Devon

Devon is a small, picturesque county in England. The county has much to offer those looking for a peaceful and serene place to live, with plenty of scenic areas and attractive cities. For those considering moving there permanently, this guide will provide information about Devon’s population, top schools and universities as well as the best places to live in Devon.

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Best places to live in Devon

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Where is Devon?

Devon is a county in the west of England. It borders Cornwall to the southwest, Somerset to the south and east, and Dorset to the northeast. The county has an area of 6,707 km2 (2,590 square miles).

Devon was one of three counties that split from the Duchy of Cornwall in 1973. It was created by splitting off Cornwall County Council’s six southernmost parishes: East Devon (including Teignbridge) North Devon, West Devon, Mid Devon, South Hams and Torridge Taw Vale.

Areas in Devon

Devon offers a range of places to live, from seaside towns to rural villages. The most popular places for people to live in Devon are:

Torquay – the town of Torquay is the most popular in all of Devon. Torquay has a population of around 50,000 people and is situated about an hour southwest of Exeter along the A30 road. The town itself offers beaches, beautiful coastal walks and stunning views across Lyme Bay towards Dorset to the South West.

Plymouth – Plymouth is another very popular place to live in Devon. Plymouth is the largest city in Devon with a population of around 250,000 people. The city has a lot to offer including maritime history, shopping, nightlife and restaurants.

Exeter – Exeter is the county town of Devon and offers everything you would expect from a large city including universities, theatres, museums, shopping and nightlife.

Village of Dittisham, Devon

Paignton – Paignton is a popular seaside resort town with great beaches, bars and restaurants, that’s perfect for seaside living.

Teignmouth – Teignmouth has many beaches of golden sand that are perfect for sunbathing or exploring tidal pools. The area also offers fantastic coastal walks including the South West Coast Path which goes all the way to Dorset.

Universities in Devon

There are three universities located in Devon: the University of Exeter, Plymouth Marjon University and Plymouth University.

The University of Exeter – is located in the city of Exeter and is a Russell Group university, which means it’s one of the 24 most prestigious universities in the UK. It offers a wide range of courses across arts, humanities, business, law, sciences, health and social sciences.

University of Plymouth – Plymouth University is one of the top universities located in Devon and it’s known for its excellent student satisfaction ratings.

Plymouth Marjon University – Plymouth Marjon University is a university that focuses on teacher training, sport and education. It’s located in the city of Plymouth and offers a wide range of courses.

Top Schools in Devon

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The schools listed below are the best performing and most popular schools for parents looking to buy a house within commuting distance. Some perform better than others depending on state testing scores, which can vary from year-to-year.

Torquay Boys Grammar School – Torquay Grammar is one of the most popular boarding schools in Devon and it’s known for its high academic standards.

Plymouth High School For Girls – Plymouth High is a top-performing all-girls school located just outside of the city centre.

Exeter School – Exeter School is one of the most selective schools in Devon and it regularly features near the top of UK school rankings.

Kingsbridge Community College – Kingsbridge Community is a well-respected school that’s known for its small class sizes as well as its excellent facilities.

Population of Devon

The population of Devon is just over 700,000 people, making it one of the least populous counties in England. The majority of Devon’s residents live in the southwest of the county, near Plymouth and Torbay.

 

Reviews in Devon

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Nice house and good location

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Review Date Oct 2021

The area is lovley. Close to the city center, with good bus routes etc but it is far enough away that you don’t get the city noise.

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The people that live in the development make up a good comunity, in the whole. The appearance of the later phases are nice but the earlier phases leave a lot of be desired! Luckily it is easy to avoid walking by them if you live in a later phases. The facilities are lacking. The school has just opened, a few years behind schedule, and the park that was promised at the start has yet to be built. Once finally started that will make a huge difference in the facilities. The property management is non existent. Our house has had a few problems but we have managed to get them fixed. Overall we are happy with our house.

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Get a profession snagger to review the house and make sure it is followed up prior to moving in

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

There is no building management set up yet within the development. The after care team are very slow to deal with issues.

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Very poor play spaces for the volume of houses in the estate

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Review Date Oct 2021

V.poor play spaces for the volume of houses in area
Good turn around times on snags during 1st yr.

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Very poor play spaces for the volume of houses in the estate
Good turn around times on snags during 1st year if ownership.
Building quality is very thin walls and doesnt give the impression that it is sturdy.
The knowledge of the sales team was missleading at best.
Narrow roads and nostly single space drive ways does not future prriof against growing families gaining more than 1 or 2 cars.

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100% do research own lease ownership. It will save you money in the long run

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All issues in the 1st year were handled fine, after that was a struggle.

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Building aesthetics are mediocre.

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Review Date Oct 2021

Local shopping facilities are brilliant, you don’t have to travel far for any essential items you would need for normal home life. Great dog walking locations close by.

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Building aesthetics are mediocre. Internal property development lacks quality and seem to have been ‘rushed to be be completed’ so that Persimmon can quickly sell and move on without worrying about property degradation in the near future. Quality of garden soil is also very poor.

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I wish I had known the true finished quality of the property and garden.

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Honestly, building management has been quite good and response time to my requests/issues with the home or garden has been fairly quick. Although I have called on the aftercare team more times that I would like.

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Good area, poor facilities

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Review Date Oct 2021

We have a very good community spirit that has developed on the estate. However we’ve had lots of broken promises over green areas and facilities

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Persimmons failed to consider parking facilities, alot of the roads don’t have proper placements l, so you end up walking on the road, which is not ideal especially for children. The roads are also to narrow in places . Again promised parks open spaces shops etc have not been built in the promised time

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I wish we’d hired a professional snagger to fully check the house

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Yes, but the time scales have always been long even for bigger isdues

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