A Clifton street has been named as the most expensive in the city – and one resident has given Bristol Live an insight into the life of luxury.
Property website Zoopla reports College Fields, next to the grounds of top boarding school Clifton College, boasts an average house price of £2.4million – almost 10 times the city’s average house price.
One homeowner, who did not wish to be named, spoke to Bristol Live having lived on the street with her husband for four years.
She said: “We’ve got everything here – and the neighbours are very friendly.”
College Fields, in Clifton, tops the list of Bristol’s priciest roads, with estimated property values ranging anywhere from £473,000 for a two-bedroom flat up to £4,006,000 for a six-bedroom detached house.
It’s renowned as being one of Bristol’s finest addresses and is within an easy walk of the fashionable Clifton Village and Durdham Downs. Its substantial Victorian houses have unrestricted views over neighbouring Clifton College playing fields.
When we went to speak to people living on the street, we were greeted by big gates, high-tech security systems and expansive driveways.
At two properties, the doors were answered by maids, while one businessmen appeared to be taking a stressful conference call – so we left him to it.
Aston Martins and Porsches could be seen parked outside some houses, with BMWs and other luxurious cars lining the streets.
‘You don’t feel it’s too huge’
One person we did speak to lived in a home containing four bedrooms, two living rooms, a dining room, several bathrooms – but it also has its own independent flat.
“It’s a very nice house – it’s big enough to have the family round but you don’t feel it’s too huge,” said the homeowner.
The highlight for her, however, is the wild garden featuring grasses, thistles, vegetables, herbs – and an imposing tree.
“Before, it was an ordinary garden, but we decided we wanted to do something a bit different,” she said.
“So if you’re here you wouldn’t think you were quite as close to Bristol as you are – it’s a nice little oasis.”
The resident and her husband moved to Bristol from a suburb of Paris, where they enjoyed the balance between the tranquility of the countryside and the big city on the doorstep.
“I think that made us realise how good it is to be in a place where you’ve got woods all around you and a thriving little town, so we were looking for the same sort of experience,” said the homeowner.
The decision to move to Clifton is one she is pleased to have made, she explained.
“It’s a very big positive point to be able to walk on the Downs and to be able to walk to the restaurants and the zoo – environmentally it’s very good,” she said.
“I’m really keen on conservation and I think it’s really important to be somewhere where you can walk to the amenities.”