I posted in the local thread but there seems to be more traffic here. My MIL is moving to Bristol to be near(ish) to us. We haven't been here long, so don't know the areas that well. We're in Redland area and she would like to be fairly close, but prefers more suburban areas. She still drives, so we are thinking North or West of Redland so we don't have to get through town to visit each other. Which areas have larger numbers of older people? She is in her 80s. She likes to attend church weekly, so preferably somewhere with a popular local church. Many thanks!
Just came on to also recommend Henleaze! Close to the downs, good shopping street, buses direct to the mall and city centre. My PIL's live there and the churches seem pretty active. Westbury-on-Trym is nice too, but bit further out.
It really depends on her budget. Henleaze, Westbury On Trym, Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park are lovely if you are fairly comfortably off, but there are other options a little further out in the same direction which are more affordable, while still close enough to Redland by bus (Coombe Dingle and the norhern outskirts of W-o-T before Henbury), or local train (Sea Mills and Shirehampton). The drive from any of these would be a doddle too.
Sorry - should have specified Westbury-on-Trym, though there's nothing wrong with Westbury Park.
With regards to where Southmead starts, these things can be a little vague and my local knowledge has faded over the years, but you will know as soon as you're in Southmead (Streetview is enough to tell you; it's largely a big inter- and post-war council estate) but I wouldn't live on Greystoke Avenue, for instance.
One thing I would say is that given her age, consider accessibility matters and how the property would be adapted if need be. Having been through the stress of trying to adapt a 4 storey property so someone in their 90s can continue to live there independently... avoid that scenario if you can we have the world's longest stairlift. With that in mind, the over 60s ground floor flat would be an appealing option.
Just remembered - if you think she's likely to need care in the foreseeable future (she's in her 80s so....) consider this retirement village on the outskirts of Westbury, which is meant to be very nice www.stmonicatrust.org.uk/villages/westbury-fields
I tried to suggest a retirement village and I got an ice face and she changed the subject. She feels that they take away your ability to live independently. I'm hoping a bungalow might come up. She hates them though not for any rational reason. You are right about planning ahead.