What is Bristol like?
Bristol is one of the most dynamic cities in the country, a historical hub of culture and commerce. Clifton is its most elegant enclave, with mellow stone terraces and crescents, the iconic Suspension Bridge and the hilltop expanses of the Downs providing a classic setting for a stunning variety of boutiques, antique shops and upmarket cafes.
We are based in and cover the Clifton market, but we cover a large area, broadly within 30 minutes of Bristol. It encompasses South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, including such popular locations as the beautiful Chew Valley and the Bristol Channel coast.
Property in Bristol
Variety is what characterises Bristol’s property profile. The prime focus is Clifton, an elegant enclave of exquisite Georgian and Regency terraces, classical 19th-century mansions and substantial Victorian townhouses set alongside the green expanses of The Downs.
Next door to Clifton, the handsome suburbs of Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park contain large, interwar houses on generous plots, while closer to Bristol city centre are the popular districts of Redland and Cotham with their streets of Victorian terraces and semi-detached houses. On the revitalised Harbourside, several new developments offer a good choice of contemporary apartements.
Across the Avon Gorge, Leigh Woods and Abbots Leigh are on the cusp of town and country, with many prime properties. The surrounding countryside contains every type of rural property, from cottages to large country houses. Bristol Airport is a big attraction for villages to the west of the city.
For mansions and large houses overlooking the Downs in Clifton and Sneyd Park, look in Clifton Down and Upper Belgrave Road, and Rockleaze Road and Ivywell Road respectively.
For classic Regency terraces and Georgian townhouses, try Royal York Crescent, Sion Hill, Vyvyan Terrace and Worcester Terrace.
For Victorian semi-detached homes in leafy settings, head to Woodstock Road, Clyde Road, Clarendon Road and Cotham Park in Redland.
For perfect villages and lovely scenery, head south to Blagdon, Chew Magna, and the Harptrees; or west to Failand and Wraxall.
The local scene
Bristol’s major shopping destinations are Cabot Circus, a new and buzzing space of over a million square feet of retail outlets, and Cribb’s Causeway, a huge mall with a vast array of major names and a large John Lewis department store.
A year-round cultural scene includes varied programmes of shows and opera at the Hippodrome, original drama at the Bristol Old Vic, concerts, comedy, film and exhibitions at the Colston Hall, classical music at the Victoria Rooms, and contemporary art at the Arnolfini. The historic Docks are home to numerous lively bars and restaurants, as well as the historic ships the SS Great Britain and the Matthew, a replica of the vessel in which John Cabot discovered Newfoundland in 1497.
Next to this ideal city living is a thriving rural scene with numerous leisure and sporting attractions. There are sailing and water sports at Chew Valley Lake and gourmet dining at the Michelin-starred Pony & Trap at Chew Magna; a clutch of splendid National Trust properties includes Tyntesfield, Dyrham Park, Clevedon Court and swathes of countryside at Leigh Woods and Failand.
Bristol is well connected to all parts of the country. Mainline services from Temple Meads run to London Paddington and Cardiff, and local lines serve numerous towns and villages, enabling fast and easy commutes into Bristol.
The M4 provides a direct road connection to London, while the adjacent M5 runs down to Exeter and up to Birmingham.
Bristol Airport, offering both domestic and international flights to a wide range of imporatnt destinations, is a major draw.
Schools in Bristol
The superb selection of private schools in the area is a huge draw for families. The leading schools include Clifton College, Badminton, Bristol Grammar School, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital and The Red Maids’ School, all of which offer primary and secondary education. Prime prep schools include The Downs School, Wraxall, and Tockington Manor, South Gloucestershire.