Nice bits of Bristol?

(41 Posts)
extracrunchy Fri 21-Jun-13 08:57:46

DH and I are hoping to buy a house in the next year or so. We've been in London long term and did want to stay here, but now expecting DC2 and can't afford a bigger place.
We have some family in the Bristol area and like the city - just wondering if anyone can point us in the direction of nice, family friendly areas with good access to the centre, green spaces, stuff to do for little ones and reasonable schools...
Any thoughts?

kinelle Sun 23-Jun-13 20:30:13

Thornbury is lovely. Very community spirited. Good schools. Close to m4 and m5. No train station tho, and the bus service isn't great. The high street has a nice selection of shops, and it's not far to The Mall at Cribbs, or Bristol itself if ou want a proper shop!

cleoowen Sun 23-Jun-13 19:26:29

Thornbury is smart with smart shops and pubs etc. it's quite a small place though with just one strip of road which is the high street but easy access to other areas. school s are good too I,think.

PatTheHammer Sun 23-Jun-13 10:06:16

Does anyone know Thornbury well? At the moment we live in Gloucestershire about a 25 min drive from Bristol but Dh is beginning to look at jobs in Bristol and we could consider a move to Thornbury as its a bit closer and would make his commute easier.
I think there is some great advice on here, I have some friends who live in Bristol and they would pretty much say the same thing.

EwanHoozami Sun 23-Jun-13 09:53:16

Ex-Laahhnderner here grin

I wouldn't discount the less trendy East Bristol and the S Glos borders. St George, despite the comment above is absolutely fine with a beautiful park and great amenities and Hanham has incredible value for money family houses and good schools with no massive bunfights to get in. Much easier access to Bath, too.

After experimenting with Clifton / Montpellier / Southville etc I decided that Bristol is small enough that you can live in a less fashionable area for the comfort, schools and space but have easy access to all the best bits of the city.

Your budget gets you a lot of space out here and you could still be in either Bristol or Bath in 30 mins

For creative industry jobs in Bristol - keep an eye on Bristol Media

I live in Horfield and am entertained by the descriptions here. For £300k you would get three beds and a garden, plus if you plan it right be in the catchment for Ashley Down which is the second most over-subscribed school in Bristol.

Horfield is on the Gloucester Road and just up from Bishopston and St Andrews. It depends, as others have said, what you want in terms of services and the sort of people you want to live around. I find Bishopston, Redland, Clifton etc. a bit too middle class professional for my tastes. It's a bit friendlier and more flexible around here.

There is still some publishing in Bristol and Bath (Future are based there), but it's much reduced from five, ten years ago and salaries are much lower. Commuting to London IMO is not a realistic option.

RikeBider Sat 22-Jun-13 21:54:40

St Mary Redcliffe was in special measures a few years ago but it is rated Good now.

cleoowen Sat 22-Jun-13 21:39:55

I thought St Mary Ratcliffe was in special measures , the school that is. IMO I would avoid bedminster, it's like fishponds, not nice high street. southville is very up and coming and quite alternative but impossible parking.

extracrunchy Sat 22-Jun-13 21:00:00

I'm looking at the moment. Can't believe how much more you can get for your money...
DH is now stressing about jobs - he's doing well with his company in London and doesn't mind commuting shortish term, but doesn't think he'd find anything comparable outside London. He's in publishing. Any thoughts?! I have no idea.
I mean I know the job market in London is always going to be favourable, but anyone know what the publishing industry's looking like in Bristol/Bath?!

RikeBider Sat 22-Jun-13 19:38:50

Looking at property porn at RightMove is always a pleasure, never a chore grin

extracrunchy Sat 22-Jun-13 19:32:27

Rike thanks for being so generous with your time smile

RikeBider Sat 22-Jun-13 19:27:27

I would choose something like this in Windmill Hill www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-27307653.html - choice of two good schools, Victoria Park and St Mary Redcliffe
or this in Knowle
www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-42189455.html - another two good school, Knowle Park and Hillcrest

RikeBider Sat 22-Jun-13 18:59:55

The biggest issue for families in Bristol is school places so I would focus on some schools you have a chance of getting a place at (or an area that has a few realistic school options) and work backwards. The council has a page for primary allocation details on their website which shows all the furthest distances a place was offered for oversubscribed schools.

cleoowen Sat 22-Jun-13 18:49:06

Henleaze is lovely we are moving there soon. Would have loved to have loved in st Andrews,Redlands or cotham but too pricey for us so guess depends on your budget. Bishopston is nice but very crowded with narrow streets IMO.

I would also avoid Easton and would not recommend fishponds. we are moving from there. Is it slowly up and coming but too slow for me, still dirty,busy,lots on unsavoury characters hanging around. Police there regularly and bouncers outside pubs kind of place. It is family orientated to an extent but also quite student like and lots of very young mums hanging around all day, plus schools not good. But on the plus side, several good parks and every shop you could want.

RikeBider Sat 22-Jun-13 18:47:31

That area of South Bristol is also a bit more family orientated imo, Redland, Horfield, St Andrews are very studenty (and lots of rah students, even worse!).

