In a recent survey by Rightmove, 50% of home-movers said that being in lockdown in the early part of 2020 has changed their outlook on moving to a new home. And almost a third (30%) of buyers are now considering moving to a rural area such as North Somerset.
There are obvious benefits to living in North Somerset. The space, contact with nature, fresh air, miles of beaches, and peace and quiet. And, of course, if you are moving from a city you will get a lot more for your money.
1 Locating yourself
North Somerset is a very diverse area. You may be dreaming of living close to the sea, where long beach walks before breakfast would be the order of the day. In which case, buying a property in Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea or Weston-super-Mare would be right up your street. Or you may want to be in close driving distance to the hustle and bustle of Bristol with its theatres and abundant nightlife. Portishead with its attractive marine area may be more to your liking. Or, for a more rural setting, consider Nailsea or Backwell – close enough for commuting, but far enough away to enjoy their peaceful contryside setting.
A little further out, but still within easy striking distance of both coast and city sits Winscombe on the western edge of the Mendip Hills, a designated Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). Winscombe was voted second best place to live in the UK in 2015.
2 Getting around North Somerset
North Somerset has fantastic transport links. The M5 runs down the west coast linking Somerset to Devon and Cornwall in the south, and Gloucestershire and the midlands to the north. It also has a busy railway line linking the county to Bristol and Bath, London, Wales, the midlands and beyond. It’s true that the roads can be very busy in summer as holidayers make their way to and from Devon and Cornwall on the weekends, but at other times congestion is far less than city-dwellers have become used to.
3 Local amenities
North Somerset is surprisingly cosmopolitan. The things that you probably enjoy in the big cities are right here on our doorstep. Like working out at the gym? Shopping? Theatre? Nightclubs? We have it all.
4 Schools and colleges
If you have children, schooling will be one of your top priorities. The schools in North Somerset are, by and large, very good. Typically they are able to offer extra-curricular activities. Five of North Somerset’s senior schools are above the national average for progress with Churchill Academy, Backwell and Clevedon schools performing well in the league tables. For older children and young adults both Bridgwater and Weston-super-Mare Colleges offer offer a wide range of courses, both vocational and academic.
5 Getting away from it all
Bristol Airport is situated in Lulsgate bottom in North Somerset and is easily accessed from most locations within the county. The airport carried over 500,000 passengers on international and domestic flights in January alone this year (2020). In 2018 it was ranked as the ninth busiest airport in the UK, handling nearly 8.7 million passengers. The chances are that wherever you plan to fly to in Europe, from Alicante to Zakinthos, your holiday can take off from North Somerset.
6 Getting physical
You’ll find lots to do in North Somerset apart from walking through bluebell woods or exploring the stunning scenery of the Mendip Hills. From kite surfing to pilot gig racing, kayaking to water skiing North Somerset has some of the best opportunities to try different water sports in the country. Clevedon, Portishead, Winscombe and Weston all have well established and welcoming running clubs. Of if open water swimming is more your bag, the 250 metre long marine lake at Clevedon is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.
Need something to get your heart pumping? Go underground with the Mendip Caving Group. Or if you prefer going up in the world the Mendips has some of the best limestone climbing in Britain and outdoor activity provider Mendip have a permanent climbing tower and their own, private 50 acre rock sport quarry with climbs to test all abilities. You can brush up your skiing and snowboarding skills in on the Mendip Activity Centre’s 165 metre slope in Sandford.
Ultrafast full fibre broadband with speeds of up to 200mbps is spreading rapidly across the county with a partial or full fibre connection available to 98% of all homes. Almost 95% of all homes in North Somerset enjoy superfast broadband speeds of more than 30mbps.
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