Exeter really is one of the best places to live in Britain. We are proud of our city and this part of Devon; here are a few reasons why.
Exeter is Devon’s capital city and main commercial and cultural centre. Often described as the ‘city in the country’, it is a relatively compact city with a population of approximately 124,000 and it is surrounded by countryside within a ten minute drive. With a rich history which can be traced back to the Roman occupation, the city expanded in the 12th century after the consecration of St Peter’s Cathedral in 1133 and again after the building of the country’s oldest ship canal. The cathedral is the architectural ‘gem’ of the city which survived the 1942 air raids which flattened surrounding streets during the Second World War. It boasts the longest vaulted ceiling in the country. The Cathedral Green forms the heart of the city and is home to specialist shops, diverse dining experiences and some impressive architecture.
The striking Princesshay Shopping Centre and refurbished Guildhall centre, are prime shopping destinations for the county and the city has a vibrant cafe and arts culture, award winning museum and numerous restaurants with diverse international cuisines. Exeter has become more cosmopolitan in recent years and this has been enhanced by the growth of its internationally renowned University. Large organisations such as the Met Office, have been attracted to the area and the city is seen as an economic powerhouse for the region helped by excellent transport links to London (two and a half hours by rail), easy access to the M5 and an expanding international airport. Local railway stations link surrounding towns and villages and there is an excellent bus network.
Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club and the 2016 rugby world cup, have helped raise the profile of the city and numerous sporting and leisure pursuits are provided with easy access to the coast, including the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and countryside including Dartmoor.
Our city attracts a wide demographic of people looking to move into or stay in the area, ranging from young people looking to rent, to the retired looking to buy. Cooksleys are pleased to be able to offer a diverse range of properties to buy and properties to rent, from our busy Exeter city centre office.