Plymouth is a city with a rich maritime history. During the industrial revolution it grew as a major commercial shipping port handling goods and passengers from all over the world. With its thriving imports industry it quickly developed an international feel which is still evident today in the city’s many cafes, bars, restaurants and independent boutiques.
Home to around 250,000 people, Plymouth is the largest city in Devon and is increasingly catching the eye of professionals and young couples as an ideal place to buy a house.
Attracted by its vibrancy and cosmopolitan and thriving community, Plymouth is fast becoming one of the most desirable places in the UK to live.
Its coastal location on the beautiful south west is also a major pull for house buyers looking to settle. The area is renowned for its excellent surfing and there is a range of other water sports on offer.
Dartmoor National Park is only 20 minutes away from the city and is arguably the country’s most impressive example of a green and wooded area. Offering activities such as horse riding and nature trails, it is the perfect getaway where you can escape the rat race.
A city regenerated
Plymouth suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War and much of the city was rebuilt afterwards. A lot of the post-war architecture has been improved or simply demolished with new, more attractive structures replacing them. This regeneration is also a driving factor for the city’s ever growing popularity.
Not surprisingly, a lot of the regeneration is going into providing new homes. Only a few major players are at the forefront of property development in the area, delivering high quality homes that are sensitive to the splendour of their surroundings. New builds and old industrial units converted into apartments now dominate the areas around the waterfront and old naval yards. If it is city centre living you’re after, there are a range of apartments and upmarket penthouses on offer in the heart of the town centre which are perfect.
Further out of town and into areas like Mill Bridge, Stonehouse and Stoke you will get excellent value for money with easy access to town. Stoke was named by a national newspaper as ‘possibly the best place to buy a house in the UK’ with the rest of the city rating highly.
This conclusion was reached as it was felt that the area had the ‘right mix of bargains and pleasantness.’ Plymouth really is the city with something for everyone.