The History of Merseyside Manors – Inside Liverpool’s Oldest and Most Extravagant Homes

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A Brief History

In 1880, Liverpool, England in The United Kingdom (UK) became a city.  Despite being known as one of the most affordable cities in the UK currently, with a thriving student population and low average house prices (currently sitting at around £169,000 according to Zoopla), the North West cultural powerhouse city of Liverpool has its fair share of lavish houses.

Here are some of the most extravagant and impressive homes Liverpool has to offer, in and around the city and the greater area of Merseyside, as well as a look at the exciting property landscape in the heart of the growing city centre.

Digging Deeper

Football Factory

It perhaps comes as no surprise that Liverpool’s footballing greats, some of the highest earning individuals in the city, would inhabit some of the most lavish areas and homes. Many of them require a specific type of modern, almost specially-built home that suits their needs, which are very hard to come by. The home of Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, has an interesting story, and has passed through many hands. Originally purchased by club legend Steven Gerrard, who then sold the home to then-manager Brendan Rogers, the home is now rented out to Klopp, who might have to find somewhere else as it possibly gets sold again. The mansion in Formby has seven bedrooms, and is surely a prime location for football stars and privacy.

Larkhill Farm

Named and reported as perhaps the most expensive home in Merseyside in 2015, valued at a whopping £12.5 Million, the Larkhill Farm mansion in Formby is a serious home. Inside you will find a futuristic sound system, personal gym and music room, a games area and cinema room, a wine cellar, and an indoor pool area. There’s even a second home in the grounds if you get sick of the first one.

Perhaps one of the most attractive features of the property is its surrounding outdoor space, which spans around five acres, and even includes an all-weather tennis court and barns with stables.

Did you know? The most expensive home sold in the Merseyside area this year, going for over £2 Million, was a mansion on Woolton Hill Road, an area popular with Liverpool and Everton football players. On the flip side, the most affordable property went for £30,000 on Arnot Street, a bargain bag for the buyer. It seems that Liverpool is somewhat of an accommodating city, with variety of different homes for sale at varying prices.

Liverpool’s exciting property landscape

These expensive homes are unique and exciting to look at, but they are not the only exciting housing types on the market. Liverpool’s property landscape in and around the city itself is an exciting one, and one certainly worth looking into for those wanting to invest, as it has been touted as having the most postcodes in the top ten for rental yield averages. RW Invest, a property company centred in the city, are one of the many paying close attention to the growing need for student properties in the area, as the thriving young population grows and their demands shift towards a modern, luxury apartment style that will suit their needs.

Not only are these home styles perfect for the first-time buyer, with their affordable pricing and manageable structure, but they’re also a viable option for linking together with other investment properties in an experienced portfolio. Many experts suggest that having a diverse investment portfolio could protect against unsteady periods in the market in certain areas, as if you have all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak, you run the risk of being affected more severely.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Anderson, Jeff and Stephen Done.  The Official Liverpool FC Illustrated History.  Carlton Publishing Group, 2016).

The featured image in this article, a photograph by Sue Adair of Huyton Hey Manor Farm, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.  This image was taken from the Geograph project collection.  See this photograph’s page on the Geograph website for the photographer’s contact details.  The copyright on this image is owned by Sue Adair and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

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