26 Jun Where in the West would you choose?
The South West’s Independent estate agency network, the Experts in Property, is holding its next Westcountry Property Exhibition in London on 25th July.
Made up of estate agency offices spanning the whole of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Bristol, the network currently has around 2,000 properties for sale – from holiday homes starting at under £20,000 to landed farmhouses with barns at £1.25m.
Homes experts from around the Westcountry will be available to chat to prospective buyers at the exhibition, which is being hosted by leading Hammersmith & Fulham agency, Lawsons & Daughters.
The South West region has some of the most diverse and superb land and seascapes in the UK, so how would you choose where to settle?
Being close to family, friends and workplaces are the most obvious influential factors, but you may be looking to move to the Westcountry for other reasons – the coast, the climate, the clean air, a better life/work balance, or a love of the water and the outdoors perhaps? For you, the region is your oyster, so to speak!
Will you choose city life, one of the bustling towns, a charming village, the rolling countryside, dramatic coastline or moorland wilderness?
Surrounded by the rugged cliffs and pristine sandy beaches of the coastline on three sides, Cornwall is the westernmost county of England covering an area of 3,563km² with a population of around 536,000 (2011 Census). Its only city is Truro, a vibrant centre for shopping, culture and impressive architecture. With a great maritime, fishing and mining heritage, Cornwall is dotted with quaint villages and attractive harbourside towns, including Falmouth, which has one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
Newquay and the north coast is well known for its fantastic surf while the expanse of Bodmin Moor, rich in ancient history, is Cornwall at its wildest. The county attracts artists and has a vibrant visual arts scene, as well as a strong culinary heritage fed by a wonderful supply of fresh local produce, and is home to magnificent attractions including Tate St Ives, Tintagel Castle, the Eden Project and the Minnack Theatre. Great Western Railway’s Cornish Main Line goes all the way to Penzance, stopping at retail and commercial centres including Saltash, Liskeard, Bodmin, St Austell, Redruth and Camborne on the way.
Average property price in Cornwall (Land Registry, March 2019): £232,618
The only county in England to have a north and south coastline, Devon covers an area of 6,707km² and has a population of around 1.1 million. Its varied coastlines are made up of cliffs and sandy shores with bays containing seaside resorts, fishing towns and ports. Devon has two cities – Exeter and Plymouth, both central hubs for shopping and industry, culture and entertainment. The expanse of Dartmoor National Park with its exposed granite tors, makes up almost 1,000km² of South Devon and 29% of the Exmoor National Park sits in the north east corner bordering the coast and Somerset.
North Devon is a peaceful haven with beautiful resorts such as Ilfracombe, Bideford and Barnstaple, while popular market towns including Crediton, Tiverton and Okehampton sit among the gentle rolling hills and countryside of central Devon, interspersed with picture postcard villages and hamlets. The south of the county is more diverse with wonderful old fishing and maritime centres such as Newton Ferrers, Salcombe and Dartmouth, and the lively English Riviera of Torbay rising to holiday hotspots such as Dawlish and the genteelness of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton, via Exeter. Inland just a few miles are the popular town and suburbs of Newton Abbot as well as the ancient yet thriving ‘new age’ town of Totnes. The Great Western Railway Main Line travels through South Devon to Plymouth via Exeter, Newton Abbot and Totnes.
Average property price in Devon (Land Registry, March 2019): £261,582
The county of Somerset borders Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon and has 64km of coastline on the Bristol Channel. Somerset covers an area of 4,171km² and has a population of around 956,000, over 25% of its inhabitants concentrated in and around Taunton, Bridgwater and Yeovil. Like Devon, there are two cities in the county – Bath and Wells. The spa town of Bath is a World Heritage Site and a major centre for tourism, attracting around 3.8 million day visitors every year. Wells is the smallest freestanding city in the UK with outstanding architecture.
71% of the Exmoor National Park sits in the north west corner of Somerset and the county has a rich history with Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole being part of a wider cave system, iron age hill forts and Glastonbury’s mythical associations with King Arthur and The Holy Grail. The towns and villages in the north of the county are extremely popular with commuters to Bristol, and there is a hive of light industry along the M5 arterial route around Taunton and Bridgwater. Somerset provides excellent road and rail links, and Bristol Airport sits in the north of the county.
Average property price in Somerset (Land Registry, March 2019): £233,489
Bristol is a city and county with a population of around 459,000 people. Named by the Sunday Times as the best city in Britain to live in both 2014 and 2017, Bristol is buzzing with energy. A hub for shopping with universities, a rich heritage and culture, a thriving arts scene and first-rate nightlife, Bristol’s fast-growing economy is boosted with the creative media, defence, electronics, IT, financial, tourism and aerospace industries.
Average property price in Bristol (Land Registry, March 2019): £274,351
Dorset sits on the south coast and borders Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Covering an area of 2,653km. Dorset has a population of around 744,000, around half of which live in the thriving Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas. Three quarters of Dorset’s coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site and over half of the county’s land is designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It also boasts some of the most notable coastal landforms including Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks, as well as the limestone Isle of Portland, an island connected to the mainland by Chesil Beach, which protects Britain’s longest tidal lagoon.
Dorset is largely rural with many small villages, few large towns and no cities, and contains no motorways, but this beautiful county with its diverse landscape of flatlands, hills and valleys has two main railway lines connecting it to London, as well as ports at Poole, Weymouth and Portland.
Average property price in Dorset (Land Registry, March 2019): £292,208
The exhibition will showcase property for sale across the region. For more information, visit www.theexpertsinproperty.co.uk, call 0208 563 0202 or pop along to chat the experts between 2pm and 6pm on Thursday 25th July at Lawsons & Daughters, 404-406 North End Road, Fulham, London, SW6 1LU.