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best places to live: Bear Flat, Bath, Somerset

Top places to live in Somerset Bear Flat, Bath

The best of both worlds in this 'village' to the south of the city centre, with a lovely community feel and lots of indy shops – yet with everything the World Heritage City of Bath has to offer on your doorstep. Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Enjoy the best of both worlds in this ‘village’ to the south of the city centre, with a lovely community feel and lots of indy shops – yet with everything the World Heritage City of Bath has to offer just a 15-minute walk away. No wonder Bear Flat made it onto The Times‘ list of top places to live in the UK.

EAT

One of Bath’s best restaurants Menu Gordon Jones, laid-back pub The Bear (you can’t miss it, there’s a giant polar bear on top), The Good Bear Cafe and Da Vinci’s Deli are your locals.

SHOP

Silver Bear jewellery and gifts, Julia Davey Ceramics, The Floral Touch florist, plus a Majestic Wine and neighbourhood necessities such as a general store and pharmacy, etc.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Aside from Bath’s myriad delights? You’re close to the Two Tunnels Greenway, a 12-mile circular cycle route.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

The location and beautiful period properties come at a price. Last year the average house price was £538,616 over the last year. Detached sold for an average of £954,393, terrace £545,525, semis £495,055 and flats £495,055.

HOT PROPERTY

In the village of Dunkerton, just south of Bear Flat and the city, this beauty consists of a 4 bed house, separate 2-bed cottage and gorge grounds. £1.25m

SCHOOLS

You’re spoiled for choice. State options include Ralph Allen School, Hayesfield Girls School, Beechen Cliff (boys) and St Gregory’s Catholic College. Most of the Bath independents are on the doorstep, including the outstanding girls’ schools the Royal High School GDST and the Royal High Prep School GDST; Kingswood Prep & Nursery and Kingswood School; Monkton Combe Senior and Monkton Combe Prep; The Paragon, Prior Park College and Bath Academy. Within easy reach are the Bristol schools like the outstanding Clifton College Prep and Clifton College Upper School. Renowned for its music (and much else), Wells Cathedral School is only about 20 miles to the south west of the city.

BEST KEPT SECRET

This was the original pilgrimage route from Bath Abbey to Wells and Glastonbury.

COMMUTE

Bath Spa to London Paddington from 1 hour 18 mins.

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Langport

Thriving laid back indies and a spirit to match on the edge of the Somerset Levels (and with the possible return of the railway it could be a good time to buy).

Ilminster

Sleepy Somerset market town which just happens to house the HQ (with shop and bar) of one of the UK's top designers.

Castle Cary

Enjoy all that this pretty South Somerset town has to offer and Bruton's culture/foodie scene on the doorstep (but without the price tag to live there).

best places to live: Bear Flat, Bath, Somerset

Bear Flat, Bath

The best of both worlds in this 'village' to the south of the city centre, with a lovely community feel and lots of indy shops – yet with everything the World Heritage City of Bath has to offer on your doorstep.

Frome

The community-minded town’s packed with arty, artisan indy businesses and cafes, and hosts the best street market in the West.

Bruton

The Notting Hill of the South West has more than its fair share of cultural highlights, great food and famous people.

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Clevedon

Independently minded, lively little seaside town overlooking the Bristol Channel and beyond, with elegant Victorian villas, indy shops and eateries, possibly the country's prettiest pier – and only 15 miles from Bristol.

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Wells

England's smallest city is fast becoming the South West's go-to place for festivals with annual food, comedy, theatre and literary fests.

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