As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions and much more.
This month we take a closer at look at life in the Merseyside seaside town of Southport!
Property market at a glance
On the whole, the property market in Southport is very stable at the moment. House prices have grown by a moderate 5% in the last three years. Semi-detached properties are currently going for around £178,000, while flats and detached houses can fetch around £120,000 and £325,000, respectively. Birkdale is considered the most upmarket part of Southport, with overall house prices averaging in at around the £240,000 mark.
Credit: The Bottle Room
Food and drink
Twelve is a culmination of European elegance – from Portuguese truffles to Chateaubriand Steak. The super suave interior design and the eclectic menu could make this restaurant one of your favourites! Book a table at The Fig Bistro to sample the culinary delights of Egypt and the Middle East such as lamb kofta and chicken za’atar, as well as a huge range of veggie and vegan dishes! If Chinese food is more your thing, then try Lings on Kings for a family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
As for drinks, there are plenty of top notch bars including Taps and Bottles for the finest beer and ale, the Peaky Blinders Bar, the super hip Bottle Room, the traditional British pub The Ship & Anchor and many more. You’ll also find all the popular chain bars and restaurants such as Wetherspoons, Prezzo, Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Hut, Chiquito and so on.
Within a 5 miles radius of Southport and the surrounding suburbs, there are 33 primary schools, 9 secondary schools and 8 colleges for those aged 16 to 18. Of the primary schools, 78% have a good or outstanding Ofsted rating and none were graded as “inadequate.” Two-thirds of the secondary schools also received a good or outstanding rating, so there’s a fantastic selection of schools for pupils of all ages.
Credit: The Atkinson
Culture and attractions
With a population of around 90,000, Southport is small but mighty when it comes to culture and attractions.
The Little Theatre in Southport holds a number of independent productions throughout the year, whereas the Southport Theatre puts on bigger events such as stand up shows, gigs from big-name bands and, of course, a Christmas pantomime. If you’re an appreciator of art, museums and history then The Atkinson is the perfect cultural hub. It’s here you’ll find stage shows, art installations, history talks and much more.
Southport FC, currently in the National League North, are a fantastic team to support in terms of community spirit. Match days are a family-friendly affair at the Haig Avenue stadium. Hillside Golf Club in the Birkdale suburb hosted the British Masters golf tournament earlier this year!
Southport Market will soon be undergoing a major revamp, with a focus on food and drink vendors. There will be room for 12 vendors, two of which will be guest spots for pop-up projects! It’s safe to say that Southport is fast becoming one of the most innovative places on the North West coast! The town is best-known for its seaside roots – it is home to a pier, Pleasureland the amusement park and Splash World. Don’t forget all the smaller attractions such as the British Lawnmower Museum – a must-see for those who like the more obscure sights! For the outdoorsy types there’s the breathtaking Sefton Coastal path walk and the pristine botanical gardens.
Southport is fairly well-connected – it’s only an hour away from two major UK airports and it’s served by a well-connected train network. It’s only 45 minutes direct to Liverpool via train, as well as 30 mins to Wigan. You can also get to Yorkshire, Manchester and even Scotland through connecting services. Regular bus services also run in the local areas, so the suburbs of Southport are very well connected!
As for drivers, you’re in luck, there are plenty of interlinking A-roads that also connect to several major motorways. Although there are jobs in Southport, the town itself can be fantastic for those looking to commute out of the area.
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