If you’re set on the South West, we have been busy researching our top three cities; Bristol, Bath and Cheltenham.
Bristol boasts two Universities and has the delights that go with a vibrant population. Food festivals, Caribbean carnivals and hot air balloon bonanzas mean something different most weekends. The pockets of Clifton and Gloucester Road attract shoppers who enjoy an amble dotted with independent and boutique retailers. If you are after a permanent move, the areas of Henleaze, Westbury and Southville are popular choices for families expecting a garden and off-street parking.
Average house prices: £322,000 and monthly rent £962.
Did you know: Bristol has the highest number of green spaces compared to any other UK city. Try Ashton Court, Brandon Hill and the Downs.
Also with two Universities and a 90 minute train ride from London, Bath is a small city that packs a punch. With its Roman Baths and Palladian architecture, it’s no wonder UNESCO added the City of Bath as a ‘cultural site’ to its World Heritage list in 1987. As a result, Bath attracts a lot of visitors each year and hidden treasures such as Mr B’s Emporium of Books convert guests into residents. If you’re hooked on moving to Bath, the areas of Widcombe and Bear Flat mean you can walk into the centre in under 25 minutes. If you want more for your money the surrounding villages provide a community feel and offer good transport links to the centre with charming countryside views. We recommend Weston, Larkhall or Combe Downe.
Average house prices: £356,000 and monthly rent £1,100.
Did you know: Bath has more museums per square mile than any other English city.
Shops, schools and countryside make Cheltenham top of the Times places to live in the South West 2020. The cities festival scene is growing but not as you know it, think Science, Jazz and Wine fiestas which run throughout the year. Balcarras is an Outstanding comprehensive school in Charlton Kings, thus attracting a lot of families. There are seven grammar schools in Gloucestershire so read our recent blog, Guide to Grammar Schools for more information. A short drive out of the city and you arrive at the Cotswolds, perfect for an evening or weekend stroll and pub lunch.
Average house prices: £352,000 and monthly rent £1,000.
Did you know: Sheep wool was once the main industry in the county, allowing the construction of many of its great buildings and the Cotswolds’ local sheep, ‘the Cotswold Lion’, once provided wool for half of England’s cloth.
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