Geography has obviously shaped Redland’s appearance but it’s also had a massive influence on its character. Redland is the suburb of choice for good centrally based housing in Bristol. Vibrant family life co exits harmoniously with student life, parks, retail and boho chic restaurants. The result, it’s a sober district of leafy roads, beautifully kept front gardens, immaculate properties and an overridingly pleasant atmosphere. There are few pubs in Redland, and those there are act as true community hubs that are as gastro-centric as you would imagine.
Chandos Road has a few lovely restaurants and wine bars, while Zetland Road towards ‘The Arches’ in St Andrews is a hive of activity most evenings thanks to the presence of some highly regarded diners and bars. Otherwise, Redland is true suburbia: a suburbia of excellent schools, a fantastic Lawn Tennis Club and attractive architecture.
Predominantly Georgian and Regency era, most properties in Redland are large mansions that either remain as standalone homes or have been converted into spacious flats. Redland differs from Clifton by the presence of some Victorian housing and a reasonable choice of interwar period properties, too. It’s cheaper than Clifton, but not by much, although the more affordable homes tend to be quite a bit larger than those found in Clifton.
Hemmed in by Whiteladies Road and Gloucester Road to the west and east respectively, Redland’s northern and southern boundaries are less easily defined. Cotham is its immediate neighbour to the south, although there’s little to distinguish between the two areas because the atmosphere and architecture changes very little until you get down to Kingsdown and, with it, the beginning of the city centre. To the north, Coldharbour Road cuts a north-east path across Redland, separating it from Westbury-on-Trym, although again, there’s very little in the way of immediate distinction between the two areas.
In short, Redland eschews all pretences of cool; it doesn’t look to dazzle with its sophistication or ostentation – it simply provides an appealing suburb that is perfectly located to allow its residents to dip their toes into the cultural offerings of its immediate neighbours while, at the same time, remaining resolutely detached, free from the bustle of Bishopston, the chatter of Clifton and the stupor of Stokes Croft. It borrows from each, but always returns to the wooded, leafy embrace of its own residential haven.