Property in Devon

Property in Devon is highly sought after due to the beautiful coastal and rural landscapes, mild climate and picturesque small towns and villages.  It is a great place to look for a property, whether it be a permanent place to live or a holiday home, and our buying agent in Devon, Lee Heywood, is on hand to help you find the best.

History and Geography

Devon is often thought of as England’s favourite county and with its spectacular coastal scenery, the wild open space of Dartmoor and the serenity of its wooded valleys it is not difficult to understand why this beautiful county is loved by so many.

The north and south coasts have both cliffs and sandy shores. However, the north coast is perhaps the more dramatic with wide open beaches and soaring cliffs, whereas the south coast is less rugged with outcrops of sandstone being drained by five rivers.

Inland the area is mostly hilly and rural having a relatively low population with Dartmoor being the largest open space in southern England.

Devon has a mild climate and winter snow is unusual apart from on high ground. Sunshine temperatures vary across the county with moorland areas being cloudier whereas the best sunshine temperatures are generally recorded along the south coast.

Historically the county has played its part but in the modern era, both Plymouth and Exeter were heavily bombed during the Second World War because of their strategic positions.

Although Brixham has the highest value caught of any fishing port in the UK the fishing industry has waned over the years, which together with the decline of farming has meant that the county has experienced great change. Including the growth of the tourist industry with the English Rivera, centred upon Torbay being perhaps the best known area. In addition, Devon has also become well known for cider, clotted cream and the author Agatha Christie, who lived at Greenway now in the custodianship of the National Trust.

Cities and Towns

Plymouth is the largest city and a major commercial shipping port with the largest operational naval base in Europe, with Sir Francis Drake being the cities most famous son. Whilst The Hoe with views across Plymouth Sound and The Barbican are perhaps the best known landmarks.

Exeter is a cathedral city and also the county town dating from Roman times. It is the counties main administration centre and home to Devon County Council. Recently the city centre has been rebuilt with John Lewis opening a new store and Northernhay Gardens is the oldest public space in England.

Devon is blessed with many picturesque historic towns and villages. Barnstaple in the north of the county is the largest town and main business centre with the small towns of Ilfracombe and Bideford nearby. Coastal villages such as Croyde and Saunton offer wide open beaches, whereas Clovelly further down the coast is famous for its steep pedestrian approach and known throughout the world.

Mid Devon with its sweeping rural landscape is home to several small towns such as Crediton, Tiverton and Cullompton, which in turn serve numerous outlying villages. All with strong community values which help to support the church, the shop. the pub and village school.

Brooding over the county is Dartmoor with its wild terrain and exposed tors. Tavistock is a fine Victorian town being the gateway to Dartmoor. Whereas Chagford with its attractive market square in the centre of the moor serves numerous small villages such as Drewsteignton and Lustleigh.

South Devon has many enchanting towns and villages each unique and interesting in their own way. From small coastal villages such as Topsham and Salcombe to bustling towns to include Dartmouth, Sidmouth and Honiton this charming corner of England is much sought after.

Property in Devon

Property in Devon is characterised by pretty thatched cottages and grand country houses and offers the buyer a wide selection because of its diversity. Whether that be as a permanent home, a holiday home or as an investment.

With its dramatic seascape and towering cliffs, the north coast offers better value than the south, particularly if moving inland. Where small Georgian towns such as South Molton still retain a certain charm.

Overall however mid Devon offers even better value with its gentle undulating countryside and unspoilt villages such as Sampford Courtenay giving a tranquillity that is rare in other parts of the UK.

Dartmoor, in contrast, is more wild with tors and rocky outcrops. However, certain villages are expensive especially the area in and close to Chagford which is dominated by Castle Drogo.

Moving to the south coast small towns such as Sidmouth and Dartmouth are very expensive particularly if a property has a sea view. In fact, Salcombe with it’s sailing fraternity and a high proportion of second homes is one of the most expensive places to buy in the UK.

The South Hams is another expensive area and inland towns such as Totnes with its artistic and slightly bohemian feel attract creative types.

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