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The 8 best places to live in Devon

The results are in! See where you voted as the best place to live in Devon.

Fancy living the Devon dream? Come on down for over 200 miles of South West coast path, national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor and more beaches than you can shake an ice-lolly stick at. Plus two vibrant hubs: the cathedral and university city of Exeter and the Ocean City of Plymouth.

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Ashburton
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Ashburton

Perfect for anyone who needs all perks of living in a town but wants to be able to make a fast getaway. Ashburton is just off the Devon Expressway, with two cities just half an hour away, but with brilliant shops, community and a buzzing community right there.

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Croyde

Longing to live in a picture-postcard village with access to sand, surf and sea? Croyde is a well-known magnet for surfers and families not just for its unspoilt natural beauty but its laidback vibe. Yet, despite its remoteness on the North Devon coast, its cool reputation with the London crowd mean family homes come at a premium.

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South Molton

Craving an outdoorsy life but don't want to be driving miles to get to the nearest shops and supermarket? South Molton and its surrounding villages could be for you, especially if you can't decide between beach, walks and moors. It's got it all on the doorstep.

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Tiverton

If you're a townie at heart, this traditional Devon market town could be for you. You'll find oodles of indie shops but you're just five minutes from bucolic rolling fields, half an hour from the sandy beach at Exmouth and 45 minutes from the stunning North Devon coast.

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Shaldon

There aren't too many villages right on the water that come with gorgeous architecture, non-touristy eateries and a buzzing city less than half an hour's drive away. Shaldon ticks all those boxes and more, but be warned it doesn't come cheap!

Lympstone
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Lympstone

After village life but scared it will be all retirement homes and crusty bridge parties? Lympstone buzzes with family life, gorgeous period properties and plenty of healthy, outdoor activities from cycle paths and walks to the stunning Exe estuary and the city of Exeter with its boutiques and bars just down the road.

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Kingsbridge

Happiest on the water? If you crave a laid-back boaty lifestyle, you can't beat this vibrant town at the top of the Salcombe estuary, less shishi (and less pricey) than nearby Salcombe but you can still get on the water in super-quick time.

St Leonard's
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St Leonard’s

St Leonard's is one for for the city gal, just a fifteen-minute trot from the city centre with gorgeous architecture, a row of cool, indie shops and all the temptations of the cathedral city of Exeter close by. But city perks come with city prices, you won't get much change from £1.5 million.