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Is the Walcot/Larkhall area of Bath on the way up?

Asked on May 12 2011, House Prices in Bath | Report content

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  • Is the Walcot/Larkhall area of Bath on the way up? In my opinion, no. Larkhall and Walcott have some significant infrastructure issues: 1) Traffic; the London Road is the main commuting corridor both in and out of Bath and traffic congestion, pollution, parking problems and noise reduce the amenity of this area; 2) Social housing development at Snow Hill has come to be associated with unemployment and general deprivation; 3) Housing stock - due to the large proportion of grade II and Georgian listed listed buildings, although externally beautiful, internally can offer quirky and cramped living accommodation. Unless carefully maintained, these building can acquire damp problems - especially basements; 4) Price - due to proximity to central Bath and BA1 postcode, prices are already well above average.

    Answered on Dec 30 2011, Report content
  • Massively Yes! Having lived in both the city centre and Larkhall for a few years, I know where I prefer to live. Yes the city centre does have the convenience but the suburbs are so much more quiet, pleasant and friendly. Each area in Bath has a distinct village life feel to it. The city centre most certainly does not. The other answer I have seen here about Walcot/Larkhall is riddled with inaccuracies; Everywhere north of the Avon in Bath is a BA1 postcode. Snowhill is one of England's best examples of 1960's generation social buildings and is listed for this reason - it is hardly comparable to New York's Bronx! London Road can be busy with commuters but this area is an easy level walk to the city centre - a rare thing for Bath. I have never noticed any excessive pollution. As with any city there are alternate ways of crossing the town centre without going through it and Bath is no exception. Old Georgian houses and their converted flats aren't prone to damp. I am sure that there will be buildings that are damp, but this isn't because they're Georgian, it's because they have not been maintained. Overall Bath is a great place to live - there just aren't any bad areas (anyone who genuinely thinks this has led a very sheltered life and is in desperate need of a reality check). I personally like the suburbs more, and I wouldn't have chosen to a) stay in Bath or b) move to Larkhall if this wasn't the case.

    Answered on Jan 6 2016, Report content

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