Moving to Devon: Best parts of Devon to live (updated 2022)

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If you’re thinking of moving to Devon, you’re in for a treat! This charming county in the south-west of England is home to some of the most picturesque places to live in the country. From seaside towns with stunning coastal views, to quiet villages nestled in the rolling hills, there’s something for everyone in Devon.

This article highlights some of the best places in Devon to live. The list is by no means exhaustive as there are so many beautiful villages in this part of the UK, but we hope it gives inspiration for those searching for property in Devon.

Cockington

The first place on our list is the village of Cockington. This pretty village is located in Torbay, and is famed for its thatched cottages and tranquil setting. There’s also a lovely country park here which is perfect for walks and picnics. Cockington would be a great place to call home if you’re looking for a peaceful and picturesque setting.

Topsham

If you’re moving to Devon for the stunning coastal views, then the town of Topsham is definitely worth considering. It made it to the Sunday Times Best Places to Live due to its beautiful location, the quality of local services and amenities, and the friendly community vibe. This pretty town is located on the River Exe, and offers breath-taking views of the estuary. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants here, so you’ll never be bored! Topsham is a great choice for those who want to be in the heart of the action, and located only 5 miles from Exeter.

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge is a lovely market town located in the South Hams area of Devon, with a population of approximately 7000 people. The town sits on the estuary of the River Avon and has stunning views over the water to Dartmoor National Park. Kingsbridge also has excellent access to the A38 Devon Expressway, linking Plymouth and Exeter where it joins the M54. Schooling in the area is excellent with a number of well-regarded primary and Kingsbridge Community College – a secondary school and sixth form with academy status.

The town itself has a thriving market as well as a good selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and pubs. Kingsbridge is also home to a number of annual events such as the Kingsbridge Fair Week and The Bigbury Music Festival.

Tavistock

If you’re moving to Devon with your family, then look no further than the thriving town of Tavistock. This historic town is situated on the River Tavy, and is home to a number of excellent schools including Mount Kelly (independent school for pupils aged 3-18) and Tor Bridge High and Tavistock College. There are also plenty of activities for kids here, including a leisure centre and several parks. Tavistock would be a great place to call home if you’re moving to Devon with your family.

Ivybridge

Ivybridge is a bustling, friendly town set on the banks of the beautiful River Erme ideally situated close to Dartmoor and the South Hams, making it a popular commuter town for Plymouth. This is one of the lesser-known towns, but packs a punch when it comes to amenities, attractions, and all-round quality of life.

Ashburton

The village of Ashburton is another great option if you’re moving to Devon with your family. This pretty village is located in the Dartmoor National Park, and is surrounded by stunning countryside views. There are also plenty of activities for kids here, including a playground and a number of walks. Ashburton would be a great place to call home if you’re moving to Devon with your family.

Totnes

Totnes is a town full of charm and character, with 4-5 bedroom houses fetching over £1milliion+. The beautiful region surrounding Totnes is home to Dartmoor National Park and sandy beaches and bays ten miles to the south. The busy medieval marketplace offers connections to London Paddington via a mainline station that also has connections to St Pancras for Eurostar. There is also excellent access to the A38 Devon Expressway, linking Plymouth and Exeter where it joins the M5. Schooling in the area is excellent with a number of well-regarded primary and secondary schools. Totnes also boasts a thriving market as well as a good selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and inns.

Using a Buying Agent to buy property in Devon

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Our service stretches far beyond property finding. We also advise on how much to offer on a property and can negotiate on your behalf, ultimately saving you time and money to securing a property in Devon.

We work with families, couples, retirees, or those searching for a second home on the south-west coast.

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