The very best things about living in the fair region of North Somerset
Famous in the region for its beautiful Grade-I listed pier, Clevedon is one of the most desirable places to live in North Somerset. The Victorian seaside town is 13 miles from Bristol and 10 miles from Weston-super-Mare, with good transport links to both, and features a range of things to see and do. The pebbled beaches and ornamental bandstand make for lovely spring walks, whilst the centre of the town offers a series of unique shops. You can enjoy some food overlooking the pier or take part in some water sports – with a range of sporting amenities, there’s something for everyone. Clevedon has an overall average house price of £317,027.
The beautiful coastal town of Portishead overlooks the vast expanse of the Severn Estuary and is conveniently located just five miles from Bristol. Boasting views across the water to Wales on a clear day, it is a busy and bustling town with plenty to offer everyone. Attracting multitudes of people throughout the year, the Marina is the place to visit for a glass of wine and a good plate of food, whilst keen shoppers can visit the Victorian high street, with its abundance of independent shops and boutiques. The town is surrounded by picturesque walking routes and there’s lots of sports and leisure activities to enjoy. Portishead has an overall average house price of £360,229.
Located only eight miles from the centre of Bristol, Nailsea is a rare breed of town. Featuring a friendly, community-led feel in a rolling, rural location, it has become popular with buyers over the years. The town offers a train station and two weekly markets that prove extremely popular with locals and visitors alike, as well as a huge variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Another particular high point is the fact that all parking in the town is free, and it boasts an enviably close location to the National Trust’s Tyntesfield House and Gardens. As well as this, there is an abundance of countryside walks showcasing the local wildlife and nature. Nailsea has an overall average house price of £336,234.
The pretty village of Backwell lies 11 miles south of Bristol. Well connected with regular connections to the South West via Nailsea train station, it has proved popular with commuters and families alike. The centre of the village has a good range of local shops and services, such as a hairdresser’s, bakery, off-licence, grocery store and a post office, and there is a wide variety of leisure and recreational facilities too. Perfect for those with children, Backwell has number of schools located in the village. Backwell has an overall average house price of £413,327.
The closest of the bunch, the village of Long Ashton sits just three miles south of Bristol city centre. Featuring a pleasant countryside feel with breathtaking views, the village is well connected to the capital and the rest of the West Country by Temple Meads station or Nailsea station. There is a good range of local shops and services in the village, and excellent food and produce can be found at the monthly village market. Sporting types can get stuck in with a range of leisure facilities and local clubs in the village. Pre-school facilities and a primary school can be found here, whilst the nearest secondary school is in Ashton Vale. Long Ashton has an overall average house price of £458,390.
The village and parish of Wrington is situated 10 miles south of Bristol and is slightly smaller than some of the surrounding villages, with a population of less than 3,000. A small amount of good local shops and amenities can be found here, including an estate agent’s, chemist, hairdresser’s, off-licence, and a convenience store/post office. The village offers a thriving weekly country market that features food and produce from local farmers and the nearest station is situated in Yatton, with good connections to Bristol and the rest of the South West. A perfect setting for families, the village is down-to-earth and friendly, and has a primary school – the nearest secondary school is in Churchill. Wrington has an overall average house price of £399,336.
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