RikeBider Sat 22-Jun-13 18:46:10

Southville is a bit tricky for schools. I would definitely look at Totterdown, Knowle round Wells Road and Windmill Hill. Very family friendly, Victoria Park and Redcatch parks are lovely, there's Windmill Hill City farm and it's pretty down to earth (and there is an Iceland and indie butchers and greengrocers in Broadwalk shopping centre!).

It's also good for schools and not ridiculously oversubscribed - eg. you only have to live 700 meters from a good school to get in rather than 250m as in many bits of North Bristol.

Lovely Victorian terraces from about £200k in Totterdown/Windmill Hill to £300k in Knowle - the Knowle houses tend to be much bigger though.

Plus, walking distance to Temple Meads and close to town.

LittleMilla Sat 22-Jun-13 18:40:16

Extra - we paid 380k for our three bed a year ago and are bishopston/st Andrews border. If you move closer towards horfield then it's certainly possible to get a three bed for 300k. Ours was a habitable victorian doer-upper ad we've spent the last year decorating and doing everything in phases. Good stock of project houses but the developers are certainly cottoning on. So whilst there's a lot compared to where you are now, I get the impression that it won't last.

I'd strongly suggest a weekend trip. Have a stroll all along Gloucester rd on a sat to get a decent idea of the vibe (keep an open mind - it is very different to twickenham!). Check out horfield leisure centre too - pretty modern with some good facilities and I'm there a couple of times a week now with my two year old for gymnastics and swimming.

workingtitle Sat 22-Jun-13 18:38:00

With that budget I think I'd look at totterdown, southville/beminster. Good for temple meads.

extracrunchy Sat 22-Jun-13 15:15:07

LittleMilla - sounds pretty much perfect!

Don't get me wrong everyone - Iceland isn't essential and I don't hate indie butchers! I just meant I'd rather have straightforward and useful than boutiquey grin

Budget. Hoping for a 3 bed with a garden for around £300k upper end. Is that totally unreasonable?!

Would like reasonable train links to London if possible...

harryhausen Fri 21-Jun-13 22:15:30

IMO Southville & Bedminster are virtually the same. Some use trendy North St as a divider but the locals really don't.

Southville isn't up and coming. I'd say its up and come! For a nice house in Southville you're looking at nearer 350 - 380k. I sold my house just off North St in 2007 for 134k. If only I'd held out! Schools are heavily over subscribed. Huge community feel with streets regularly shut for 'playing out' days. Street parties, arts trails, Upfest.....

LittleMilla Fri 21-Jun-13 21:46:34

Hi OP, we've found the transition pretty easy tbh. Annoyingly my dh was still in London a lot for our first 12 months but now he's here ft it's bliss. Really is. We couldn't be happier with our little house and life.

We both studied here and lived (separately) in Clifton/Redland. So when we moved back we rented in Redland for 6 months. Neither of us knew bishopston but Gloucester rd and our house in particular charmed us. Certainly more 'lefty' than we are, but it's got soul. Good, 'proper' fruit & veg shop (no farrow & ball ponciness) and also some good butchers etc. there's also a sainsburys local, morrisons and also co op mixed in. So you get the indie shops, mixed in with convenience. Plenty of very good coffee shops and restaurants too.

Seriously, I struggle to fault it. All London mates that come to stay leave green with envy.

Maybe that'll change once I need to sort out ds's school place grin. But the plan at the mo is to stay central until ds is ten, then we'll look at moving to n Somerset as someone mentioned up thread.

FlightofFancy Fri 21-Jun-13 20:46:33

As the others have said, really depends on budget. Henleaze is lovely, but quite an old folks bit in places ( my nearly 70yr old parents live there - outing myself massively) but very good school. I'd rather not live in Sadley Broke ( Bradley stoke) as it's a bit soul less.
Would probably choose Redland type area if moved back, very good secondary school there.

allaflutter Fri 21-Jun-13 20:34:52

Misty , what is the difference between Bedminster and Southville - don't they merge? Does S have a different rail station to it?

allaflutter Fri 21-Jun-13 20:33:06

OP, Westbury Park and Henleaze are leafy, quiet, and not too far out, no Iceland in any of the nicer aeras mentioned, but two Sainsbury's on Whiteladies (reachable from westbury park), waitrose there, tescos and coops as usual. Same as Redland. I think Horfield is a bit too much of a change from London (esp for your DH, as he's worried), it lacks character imo, and you could sort of be anywhere even though it's not bad in any way. You really need to visit and see what 'speaks' to you. Are you going to use trains at all?

Misty9 Fri 21-Jun-13 20:31:07

Just re-read list of no-go areas - actually I would say the only ones to avoid are hartcliffe, knowle west and possible St. Paul's (though even that is beginning to gentrify!). Personally I wouldn't live in Bradley stoke - but I know a lot of families do I went to school around there and they're not happy memories

Agree st George is fine. Also, bedminster is very up and coming/trendy.

RikeBider Fri 21-Jun-13 20:20:38

Why on earth would you avoid St. George? It's a very family friendly area with a lovely park confused

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now