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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

Not the cheapest. £649,605 in 2019. Terraced £643,496, semis, £691,000 and detached, £768,333. Local estate agents include Andrews.

HOT PROPERTY

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 including Kingswood Prep & Nursery and Kingswood School on a gorgeous 100-acre site as well as Royal High Prep School GDST, Royal High School GDST, Monkton Combe Senior, Monkton Combe Prep, The Paragon, Prior Park College and Bath Academy.

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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