Living in Bristol. Investing in Bristol

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Bristol is more than a location, it’s a City with soul and  a great vibe; arts and independent music thrive here, our positive history is cherished and well represented and commerce is alive and well.

We are the one City that voted in an independent Mayor in 2012 – so now we have George Ferguson to represent and really champion our City, helping it grow even more successful. 2015 will see Bristol take on the mantle of European Green Capital, an accolade we are duly proud of.

If you area investing in a property or moving in to and around Bristol our detailed and personal knowledge of the areas we cover can help you find the right home. From a penthouse in the City centre to a country cottage, don’t make your move before speaking to On the Move.  If you are interested in living in North Somerset  or South Gloucestershire click on the links and we’ll show you what these lovely counties are like.

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    Bristol City

    Bristol is one of the most popular, attractive and historic cities in England. It’s a fact that more University students stay in Bristol than almost any other major city. It’s the gateway to the West Country, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall  are all in easy reach. Commuting is made easy through key motorways (M32, M4,5, & 49) and (soon to be) super fast rail links from Temple Meads and Parkway station to all major cities across the UK. For those who travel abroad for work and leisure Bristol International Airport offer a myriad of destinations all over the world.

    Below are some of the quirky, delightful and just downright wonderful places to live in and around the City.

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    Clifton, Cotham, Redland

    Redland, Clifton and Cotham form the area to the west of Gloucester Road across to the Downs, the large park of the city. The nearest local amenities can be found on the Whiteladies Road, often referred to as the ‘Golden Mile’.

    The popular ‘West End’ is the Park Street and Queens Road area of Bristol. This extends up to Whiteladies Road and Clifton Village, where historic Georgian terraces rub shoulders with Victorian villas and the shops are full of tempting shops, cafes and restaurants.Clifton is home to many of the 35,000 students of both Universities and also houses many of the University of Bristol buildings.

    Historically, Clifton was where Bristol’s rich moved to in order to escape the smoke of the docks. Clifton, Cotham and Redland are still amongst one of the most popular and priciest areas to live!

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    Bedminster, Southville & Ashton

    Bedminster, Southville & Ashton are at the heart of South Bristol. With the city centre just a pleasant 15 minute walk away, this area is one of Bristol’s most popular. Central to Southville’s regeneration was the Tobacco Factory. An historic building saved from demolition by renowned local architect and now the City’s elected Mayor, George Ferguson, The Tobacco Factory is home to a Cafe Bar, Teohs oriental bistro plus studios creative work spaces, animation and performing arts schools. Two acclaimed theatre companies – Show of Strength and Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory are both housed at The Tobacco Factory.

    On the third Sunday in every month, a local food market flourishes in the TF car park. A mix of exciting stalls range from organic local produce to seasonal offerings. The Robinsons Building redeveloped in to 100 one, two and three bedroom apartments and Air Point with 210 apartments have also played their part in  the regeneration of south Bristol.

    Nearby the Comedy Box at the Hen and Chicken on North Street is always worth a visit, Saturday nights are not to be missed when excellent comedy acts perform with a wide mix of local and national names. The venue also has live bands on a Friday night and boasts a particularly well priced food menu and function room.  Most of the properties in South Bristol are terraced Victorian houses, many retaining period features, still reasonably priced by comparison with similar properties in Redland and Clifton. Other popular attractions include Windmill Hill City Farm & North Street, where you’ll find an eclectic mix of shops and acclaimed places to eat.

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    Totterdown

    A “cluster of cheerfully painted houses that sit high on a hill looking out across the City”. The description just touches upon the eclectic, friendly & quirkily alternative environment that is Totterdown. With a reputation for being lively & inclusive, Totterdown is also considered to be “one of those up and coming places”. It’s fast becoming a gastro-haven, to include “The Star & Dove Restaurant”, the more recent Bocabar at Paint Works or the welcoming haven of the Banco Lounge. You’ll be spoiled for choice.  Totterdown is also home to Victoria Park, where local families and residents gather to share the sunshine. There are the sought after allotments at Perretts Park, an enriched local arts programme and regular live music events in Totterdown’s popular local pubs.  “The Windmill Pub” offers great food and also welcomes families with kids with a family room  BBC Three’s new series of “Being Human” has also been filmed around the area

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    Henleaze, Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park & Westbury on Trym

    All of these areas make up the BS9 postcode. Westbury on Trym, WOT, used to be a village on the outskirts of the city, but overtime has become a part of it, but it still manages to retain its village feel with a good mix of high street shops.  Henleaze and Stoke Bishop used to be seen as more suitable for the slightly older generation, but it is now very popular with younger familes due to the large, flexible 1930’s style houses found in sizeable plots. This area is also fortunate not to suffer the curse of difficult parking, so readily associated with other areas of the city.  Sneyd Park directly faces the Downs, with properties, which we lovingly refer to as ‘Victorian houses on steriods’, many of the enormous properties have been converted to flats. However, the further towards Stoke Bishop and away form Downleaze you travel, there is a greater mix of houses and 1970’s infill of flats, some even with communal swimming pools! As the properties that were built on Sneyd Park, where built on Quaker land, no pubs can ever be opened here, so you have to travel a bit further for a pint!

