Bristol

Bristol is located in the South West of the UK but it has great transport links throughout the country. It also has an airport close to the centre. Combining city and countryside living Bristol is one of the most popular cities for Londoners looking to escape. This Area Guide gives you an overview of this city and some of the best places to live in Bristol. Including, reviews from residents who own or rent in Bristol. 

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Best places to live in Bristol

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Colourful terraced houses in Bristol

Getting Around

Bristol is the wealthiest, happiest city in Britain, according to a survey by MoneySuperMarket. It outperforms other cities in terms of economy and quality of life. With the completion of the Bristol Arena, the high-speed rail reducing the time to London and the transformation of the harbourside, there is a lot going on. The city is made up of a series of areas, each of which has its own unique character.

Best places to live in Bristol

The top place to live in the city is Clifton. To live here you need plenty of spare cash, but if you love original Georgian homes this is the place to be. Redland is also a popular area and slightly more affordable. Both Clifton and Redland are popular with young professionals and are near Clifton Village which offers restaurants and independent shops. Clifton is the default option for many would-be movers with its architecture, shops, schools and outdoor space.

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If you want to be more central then explore the once-derelict Floating Harbour which is the heart of the city. With views of the harbour, the SS Great Britain and to experience Bristol maritime history this could be the location for you. Heading south towards the centre you will find a number of new developments. Spike Island, previously former docklands can be found between the Floating Harbour and the Cut. Here you will find Steamship House and Wapping Wharf one of the newest waterside developments, which are both great places to rent in Bristol.

“The area is well equipped with pretty much everything you need, lots of small independent shops and restaurants.” Andrew, Verified Resident of Wapping Wharf

“I like the location as it is easy to get around by foot. I dislike the fact that if I had a car there would not be any space as there is not enough car park.” Kristin, resident of Steamship house

Bristol Suspension Bridge at dusk

Outside of the City Centre

Further out Emersons Green and Downend are areas located just a couple of minutes from each other. Each offer easy access to the centre – 20 minutes in the car, 30 minutes by bus or 45 minutes cycling. Popular with families these are great suburbs with excellent schools. Each of which have access to the motorways and the ability to quickly escape to the countryside. Horfield is a good safe neighbourhood which offers plenty of great shopping and local produce. The commute to the city centre is within easy reach only a couple of miles away.

Hanham is perfect for families and the quiet life but closer to the centre than Emersons Green and Downend. But, a great place to rent in Bristol nonetheless and the property prices reflect this. Whilst there are not many new developments in this area you can find the Paintwork Apartments on the waterside just off the Bath Road between Hanham and the centre.

“We love that our children can play around this place and that we do not get to worry so much about them.” Nick, Verified Resident of Paintwork Apartments

Reviews in Bristol

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The Building management has been very helpful and welcoming

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Review Date Feb 2024

My husband and I moved to Bristol from London a year ago. I have stayed in London for a decade and coming to a new city was quite challenging but exciting at the same time.
Box Makers Yard is the perfect place for this transition. I am almost in the middle of the hustle & bustle city life (so that I don’t miss my London life a lot), but not too far from the peaceful countryside too (so that I embark on this new journey).
Key aspects for BMY is its proximity to Bristol Temple Meads station (4 min walk), Bristol Bus and Coach station (15 min walk), Cabot Circus (10 min walk), Harbourside (15 min walk), Castle Park (5 mins walk). For the last minute grocery shoppers, there is a Sainsbury’s right below the building too! There is a retail park in 10 mins drive which has tenpin bowling, cinema, arcade games etc.
Bristol is quite a trendy city and you have occasional drunk screaming in the streets (specially on weekends), however the buildings are quite well insulated, it masks the noise out completely when doors and windows are shut.
Parking for visitors is usually a problem or is expensive. Since there are offices surrounding the building, parkings are occupied. However there is a parking lot (which is under construction now) – but could be expensive if you have visitors staying with you for longer periods.

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BMY is very well designed. Specially the co-living space and the reception area – always a happy place to meet/interact new folks. They also organise activities every month which gives you a lot more opportunities to get involved. We organised a get together in the private space available in the 8th floor – this was very well received and the views from here were spectacular. The co-living space has a pool table, tv, lots of space to work from home, kitchen area, a piano, gym facilities too!

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If you are someone like me, who moved from London and is quite used to small cosy flats, BMY has a more than average sized living room. The balcony size is impressive too! The storage space is ample, the design inside your flat is quite minimal – but aesthetic.

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The Building management has been very helpful and welcoming. I always pop by to the reception if its urgent and they help me find a solution. Michal has been very helpful time and again, be it about parking for visitors, maintenance requests, parcel delivery etc.

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Ideal Urban Living in Bristol

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Review Date Feb 2024

Box Makers Yard enjoys an enviable location, surrounded by local restaurants, a convenient Sainsbury’s, and a cozy coffee shop nestled just beneath the building. Plus, it’s only a few minutes away from the train station. However, parking availability tends to be quite busy in Box Makers Yard, prompting the need for additional parking slots. Similarly, the maintenance facilities often experience high demand, suggesting a desire for easier access. It would be beneficial to have maintenance services readily available, especially for tenants renewing their contracts, such as a touch-up paint service, as part of the offerings.

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Box Makers Yard provides an excellent living experience, particularly for individuals commuting to Bristol for work. Its prime location and well-designed common areas offer convenience and comfort. Additionally, the nearby amenities enhance the overall appeal, making it an ideal choice for urban living in Bristol.

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Box Makers Yard provides an excellent living experience, particularly for individuals commuting to Bristol for work. Its prime location and well-designed common areas offer convenience and comfort. Additionally, the nearby amenities enhance the overall appeal, making it an ideal choice for urban living in Bristol.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Staff it’s always pretty helpful and professional.

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Minor issues here and there, but it’s been worth it.

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Review Date Feb 2024

We’d never lived in a city before, so it was a really pleasant surprise to have such a peaceful place to live so central.

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Box Makers Yard looks great and feels like a place you can take pride in calling home. Of course there are teething issues with the building, it’s to be expected – Correspondence for issues specific to your individual apartment leaves a bit to be desired, and the use of a third party payment provider has caused some issues. It really is worth it overall.

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It goes without saying, make a record of your correspondence.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

At the desk, the team are great – Hayley, Michal and Vilius have always been really helpful and understanding.

Sometimes correspondence and clarity via email can leave room for improvement.

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Best building ever

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Review Date Feb 2024

Really good area.
It’s the best building we’ve ever lived in.
The best in Bristol. The area is nice and secure and the FOH team is amazing especially Michal and Vilius always happy to help and offer a smile when needed. Will for sure stay longer as we love it so does Pablo

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It’s the best building we’ve ever lived in.
The best in Bristol. The area is nice and secure and the FOH team is amazing especially Michal and Vilius always happy to help and offer a smile when needed. Will for sure stay longer as we love it so does Pablo

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The dining rooms and events
But once we moved the team let us know

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The management is always trying to respond ASAP and efficiently

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