BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE NAMED ONE OF BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN UK
Bristol’s harbourside been named as one of the best places to live in the UK in 2020 by the Sunday Times – with Wapping Wharf chosen as ‘best address’ in the area.
The harbourside came in at number three in the South West region in the newspaper's annual round-up.
David Caught, residential sales and marketing director at Wapping Wharf Living, said: "It’s no surprise that Bristol’s harbourside has been named among the best places to live in the UK. From its iconic waterside views to its lively cultural and leisure scene, there are so many reasons to love the harbourside.
"It’s been wonderful to see Wapping Wharf embraced as part of this much-loved area of the city over the last few years and we were thrilled that The Sunday Times named our growing dockside neighbourhood ‘best address’ in their article.
"We have already seen over a third of the new homes currently being built at Wapping Wharf snapped up, with many people drawn to its sense of community and reputation as the place to be to enjoy some of the city’s most exciting independent restaurants, cafes and shops.”
Reporting on the accolade, Bristol Live said: “In recent years Bristol's harbourside has been subject to a massive regeneration project, with the likes of Wapping Wharf transforming the old dockside into one of the most popular spots in the city.
“It is now seen as a top foodie destination which attracts diners far and wide thanks to top restaurants like BOX-E, Woky Ko and Tare, as well as being one of Bristol's most sought after places to live.”
The information about the harbourside in the Sunday Times reads: "It took Isambard Kingdom Brunel four years to build SS Great Britain.
"Today his ocean liner is the centrepiece of a far more modern feat of engineering, the two-decade transformation of the city’s floating harbour from a wasteland into a model urban village — at least for young professionals and downsizers who put convenience and buzz before gardens and GCSE results.
"It’s easy to ditch the car here. Pretty much everything is within walking distance, from the Arnolfini gallery to the M Shed museum, trendy North Street, the Tobacco Factory Theatres and the allotments in Southville.
"There are a dozen or so restaurants, from the upmarket, 14-seat BOX-E to the Athenian, which does Greek street food. If you don’t want to eat out, there are specialist shops for meat, veg (organic, of course), fish, cheese, wine and beer.
"It’s a 20-minute walk to Temple Meads station, for direct trains to most key destinations across the country (it’s a 1hr 19min ride to London Paddington), and views of the Downs and the Avon Gorge make Harbourside feel a long way from ring roads and traffic fumes. Bristol is the greenest city in the UK, according to Compare the Market."
According to Bristol Live, Helen Davies, The Sunday Times Home editor said judges "championed locations that have showcased great community spirit" this year.
She went on to say: "The Sunday Times’s expert judges assess a wide range of factors, from schools, transport and broadband speed to culture, green spaces and the health of the high street to produce the definitive guide to the UK's finest locations to call home.
"The judges have travelled thousands of miles around the UK, visiting the locations and talking to locals. They look for improving towns, villages or city centres, for attractive, well designed homes, and locations bursting with community spirit."