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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Canons Gate Complex Review

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2021

The complex location is perfect. Central to everything.

It’s a quiet area, very secure, clean (even the communal bin storage). Staff are really friendly.

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The complex design is great. The floor to ceiling doors make the property really bright. The balcony sizes are great too.

The property managers are extremely helpful, especially Anna!

Sarah from A2 Dominion went above and beyond assisting us with the entire tenancy process. She was available to answer our questions, kept us regularly updated, really friendly too.

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The parking space we were originally allocated was less than ideal, within an hour we were allocated a more appropriate space. We weren’t told where the under ground parking was so would be good for new tenants to be advised if they have allocated parking with the property. We have had new tenants ask us when passing by.

Recycling is a little bit of a pain as assumed we’d be supplied with some sort of box to easily carry to the bin store. Ended up buying our own for ease.

What is the best feature of your home:

The layout of the flat, balcony, overall large room sizes. Location, secure parking. All perfect!

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Braid House, Bristol – Highly Recommended

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Feb 2021

The area is close to the city centre & docks. It’s relatively quiet.

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The development is of an appealing design, and well constructed using good quality materials and fittings. In particular, the inclusion of air conditioning is very welcome during hot weather.

The block is well maintained, cleaned regularly, and is very secure both internally and externally.

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The close proximity to both the city centre and docks – this is a good base from which to get to know the city.

What is the best feature of your home:

It is very easy to live in – cleaning is easy, all of the appliances are top quality and the flat is easy to heat/cool.

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Great place to live

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Review Date Feb 2021

Safe, family-friendly area with lots of green space, community feel and close to the metrobus and M32 for quick journeys into Bristol.

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Overall Redrow have been very good. There were a few snagging issues at the start but were all sorted (with the occasional nudge!) We love our home and we’re so glad we chose to buy here. Only downside is it’s a 10 minute drive to the supermarkets and very limited restaurant options nearby, but we love the safe, community feel and green space.

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Because the development is ongoing, fine red dust settles on windowsills etc. It’s not terrible, but is a little annoying.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

It would be great to be a bit closer to some shops.

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Frenchay – a family friendly place to live.

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Review Date Feb 2021

Lovely area, quiet, very family friendly also great for being near to university and local hospital. Great community feel.

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Great transport links, close to all amenities, motorway access, ring road – doctors, restaurants all close by. Unfortunately some elements of the finish weren’t brilliant but were rectified later on by local housing association.
Could definitely do with another school in the area as catchment is very strict and already over subscribed.

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Would have liked to have known I would be next to large empty unsecured land for a long period of time, with low security measures also it’s not particularly aesthetically pleasing either. However overall I’m really happy in my home.

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