If you’re thinking of moving to Cornwall, take a closer look at Truro, one of the most popular destinations that regularly tops the ‘best places to live in the UK’ lists. Truro has a population of around 20,000 people, making it a very small city – but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in welcome and chilled out lifestyle.
As Cornwall’s only city, Truro has a magnificent neo-Gothic cathedral that dominates the skyline and the pretty Georgian townscape. A lively city centre with a great mix of shopping outlets, you’ll find major department stores and high street chains as well as lots of smaller independent shops and quirky boutiques in quaint back streets (‘opes’).
There are regular local farmers’ markets, craft fairs and cultural festivals near Lemon Quay, and the restaurant and entertainment scenes are thriving. Everything is easily accessible on foot. Away from the city centre, Truro also boasts several lovely parks and green spaces, including the 18 acre wildlife area Daubuz Moors.
Truro is ideally placed in Cornwall, with fast and frequent transport links to London and Penzance and good local bus services. Major roads are the A30 and A39 and Newport Airport is 15 miles away. Its central location makes Truro an ideal base for exploring the region – no wonder that the city has more than a million visitors every year!
If you are thinking of relocating your job or business to Cornwall, you might like to know that Truro boasts some of the region’s key industries, which include Food & Drink, Digital/Creative, Professional Services and SMEs.
Another huge bonus is that the Superfast Cornwall initiative has made Cornwall one of the best connected places in the world, with 24 Mbps fibre broadband now available in 95% of premises. This has helped transform the way people work and enabled businesses to use online more effectively.
Truro is served by 6 primary schools and 2 secondary schools with good Ofsted reports, as well as Truro and Penwith College for post-16 education. The city is also home to independent schools, Truro School and Truro High School for Girls.
For those who choose to relocate here, Truro has a wide choice of quality housing on offer. There’s a healthy stock of property on the market, ranging from city apartments to elegant town houses, riverside homes, out-of-town developments and rural properties.
New housing developments are in progress on the outskirts of the city, including at Malpas and Penn an Dre. The surrounding villages of Grampound, Trispen, Probus, Threemilestone, Feock and Perranwell Station are not far from the city centre and may also well be worth a look. With so much to choose from, there’s a good chance that you might just find your dream home here.
According to recent figures, the average property price in Truro stands at £249,648 for the last year, with most house sales being terraced properties selling for an average of £212,977. This compares to £234,977 for semi-detached properties and £334,886 for detached houses during the same period. Housing prices in Truro rose by 4% last year.
If you’re tempted by what Truro has to offer, your next step should be to pay the city a visit. Take a few days (or longer if you can) and try it out for size. Experience the ‘vibe’ of the place, and let your heart and your head come to a conclusion.
Have a look at the property market and perhaps start to contact with local professionals, such as estate agents and building surveyors that could be useful later on.
Choose the right area for you and your family to live, and go view some houses or flats to get a feel of what it would be like to live there.
If you’ve found the right property, you may need professional advice on property purchases, valuations and surveys, so a reputable and independent surveyor may be a good port of call.
Above all, enjoy the opportunity and experience of relocating to Truro. It’s a city that offers a great lifestyle, which is after all what we all want.
Article provided by Sara Bryant, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of companies including Hocking Associates, who were consulted over this post.