Why live in Bristol?
Here in the Clifton office we cover the most exclusive part of the city. Our office deals with property in Clifton, Cliftonwood, Redland, Kingsdown, Cotham, Sneyd Park, Westbury Park and Stoke Bishop. We also look after the City Centre, Harbourside and Hotwells and reaching as far as North Somerset.
This part of Bristol is vibrant and thriving and it has seen some incredible changes over the years. It s also where most people want to live.
CJ Hole was founded in Clifton two centuries ago by Mr Charles Joseph Hole. We pride ourselves on the fact that when many of the city's beautiful Victorian villas were actually being built for the wealthy merchants we were already in business. Over the years the company grew to cover a large part of the South West and establishes us as one of the oldest and most experienced names in the field.
Of course Bristol has changed dramatically since the mid 19th century. There s been enormous redevelopment and renaissance down in the docks area after a decline in the port industry. Many of the beautiful old buildings have had new life breathed into them and they sit alongside edgy, contemporary waterside apartments.
Bristol is now a bustling mix of medical, university, aerospace, computer and media industries, to name but a few. Families, students and professionals flock here from all over the country looking for a taste of what one of the most beautiful parts of the country has to offer. There are now almost half a million people living here.
Bristol s even been named the UK s most sustainable city because of its environmental performance and quality of life! It s also, believe it or not, one of the warmest and sunniest places in the country. Our Houses-
If you are looking for it we can probably find it for you. Do you want an apartment by the waterside or a conversion with lofty ceilings in a grand old Georgian mansion? Bristol is filled with beautiful architecture and elegant Victorian squares. We have everything from generous Bath stone family homes to the traditional Edwardian properties nearer the Downs. The Facilities-
Bristol is the largest city in the South West and is well served by shops, culture and green spaces. Shopping for the region includes the glamorous Cabot Circus centre as well as Cribbs Causeway next to the M5. Take your pick from John Lewis to Ikea and even Harvey Nichols. Clifton village boasts gorgeous delis and local boutiques and wander no further than Gloucester and Whiteladies Roads for traditional local traders. For culture there's the Bristol Museum, the Royal West of England Academy, the Hippodrome and the SS Great Britain, to name but a few. Bristol really is a mecca outside London we think it s unbeatable for culture and nightlife. There is the glorious Suspension Bridge and our beautiful docks. Our world famous guerrilla artist Banksy has brought thousands of people to Clifton and now the Aardman sculpture trails (Gromits and Shauns) have done the same.
It s also a city that s kept as much of its green space as possible. The Downs which are circled by Clifton, Stoke Bishop and Redland are used by locals in Bristol. They are a place to walk, jog, or barbecue and relax. The beautiful Ashton Court Estate, Blaise Castle and Leigh Woods are also all within easy reach and the perfect place for a walk or a bike ride. There s even Bristol Zoo right in the middle of Clifton! Our Education and Health-
The City is home to one of the most prestigious redbrick universities in the country. There are more than 25,000 students at Bristol's Universities. We also have the University of the West of England, two further education colleges and three Theology colleges.
This area of Bristol has the best schools in the city and there s a lot of choice. In total there are 129 infant, junior and primary schools and 17 secondary schools. We also have the country's second highest concentration of independent schools like Clifton College and Badminton. Transport-
Bristol sits 105 miles west of London and 24 miles east of Cardiff and we couldn t have better links to the rest of the country. The trains out of Temple Meads and Parkway are frequent and fast and there s a bus and coach station in the heart of the city. The M5, M4 and M32 are just minutes from the centre but if you work in Bristol then getting around on foot or bike is being made easier and easier. We were even named England s first Cycling City two years ago. Bristol international airport is also on the doorstep- you can fly direct to 112 destinations across 29 different countries, from Paris, to Scotland and New York to the Caribbean. Why stay?
Most people who come to Bristol don t want to leave. It s a gateway to the beautiful South West and all that Devon and Cornwall have to offer. The same goes for the short trip over the bridge to glorious Wales and all those Pembrokeshire beaches. And as thousands of people will attest it is possible to commute back to London or Birmingham and yet enjoy the quality of life that only Bristol can offer. Culturally it s rich. The sports facilities are fantastic- and we even have two football teams! It s a glorious city with a fascinating history and a bright future.