10 best places to live in Bristol according to residents

Colourful terraced houses in Bristol

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 frequently as fresh reviews for new homes in Bristol come in. Check in regularly as we’ll keep it updated and accurate!

Is Bristol a good place to live?

There’s a reason Bristol regularly tops the charts in happiness and satisfaction in major UK polls. It manages to combine the bustle of city life with more tranquil, low-key lifestyle elements.

Culturally, it’s a gold mine. The beauty of its Georgian streets and imposing architecture of major public institutions separate Bristol from the UK’s more faceless cities. This rich history comes to life too, in its outstanding universities, which are among the best in the UK.

There’s also no shortage of beauty in its parks and green spaces, and the Cotswolds are right on your doorstep.

Bristol is also the second safest major city in the UK, even despite its rapid growth that’s fuelled by its excellent transport links and booming job prospects in everything from entrepreneurial startups to big tech firms.

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.

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

Is Bristol expensive to live in?

Bristol is one of the UK’s most expensive cities. It routinely outpacing the nation’s average property prices, and the restaurants, nightlife spots and other key expense metrics follow suit.

While expensive overall, there are more affordable areas in this diverse city. Similarly, it’s not hard to find low-cost, but high-quality, alternatives for entertainment, dining and leisure activities. Plus, Bristol offers a wealth of cultural attractions that are free to visit.

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. These rankings are based entirely on the scores given by verified HomeViews reviewers and nothing else.

10 best places to live in Bristol

1. Box Makers Yard, BS2

Legal & General, Urbanbubble
4.70 (42 reviews) 4.70 (42 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Image of Box Makers Yard, BS2

In at number 1 is Box Makers Yard, a rental-only development from Urbanbubble. It has a range of 1, 2 and 3-bed apartments on offer with a variety of furnished and unfurnished options with courtyard or city views, extra storage and private balconies or terraces. Each apartment comes with an open plan kitchen-living area with floor to ceiling windows throughout. Likewise, bespoke designer furniture packs are available. The development itself offers plenty of amenities and facilities, all available on site, including a 24/7 concierge service, secure fob access system, resident lounge with a games area, an air-conditioned gym with weekly fitness classes, as well as a private rooftop dining suite with an outdoor terrace.

Read reviews and details of Box Makers Yard, BS2

2. Invicta by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

A2Dominion Rental Only
4.35 (20 reviews) 4.35 (20 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Image of Invicta by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

Next up is Invicta, a residential development with a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments on offer. Located on Bristol’s Harbourside, it’s only a short distance away from a good range of waterfront attractions. This is in addition to the plentiful nightlife options and the City Centre’s shopping outlets. Bristol Temple Meads station is less than a mile away, which has links to CrossCountry, GWR and South Western Railway services.

Read reviews and details of Invicta by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

3. Frenchay Gardens, BS16

Redrow Homes
4.24 (23 reviews) 4.24 (23 reviews)
Area guide to Gloucestershire
Frenchay Gardens, BS16

Frenchay Gardens, by Redrow Homes, is a mere 6 miles away from Bristol’s city centre, while also conveniently located just half a mile from J1 of the M32. Residents benefit from a range of local supermarkets and leisure facilities, including a cricket club and several golf courses that are nearby.

Read reviews and details of Frenchay Gardens, BS16

4. Canons Gate by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

A2Dominion Rental Only
4.13 (38 reviews) 4.13 (38 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Image of Canons Gate by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

Canons Gate is an A2Dominion by Rental Only development located on Bristol’s Harbourside. The development features 101 rental-only apartments. All apartments include balconies, and residents can enjoy plenty of space in their landscaped communal gardens and open-plan living rooms. Furthermore, the Harbourside is full of attractions, offering plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and leisure activities. Another benefit is that Bristol Temple Meads station is only about a 20-minute walk away.

Read reviews and details of Canons Gate by A2Dominion Rental Only, BS1

5. Highbrook Park, BS34

Crest Nicholson
4.02 (23 reviews) 4.02 (23 reviews)
Area guide to Gloucestershire
Highbrook Park, BS34

Halfway through our list we have Highbrook Park, by Crest Nicholson, which sits in the village of Harry Stoke. With one to five-bedroom homes on offer, the development also benefits from excellent transport links with Parkway Station a few minutes away, easy access to the M32, and residents can be in Central Bristol within 30 minutes.

Read reviews and details of Highbrook Park, BS34

6. Lakeshore, BS13

Urban Splash, Places for People
3.72 (25 reviews) 3.72 (25 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Lakeshore, BS13

Aptly named Lakeshore, by Urban Splash, sits in Crox Bottom, Bristol. Offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, the development is formed around a beautiful Grade II listed building, which was the former home of Imperial Tobacco. Residents here benefit from a fantastic lake view, acres of green space and other eco-friendly features that are beneficial to their sense of wellbeing as well as local wildlife.

Read reviews and details of Lakeshore, BS13

7. Park Farm, BS35

David Wilson Homes
3.64 (23 reviews) 3.64 (23 reviews)
Area guide to Gloucestershire
Park Farm,  BS35

At number 7, Park Farm is surrounded by 27 acres of open space and is less than a 5-minute drive from Thornbury High Street. This is a great area for local amenities, with a wide variety of local stores, restaurants and pubs, as well as excellent transport links to the M48, M4 and M5.

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8. Copper Building, BS13

Urban Splash, Places for People
3.52 (13 reviews) 3.52 (13 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Copper Building, BS13

Urban Splash has another development in the top ten with The Copper Building. It’s part of the wider Lakeshore development which is energising the whole area. Situated in south Bristol, residents here benefit from ample parking, private balconies, 10 acres of private gardens to roam across, and the nearby lake to enjoy. This is another development with eco-friendly credentials, as it uses sustainable, natural materials and features throughout.

Read reviews and details of Copper Building, BS13

9. Templebridge Apartments, BS1

Westmark Development Company
4.49 (6 reviews) 4.49 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Templebridge Apartments, BS1

The Templebridge Apartments development is located on Bristol Harbourside, in close proximity to Cabot Circus and Temple Meads train station. It comprises just 22 apartments, most of which feature excellent river views from their spacious balconies.

Read reviews and details of Templebridge Apartments, BS1

10. Wapping Wharf, BS1

4.20 (11 reviews) 4.20 (11 reviews)
Area guide to Bristol
Wapping Wharf, BS1

And finally at number 10 is Wapping Wharf, an Umberslade development designed by Alec French Architects. It boasts around 500 one, two and three-bedroom apartments located in the historical and cultural heart of Bristol. It is also only a 20-minute walk or 6-minute cycle away from Bristol Temple Meads station.

Read reviews and details of Wapping Wharf, BS1

House prices in Bristol

The current average sales price of a property in Bristol is £363,375, according to the latest figures from Zoopla (September 2021). A flat in the city averages at £257,658, while the average price of a terraced house is currently £305,945.

Check out our Bristol area guide to find out more about the city. Live in a new development the city? Please add your own review here and help people thinking of moving to Bristol! You can easily add your development if it’s not yet on the site.

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