We’ve got to admit, as born and bred Bristolians, we’re feeling pretty smug right now. 2017 has been another trophy year for our city, being named the ‘Best Place to Live in the UK’ according to The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide – as well as one of the coolest places in the UK, well, according to us.
The Sunday Times assessed data including crime rates, house prices and school performance in order to discern which place was the most desirable to live in Britain, however, one of the things that we’d count as one of the best things about Bristol is its diversity.
“The city is a worthy winner thanks to its ideal combination of extraordinary culture, impressive schools, buzzing culinary scene, exciting redevelopment and community spirit,” said Sunday Times home editor Helen Davies.
From the gorgeous Georgian terraces of Clifton to the graffiti-covered streets of Stokes Croft and the colourful waterfront, our city is as diverse as its inhabitants. And with our notable alumni ranging from Banksy to the creators of Wallace and Gromit, and a thriving independent business community – is home to the longest stretch of independent shops in the UK – it’s no surprise that Bristol has a strong sense of individuality.
Bristol is truly unique, and not just on a macro level. Each neighbourhood in Bristol has its own sense of style, which can make it a tough choice when it comes to deciding where to live. So, we’ve put together a brief – and we mean brief, otherwise, you wouldn’t get us to stop gushing – guide to a few of our favourite neighbourhoods in Bristol.
Montpelier has fast become one of the most popular areas for buyers and renters moving from outside of Bristol, and with young professionals. Close to the nightlife and cultural hub that is Stokes Croft, with a multicultural and eclectic community of creatives, and an urban vibe, Montpelier is great for those who love to live in the inner city. Plus, you can still snap up plenty of those beautiful Grade-II listed Georgian terraces, but as significantly cheaper prices than in Clifton.
Although Montpelier has proved more popular with a younger crowd, it is more than suitable for families, with 5 schools situated within its vicinity; 4 primary schools and a single-sex, female, secondary school.
Clifton is often the first place people think of when moving to Bristol. Although made famous by its grand Georgian terraces, Regency crescents and picturesque garden squares, Clifton’s got inner beauty too, with a vibrant array of pubs, restaurants and boutique bars.
A large area, Clifton runs from the edge of Avon Gorge across Durdham Downs and down Whiteladies Road to meet the lively Triangle; where Bristol University’s Gothic Wills Memorial Tower runs adjacent with the municipal Museum and Art Gallery – alongside a handful of bars and restaurants.
Due to its popularity, most properties are let out as leasehold flats.
Clifton is within the catchment for a range of school options, from preparatory, preschools and Catholic schools, to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the University of Bristol’s Law School.
Described by some as “Bristol’s Notting Hill,” Southville went unnoticed for years but after a decade of regeneration kicked off with the emergence of the Tobacco Factory as an arts and theatre hub in the late 90’s, is now an area in high demand. Alongside neighbouring Bedminster, Southville now boasts a thriving independent restaurant and bar scene, as well as becoming an emerging arts hub, pioneered by the live graffiti festival Upfest and proximity to renowned gallery Spike Island.
Despite being South of the River, Southville is only a short walk away from the harbourside and the city’s centre.
Southville is perfect for young families looking to relocate. As it is within close proximity of a multitude of primary schools, from nearby Victoria Park to Ashton Gate School – and the family-friendly fun of the Tobacco Factory and the M Shed.
Typically, three or four-bedroom Victorian houses sell for £350,000-£450,000.
Hotwells and the Harbourside, BS1
The once-derelict Floating Harbour is now the salty heart of the city, with a combination of history, offices, narrowboats and new waterfront apartments. Prime addresses are the period terraces of bright-painted Clifton Wood houses that back onto Hotwells Road offering views of the SS Great Britain.
Heading south towards the centre, the 10-year-old harbourside development hosts a weekly street food market, numerous bars and the award-winning gallery, The Arnolfini. Further down, there’s Wapping Wharf, now home to the ever-expanding Cargo 2, a series of shipping containers transformed into barbers, bars, restaurants and yoga studios. With further expansion plans cited for the latter half of 2017, Wapping Wharf has developed into a lifestyle hub, drawing huge crowds rain or shine.
And, if you want to get adventurous, there are plenty of opportunities to explore activities like paddle boarding and rowing along the River Avon.
For more information on the best places to live in Bristol, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0117 287 2127. Or, if you’d like to get to know more about catchment opportunities, follow this link through to the Bristol Resident School Finder.
For more information on Bristol, read our guides:
- Moving to Bristol: An Introduction
- 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving to Bristol
- Our guide to the best schools in Bristol
- What to do in Bristol
- Removals in Bristol