The South West of England's major city, Exeter, offers residents multi-faceted lifestyles. From waterfront relaxtion to metropolitan chic, it's fast become one of the most-popular places to buy a home in the region

Louise Glanville

Associate, Head of City Sales in Exeter office louise.glanville@knightfrank.com

Knight Frank’s Exeter office is located in the gentle business district known as Southernhay which is made up of red brick and white stucco-fronted Georgian buildings. We focus on the residential sales of town properties, rural homes in the surrounding countryside and waterfront properties across the region.

Exeter is an extremely desirable place to live as it has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. With its easy access to award winning beaches and countryside walks, residents are able to lead a good life and do good business.

The city remains a popular place to live due to the varied and attractive architecture and high standard of state and independent schooling along with Exeter University, which is considered as one of the best in Europe. The accessible train links to London are excellent and it is possible to be in the capital city within two hours and seven minutes on the fast train. Exeter airport is in close proximity and this provides international and regional connections.

The city is family friendly and offers many leisure activities including the historical Cathedral and the prestigious Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club at Sandy Park. There are also an impressive number of parks and outdoor spaces to enjoy particularly the cathedral green, which during the summer is a favourite spot for city workers to sit, relax and enjoy their lunch.

In December, the Cathedral Green is alive with the Christmas market. Princesshay is the local shopping centre which is made up of a selection of independent cafés, bars and restaurants, along with the other well-known outlets such as John Lewis.

Within the city the architecture is dominated with Georgian and Victorian townhouses made more attractive with a close proximity to schools and open parks with popular areas including St Leonards, Pennsylvania and Heavitree.

Demand in the city has always outstripped supply. We have seen this demand multiply since lockdown, the realisation that working from home is viable we have been speaking to many people who are considering relocating from bigger cities and the desire to make a change and leave London, suggest it’ll be a busy end to the year.

Exeter in numbers

The average price of a property sold by Knight Frank in Exeter (2019)


How old are buyers in Exeter?

20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+

A thirving university city, amenities play to its youthful strengths.

Exeter is a buzzing university city with plenty going on throughout the day and night. In the centre of this thriving cathedral city, you will find the award winning Princesshay shopping centre featuring some of the most popular high street names. For something a little different, head to Gandy Street, filled with stylish boutiques and also home to the famed Cavern Club and Exeter Phoenix. Much of the city is pedestrianised, helping to create a relaxed environment for a day out browsing the shops and cafes.

A coastal location promises fresh air, food and perspectives

A haven for those who enjoy dining out, the city is located close enough to the English shores that fish is always fresh, and the meat can be locally sourced from the surrounding Devon county. Whether you’re looking for top-rated food like Harry's Restaurant to wine and dine, or in a rush so stop by the Exeter Farmers' Market and grab some fresh local produce, there’s a world of cuisine at your fingertips all set in the most idyllic surrounding of Exeter’s historical buildings.

Who lives here?

Exter is a largely popular with buyers from the South West and East, and an increasing number of London buyers. According to buyer data, most are either entrepreneurial or working in professional roles.

• Internationally South East South West

Where do buyers come from?

What are Knight Frank buyers' professions?

• City/Finance




Where people move from

• International South East South West

Buyers' source of wealth

City/Finance Entrepreneur Professional Property

In the city, or out, quality schooling is plentiful around Exeter.

Schooling in Exeter is great, there’s a Steiner School known as Avanti Hall in the area. The transport links on the M5 and M4 are easily accessible, giving you great opportunity to move without having to change schools. The train links are reliable and fast, London Paddington only being two hours away.

What can you buy for your money in Exeter?

Willowdene, EX2

Guide Price: £900,000

5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 3 Receptions rooms


Lyndhurst Road, EX2

Guide Price: £1,350,000

5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Receptions rooms


Longacre, EX4

Guide Price £1,750,000

4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 4 Receptions rooms


All property has been sold by Knight Frank within the past 12 months. The guide prices shown are representative of their appraised pricing and not their final sale price.

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19 Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QD +44 (0) 1392 249 863