Top places to live in Devon 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. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
It’s very classy, filled with Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian beauties with stucco frontages and 3000sqft interiors, so yep, the London-look for a fraction of the price. What you gain in interior, you lose on garden space, for that you need to hotfoot it the 1930s detached houses around the Streatham Drive area near the university campus. It’s more leafy with plenty of good walks close by.
The shopping is so good, the Magdalen Road shops got name-checked by The Guardian last year for its top-notch parade. Check out the quirky but fabulous Maker Maker, offering an unusual mix of haberdashery and ukulele lessons and the zero-waste shop Nourish. The newest kids on the block are the fabulous Taco Boys, fresh from their truck on Polzeath Beach, with concept restaurant, Stage, currently doing takeaway, homemade cakes and amazing hot chocolate made from fudge they’ve smoked in their own smokery.
Erm, the whole of Exeter with its Cathedral and University-city vibe! One of the best wine bars, Muddy reviewed Rendezvous, is walkable and some fab boutiques on the Cathedral Green, including Lorna Ruby and Busby & Fox. For a culture hit, there is the Northcott Theatre over on the uni campus and the city’s museum, RAMM (great for kids) as well as the wonderful Exeter Phoenix on Gandy Street for live music and workshops on everything from photography to social media, art and music.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
High by Exeter standards, expect to pay £1.2 to £1.5 million – we’re told even a 5-bed do’er-upper can go for £750k-plus. The most sought-after postcodes are Lyndhurst Road and Wonford Road. Good local estate agents include Knight Frank and Stags.
Take your pick from Exeter School, an academically superb selective independent co-educational day school for pupils 7 to 18 and Maynards, an independent school for girls aged 4 to 18. Both are in walking distance, so *yippee* no school run for you.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Katie Hopkins was forced to sell her St Leonard’s luxe property for £950k after Jack Monroe successfully sued her for libel in 2018.
A dream for drivers as the M5 is a matter of minutes away, and in the right direction at rush hour. Exeter St Davids train station is a very walkable or bikeable two miles away, with the fast train to London Paddington 2 hours and 10 minutes away.
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