10 Reasons to Make a Property Investment in Bristol Right Now

With its thriving social scene, positive energy, and a mention in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide, Bristol is an increasingly attractive and popular city to call home. So, it’s no wonder people are scrambling to make a property investment in Bristol in 2024.

Here’s why you should go with your gut and invest in property in the largest (and we argue the best) city in the South West:

1. Location, location, location

With city, countryside, and sea all within a stone’s throw, Bristol ticks a lot of location boxes. It offers all the opportunities of city life in terms of employment, culture, shopping, and a vibrant social scene while having green spaces and the Harbourside on its doorstep, as well as the coast a short drive away.

2. Transport links

Bristol is well connected to the rest of the UK via rail and bus services and the M4, making it an easy connection point to South Wales, Manchester, and Birmingham. Less than 90 minutes via train, many people commute daily from Bristol to London. Bristol also has its own international airport.

3. An expanding economy

Built on the digital, media, financial, aerospace, and engineering industries, Bristol has a modern, thriving economy that attracts both big businesses (Airbus and Rolls Royce already call it home) and new start-ups.

A recent report concluded that Bristol has one of the, “most vibrant and successful economies in the UK”, with, “the highest productivity levels per capita, employment and qualification rates of the major cities.” What’s more, nearly half of all jobs (45%) and 40% of enterprises in the West of England region are in Bristol, providing an economic landscape that offers excellent potential for property investors.

4. A growing population

The population of Bristol is estimated at 713,884 and is expected to continue to grow. A large population means a higher demand for housing and a greater potential for successful property investment.

5. A green city

The first British city to be named European Green Capital, the UK’s first ‘cycling city’, and with a successful Clean Air Zone, Bristol is unapologetically green. Like us at Landhaven, Bristol has the environment and community at its heart. If you’re looking for sound, sustainable investment opportunities, Bristol is a great place to start.

6. High rental demand

With a housing shortage and rising house prices making it more difficult to get on the property ladder, there is a significant demand for property to rent in Bristol, which has pushed rental prices above the national average. Around 29% of the city’s population live in privately rented accommodation and recent searches suggest the average asking rent for a 4-bed property in Bristol is £2,235 pcm.

7. Rental growth

JLL forecasts a 5% increase in rents across the UK in 2024, with key cities for growth expected to be Manchester, Birmingham, and Bristol—these cities benefit from broad job opportunities, regeneration projects and ongoing rental demand.

8. The much-loved Bristol lifestyle

Bristol is packed with restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, and shops. It boasts high standards of living, with a buzzing waterfront, green spaces, and a thriving independent art scene. It is also a hub for those who love to be active—running, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, and boating are all accessible within and around the city.

9. A university city

Home to the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England, and the Bristol Institute of Modern Music, Bristol has vast numbers of students, as well as graduates who choose to stay. Accommodation and housing (both shared rental and buy-to-let) for students and young professionals are in high demand.

10. Earmarked for regeneration

Bristol has multiple regeneration schemes in the pipeline, not least The University of Bristol’s plans to build a new £300m campus in the Temple Quarter, and substantial funds allocated to upgrade the city’s railways. Regeneration of this scale offers huge potential for those looking to make property investments in Bristol in the coming years.

Investing with Landhaven starts from £25,000 with no upper limit. Our focus is on a collaborative partnership – whether it’s your first investment or you’re a seasoned professional, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know.

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