If you build it, they will come...

In their droves, it would seem. With more and more people relocating to Bristol, for the no-longer-secret reason that it’s the best city to live in the UK, the demand for new housing has never been higher.

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As every other property report will tell you, Bristol is the fastest-growing city after London. We are, you may or may not be pleased to hear, a proper scorching ‘property hotspot’. Good news for some, less great for first-time buyers hoping to clamber onto the ladder. Either way, it’s hard to resist the lure of the best city centre developments…


One of the most rated refurbishments in the city has come courtesy of City & Country, the developer of The General – the award-winning restoration and conversion of Bristol’s former General Hospital, overlooking the Bathurst Basin. Already an exciting prospect in up-and-coming Redcliffe, the acquisition of the ground floor by the Sanchez-Iglesias family for their holy restaurant trilogy – Casamia, Pi Shop, and Paco’s Tapas, facing the newly pedestrianised Lower Guinea Street – has only increased the allure. Apartments have been imaginatively crafted from the original building, with a further range of period apartments overlooking a tranquil courtyard with a reinstated fountain. The Iron Foundry – the first new build element of The General – offers beautiful apartments in a steel and glass building.

“Throughout the city there is a great demand for excellent homes, but the area around the waterside has undergone an amazing transformation, and homes are particularly sought-after here,” says Suzanne Aplin of City and Country. Suzanne tells us that this Autumn they’ll also be launching The New Yard – “A wide range of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that make up the latest new homes at The General. Designed around a central landscaped courtyard these new apartments offer and outstanding inclusive specification.”