Merseyside

Merseyside is an area in the northwest of England, bordered by Cheshire to the south and Wales to the west. Stretching across both banks of the Mersey River and centred around the bustling metropolis of Liverpool, Merseyside offers a huge range of living locations, from city-centre to semi-rural. Despite being a heavily populated and urbanised area, Merseyside does have some greenbelt areas spread throughout the county, especially in the Wirral and around Southport that offer country living right next door to the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the UK.

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Best places to live in Merseyside

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Three Graces buildings in Liverpool

Where is Merseyside?

Merseyside is located in the northwest of England, bordering Cheshire to the south and Wales to the west. It comprises five metropolitan boroughs, including the City of Liverpool, which forms the heart of Merseyside, as well as Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton, and the Wirral.

Areas in Merseyside

While Liverpool might be the largest city in Merseyside, it is far from the only area of interest in the county.

Liverpool

The City Centre is full of bright lights and glitzy shops, with a large selection of restaurants that offer cuisine from all over the world. There’s also plenty going on at night including lively bars and busy live music venues for those who like their entertainment after dark.

The city was named the European Capital of Culture in 2008 and contains more galleries and national museums than any other city in the country outside of London. Perfect for your culture fix.

Evertonians will tell you there are no better pubs than those found near Goodison Park, while concert-goers can choose between two huge venues – Echo Arena or BT Convention Centre.

Knowsley

Knowsley offers a rural retreat just 20 minutes from the city centre. The borough is full of green spaces and country parks, perfect for those who love to get outdoors.

The main attraction in Knowsley is the award-winning Sudbury Hall – a stately home with extensive gardens that looks like something straight out of Downton Abbey.

St Helens

St Helens is the birthplace of poet Philip Larkin and home to Europe’s oldest horse racing track, Atherton Collieries.

The city centre is made up of a mix of quaint Victorian buildings with modern shopping centres nearby.

The area is steeped in history, with landmarks like Prescott’s medieval church and the Pemberton Clock Tower dating back to Victorian times.

Image of the Docklands in Liverpool

Merseyside universities 

As you might expect from a county that contains a major metropolitan centre like Liverpool, Merseyside is home to a number of world-class universities:

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) 

Liverpool’s largest university after the merger of JMU and the Catholic, formerly Newman College, in 2012. It specialises in design and media; life sciences; health and social care; performing arts and events management and sport science

The University of Liverpool

One of the UK’s top research universities, it is home to a number of world-class departments including the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is located just outside the city and sits on top of a hill overlooking Liverpool. Liverpool Hope specialises in art and design, business, counselling and health care, education, English language teaching and international studies.

Merseyside schools 

It’s not just the universities that attract students to Merseyside from all over the UK – many local schools also rank highly on national league tables. For example:

Archbishop Blanch School

Archbishop Blanch School is a Church of England secondary school for girls. In 2016, it was ranked as one of the top 100 non-selective state schools in England for GCSE results by The Telegraph newspaper.

The Blue Coat School

The Blue Coat School is a co-educational grammar school in Wavertree. In 2016, it was ranked as the top non-selective state secondary school in England for GCSE results.

Wirral Grammar for Girls

Wirral Grammar for Girls has consistently achieved some of the best A level results in North West England and regularly places at the top of the A-Level Points per Pupil area league table for Merseyside.

Population of Merseyside

The population of Merseyside is approximately 1.423 million, with around 496,784 living in the city of Liverpool.Image of the Beatles statue in Liverpool

Reviews in Merseyside

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Don’t expect a decent nights sleep!

Review Date May 2022

Good aspects:

Near costco, home bargains and some good views of the river mersey.

Bad aspects:

Even though its outside the city centre the people who live in the building and the new clubs opening in the area make it a very loud place to live. Making the trek into the city centre not actually worth it anymore.

Plus at night some of the streets are dark and dingy and ive often noticed drug dealing and other illegal activities in the area. Plus the amount of coked up students outside the Invisible wind factory on a weekend is a nightmare.

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Pretty shocked reading the amount of positive reviews for this development labelling it as nice and quiet.

I must have had a completely different experience than everyone else. To start something major you should be aware of before considering a property here, see the below article:

Drug dealing occurs in the building, the police raid pretty much once or twice a month. There are constant asbo’s roaming the hallways that dont live here looking to purchase drugs.

