Spotlight on Bristol and beyond

We take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in Bristol & beyond

Redland

Redland is one of Bristol’s most desirable Northern neighbourhoods. It’s close enough to all the amenities of Clifton and plenty of highly rated schools, but a little more affordable and also popular with students thanks to its university proximity. It’s also a real family hotspot, with plenty of parks and green space on the doorstep. As well as Clifton, it also boasts Cotham and Bishopston as neighbours, with the popular streets of Cotham Hill, Gloucester Road and Whiteladies Road all easily accessible. Redland is also home to Chandos Road, renowned throughout Bristol as a foodie destination, with several great restaurants, bars and bistros lining this quaint side street. An aesthetically appealing area, the architecture of Redland is primarily Georgian, with some Victorian buildings and a few more modern houses. Redland is also served by its own railway station, offering direction connections to Temple Meads and beyond. From a dog walk on the Downs to discovering your favourite coffee and bakery haunt, life in Redland is a good one.   

Corsham

Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, Corsham is a beautiful market town located in west Wiltshire, just 20 miles southeast of Bristol and eight miles northeast of Bath. Often proclaimed as a ‘hidden gem’, from starring on the small screen in Poldark to exotic peacocks and acres of beautiful countryside to explore, Corsham has many desirable attributes that make it a great place to live. It’s also quintessentially English, boasting historic buildings including the stately home of Corsham Court, a thriving town centre with plenty of independent retailers and eateries, and some great schools. Traditionally Corsham has a history of quarrying Bath stone, something which still remains an important part of its industry today. Consequently, it’s a very visually appealing place, with the stone used in many of the town’s buildings. It’s no wonder that it’s one of the Top 10 places to live in the South West, according to The Sunday Times’ annual poll.

Redcliffe

Redcliffe is a great place to live in Bristol if you’re looking for a central location. It’s bounded by the loop of the Floating Harbour to the west, north and east, together with the New Cut of the River Avon to the south. Interestingly,Redcliffe takes its name from the red sandstone cliffs which line the southern side of the Floating Harbour, behind Phoenix Wharf and Redcliffe Wharf. These cliffs are honey-combed with tunnels, known as the Redcliffe Caves, constructed both to extract sand for the local glass making industry (Bristol Blue) and to act as store houses for goods. Redcliffe is brilliant if you’re wanting to be in the midst of all the action, it’s in walking distance of pretty much everywhere. Bedminster and Southville are just across the river whilst Temple Quay, Temple Meads train station, and the City an easy walk away for work. Explore the exciting cafes and restaurants, including Michelin starred Casamia, at the nearby new community of The General or wander along the uber popular waterfront with its myriad of foodie places and bars and shops. From waterside walks to practical places, Redcliffe is perfectly placed for enjoying the best of Bristol.

New homes in Redcliffe:

Redcliffe Lofts : Juniper Homes

Lockleaze

Lockleaze is a primarily residential area located in the northern suburbs of Bristol, just three miles from the centre. South of Filton, east of Horfield and west of Frenchay, Lockleaze is built on the western flank of Purdown, and was developed immediately after World War II. With plenty of amenities nearby, and close to the popular destination of Gloucester Road and green spaces such as sprawling Stoke Park, Lockleaze is perfect if you want to be conveniently close to the action of the centre but also in a relatively pieceful and suburban environment. Lockleaze takes its name from Lockleaze Farm, which once occupied the site, with the name Lockleaze coming from the Anglo-Saxon for a fold in a field or pasture. Lockleaze Farm stood roughly where the housing development Bonnington Walk is today, between Stothard Road, Branwhite Close and Thornycroft Close. For immediate amenities, the hub of Lockleaze is Gainsborough Square, where parades of shops face onto the north and west sides of the Square. On the east side of the Square, a relatively new Community Centre has been built named The Hub. The central green area of Gainsborough Square serves as a small park, with an enclosed child’s play area – great for families.

