Plymouth is a city on the up. For those not in the know, the merits of Devon’s biggest city have too often been overlooked. Having been devastated by heavy bombing during the Second World War, Plymouth struggled to rebuild. And for years, it underwent something of an identity crisis. But thanks to a whole host of recent regeneration projects – and more in the pipeline – Plymouth is riding high. These exciting developments add to a sensational coastal location and a diverse selection of residential properties. All in all, there’s never been a better time to move to Plymouth.
A city of change
The last couple of decades have seen the face of Plymouth transformed. The Royal William Yard – Europe’s biggest group of Grade 1 listed military buildings – has been converted a thriving cultural hub. Today, its handsome limestone structures are home to some of the city’s finest restaurants, bars and art galleries.
Plymouth’s city centre has also seen a resurgence in recent years, with the plush Drake Circus providing a plush undercover shopping experience. The main shopping centre offers a conveniently compact pedestrianised grid. While its bold concrete construction doesn’t offer the period charm of other British cities, Plymouth city centre has its fans. Notably, TV architect Kevin McCloud has spoken out in support of its 1950s heritage and argued for its preservation.
Next year sees the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower setting sail from Plymouth to colonise the New World. In recognition of this milestone moment, Plymouth is seeing another big push to develop some top-notch attractions. At the centre of this will be opening of The Box in 2020. This cutting-edge interactive museum will be a leading cultural centre for the South West.
Plymouth offers a desirable balance of vibrant urban living and outdoors leisure activity. You’ll find all the benefits that come with being in the South West’s biggest city. There’s a huge variety of cafes and restaurants, theatres and cinemas – with a massive new multiplex, complete with restaurants and sky bar, due to open soon. Plus, there’s a wide array of both independent and big name shops to explore.
But it’s Plymouth’s setting that makes it truly special. The city centre opens up onto the Hoe, famous as the spot where Drake played his famous game of bowls. Here, you’ll also find Smeaton’s Tower, the city’s best-known landmark, and stunning ocean views over Plymouth Sound. The Hoe leads around to the Barbican, where cobbled streets and quirky old shops take you back in time.
Venture a little way out of the city and the outdoors adventure lifestyle really comes into its own. A short trip to the north of the city lies the spectacular wild expanses of Dartmoor. Head east or west along the coast and you’ll discover beautiful sandy beaches flanked by dramatic cliff landscapes. And there’s the relaxed allure of Devon and Cornwall, with its character-filled towns and villages, on your doorstep.
Where to live in Plymouth
Plymouth has a diverse range of properties to the prospective buyer to consider. From cool urban apartments to stunning seafront houses to leafy suburban properties, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, you’ll find homes to suit a wide spread of budgets. Plymouth is a surprisingly affordable place to live – so the options for homebuyers are plentiful.
For a classic slice of seaside living in one of Plymouth’s most renowned areas, you might want to check out the Hoe. Other popular central parts of the city to consider might be the trendy Stoke area, Hartley or Greenbank. For a comfortable suburban lifestyle, Plymouth offers a wide selection of options on its outer fringes. Plymstock, Plympton and Derriford are all great places to start your search.
Whether you’re in the market for a family home, a first-time buy or a city centre pad, Plymouth ticks all the boxes. ‘Britain’s Ocean City’ presents a superb range of residential properties. Plus, with the future looking bright for this ancient maritime settlement, and so much to offer within and beyond the city, it promises a lifestyle that has it all.