Our ever-evolving cityscape has welcomed a fair few nice, new developments in recent times – and there’s more to come…
In a city constantly being told it’s one of the very best places to live in the country – and sold to all and sundry that way – it’s unsurprising that there’s a pressing need for more housing. Lucky for us – both the happily settled, who’ll have these new developments built into our daily skyline, and the house-seeking, who will be living in them – the many and various options springing up all over the place seem to be of an incredibly high standard…
Giving the local property market a serious injection of industrial chic is The Iron Foundry, made up of 16 distinctive new apartments with a hugely desirable address adjacent to The General, and neighbours including the Michelin-starred eatery Casamia – jealous much? Launched just last month, the one, two and three-bedroom waterside properties built by City & Country, are located within a steel and glass structure designed to reflect the industrial past of the buildings that once stood next to the General Hospital. Also included are two duplex penthouse apartments with open-plan living space within a glazed atrium, and views over the Bathurst Basin and across the city’s skyline. The majority of properties feature large private balconies or terraces, a palette of stylish monochromatic shades, premium spec – naturally – and private lift access from an underground car park. “We have already seen the outstanding sales success of The General,” said Vicky Dudbridge, associate director at Savills Bristol. “And The Iron Foundry will offer an entirely different proposition to those historic homes. Architecturally unique, they offer a standard of contemporary living not seen before. We expect interest to come from professionals working locally and along the M4 corridor; downsizers looking for a convenient, city-centre property; and buy-to-let investors who can take advantage of the rapidly growing profile of the area.”
Apartments will be available for sale off-plan; guide price £350,000-£1,250,000. – www.cityandcountry.co.uk
The rise and rise of Southville in the local housing stakes is something existing BS3 residents are well aware of. While they obviously don’t want everyone to find out just how great a place it is – as popular with young professionals as it is with families due to its eclectic mix of lively cafes, restaurants, bars, food markets, street fairs and parks – they are willing to share the love. Juniper Homes’ Bankside development, launching on 7 May on Coronation Road, is offering more folk the chance to enjoy life there; with 41 apartments laying claim to river views, terraces, balconies and gardens. Some look out across The Cut, while those to the rear enjoy a more secluded environment. In Phase One you’ll find one, two and three-bedroomed homes all with a top-drawer specification and thoughtful finishing touches. Design-led interiors feature Masterclass Kitchens with Amtico Spacia flooring, Duropal worktops and matching upstands; integrated appliances including Bosch multi-function ovens; beautiful bathrooms with sanitary ware by Villeroy and Boch and contemporary Porcelanosa ceramic tiling. Parking is allocated to specific units, and there is also plentiful secure bike parking. The spring launch is expected to attract lots of attention, with so much already on the doorstep; the centre easily reached via a short stroll across Vauxhall Bridge; and Temple Meads equally accessible on foot or from Bedminster’s own train station.
Prices for Phase One start at £180,000 – contact Ocean Estate Agents or Savills for more. – www.banksidebs3.co.uk
Another waterfront address to consider is Huller House – the sympathetic conversion of a Grade-II building with masses of architectural heritage into 10 distinctive two-bedroom warehouse apartments. The original windows have been meticulously recreated and doors have been converted to create Juliette balconies with glazed French doors, while inside, the design centres around a warm colour palette to enhance exposed brick walls and original cast iron columns, sleek designer kitchens, new oak flooring and luxury wool carpets. The Cheese Factory, meanwhile, is the conversion of the former Cheese Warehouse into 34 elegant, cosmopolitan one and two-bedroom apartments – again with gorgeously tasteful modern and open-plan interiors overlooking Bristol’s Floating Harbour and showcasing oversized windows and concrete columns. We contracted a major case of interiors envy when we took a gander. If you’re looking for another-level luxury, there’s also a collection of six spacious penthouse apartments… Just saying.
Prices start from £295,000. – www.hullerandcheesebristol.com
A former office building now transformed into 148 apartments spanning two wings, Number One – from developer PG Group – has not only a super-convenient city centre location but other plus points including a gym, private rooftop ‘sky garden’ and concierge service. In terms of design, the apartments have a contemporary feel and show real attention to detail; everything from triple-glazed windows to Porselanosa Kitchens, engineered wood flooring and Duravit bathrooms.
Sales have already been agreed off-plan on 30% of the development, but prices for a one-bedroom apartment start at £202,000. – www.numberonebristol.co.uk
Head to the industrial-era warehouse on Narrow Quay and you’ll find The Harris Lofts, a sympathetically executed conversion of a historic wharf-side building with 13 creatively conceived loft-style apartments. The building has a prime location overlooking the bustling thoroughfare of Pero’s Bridge and while its exterior has been modernised, the apartments are a fitting tribute to the history of the place; maintaining the balance between modern living and wonderful old architecture. The development, which has been designed with energy efficiency in mind, is being sold by Bristol estate agents Alexander May, and offers a great opportunity to own a piece of the city’s history. Selling points include its boutique hotel feel, high spec throughout, Farrow & Ball palette and luxurious touches including beautifully engineered solid wood flooring.
For more information: www.alexandermay.co.uk
Originally designed by acclaimed architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1930s, the iconic Electricity House was restored to its former glory in 2014 by Crest Nicholson. It now has a fabulous offering of 85 luxury one, two and three-bedroom apartments as well as a collection of duplex apartments and penthouses and a concierge service. With the help of a stellar design team, Crest Nicholson has fused Electricity House’s art deco inheritance with the living requirements of 2016. Externally, the building remains almost unchanged; its grand front door and traditional windows simply lovingly restored along with the frontage. On the inside, a marble terrazzo floor, created by master craftsmen, runs to the first floor atrium, while at the heart of the building is an innovative storage tube providing extra space for residents, and in keeping with the unique design of the building. – crestnicholson.com/electricityhouse
Situated in Arnos Vale, already an enclave for the local artistic community, Paintworks provides an eclectic mix of one and two bedroom apartments, two, three and four bedroom houses and a number of live/work units. The new homes, available as part of Crest Nicholson’s spring launch and just minutes from a number of the city’s art galleries, will be designed in the popular modern warehouse style, providing a contemporary urban feel to match the local bohemian vibe. The development will launch with a show apartment, meticulously designed in a loft apartment style and giving potential residents the opportunity to experience the lifestyle on offer at this unique housing project. It will even host a one-of-a-kind artwork, created exclusively for Paintworks by local artists Stephen Quick and Astrid Foreman. “Paintworks is such a unique development and we know there are lots of people who want to live in this very trendy, design-focused part of Bristol,” said Laura Osborne at Paintworks. “Not only is it perfect for those looking for a home in an eclectic, bohemian neighbourhood but it’s also ideally located for access to Temple Meads and the centre. The area offers so many creative ways to spend your time, whether you enjoy browsing art galleries, taking a stroll down by the river or through beautiful Arnos Vale cemetery or popping in to one of the independent delicatessens nearby.” We couldn’t agree more. And despite their coveted location, homes here may cost a little less than you think, with the government’s Help to Buy scheme.
Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start at £220,000. www.crestnicholson.com/paintworks