As there is no 24 hour concierge or security and the front door doesnt always close behind you when coming in. People that are not residents are constantly engaging in anti social behaviour in the building making it feel very unsafe.

To add to this the tenants that do live here, the majority are teenagers or young students. Meaning music is played till all hours and as the walls are paper thin dont expect a decent nights sleep the whole time you are here.

I often could hear my neighbours footsteps, conversations, coughing and various other bumps and bangs.

One particular neighbour had a karaoke machine and id find myself often being woken up at 4am by some poor rendition of oasis wonderwall.

To end on a positive note the flats themselves are well put together, bathrooms are great and alot of space for the money.

But the paper thin walls with no soundproofing whatsoever, and the anti social behaviour that is never addressed. Makes me not able to reccomend living here.

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That the Invisible Wind Factory club across the road were opening an outdoor area. Since the opening of the garden area for the club every weekend they have been doing events in the beer garden in particular outdoor raves.

When one of these events is on visit the area in the day and experience how loud the music being played is. Its honestly that loud that even though the club is down the road, your windows vibrate. And you can hear the music in your apartment even with all the double glazed windows closed.

The club I think were given permission to build this aslong as they stick to a 10pm curfew. But they just ignore it completely and often the music goes on till 3am.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Didnt have any problems that required the building management other than a few minor things which they dealt with like meter readings etc.

However took no action whatsoever on the noise complaints.

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property ok, very poor management

Review Date May 2022

House and location were ok

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I have now left the property as I was renting while relocating to the area.
the house its self was ok, but it was not left in a good condition. the bins were full and incorrectly filled and it took 2 months to get the matter sorted. There was rubbish in the garden, and also a lot of damage in the house, which I didn’t think to report everything and it wasn’t picked up on the inventory.
New tenants beware, if you don’t report every little thing, like scratch marks or minor holes in the walls they will take a large chunk out of your deposit because you have no proof it wasn’t you. Even if you leave the house in a good state.
The management are slow to respond. the front gardens are very poorly maintained so the whole estate looks scruffy and neglected and when you complain, nothing gets done. instead you get some stupid piece of chocolate at Easter.

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I wish I knew to have taken more evidence of the issues with the property, as I didn’t realise that I would be charged for slight marks and sticky pad residue on the back of a bedroom door which I didn’t do.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

very very poorly overall, treat you as commodities rather than as people. very unsympathetic

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Good facilities and design

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Review Date Apr 2022

Bin shots barely works most of the time.

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Good facilities and design but the garbage shot does work a lot of the time. Recently they mad the public area close after 12 but when I moved in the building this wasn’t a think my issues is that everyone has different work and different sleeping schedules so facilities shouldn’t close

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Nothing

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Not bad. The respond pretty quickly most of the time.

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Manager Response

Thank you for your review Adham. Our level 17 amenity spaces close at midnight due to having residents on the above and below floors, and we do this to ensure the comfort of all our residents. Our mezzanine level coworking spaces and meeting rooms are however open 24/7, so we hope you have the opportunity to make use of the spaces during unsociable hours. With regards to the bin chutes, I appreciate your disappointment when they become blocked by other residents due to misuse, as we do share the same frustration. We will continue to provide information to all residents on what can and can’t go down the chute, in order to minimise this problem and to avoid further blockages.

Great example of city living.

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Review Date Apr 2022

Great location with the development being close to the city centre and university. On site parking is a bonus for those who have t however whilst on the waiting list the car park next door has also been fine.

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The facilities at The Lexington are great, it would be preferred if the opening hours for these could be extended to be slightly more accommodating to those that work or study on different time patterns than the regular 9-5. Lettings team are easy to deal with and assist where possible.

Management do provide assistance from time to time however they could do with being slightly more in touch with residents and their wants and needs.

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The warmth throughout the building although to be expected in this location

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Quickly and efficiently. Having a contact in Adam from Move in day has been invaluable and has provided seamless rectification of any issues found.

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Thank you for your 5* review Albawe. I am thrilled to hear that Adam has been a great support to you and has successfully helped settle you in to your new home. Our level 17 amenity spaces close at midnight due to us having residents on the above and below floors, and we do this to ensure the comfort of all our residents. Our mezzanine level coworking spaces and meeting rooms are however open 24/7, so we hope you have the opportunity to make use of these spaces during the unsociable hours. It would be great, to meet with you to discuss how we could be more accommodating to your needs, so please let me know if you would like to grab a coffee to have a chat in detail regarding this.