New homes in Lockleaze:

Bonnington Walk – Ocean: www.lifebuiltin.co.uk/places/bonnington

Bedminster

Lying south of the river, Bedminster is one of Bristol’s most famous southern districts, growing a particularly buzzy reputation in recent years. Bedminster is a district of Bristol, England, on the south side of the city. The eastern part of Bedminster is known as Windmill Hill, while to the south you’ll find Bedminster Down, with Southville ward also part of Bedminster. Bedminster has developed something of a trendy reputation over the past few years and is popular among the younger generation thanks to its more affordable price tags in comparison to the likes of Clifton and Redland. There’s plenty of amenities nearby, as well as popular pubs and bars and many independent shops. The river is within easy walking distance, and green space is also plentiful thanks to the large neighbouring Victoria Park. If you’re looking for a location that’s close to the centre, with an exciting ‘hip’ feel and a great range of properties – Bedminster could be for you.

New homes in Bedminster:

City & Country: https://bit.ly/3beksLH

Filton

Filton is one of Bristol’s best connected and perhaps useful areas. It covers a lot of the city’s largest industry, including Airbus and Roll Royce, and the MoD is also located at Filton Abbey Wood. Aztec West, an office and warehouse park, is also situated on the northern fringes of neighbouring Patchway. It’s for this reason that a lot of people choose to call Filton home. It lies north of the city centre and is technically part of South Gloucestershire, however along with nearby Patchway and Bradley Stoke, Filton forms part of the Bristol urban area and has become an overflow settlement for the city. Filton is on the doorstep of the South Gloucestershire green space which runs alongside the River Severn. Greenway is a semi-rural footpath which leads from nearby Patchway Common eastwards to Bradley Stoke. On the north-west fringe of Patchway Estate, a footbridge passes over the M5 motorway, and leads to a footpath that passes down over the steep Severn Escarpment into the pretty village of Over. Filton’s also got plenty of great educational facilities on its doorstep, including South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Abbeywood Community School and several primary schools. The University of the West of England is at nearby Frenchay.

New homes in Filton:

Brabazon: https://www.brabazon.co.uk/homes/new-flats-apartments

Arnos Vale

If you’re south of the river and heading east out of Bristol on the A4 towards Bath, you’ll encounter Arnos Vale, a bright area of Brislington with plenty to offer in its own right. It’s perhaps most famous for Arnos Vale Cemetery, a heritage site set within 45 acres of a stunning woodland ecosystem. It is part of the old Arno’s Court Estate, one of four in Bristol where a single proprietor’s manor house or grand country estate house has survived. Its current use is as a hotel (Arno’s Manor Hotel). The park, which has views across Bristol, forms the peak of a crest between Knowle and Brislington in the city. Arnos Vale is just two miles from the city centre, and within easy reach of Temple Meads and the harbourside, along with all the bars, eateries, and popular city destinations on offer. If you’re looking for a location that’s close to the centre, but also on the brink of the countryside that stretches to Bath and beyond, Arnos Vale could be perfect for you.   

New homes in Arnos Vale:

Paintworks: http://www.paintworksiv.com/

Weston-Super-Mare

Weston-super-Mare, also known as Weston, is a seaside town in North Somerset that lies alongside the Bristol Channel. Offering a two-mile-long sandy beach and large, well-equipped town centre, it’s no wonder that Weston is such a popular and much-loved destination. However, for those lucky enough, it’s also a great place to live – with residents having the opportunity to enjoy the delights of the seaside year-round. Weston is also very well-connected, being just off Junction 21 of the M5, 20 miles south of Bristol and the M4 interchange. There’s also a central train station, and a central bus hub served by National Express. Weston is best characterised by its traditional seaside image, think traditional donkey rides, the amusements and rides of the Grand Pier, ice-cream on the beach and fish and chips. But there’s so also so much more on offer! From cinema to theatres, museums and shops, to many pubs and bars – Weston offers the best of the holiday atmosphere alongside everyday living.

New homes in Weston-super-Mare:

St. Modwen Homes: Handley Place, Locking – St Modwen Homes

 

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