A campaign has been launched to make Bristol the colour capital of the UK by ensuring that more homes are painted across this vibrant city.
Bristol’s iconic rows of colourful houses already dominate the skyline in many areas of the city including Totterdown and Easton, and now Stride Treglown, an architectural practice based in Clifton, wants to see more streets transformed with creativity.
The campaign is urging residents to brighten up their streets by painting the exterior of their properties any shade which takes their fancy, with a view to increasing their appeal.
This campaign to get people to jazz up their homes reflects the flourishing independent spirit that exists in Bristol, as reflected by the cutting-edge graffiti art decorating the city’s walls, including some of famous graffiti artist Banksy’s oldest works.
The eventful history of Bristol, coupled with its rich culture, has helped to make it one of the UK’s happiest places to live as well as one of the best areas to a raise a family thanks to good schools and secure communities, which appeals to a wide array of buyers, from young families and students to buy-to-let investors.
“The area is popular with all kinds of homebuyers from those looking for their first home through to growing families,” said Andrea Pilgrim, sales director at Barratt Homes in Bristol.
An increasing number of Londoners are also now moving from the capital to Bristol where the cost of living is significantly cheaper in comparison.
Record high prices in the capital, and a quest for cheaper homes in regional cities, saw Bristol become the most searched-for locations outside of London this year, according to research from Rightmove.
“The high price of inner London and parts of outer London means that many will look further afield, having initially searched for options in London on Rightmove, seeing what they can or cannot get for their money,” said Miles Shipside (left), director of Rightmove.
The fact that a new high-speed rail service will cut the journey from Bristol to Paddington by 22 minutes from 2018 only serves to add to its appeal.
However, the city is popular in its own right, with a housing market that remains robust despite the outcome of the recent EU referendum.
Adam Offer, managing director of Besley Hill estate agents, told the press: “The property market in Bristol is still very strong despite Brexit, with demand continuing to exceed supply of suitable homes to both buy and to let.
“With excellent levels of employment our vibrant city continues to draw people and they need somewhere to live – it is as simple as that! I expect the late summer and Autumn markets to continue to thrive and there is simply no let up in demand.”
But while activity continues to pick up, a severe shortage of properties has resulted in significantly fewer homes on the market, which is placing upward pressure on house prices.