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    St Andrews & Bishopston

    These areas are found to either side of the Gloucester Road, one of the main arterial roads into the city. In recent years, these areas have grown in popularity, and house price, due to their closeness to the city centre and local amenities, good primary schools and mix of different housing. From newly built one bedroom flats to large Victorian houses and 1930’s houses with sizeable gardens.  

    The Gloucester Road has a mix of bars, restaurants, smaller supermarkets and independently owned shops which must be good, if the queues outside on a Saturday morning are anything to go by!

     

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    Kingsdown

    Kingsdown is one of the smaller central areas and is found cliging to the area around St Michaels Hill. It is very popular with medics being found only minutes from the nine hospitals which make up the University Hospitals of Bristol.

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    Montpelier and St Paul's

    Home to the famous Bell’s Diner on Picton Street, Montpelier is popular for its community feel and diverse mix of small local and specialist shops. St Pauls is well located for access to the new Cabot Circus shopping centre. Portland Square lies just off the M32 and is home to a fine Georgian Square and Church.

     

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    City Centre

    Over the past 10 years huge amounts of redevelopment has taken place through the BS1 area. This is a mixture of converted buildings from offices and warehouses to flats and new development primarily around the dockside. Mainly one to three bedroom flats but some houses, although they are rare. Many of the areas had lain neglected since the war and now they have breathed new life into the central area

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    Easton, Greenbank, Eastville & Fishponds

    These are some of Bristol’s more eclectic and interesting areas. The post code here is BS5. 

    Properties include terraces of good sized, sturdy Victorian homes along with a range of good local schools. Easton is home to St Marks Road, which has a great range of local shops including the famous Sweetmart and award winning Cafe Maitreya and a new Thali restaurant. 

    The area is also well known for its many street parties, which reflect the real community spirit that you’ll find here. 

     

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    Brislington

    This is found south of the river just off the A4 to Bath, the postcode is BS4. The houses comprise many Victorian terraces, ranging from small two bedrooms up to more substantial homes. Brislington is home to Tarr’s Ice Cream, possibly the biggest ice cream supplier that you have never heard of! It is a family run business which started in 1920 and is still family run today. ‘Bris’ is also home to Bristol Blue Glass factory, which is well worth a visit itself, they also run events here as well. Just off the Bath Road, is Paintworks, a recent mixed use development, known as the creative quarter, is home to many business, such as renowned Bodie & Fou, Endemol and even Deal or No Deal! 

    Local shops can be found on Sandy Park Road and it is very close to St Phillips Causeway, which has several factory outlets as well as a large cinema.

     

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    Abbots Leigh

    Web address: www.abbotsleigh.org.uk/

    The small village of Abbots Leigh is located between Portishead and Bristol making it ideally situated for good links to the M4/M5 gateway

    In September 1651 Charles II sheltered at a manor house in the village (also known as Abbots Leigh) after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester, which was known as the finest house at which the King rested during his escape to France. This alas was demolished in the 19th Century

    To the east of the village stand Leigh Woods which also makes up the Avon Gorge Nature Reserve. This reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is recognized for its geological and wildlife interest. This area is really beautiful to go walking through all times of the year, particularly in early Autumn. Also great for bike riding and is on the edge of the Ashton Court Estate; the site for the annual and world renowned Balloon Fiesta

    Despite its size, Abbotsleigh has a strong community feel with an active Parish Council and local village markets. It is also home to Leigh Court which offers great facilities and settings for wedding and conference days

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    Portishead & Pill

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    The ‘Port at the head of the river’ is the origin of the name of this growing community of around 20,000 people, located on the Bristol Channel just 9 miles west of Bristol. Current developments include a marine village and marina which will help make this the largest town of North Somerset.

    By car to Bristol 12.41 mile(s) about: 26 minutes

    Pill

    Imortalised in Adge Cutler and the Wurzels famous song “Pill, Pill (We luv ‘e still)”, the history of Pill is closely entwined with that of the Port of Bristol. Pill was traditionally the home of the Pilot boats for the Bristol Channel where Pilots would guide boats up the dangerous river to the Port. 

    Pill was also home to the ferry which ran across the Avon to Shirehampton. Whilst the ferry last ran in 1973, its slipway can still be seen, by the popular Lamplighters pub. 

    Today Pill is a popular and much loved commuter village with a strong sense of community. Local shops provide for day to day needs along with several take aways and a number of well established pubs. The new development at Ham Green and an excellent secondary school, St. Katherine’s, has increased the village’s appeal. 

    By car to Bristol 5.77 mile(s) about: 17 minutes

     

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    This is found to the West side of Bristol and the North of Ashton Court Estate. It was previously woodland prior to the opening of the Suspension Bridge in 1864. The bridge offered an easier route into fashionable Clifton and upmarket residential development flourished, with many varying styles being found there today. 

    There are great walks offered in the woods and also great for mountain biking too