So you’ve made your decision to move to the South West, but where should you live? Devon and Cornwall have a rich diversity of towns, villages and cities to choose from and it can be a challenge to decide on the best location for you and your family. We know how difficult it is so we’ve pulled together our top five recommendations to help you.
One of the most attractive port locations on the South Coast situated within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Salcombe is a millionaire magnet attracting huge interest from second home owners. With a high proportion of homes valued in excess of £1m, the naturally sheltered harbour, characterful properties and the picturesque and tranquil setting sees buyers clamouring for every property that comes onto the market. Activities in the area include dinghy and yacht sailing, and with cosy pubs and excellent restaurants a plenty there’s a vibrant social life on offer – move fast if you want to buy here!
Beautiful views, beautiful walks and located at the heart of Cornwall’s most beautiful area, Fowey is one of the most picturesque places in the region. A large selection of fine restaurants, a thriving cultural offer including the annual events of the du Maurier Festival and the Fowey Regatta all add to the identity of the place, the former home of literary writer Daphne du Maurier. Properties offer a wide range for every choice and budget, from Fisherman’s cottages to millionaire’s mansions, Fowey is a primary property buying destination.
Chagford, the self-proclaimed ‘jewel of Dartmoor’, nestled in the heart of Devon on the River Teign, at the doorstep of Dartmoor and easily accessible to Exeter and its international airport. An extremely slow pace to life and a relaxed atmosphere set the tone for this idyllic village, populated with 15th and 16th Century properties, whilst a range of independent shops and restaurants provide a popular social setting.
4. St Ives
St Ives, a bustling seaside town with golden beaches and a wealth of art galleries, located on the dramatic North Coast of Cornwall. The working harbour is extremely attractive with shops, pubs and restaurants located a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, attracting artists and sculptures from across the world. Tate St Ives holds hundreds of works and the Barbara Hepworth Museum exhibits sculptures within tranquil gardens, and thousands of visitors attend the annual St Ives Literary Festival. A strong sense of community shapes life here and property values vary with the distance from the sea – the closer the water the higher the value.
A strong cultural offer with annual events and wealth of history and maritime heritage exists in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City. Located at the heart of Devon and Cornwall on the South Coast bordering the River Tamar and with Dartmoor to its North, this city offers a ‘lifestyle’ move to the South West. A thriving entertainment scene including the Theatre Royal and Plymouth Pavilions, five marinas and three yacht clubs, five gold clubs nearby, whilst art galleries abound in the historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour and the main shopping centre is located just ten minutes’ walk from the waterside. Property choices can range from the Georgian and Edwardian homes of Mannamead and Stoke, to the modern waterfront apartments of Millbay and Royal William Yard or the smart townhouses of Mount Batten.