Bristol

A Guide to Living in 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. 

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.

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

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

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Great location, enjoy sunset and the river view.

Verified Resident

Location is unbelievable. The entrance to the car park is inappropriately designed.

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The location of Invicta is great, just by the harbour. It’s very convenient to go for a walk after dinner and enjoy the fabulous sunset scene by the river and Great SS Britain. However, what makes me not very happy is the design inside the building. Too many doors in the corridor before you get into your apartment. And the doors are quite heavy to open, When you are holding something in your hands, you have to put them down in order to open the door. Additionally, the entrance to the car park is occasionally in malfunction. And why do the cars need to turn 90 degrees to get in the car park given that the gate is quite narrow? Apart from that, I am very happy with my stay in Invicta.

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So pleased to hear that you are happy living at Invicta and love the area as much as we do, and thank you for your constructive feedback. Whilst we are unable to change the scheme set up we will ensure that your comment will inform our planning strategies for our new developments. If I can be of any further assistance please call me on 0208 825 2355.

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Good experience so far

Verified Resident

Area is central Bristol and perfect location I would say

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The location is very nice. It’s design is good but could have been better, For example: you cannot contact flat number (say Braid house other part) if you are standing outside Braid house on Redcliff street. It can be done only if you enter the compound and call the flat number. This makes it difficult a lot of times to receive couriers/parcels etc.

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Less storage space in apartment. Only one closet is provided for clothes but other than that, there is no other space where other things can be stored

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Thank you for your review, much appreciated. We note your comments regarding contact and, whilst we are unable to change the current set up, will use the information to help inform decision made on future developments. If I can be of any further assistance please call me on 0208 825 2355.

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Good, getting better with time

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ASDA Supermarket is within walking distance, as are two smaller street stores.
Restaurants are reasonably varied but I do not use them much.
Bus is easily accessible, and train is a short walk away.

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The apartment is laid out well and offers plenty of space for a single occupant. The price is in the mid-to-higher bracket but is good for inner city living. The location desirability gets a point off whilst construction takes place on the building adjacent, but will improve over time as the Redcliff Quarter refurbishment project continues. The address has some issues with package deliveries as the building is split into two halves, with communication to the opposite half not being possible via the intercom.

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The issue with the building halves having no way of intercom calling from the opposite side
The ventilation system needs to be manually activated with a button press
The Smart Home power meter is actually important to plug in

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Thank you for your review, your comments will help to inform our planning strategies for any new developments. We agree that Redcliff Quarter is and will be a great place to live as the wider development continues to take place. If I can be of any further assistance please call me on 0208 825 2355.

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Average experience

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The area was good. Also I had to ask Fleece to stop disposing recycle bottles at night (usually at 10PM and 2AM) as it made loud noise.

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1) Noise from the nearby construction was distracting too much.
2) Skateboarders and BMX riders would ride the bench in the inner area making additional noise on the weekends. My proposal to install skate stoppers were left with no reaction.
3) Some neighbours would smoke weed and produce bad smell in the halls. I asked the building management to talk to them, but either nobody did, or the conversation was effective. Had to ask them to stop smoking myself. Only then they stopped.
4) The dial on the front door on St Thomas street isn’t connected to other buildings. This is frustrating as many delivery services don’t know the path to the inner area of the building and the proper doors.

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I wish I knew the noise from the construction would be loud.

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Thank you for taking the time and trouble to leave feedback. I would welcome to discuss your comments and invite you to call me on 0208 825 2355.

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