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The 10 Best Areas of Bristol To Live

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

31st Jul 2018 (Last updated on 19th Jun 2020) 6 minute read

Home to the River Avon, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Harbourside, Bristol is currently ranked the third best city to live and work in the UK, according to The Independent. 

Bristol is a green, creative and culturally diverse city, drawing in families and businesses from all corners of the world. Bristol has given us the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the SS Great Britain, and the talented graffiti artist Banksy, so there's no wonder why Bristol has become an extremely popular place to live.

As a newcomer to Bristol, or even a seasoned visitor wanting to buy a property in this green city, you may be confused about where is best to buy. At Compare My Move, we have helped thousands of house movers find a Bristol removal company over the recent years and as a result, we know a thing or two about the city. Here are the 10 best areas to live in Bristol.

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10 Best Areas To Live In Bristol
  1. 1. Clifton
  2. 2. Totterdown and Temple Meads
  3. 3. Leigh Woods
  4. 4. Redland and Cotham
  5. 5. Redcliffe and the City Centre
  6. 6. Montpelier and Kingsdown
  7. 7. Southville
  8. 8. Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park
  9. 9. Bishopston and St Andrews
  10. 10. Hotwells and Harbourside
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1. Clifton

Clifton is one of the most picturesque and sought-after areas to live in the whole of Bristol. With the Clifton observatory offering breathtaking views of the Suspension Bridge, there's no surprise Clifton is the first place people think of when moving to Bristol.

Take a trip to Clifton Village for cafes and independent shops, or head to the Royal York Crescent for panoramic views across the city. Due to the areas popularity, many of these prestigious homes have been split into leasehold flats costing on average £499,428.

Prices for Clifton
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2. Totterdown and Temple Meads

Totterdown was built in the 19th century around the railway industry and may be an ideal place to live if you’re on more of a budget or a first time buyer. With narrow streets sprawled across this urban village, houses are often older and smaller than those in near by areas.

The neighbourhood itself is artsy and creative, with many of the Victorian and Edwardian houses painted in bright colours. Regeneration is already taking place in Temple Meads around the station, with plans for a new £300 million campus for the University of Bristol.

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3. Leigh Woods

Take yourself across the Clifton Suspension Bridge and you’ll find yourself in the leafy Leigh Woods, a green woodland that lasts for 2-square-kilometres.

Prior to the completion of the Suspension Bridge in the 1860's, this area of land was solely a wooded area. Today, property in Leigh Woods sells for as much as £2m, with the average price paid for property being £904,200. 

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4. Redland and Cotham

Home to some of the best state schools in the city, Redland and Cotham is one of Bristol’s latest hotspots for families, and it’s no wonder; with large Victorian houses and plenty of green space with allotments, houses sell for much less than in Leigh Woods. You are also near the city centre, which is just a short walk down the hill.

Two-bedroom houses in Redland usually sell for around £350,000, while detached properties have sold on average for £942,429 in the last 12 months.

Prices for Redland

5. Redcliffe and the City Centre

Dozens of new property developments are taking place across Redcliffe and the City Centre, but property here is in high demand. Living in this area will have you close to all the action of the city, as well as great transport links across the UK.

Plans for an 11-storey building made up of 255 flats, shops and restaurants to hit the city centre have recently been approved. The average property price may still seem quite affordable for living in the city centre, but most properties available are flats or apartments, and you will be getting less space for your money.

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6. Montpelier and Kingsdown

Montpelier is regarded as the most popular area for people moving there from London. This area is a colourful and eclectic community of creative and bohemian people. Still, you can find plenty of Grade-II listed Georgian terraces like those in Clifton. 

For those looking for a more suburban feel should consider Montpelier’s neighbour, Kingsdown. After undergoing a redevelopment programme in the 1960's, Kingsdown offers some of the best city views due to its high rise built houses. 

Prices for Kingsdown

7. Southville

This area of Bristol went unnoticed for decades until its regeneration in the early 1990s when the dilapidated tobacco factory re-opened as a theatre and arts hub. Southville is now home to a range of independent shops, bars and restaurants, offering a community feel for everyone.

Living in Southville, the harbour is only a short walk away, which is a huge selling point among buyers. Typically, three to four bed houses tend to have a current asking price of around £426,667.

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8. Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park

North of Durdham Down, Stoke Bishop attracts a variety of visitors annually due to the nearby University of Bristol campus and the Downs. 

North of Clifton Down, Sneyd Park offers a range of unique houses developed throughout the Victorian and Edwardian times as well as a modern properties so you will be sure to find a property of your liking in this area.

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9. Bishopston and St Andrews

Exploring Gloucester Road, you'll be able to take your pick from the endless unique shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. This area offers a range of terraced and Victorian semi-detached homes which fall into the prestigious Redland Green and Cotham School catchments.

Prices for this area can be quite expensive for larger detached homes. Overall, prices have increased by more than 40% in Bishopston and St Andrews over the last three years.

Prices for Bishopston

10. Hotwells and Harbourside

Once derelict, the harbourside has now become the heart and soul of Bristol following a 10-year development programme. The area offers a combination of offices and modern waterfront apartments overlooking the harbour to the SS Great Britain.

Properties are being snapped up all across this area, but a range of new-build homes are on the way. Phase two of the Wapping Wharf development is currently underway, which will see a range of another 256 residential apartments being added. Two-bed apartments in this development have previously sold for around £315,000.

Prices for Hotwells

All data in this post from Zoopla. Average price paid for property, average asking price for a 2/3 bed house and average asking price for rent for a 2/3 bed flat in the last 12 months.

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Now that you know Compare My Move's ten best areas to live in Bristol and the average price paid for property, you should have a clearer idea where you want to live. Also, look at the average house removal costs so you know what to expect. 

Once you've decided, get in touch and we'll connect you with up to 6 friendly and professional removal companies that will help make your move to Bristol stress-free.

Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the co-founder and director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.