contemporary living with the introduction of many modern apartment complexes making living in the city more affordable.