Living in Exeter, Devon
Exeter is located in the heart of Devon countryside and within short distance to the World Heritage Jurassic coastline, making it an area of outstanding natural beauty. If you’re looking for a new home in the South West of England, developments in or around the city of Exeter in Devon may be a great choice for you.
While Exeter has a long and varied history, investment and expansion has seen the city and its surrounding area develop vastly in recent years attracting major inward investment in industries such as aerospace, marine, agritech and renewable energies. It was named as one of the UK’s ‘uber-towns’ in a report published by the Sunday Times in October 2019, cementing its status as a growing town. Although, we all know that it is in fact, a small city that makes a huge impression!
Nearly half a million people live within 45 minutes of the city of Exeter, and with a relatively young demographic compared to the national average, it is a growing hub for technology industries and an excellent lifestyle choice for raising a family.
Exeter itself is situated by the River Exe and lay approximately 36 miles to the northeast of the city of Plymouth, 34 miles from Taunton, and 65 miles southwest of the city of Bristol. Between Plymouth, Exeter and Bridgwater are located some of the most desirable towns and villages in Britain, renowned for their quality of lifestyle, strong sense of community spirit, employment and commutability to wider employment in the neighbouring cities. Even the UK’s capital city of London is a mere 2 hours on the GWR trainline into London Paddington station.
With the average house price in Exeter at £295,000, a little above the national average, and new housing developments in place across the local area, it’s a perfect time to invest in a new home here.
You will find the majority of amenities needed for daily life within Exeter. There are banks, a library, post offices, dentists, GP surgeries, and supermarkets located throughout the city, generously serving to the needs of local residents. There are a number of hospitals in Exeter servicing the city and the wider Devon and South West regions.
The South West is home to many well-known and globally important employers making it also a popular relocation destination. There is an abundance of science and technology-based companies housed in Exeter Science Park, and world-class knowledge-based research and development facilities in the nearby Exeter Innovation Centre. Employers of note in the region include Pennon group, The Met Office, Gregory Distribution, Newcross Healthcare Solutions, The Scot Group, Landmark Information Group, University of Exeter, Goodridge Ltd, Princess Yachts, Devonport Dockyard, Flybe Group, Exeter & Devon Airport. The town has an employment rate of 75.3%, placing it above the national average.
Due to the Exeter’s good transport links and location within the South West, it is commutable for work in many towns and cities, including Plymouth, Barnstaple, Taunton, Bridgwater, Bristol, and London. Thinking of buying a new home in Exeter?
The sense of community is strong in Exeter. As with any city there are a large number of clubs and centres available to residents and the wider Devon community. Most of the estates within the town benefit from their own local leisure centres, and these are used for local meetings, entertainment functions and for club meetings. Community initiatives include Family resources, a bike bank, and parents’ groups. There are also a number of charitable organisations within the area which welcome new volunteers, allowing anyone and everyone to find a new hobby that interests them.
Excellent road, rail and air links make Exeter conveniently close to the rest of the UK. Wherever you are, you are not far away from the breath-taking scenery of one of the most beautiful areas in the country.
By road - the M5 stretches down from the North West, the Midlands and Bristol before terminating in Exeter.
By bus - there are many regular bus services in Exeter and around the region run by Stagecoach South West.
There is an excellent train service with trains running regularly to London, Paddington in around 2 hours and to Birmingham in 2 hours 30 mins. There are also regional services linking Exeter with other towns along the South Coast and into Cornwall.
For more information on transport in Exeter and Devon visit https://www.traveldevon.info/.
The centre and surrounds of Exeter provides a very large selection of educational institutions from pre-school, to primary and senior schools both state and independent examples of which are The Maynard School (Girls), Montgomery Primary School, Bramdean School, St Wilfrid’s School, St Leonard’s C of E Primary School, St Sidwell’s C of E Primary School and Exeter Mathematics School. There are also several notable colleges such as Exeter College, Exeter Business School, West Exe Technical College and The West of England School and College for the visually impaired.
Offering exemplary higher education, Exeter University is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive UK universities and maintains close partnership links with major industries throughout the South West.
There is a wealth of sports clubs in Exeter and the surrounding areas, from netball and rugby to boxing, gymnastics and sailing. Top sporting events are staged in and around Exeter, with venues and facilities including Exeter Racecourse, Exeter Golf & Country Club, Haldon Forest Cycle Trails, AS Watersports, Quay Climbing Centre, and with the East Devon Way’s many footpath links and country lanes allowing extensive walking through undulating countryside.
Exeter is the renowned foodie capital of the South West with many interesting and popular haunts such as Pho, Southernhay House, Café Rouge, Carluccio’s, Absurd Bird, KuPP, Wagamama, Comptoir Libanais, to name a few. Queen Street dining and Princesshay are mini havens for high quality eateries.
The Independent arts scene has a huge offering. With many established venues such as the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Devon Sculpture Park, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Exeter Barnfield Theatre and Cygnet Theatre, the choice is varied and appealing across a wide audience. Music and festivals are scheduled at venues such as Exeter Pheonix, Powderham Castle, Exeter Corn Exchange, Artiginio Café Bar, and University of Exeter Great Hall.
This city has something for everybody, with all of the usual headline chain retailers for convenience and familiarity but in addition, there is the Guildhall shopping centre, and if you explore the buzzing West quarter you will find a variety of independent shops, boutiques, cafes and bars. Exeter's Historic Quayside is a very attractive area within the city, popular with locals & visitors for its history, frenetic atmosphere and pubs & restaurants.
Exeter was established as the base of the Legio II Augusta, under the personal command of Vespasian – the roman emperor from 69 to 79, the fourth and last in the Year of the Four Emperors, and founder of the Flavian dynasty that ruled the empire for 27 years. As with any city steeped in history, a good place to start for a historical immersion is with the medieval Exeter Cathedral. Founded in the mid-11th century and one of the UK’s finest examples of Gothic architecture it boasts the longest unbroken vaulting in the world.
Just 8 miles south of the Cathedral you can discover all that the 600-year-old Powderham Castle has to offer, including majestic state room and garden tours, secret doors, long libraries and a hidden ballroom.
There are numerous architectural gems in and around Exeter – far too many to mention. Highlights include the Cathedral, St Catherine’s Chapel and Almshouses, Haldon Belvedere, Exeter Guildhall, Cricklepit mill, A la Ronde, Point-In-View Chapel, and The House That Moved.
Within a commutable distance of Exeter you can find a number of new housing developments under construction. Larkfleet Homes South West are currently building a number of stylish, eco-friendly new homes. Choose from:
2, 3, and 4 bedroom new homes at Willow Heights, Witheridge, Tiverton, North Devon (just 19 miles from Exeter and 31 miles from Taunton).
2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes at Hawthorne Gardens, Ilton, Somerset (36 miles from Exeter, 19 miles from coastal Lyme Regis and 11 miles from Taunton).
3, 4, and 5 bedroom homes at Quantock View, Cotford St Luke, Somerset (34 miles from Exeter and 5 miles from Taunton).
2 and 3 bedroom homes at Cornwood Chase, Ivybridge, South Devon (34.5 miles from Exeter and 13 miles from Plymouth).
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