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Why you should move to Formby

PUBLISHED: 13:01 28 December 2009 | UPDATED: 21:52 24 December 2014

Heading for the beach at Lifeboat Road, Formby

Heading for the beach at Lifeboat Road, Formby

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Formby's location, nestled in a beautiful area of the north west coastline, has certainly done it some favours in the property market.

As more wealthy young footballers decide to set up home in the fashionable town, Formby is fast becoming one of the hottest property destinations in Lancashire. An ideal commuter town to Liverpool, and a reasonable distance for Manchester and Preston, the town is a haven for any successful professionals wanting to escape from the rat race, families or the retired looking of an easier pace of life.

Set in a National Trust Nature Reserve, which is also home to Formby Red Squirrel Reserve, where you can get close to the playful species, house prices in the town are understandably high.

However, land for new housing developments is rapidly running out and property could become limited. The town is almost entirely residential consisting mainly of 20th Century semi-detached and detached housing making it an attractive location.

Everyone from the leading names in industry to the celebrities we have come to know and love, Formby has them all in this millionaire's row. Wayne Rooney was regularly seen exercising his dog on the Formby sands when he briefly lived in an extravagant mansion close to the National Trust reserve.

Currently housing can cost anything up to £4 million and it is not unusual for homes to tip the scales at £1 million mark.

There are currently several exclusive gated developments including an eight apartment residential property being built due for completion by the end of 2006.

Located on the edge of Formby in Victoria Road predicted prices for the apartments, which range from two bedrooms to a triplex range from £450,000 to £700,000.

There is another development, which although hotly contested by local residents, on the site of the former offices of Formby District Council. Sefton Council agreed a deal with McCarthy & Stone for a large-scale development of retirement apartments.

It could seem impossible for those on a more modest budget to be able to get a house in Formby but there are less expensive options to be had with a selection of flats and houses for sale from just over £110,000.

There is no denying Formby's allure with its beautiful scenery and colony of red squirrels. But there are other claims to fame that Formby can hold.

Any homebuyer would soon become acquainted with the Natterjack Toad that breeds and lives in Formby. It is one of the few sites in the UK it breeds.

The distinctive song of the male Natterjack, known locally as the Bootle Organ, can be heard in an evening.

Formby asparagus has also put the town on the map and is still served as a delicacy at top restaurants, embassy banquets and ocean liners.

For the outdoors enthusiast there is certainly plenty to do in Formby. Parking was an issue for traders when charges were brought in but there are still some free options.


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Ups: There is ample opportunity to take advantage of Formby's stunning coastline, including Formby Point, with a pleasant atmosphere and crime levels which fall below the national average.

Downs: The area is predominantly residential and if you are not a fan of the outdoors there are limited options in Formby.

Schools: Clarence House School, 01704 872151. Formby High School, 01704 873100. Holy Trinity C of E Primary School. 01704 538366. Range High School, 01704 879315. St Jerome's R C Primary School, 01704 871838. St Peter's C of E Primary School, 01704 876 391. Formby College, 01704 878053. Freshfield County Primary School, 01704 876567. Our Lady of Compassion RC Primary, 01704 877281. Redgate County Primary School, 01704 874329. St Luke's C of E Primary School, Formby, 01704 872692. Woodlands County Primary School, 01704 876444.

Transport: Formby has two railway stations, Formby and Freshfield, which are both on the Northern Line. Both stations have regular direct rail connections to Southport, Liverpool and Hunts Cross. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is a short train journey with trains available every 15 minutes from Liverpool Central - Hunts Cross and Liverpool South Parkway. Commuting: Formby, situated 13 miles north of Liverpool and seven miles south of Southport, is an ideal commuter town. Liverpool City Centre is situated just 30 minutes away in the car, with Preston and Manchester an hour's drive away on a good day.

Shops: There is plenty of choice to get everything you need from food, to hardware to health and beauty in Formby Village shopping centre from a range of chain stores like Marks and Spencer to family businesses who have been there for more than half a century. There is a handful of book, music or fashion stores for those who like to spend the afternoon indulging in life's pleasures.

Restaurants/bars: There are a handful of stylish wine bars and pubs to choose from with a wide range of restaurants offering cuisine from around the world, including Indian, Italian and Chinese.

Weekend fun: Formby Red Squirrel Reserve is fun for the entire family and is one of the few places in England where the playful breed has survived.

If teeing off is more your style then try Formby Golf Club, which held the Curtis Cup in 2004, where you can also see the beautifully restored Formby Hall which lies in secluded woodland adjoining the club which is a Grade II listed building dating back to 1523.

Or why not take a walk along the beach where the remains of an early Victorian lifeboat station, which was the first in the UK, stand.

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