Bristol remains a highly desirable place to live thanks to everything from its attractive period architecture, to its high standard of state and independent schooling. There's also the cultural delights the city offers, much of it centred around the prestigious arts scenes that have flourished over the decades. Access to the rest of the country is great, too, with transport links to London, Birmingham and the South West within reach.
The city is particularly family-friendly, with sports and leisure activities, such as its numerous golf courses, sporting and health clubs, and outdoor spaces available in and around city limits.
Sport is central to the city's identity. Bristol City F.C and Bristol Rovers are the city's main football clubs, while Bristol Bears (rugby union) and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club are also based in the city.
Culturally speaking, the Bristol Old Vic theatre and Arnolfini Art Gallery are perhaps two of the most important artistic institutions to visit. Within the city the architecture is dominated by Georgian and Victorian styles, with many of its centrally located townhouses made all the more attractive thanks to their close proximity to open parks and green spaces. Meanwhile, the districts of Clifton, Redland and Bishopston offer similar lifestyles.
Knight Frank’s Bristol residential office is found at the heart of Clifton village and focuses on the residential sales of town properties and rural homes in the surrounding countryside which are often found in the most desirable locations in the South West.
Markets, malls, arcades, galleries, circuses and quarters all form a significant part of Bristol's retail shopping, with many placing particular emphasis on boutique, artisanal or heritage offering. Try either Broadmead or Cabot Circus in Bristol's Shopping Quarter for the whole experience, with both providing everything from high-end options such as Harvey Nichols, all the way to schooling essentials at WHSmith’s.
Food-wise, snackable street food can be snaffled up in St Nicholas' Market; Michelin-star at Bulrush, Casamia or Paco Tapas; down-and-dirty at fast-food joints such as Asado or Oowee Diner; or vegetarian and vegan at Suncraft and ROOT (among others). This is before we get on to the fine array of pubs, bars or restaurants where friends and families can come together, eat, drink and be merry.
From Clifton Village to Cabot Circus, retail, dining and drinks choices are as plentiful as they are varied in Bristol.
Bristol in numbers
The average price of a property sold by Knight Frank in Bristol year to June 2021
Increase in prospective buyers year to June-21
Increase in exchanges year to June-21
Who lives here?
According to our buyer data, a large proportion of movers are international or from London, with the most claiming to work in financial, entertainment and industrial sectors. The second largest number of movers say they're entrepreneurs.
Where do buyers come from?
Source: Knight Frank. Average prices is for sales over £700k for the year to June-21. All other metrics are June-18 to June-21.
What are Knight Frank buyers' professions?
After a section of North London, Bristol has England's second-highest number of independent school places.
Independent schools in the city include Clifton College, Clifton High School, Badminton School, Bristol Grammar School, Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, and Redmaids' High School (formed in 2016 bringing together Redmaids’ School founded in 1634 by John Whitson, which claimed to be England's oldest girls' school and Redland High School creating a combined 500 years of history.). Universities in the city include redbrick chartered University of Bristol, which was founded in 1909, and The University of West England, which gained university status in 1992.
Steeped in history, both Bristol's indoor and outdoor spaces are guaranteed to provide entertainment, education and hours of fun.
Be it exploring the wildlife-rich nature reserve on the banks of the River Avon, to any of Bristol's exciting museums, galleries and exhibition spaces, year-round fun for families of all ages is virtually guaranteed. Obvious choices include the nearby Clifton Suspension Bridge or a day out by the harbourside. And for those looking for quieter pursuits, historic buildings such as the grand stately houses of nearby Tyntesfield and Ashton Court represent the intertwining of history and heritage Bristol has earned a deserved reputation for.
What types of property are available in Bristol?
From sleek flats to beautiful townhouses, here are some of the properties we’ve sold recently across the city of Bristol.
Church Lane, BS8
2 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms 2 reception rooms
Guide Price: £575,000
Henbury Road, BS9
5 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms 3 reception rooms
Guide Price: £1,100,000
Pembroke Road, BS8
7 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms 5 reception rooms
Knight Frank has listed all properties within the past 12 months. The price per square meter shown for all sold property is representative of their appraised pricing and not their final sale price.