Research Westbury-on-Trym online and you’ll be bombarded with paeans to its lengthy history (the village is older than Bristol itself, you’ll quickly discover), its abundant wealth (The Ridgeway in Westbury-on-Trym is the only street in Bristol with average house prices that exceed £1 million) and its status (the area is home to the prestigious Badminton and Red Maids’ girls’ schools and one the city’s few Michelin-starred restaurant – Casamia).
What you may struggle to taste, however, is its everyday flavour. Westbury-on-Trym has so much to boast about that it can sometimes be difficult to really capture what life is like to live there. After all, a rich history means little if you cannot find or afford a place to buy.
So here’s something a little more useful. Westbury-on-Trym is located in the northwest of Bristol; the shining star in this wealthy corner of the city. While Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park can arguably claim a greater proportion of mansions and combined wealth, they’re little more than residential areas. Westbury, on the other hand, delivers suburbia, a village-like atmosphere, a vibrant high street and much more.
Westbury-on-Trym is home to the greatest concentration of retirees in the city, and also has one of the most highly educated populations, too.
In effect, Westbury-on-Trym manages to straddle a few divides. It is home to some of the city’s most expensive properties, it has an absolutely delightful village centre but also caters admirably for the needs of a big city suburb.
In terms of outlook, makeup and demographics, Westbury-on-Trym is undoubtedly one of the city’s leading places to live. Property prices are among the highest in Bristol, but the range of property styles and sizes is unrivalled. Most homes are either semi-detached or detached and pretty much all will boast large rear gardens and off-street parking. There are some newer build apartments of high specifications, while in and around the village centre, smaller cottage-like homes abound.
This juxtaposition of styles is reflected in the population. Yes, there are plenty of retirees, but a great deal of the two- and three-bedroom properties belong to families, and there is a regular influx of young professionals moving into the area to take advantage of everything Westbury-on-Trym has to offer – space, safety, attractive surroundings, a solid sense of community, access to the best schools and parks in the city, and a real connection with village life.
Usually you can footnote most areas as ‘not for everyone’. That’s not the case with Westbury-on-Trym. All ages will enjoy it; it’s just a matter of being able to afford the pleasure.