With origins dating back to Roman times, the Cotswold cathedral city of Gloucester boasts 19th-century docks, museums, galleries, eateries and a bustling events calendar. Ofsted-rated schools, affordable housing, pretty suburbs and glorious Regency parades conspire to make Gloucester a place people want to live.
What Makes It Great?
The exquisite 11th-century Gloucester Cathedral – resting place of King Edward II – features fan-faulted cloisters and the sublime Great East Window. It has also been used as a location for television shows and films, including a number of Harry Potter film scenes.
A pedestrianized traffic-free city centre and the UK’s best preserved 19th-century dock are big draws. And one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena, the Severn Bore – the second-highest surge wave in the world, coming in at as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m) – is a sight to behold. Easy access to the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds also makes Gloucester an attractive option when considering a move.
There are also many opportunities for all ages to keep busy day or night. A busy events calendar gives the opportunity to see live music, enjoy a medieval banquet, take part in a silent disco, shop for crafts and Christmas fare at the markets and pass a bank holiday weekend at the award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships festival.
Gloucester is well connected for travel to Bristol, London, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Cardiff.
According to a recent news report, Londoners in their 30s are leaving the capital – 65,890 from 2014 to 2015, which is a 41% increase in the number since 2012. Gloucester should be featuring highly on their list of potential places to move to – especially those with young children.
A great selection of Gloucester property for sale can be viewed at http://www.tgres.co.uk/properties-for-sale, where you can find houses and flats for sale, including Regency, Georgian and early Victorian dwellings. There are great examples of the latter around Oxford Road and Denmark Road.
What About House Prices?
A large detached property will set you back somewhere between £350,000 and £600,000, while less substantial detached houses will usually go for between £160,000 and £350,000. Terraces reach £80,000-£175,000.
If you’re renting, you can expect to pay between £550 and £850 pcm for a three-bedroom house and £425-£675 for a two-bed flat.