The Merseyside town of Birkenhead lies just across the river from Liverpool. It has excellent links with the city on the east bank, via two road tunnels, the underground railway and the Mersey Ferry. Birkenhead is handy for the M53 motorway. John Lennon Airport is 13 miles away.
Around 84,000 people call Birkenhead home. The town is served by the Pyramids shopping centre and a refurbished central market, which together offer a range of shops, cafés and restaurants.
Historically high levels of local unemployment, prompted by the decline of the shipyards, have acted to hold down house prices in Birkenhead, so they tend to be more competitive than many other parts of the UK.
The housing stock is mainly terraced, so the area may appeal particularly to those who do not have large families to accommodate. There are some semi-detached properties, but relatively fewer large detached homes, or flats and apartments.
For larger and more exclusive properties, try the areas around Wilfred Owen Drive, Dock Road, Priory Wharf or Park Road North. If you're in the market for more competitively priced housing, check out the areas around Milner Street, Menai Street, Bray Street or Paterson Street.