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Portishead’s history dates back to the Roman times and it is a beautiful coastal town in the north of Somerset overlooking the Severn Estuary. Over the past 15 years, Portishead has retained many of its special features, but has also become a commuter town due to extensive development. The old power station has undergone dramatic transformation and is now a modern marina.
Portishead is home to a variety of residents of different ages and, despite its blossoming, still retains a great community vibe. With highly regarded schools, key facilities, and just a stone’s throw away from Bristol, it is fast becoming a hotspot to move to.
Just 35-minutes away from Portishead (in Bristol) is the family-owned removals and storage company Britannia Lanes of Bristol. They have over 40 years’ experience and have offices throughout the South West so, if you are moving to or from Portishead, or anywhere in this beautiful corner of the UK, get in touch with Britannia Lanes of Bristol today.
Moving to Portishead
The Portishead property market is very busy and the majority of buyers tend to be young couples or families. One and two bedroom apartments are on the market for upwards of £160,000 and terraces start at £240,000. Families seeking a semidetached home should have a minimum budget of £280,000, rising to over £400,000 for a large detached property.
For young professionals or couples, one and two bedroom apartments are on the market for prices over £700 pcm or nearer £800 pcm for estuary views. New build terraced homes with two bedrooms are a popular affordable option, with prices under £800 pcm. Smaller semidetached homes with three bedrooms are on the rental market for just under £1000 pcm, rising to £1200 for those in a prime location. For large detached properties with four bedrooms, look to spend over £1200 pcm.
Schools in Portishead
As well as a number of highly regarded nurseries and playgroups, parents are spoilt for choice when it comes to primary schools for their children. High Down Junior School, Portishead Primary School, St Barnabas CofE, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, St Peter’s CofE, and Trinity Anglican Methodist are all ‘good’ in the eyes of Ofsted. High Down Infant School is ‘outstanding’.
Gordano School is the only secondary school located directly in Portishead, but children are welcome to attend any of the secondary facilities in the neighbouring towns and villages. However, as Gordano was awarded ‘outstanding’ during its latest Ofsted inspection, there would be no need to.
Transport Links Portishead
Portishead is well connected with regular bus links, not only locally, but to Bristol centre and other regional locations.
It is also located very close to the M5, allowing for easy access to Somerset and the South West. Equally, drivers can take the M5 north to the likes of Birmingham, or join the M4 in Bristol which leads straight to London.
Portishead railway station closed in 1964 but there are plans for the line to be reopened in 2019 when a new station will be built 600 meters east of the town centre. Currently, the nearest station is Shirehampton, around 13 minutes’ drive away. The station is located on the line which runs from Bristol Temple Meads to Avonmouth, with some services going as far as Weston-Super-Mare.