Properties for Sale and Rent in Bristol

Houses and Apartments For Sale and Rent in Bristol. Land and Building Plots For Sale in Bristol

Bristol has always felt like a city in the ascendant, but never more than now. With European Green Capital status, it outperforms other cities in terms of economy and quality of life – it’s the wealthiest, happiest city in Britain, according to a survey by MoneySuperMarket. And there is a sense that it has more to give.

The Bristol Arena, a £90 million indoor venue, is due for completion in 2017. The following year, a new high-speed rail service will knock 22 minutes off the journey to Paddington. There are two thriving universities, an airport, high employment and the housing market is booming. It tops the list of destinations for relocating Londoners. So where should the newcomer look for a home?

Clifton
With its listed Georgian terraces, Regency crescents and garden squares, Clifton is the default option for many would-be movers. It’s a large area, running from the edge of Avon Gorge across Durdham Downs and down Whiteladies Road to meet the so-called Triangle, where Bristol University’s Gothic Wills Memorial Tower rubs shoulders with the municipal Museum and Art Gallery. Head to Clifton Village for cafés and boutique shops, Clifton College prep school and the grandest terraces: Royal York Crescent looks down on the city from a curve of wrought-iron balconies. Most properties are leasehold flats. A two-bedroom Crescent apartment recently sold for £330,000, but there are a few houses around.

Leigh Woods
Hop across the Clifton Suspension Bridge to Leigh Woods, a corner of suburbia set among woodland, botanical gardens and the council-run Ashton Court Estate. Aside from the busy A369, it couldn’t be greener. Indeed, there was nothing here but woodland before the bridge was built, but Brunel’s 1860s marvel launched a village enclave built by some of the city’s most prominent industrialists, including the Wills tobacco family. Bracken Hill house (pictured right), a Leigh Woods mansion built by the grandson of Wills’s founder in 1886, is for sale through Hydes with an acre of its own botanic garden and a guide price of £1.75 million-£2 million. Another, even larger Wills family mansion, Burwalls (below), is soon to be divided into five properties – perhaps the largest, most expensive apartments in Bristol – priced from £1.05 million through Knight Frank.

Redland and Cotham

According to Knight Frank, Redland was last year’s top Bristol hotspot, with price growth outperforming the wider market at 8.5 per cent. And it’s easy to see why: a handy little station (on the Severn Beach branch line from Temple Meads to Avonmouth), the best of the city’s state schools (Redland Green and Cotham), green space, allotments and large Victorian houses for under a million. Great location, too: head downhill for the city centre, or uphill to the Downs. To the south, Redland runs into Cotham (it’s hard to tell the difference between the two) and to the north into Westbury Park (for the city’s largest Waitrose). Two-bedroom apartments in the area sell for around £300,000.

Hotwells and harbourside

The once-derelict Floating Harbour is now the salty heart of the city, with a combination of history, offices, narrowboats and new waterfront apartments. Prime addresses are the period terraces of bright-painted Clifton Wood houses that back on to Hotwells Road offering views of the SS Great Britain. Heading south towards the centre, the 10-year-old harbourside development has been cheered up by the addition of Purifier House and Invicta, two blocks of industrial-luxe waterside apartments built around an 1820s, Grade-II listed gas works. For Wapping Wharf, the newest waterside development, hop on a foot ferry to Spike Island, a spit of former docklands between the Floating Harbour and the Cut. The development will offer more than 600 “wharf-style” homes, with two-bedroom apartments selling off-plan at £315,000.

Where to Buy and Rent in Bristol