You don’t have to be a subscriber to a weekly broadsheet to know the winners of the ‘best places to live 2020’. Towns and cities are becoming increasingly savvy at self-promotion and ensuring you know about how great they are. However, at the Relocation Consultancy we have been spending time researching the South West of England and have detailed some highs and lows to find out if west really is best?
House prices and rental rates: House prices are 40% lower than London with the average home costing roughly £300,000 and average rental rates coming in at £849pcm (UK average £955pcm). However, prices vary dramatically as the South West runs from the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire down to Cornwall and Devon.
Quality of Life: Low pollution levels, 418 beaches and Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks mean plenty to do for the keen surfer, cyclist and hiker. Couple that with excellent schools, friendly locals and low crime rates makes the South West a top choice to raise a family.
Infrastructure: The M4 and M5 motorway networks mean you can get far in an hour’s drive. Last year Great Western Railway proudly announced a non-stop train from Bristol Parkway to London taking 68 minutes and London to Bath in 90 minutes.
Food and Drink: This could be a whole blog post in itself! The South West gem has to be its independent café, bar and restaurant scene. Expect locally sourced, innovative and excellent quality products from a proud variety of creators.
Entertainment: The South West offers a slower pace of life. Touring theatre companies and smaller music venues can leave those relocating from London disappointed. The headline acts perform in the larger cities but you need to know when and where so planning in advance is a must.
Job Opportunities: Whilst businesses are drawn to the South West, the range and amount of job opportunities is less than Manchester and London. This means that average wages are lower. However, the trade-off is worthwhile as the low cost of living balances it out.
Home search: The search for your dream home may take longer because there are fewer people living in the South West. As a result, there are less properties to search from. You may have set up your search alerts but we have access to properties before they make it online giving our clients a first mover advantage.
If you’re still undecided, get in touch to speak to one of our Consultants about relocating to the South West, or even better, we can put you in touch with someone who has made the move.
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