To a casual observer, Sneyd Park’s verdant streets may be described as ‘leafy’ and ‘beautifully green’. To professional gardeners or landscape architects – who are clearly kept pretty busy all year-round – they are a cacophony of well-groomed foliage: hand-selected, imported, exotic, shaped to display, and shaped to conceal. This bluster of bushes; this parade of privets promote Sneyd Park as a wealthy gallery displaying some of the finest greenery in Britain.
That’s not to say that home hunters keen on snapping up their own slice of Sneyd Park have to rush through an order for full National Trust membership in an attempt to fit in with the new neighbours.
There are some noticeable price differences between the two-bedroom flats found near Stoke Hill and the seven-bedroom manor houses that peer over the edge of Avon Gorge and down to the winding river below. Such ‘extravagant’ prices certainly sit at the top of the Bristol price tree, but every million-plus pad has earned its hefty price tag; we’re talking some of the most expansive, beautiful and wonderful properties in the South West. There’s sweeping driveways, gated entrances, sprawling gardens and architectural styles that range from Regency grandeur, through mock-Tudor, 70s art-deco and classic inter-war. These homes are worth it.
Originally developed in the Victorian Period, many of Sneyd Park’s Victorian and Edwardian villas border the extensive Clifton Downs. Almost exclusively residential, Sneyd Park sits adjacent to the Avon Gorge, with spectacular views of the famous Suspension Bridge from the Sea Walls observation point. Towards the suburb of Sea Mills, built down over the slope, a range of more modern, and slightly more modest, housing fulfils the desires of the contemporary house-hunter with a slightly less dazzling budget.
Local amenities dotted in among the sublime suburbia include a surgery and an Osteopath Natural Health Clinic, while the popular Bristol Croquet club is located in neighbouring Stoke Bishop. Shirehampton’s golf course and high street – which has plenty of amenities – is a short drive away, while there are good local bus services to the centre of Bristol and out to Cribbs Causeway.
Despite the area’s undoubted accessibility, it is Sneyd Park’s enclosed, inward looking nature that makes it such an intriguing neighbourhood. Undoubtedly the wealthiest corner of the city, life is often lived out behind closed doors. There’s none of the street-level vibrancy of Clifton Village.
Nobody could ever snub their nose at Sneyd Park’s property portfolio – the homes are just too beautiful for that – but it obviously isn’t for everybody, even if you can afford it. If, however, you’re looking for a safe and serene environment in which to raise a family, there are few better locations in Bristol.