Why you should move to Heswall

PUBLISHED: 14:35 01 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:35 20 February 2013

HESWALL has many charms to tempt home buyers. One of these is its great location on the west of the Wirral Peninsula nestled between Wales and Liverpool offering stunning views.

HESWALL has many charms to tempt home buyers. One of these is its great location on the west of the Wirral Peninsula nestled between Wales and Liverpool offering stunning views.

Although it is not obvious at first Heswall is close to lots of beautiful countryside and some excellent walks not just reserved for keen ramblers. Split into two parts, Lower

Heswall is protected by a conservation order and is considered the quieter end of the town. The 'top' end of the town boasts many restaurants and is generally busier.

It is also a great place to bring up a family with good schools and universities in and around the area as well as with fantastic views of the Welsh hills from Lower Heswall.

You will also feel right a home in Heswall with a thriving community that has many clubs and societies that would make any newcomer feel welcome. Whether you are a sports enthusiast or a film buff there is something for everyone.

You would not be alone in thinking Heswall is a great place. England cricketer Ian Botham and the late John Peel were seduced by the town's charms and it is easy to see why.

Property prices in the past five years have stayed at least 10,000 above national average. There was an unsteady market with huge peaks and troughs during 2005 but prices have started to stabilise with a steady increase in property value.

Commuters would not go wrong in Heswall with access to the nearby M53 making the drive to Chester, Liverpool or North Wales a reasonable distance. Birkenhead is only around 15 minutes away.

The majority of homes in Heswall are resale rather than new development. There is plenty of choice in Heswall, though, with everything from huge million pound homes to those with a more modest budget. First time buyers, however, would probably have to give the town a miss with very little choice in this financial bracket.


Property prices: According the latest figures from the Land Registry the average price of a property is Heswall is about 255,000. Detached properties costs about 400,000, a semi detached costs around 210,000 with a terraced home or a flat available for between 150,000 and 190,000. There are however larger properties available for more and some for more than 1 million.

Ups: Everything you could want in one place. Good shops, good pubs and near the beach.

Downs: Could be a bit quiet for teenagers

Schools: Heswall Preparatory School, 0151 342 7851, St Peter's C of E Aided Primary School, 0151 342 2556, Gayton County Primary School, 0151 342 3772, Heswall Centre, 0151 342 6402

Transport: Trains run regularly from Liverpool and Chester to Heswall. Buses run from Liverpool to Heswall as well as from Irby on a Saturday. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is less than ten miles away.

Commuting: Both Liverpool and Chester are less than 30 minutes away and a commute to Manchester or North Wales is possible.

Shops: Great choice of shops including antiques, boutiques, supermarkets and all the usuals you would expect including an off licence, hairdressers and greengrocers.

Restaurants/bars: Lucky you if you live in Heswall. A brilliant choice of food from around the globe including tapas, seafood, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese and a good portion of fish and chips at Pisces. Great pubs and wine bars too. Fancy a night in? There are plenty of choices for those nights on the couch or for those lazy afternoons take a trip to Roses Tea Rooms.

Weekend fun: Being so near to the coast you could take advantage by spending the sunny days on the beach or taking a walk with the family. You can also take a stroll in the Heswall Dales, Whitfield Common or the Wirral Way. Take a trip to Heswall Hall to watch a local amateur dramatics group perform or catch a film or exhibition. If you like golf there is Heswall Golf Club or the Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake. West Kirkby is nearby for a day out.

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