Complete 2023 Guide.

Best Areas To Live
In Bristol

House prices in Bristol UK

Key Takeaways:

  • Redland is the best place to live in Bristol, UK.
  • Stoke Bishop is one of the best places for families to live (but also one of the more expensive places on our list).
  • Redcliffe ranks as one of the best places to live in Bristol for young professionals.

Are you looking at buying property in Bristol?

We don’t blame you!

It’s a stunning city with a very welcoming local population – The Sunday Times even named Bristol one of the best places to live in the UK!

But where are the best places to live in Bristol?

We analysed each Bristol location to decide once and for all the best places to live in the Bristol area.

Our top seven look like this:

  1. Redland
  2. Clifton
  3. Southville
  4. Redcliffe and City Centre
  5. Stoke Bishop
  6. Horfield
  7. Westbury-on-Trym

Let’s take a deeper look at each area.

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Best Places In Bristol To Live 2023

Redland, BS6 

Average House Price: £556,840 

Average Rent: £1,429.23 PCM 

Northwest of Bristol city centre is Redland, the best place in Bristol to live in 2022.

Developed in the 19th century, the semi-suburban neighbourhood is home to spacious Victorian properties on wide leafy avenues ideal for families and young professionals alike.

Redland is a suburb rich in amenities, including a wealth of small independent shops, restaurants, and surgeries.

There are also excellent primary and secondary schools, like the ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-rated Westbury Primary School and Redlands Green School.

Being just a stone’s throw from Bristol Zoo Gardens and Durdham Downs, Redland doesn’t skimp on its green spaces either.

But the cherry on top has to be the suburb’s good transport links:

From the Redlands railway station to the many bus stops, Redland is undoubtedly one the best places to live in Bristol for families.

Clifton, BS8 

Average House Price: £558,905 

Average Rent: £1,444.33 PCM 

Nestled between the banks of the River Avon and Redland is the picturesque inner suburb of Clifton.

Best known for the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, Clifton village ranks as one of the best places to live in Bristol for families due to its low crime rate, community atmosphere and unrivalled green spaces, such as the Durdham Downs.

Clifton is a haven for young professionals seeking a taste of higher life.

And with streets lined with desirable Georgian and Victorian properties now converted to flats, independent shops and many of the city’s best restaurants, it’s easy to see why.

Although the area neighbours the University of Bristol, you’ll be hard-pressed to find many students living on these streets – especially with the high price tag of Clifton property.

However, if you can afford it, you’ll quickly discover why Clifton is one of the best places to live in the Bristol area.

Southville, BS3 

Average House Price: £448,733 

Average Rent: £1,261.35 PCM 

Once one of Bristol’s most unloved and ignored areas, Southville has transformed into a property hotspot regarded as one of the best places to live in Bristol for young professionals.

Since being redeveloped in the 90s, Southville has evolved into a forward-thinking urban suburb branded Bristol’s Notting Hill.

The arts and theatre hub on the south bank of the River Avon is rich in amenities.

These include an old tobacco factory converted into an arts centre, an array of independent shops, and Instagram-worthy bars.

Locals are less than a half hour walking distance from Bristol city centre.

And Bedminster train station provides good transport links in and around the city.

Southville’s large selection of primary and secondary schools, paired with the nearby Victoria Park, makes the suburb perfect for young families looking to relocate in 2022.

Redcliffe and City Centre, BS1 

Average House Price: £344,370 

Average Rent: £1,348.70 PCM 

Those searching for high-end Bristol homes need to look no further than the uniquely situated Redcliffe.

The once derelict floating harbour on the River Avon is now a commercial hub brimming with state-of-the-art offices, waterfront apartments and colourful period terraced houses.

And the development in Bristol’s city centre doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon, with many highrise buildings currently in approval and construction.

While it’s easy to see why young professionals love living in Redcliffe and Bristol city centre, there’s also a lot to offer families in 2022.

With some of the city’s best secondary schools in the area, such as the St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, families can provide an excellent education for their kids while only being a short commute to their workplace.

Redcliffe is unrivalled in public transport.

The ever-busy Bristol Temple Meads Station is right on your doorstep, providing reliable rail links across 13 platforms.

Whichever way you see it, Redcliffe is undoubtedly the best place to live in Bristol for professionals seeking city living.

Stoke Bishop, BS9 

Average House Price: £650,751 

Average Rent: £1,516.44 PCM 

If you’re asking, ‘where is the best place to live in Bristol as a student?’ then Stoke Bishop is the place for you.

This suburban neighbourhood lands in the top five best places to live in the Bristol area for its easy access to the University of Bristol’s halls of residence.

But it’s Stoke Bishop’s grand detached houses that really make it stand out from the crowd.

In contrast to the 1930s property in the area, Stoke Bishop has some of the more coveted properties in all of Bristol – shown in the area’s average house prices in Bristol.

Despite being only a short walk from the university, Stoke Bishop is one of the quieter areas in Bristol, with a charming village feel that’s impossible not to love.

The shopping facilities on Druid Hill are some of the best in the area, and the local Stoke Bishop C of E primary school is a big pull for families seeking a good education for their children.

Horfield, BS7 

Average House Price: £392,110 

Average Rent: £1,666.61 PCM 

Less than three miles north of Bristol city centre is Horfield, a popular neighbourhood packed with character and fantastic property.

Local amenities are a speciality in Horfield, with the bustling Gloucester Road offering an impressive range of local shops, restaurants, and pubs.

Just two miles from the University of West England Bristol campus, Horfield is a popular location for students seeking quiet outer-city living.

Meanwhile, excellent public transport links via bus make Horfield ideal for families and young professionals seeking an easy commute into the city centre.

However, the standout feature of our number six pick is the spacious Horfield Common, fit with tennis courts and a pond.

If you’re seeking lower property prices in an area conveniently located near the M32 and some of the best schools in Bristol, Horfield is definitely a location to consider.

Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 

Average House Price: £526,318 

Average Rent: £1,513.30 PCM 

Ready with an irresistible village atmosphere, Westbury-on-Trym is a picturesque conservation area ranking last (but not least) on our list of the best places to live in Bristol.

The northwestern suburb offers a pricey but varied mix of Victorian, Edwardian and 1930s homes ideal for families and couples in 2022.

Residents benefit from Westbury-on-Trym’s amenity-rich high street packed with family-friendly shops (both local and high street favourites), restaurants, and pubs.

Homebuyers looking for the best place to live in Bristol as a family should consider Westbury-on-Trym for its low crime rate, good schools and open green spaces, including Canford Park and Henleaze Lake.

Honourable Mentions 

The Sunday Times doesn’t rank any old place as one of the best places to live in the UK.

And for that reason, we really struggled to narrow our list down to just seven locations.

That’s why we’ve decided to offer some honourable mentions to shout out some fantastic areas that didn’t quite make the cut.

These are:

  • Portishead
  • Bedminster
  • Totterdown and Temple Meads
  • Horfield
  • Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze
  • Sneyd Park
  • Leigh Woods
  • Harbourside

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