Bristol is renowned for its street art, rainbow homes, lush green spaces and top cuisine.
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So it is little wonder that record numbers of people are ditching the capital and migrating over to Bristol.
Some 5,483 people left London to move to Bristol in the year to June 2019 – while 5,190 people moved from Bristol to London.
That was the highest number of people arriving in Bristol from London in the nine years of available data.
It means London suffered a net loss of 293 people to Bristol, although this was down from 657 in 2018, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.
Bristol is within commuting distance of central London – around an hour-and-a-half by train – although with more people working from home, and potentially continuing to do so in future, more distance from the office may be more workable.
And house prices in Bristol are cheaper than London.
As of March (the last figures available), the average home costs £285,268 in Bristol – compared to London’s £486,000.
But cost of getting a foot on Bristol’s property ladder is increasing all the time as demand far exceeds supply.
The most expensive neighbourhood is Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze, where the average house sold for £530,000 in 2019 (up by seven per cent from £495,000 in 2018).
Also making it into the top five neighbourhoods for price growth is Bradley Stoke North, in South Gloucestershire. The average property there sold for £261,000 in 2019, up 19 per cent from £220,000 in 2018.
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