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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Top Rated Developments in Bristol

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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Stylish waterside apartments

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Review Date Oct 2020

Canal boats, yachts, restaurants, swans, reedbeds

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Stylish development, top end appliances, well maintained, lift, secure vehicle and bicycle basement parking. Local a2Dominion staff and contractors approachable and helpful. Close to main road, and bus routes. Access to fibre broadbrand.. Recycling too

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I find it annoying that Pinnacle are responsible for delivery of some services. The subcontracting of parking management of a2 tenants to a 3rd party creates tension. I also suggest their mgt of parking is in breach of a2Diminion tenant leases

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Bright, airy, south facing rooms with a sunny balcony, modern appliances, fibre broa

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Great location decent propert

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Review Date Oct 2020

Great location, close proximity to bars and restaurants but does get quite noisy at night at on weekends.

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This is a great development for a starter flat, although more facilities would be nice (gym, rooftop garden). Building management is acceptable (although the lifts break down quite frequently) but property management leaves much to be desired (eg no respond to repairs request, takes months for follow up).

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Better service on repairs portal would be great, as would an internal cleaning service for residents (on a pay per use basis)

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Satisfactory

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Review Date Oct 2020

Excellent location with amazing shops, barbers, cafes and restaurants in the vicinity. This part of the Harbourside has an amazing vibe, and is conveniently connected to all parts of Bristol.

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Invicta has a great modern design and the apartments have cleverly used the space, have great appliances and fixtures, and after four and half years it is the first time I am requesting a repair. There’s decent communication about the facilities, and anything that needs to be known about what is going on in the building (for example carpet or window cleaning).

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The whole experience feels very impersonal – so it might work for you, or it might not.

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I would improve the ventilation in the bathroom, because clearly there is an issue with moisture.

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good location and feel comfortable along the River

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Review Date Oct 2020

Its location is along Avon river and board walk. There are walking path. It is very comfortable to spend time around the accommodation.

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Design is good for residence to feel outside as much as we can. Room design is really functional. Besides, it is really good point that its parking area is built beneath the building. That makes huge difference in terms of keeping clean against birds.

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Clean situation by birds would be good to inform it earlier. Eventually there are no severe issues, but many people would like to confirm it earlier.

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Its boiler system is often stopped. It is only one thing to be improved.

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