But it's a big city with lots of different areas to focus your search.
Here, we'll look at some of the best areas to live, run through some of the houses for sale in Bristol and take a look at the current property market in the city.
Where to live in BristolBristol is divided up into a host of areas and suburbs, each with similar and, in some cases, differing personalities and lifestyle offerings.
Houses for sale in Bradley StokeBradley Stoke is one of the newest areas of Bristol so is largely made up of 1980s and 1990s houses.
Popular with families seeking modern space in their homes, this four-bedroom property is typical of the kind of homes available in the area.
And if you're looking for a period family home, you're in luck - some of Bristol's best Victorian terraces and semis are in Bishopston.
Houses for sale in BishopstonAmong the large numbers of Victorian properties with stunning period features, the western side of Bishopston also boasts a number of large 1930s family homes alongside more modern flats and apartments.
This three-bedroom terraced property is a typical example of the superb period homes available in the Bishopston area.
DownendPopular for its parks and open space, Downend is close to the M32 and M4 in the north east of Bristol.
Like many parts of Bristol, the area enjoys a host of independent shops and cafes along the popular Badminton Road.
Property in DownendWell-presented Victorian terraces and larger 1930s and 1950s family homes are the order of the day in Downend, alongside more modern homes further out from the centre of the area.
A fine example of the kind of large period properties available in Downend is this substantial five-bedroom property.
With the River Avon running north of the area and the open space of Victoria Park to the east, it's no surprise that Southville is quickly becoming a place where buyers lay down roots.
Property for sale in SouthvilleIf you're keen on a quaint Victorian terrace then Southville is the place to look.
Some more modern properties are also available, mainly in nearby Bedminster, while some period properties have been converted into flats.
Close to major roads for access to the city centre, Kingswood also has a leisure centre, with swimming pool and a gym.
Houses for sale in Kingswood, BristolQuaint Bristol period terraces dominate in Kingswood, although there are also more modern properties available and flats.
Although detached, this three-bedroom period home is on the market for £318,500 proving there is value to be found in this area of Bristol.
St George's Park to the north east and Netham Park to the south are glorious open spaces to explore and enjoy.
The area is also only a stone's throw from Lawrence Hill train station for access to Bristol city centre and Bristol Parkway.
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Bristol Zoo and the Clifton Suspension Bridge are iconic landmarks nearby.
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Close to The Downs, Westbury-on-Trym is perfect if you like getting out and about - but boasts some stunning properties, too.
Houses for sale in Westbury-on-TrymThe area is superb for 1930s family homes, but also has a lot of smaller period properties in the main conservation area in the centre of the village as well as larger villas.
This extended four-bedroom 1930s house in the area shows what you can get for the right side of £700,000.
Bristol property marketWhile much of London and the south east of the UK has seen a price correction over of the past two years, the market in Bristol remains buoyant.
CJ Hole Southville's Paul Goverd says: "Buyers coming into the South Bristol area in particular are confident that it's a good area to settle.
"It's a wide demographic, too - families, singles and older people.
"Prices haven't dropped since the EU referendum and we saw the same in 2008 with the last slowdown - South Bristol didn't really take a hit like the rest of the country.
"We're quite well insulated here and with house prices being lower than many other areas of Bristol but the desirability factor high thanks to lots of Victorian and 1930s properties, there is potential for superb long-term growth.
"I would say to people, if you've got the deposit and can get a mortgage then you should buy now, because with interest rates remaining low, you'll probably be paying less on your mortgage than you would in rent.
"I can't see there being a huge correction in prices in Bristol and I think once we're out of the EU, things will start to pick up again nationally as we move through 2020."
Bristol's 'protected' property market is supported by high employment and a growing tech start-up sector, meaning younger professionals flock to the area as much as families for good schools and great properties.