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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Very Good

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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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I love the fact that the facilities are regularly maintained and serviced.

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Review Date May 2024

The location was central to transportation links, restaurants, African stores etc. The importance of these cannot be overemphasized

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I love the fact that the facilities are regularly maintained and serviced. Concierge services are top notch. Presence of a chute on every floor made discarding trash very convenient. The gym adequately and satisfactory addressed my fitness needs. The discount in Makoko was an added extra that came in very handy.

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Special appreciation goes to the staff who were always friendly and willing to assist. I wish I had known how friendly the staff and community were before moving in. Several communal activities were organized for us regularly.

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On numerous occasions, issues were promptly attended to and satisfactorily resolved

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Fantastic place to live with great management

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Review Date May 2024

Underground car park is excellent. Plus it’s only a short walk to temple meads station. Sainsbury’s round the corner for convenience.

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The team on reception and building management have been so helpful ever since we moved in. Any issues have been sorted soon after being raised. An example is that we recently had an issue with the washing machine. Paul was so quick at sorting it out and installing a new one. Thank you!

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The resident WhatsApp group is really helpful to join

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the maintenance team have quickly addressed all issues.

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Convenient area with parking availability

Review Date May 2024

Convenient area with parking availability, coffee shop in the building, very close to sainsburys. I would advise anyone in Bristol to stay at Box Makers Yard.

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From design to management, this property excels. The sleek design offers a modern aesthetic, complemented by top-notch facilities catering to residents’ needs. Building and property management are exemplary, ensuring a seamless living experience. Overall, a standout choice for those seeking comfort and convenience in their home.”

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One thing I wish I had known before moving in is how friendly and welcoming the community is here. It’s been a pleasant surprise to find such a supportive environment

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The building management, particularly the front of house Vilius, Micheal, Hailey, and the lettings team Naa, sharifa, and Klaudia have been incredibly responsive and helpful in addressing any problems or concerns raised.
They prioritize offering help to every resident and ensuring everyone’s needs are met

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Ok building, shoddy management

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Review Date May 2024

The local area is the best thing about canons gate. So much good food in a small area and lots of stuff to do.

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The building itself is fine. Security is good with many layers of protection. We find that there are many carpet moths in the building and we have a leak that has not been fixed since it was reported 3 years ago. Foxes regularly got into the bin stores and caused a mess.

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There is only 1 lift which would occasionally break down for days on end

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Carpet moths and leak into flat. Other tenants would leave rubbish in the stairwell

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