10 best places to live in Bristol according to residents

10 best places to live in Bristol according to residents

To discover the best places to live in Bristol we asked the city’s residents! HomeViews reviews provide verified insights on some of the city’s best new developments. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy new builds, Bristol has some outstanding options. This list will provide you with some great ideas based on the thoughts of the people who live there.

The top 10 will change regularly as fresh reviews for new homes in Bristol come in. Check in regularly as we’ll keep it updated and accurate!

Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol at night
Clifton Suspension Bridge at night

Bristol – best place to live in the UK?

Bristol was voted the UK’s happiest city according to a study conducted in 2019. In addition, the west country city regularly tops polls of the UK’s best places to live.

The eighth-largest city in the UK, Bristol is a creative and multicultural metropolis. From the genteel Georgian terraces of Clifton and Redland to the edgier streets of Bedminster and Stokes Croft, Bristol offers something for every demographic.

The historic Bristol Docks are now home to a thriving collection of restaurants, galleries, bars and museums. Ships The Matthew and S.S. Great Britain are also major visitor attractions, along with Brunel’s spectacular suspension bridge across the Avon Gorge.

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The view over the River Avon with Clifton and Hotwells in the distance

New homes in Bristol

Bristol University and the University of the West of England ensure that demand for new homes in Bristol is always high. The aerospace industry provides a major economic stimulus to the area, with BAe, Rolls Royce and Airbus all located in Filton. The BBC has also expanded its production centre in Bristol in recent years, bringing media professionals flocking to the West Country.

So, let’s check out Bristol’s top 10 new developments. In at number one is a large mixed-use development in the city centre that offers its happy residents some outstanding amenities.

10 best places to live in Bristol

1. Finzels Reach, BS1

Cubex
4.66 (based on 8 reviews) 4.66 (8 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Finzels Reach, BS1

Finzels Reach is currently rated as the best place to live in Bristol. This large development is ideally located between Bristol Temple Meads train station and the city centre, and offers 737 apartments, including 198 Build to Rent units.

The complex is pet-friendly and also includes office space for 3,300 workers, a 168-bed hotel and a 30,000 square foot leisure space. Residents praise the development's open spaces, welcoming community and "incredibly friendly and helpful" staff.

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2. The Eye, BS2

The PG Group
4.62 (based on 6 reviews) 4.62 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
The Eye, BS2

A close second, The Eye is a development by The PG Group located in the heart of Bristol - only a 5-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station. The development is formed of 72 one and two-bedroom and studio apartments. The building features iconic architecture with its curved exterior and contemporary interior design.

Residents comment on the building's stylish and modern design, as well as the great views and easy access to the train station.

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3. Templebridge Apartments, BS1

Westmark Development Company
4.52 (based on 6 reviews) 4.52 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Templebridge Apartments, BS1

Rated third in our top 10, Templebridge Apartments is a small but perfectly-formed development located on the Bristol Harbourside. With easy access to both Cabot Circus and Bristol Temple Meads station, it comprises just 22 apartments.

Most properties feature river views from spacious balconies and offer access to resident-only car parking. Residents praise the quiet but central location, responsive building management and triple-glazed windows in the flats.

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4. Wapping Wharf, BS1

Umberslade
4.23 (based on 11 reviews) 4.23 (11 reviews)
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Wapping Wharf, BS1

Wapping Wharf is an Umberslade development designed by Alec French Architects. It boasts 500 one, two and three-bedroom apartments located in the historical and cultural heart of Bristol.

Residents praise the development's suitability for commuters, with a 20-minute walk or 6-minute cycle to Bristol Temple Meads station. The easy access to local amenities is also mentioned by reviewers, along with the new, modern feel of the flats.

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5. Invicta by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

A2Dominion Rental Only
4.21 (based on 10 reviews) 4.21 (10 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Image of Invicta by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

Invicta is our first 'rental-only' development on the list, offering a popular range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. These are available furnished or unfurnished and boast high-end kitchens and bathrooms.

Located on Bristol’s Harbourside, Invicta residents comment on the easy access to the city's many waterfront attractions. The development's modern design, with good levels of natural light in apartments, is also mentioned in reviews.

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6. Canons Gate by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

A2Dominion Rental Only
4.16 (based on 16 reviews) 4.16 (16 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Image of Canons Gate by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

Another popular rental-only development by A2Dominion, Canons Gate also offers furnished or unfurnished apartments, all with the choice of balconies or terraces. Communal gardens offer residents additional outside space, while high-spec fixtures and fittings complete the package.

Residents comment on how friendly the community is at Canons Gate and mention that problems are solved quickly by the building management. The Harbourside location, with easy access to the city centre and train station, is also praised.

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7. Paintworks Apartments, BS4

Verve
4.15 (based on 14 reviews) 4.15 (14 reviews)
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Paintworks Apartments, BS4

Paintworks Apartment is a Verve development and is comprised of 331 one to four bedroom apartments, alongside offices and commercial space. It has a waterside location with a close proximity to Bristol Temple Meads station. The apartments vary in style from old paint factory buildings to newly built apartment and houses.

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8. Redcliff Quarter by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

A2Dominion Rental Only
4.03 (based on 25 reviews) 4.03 (25 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Image of Redcliff Quarter by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

Redcliff Quarter is a mixed use development comprising of 128 rental only apartments. The development is only a short walk away from Bristol Temple Meads station. This offers links to the capital and various other key locations across the UK. In addition, residents benefit from a range 0f facilities and amenities on site. These include […]

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9. Great Western House, BS1

Linden Homes
4.10 (based on 1 review) 4.10 (1 review)
Area guide to Bristol
Great Western House, BS1

Great Western House is located on Spike Island – this great harbourside location is known for the famous SS Great Britain and also the renowned Brunel’s Buttery. There is also a ferry which can take you to Broad Quay and Temple Meads in only a few minutes. Residents have access to private balconies, resident parking […]

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10. Steamship House, BS1

3.88 (based on 10 reviews) 3.88 (10 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Steamship House, BS1

Steamship House is located on Spike Island, a stone’s throw away from Bristol’s best shops, cafés and restaurants. Apartments come with balconies and access to a communal courtyard with decked seating. The development is also a very short walk away from Bristol Temple Meads station.

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