We know that now probably isn’t the best time to be moving house, but it is certainly a great time to be planning a move and booking your removals in Bridport and West Bay. If you’re thinking of getting out of the city and moving to the countryside or closer to the coast then it’s also a good time to be doing some research on the best place to live. Our blog is full of info on a variety of Dorset towns but none is closer to our heart than Bridport. This is where our offices and secure stone-built storage facilities are situated and having relocated here ourselves many years ago we really wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!
If you hanker for a rural location but are coming from somewhere with a bit more life, then Bridport ticks a lot of boxes. There is a thriving art scene here and plenty of things to see and do in the local area – with the added bonus of being surrounded by rolling Dorset countryside and less than 2 miles from the Jurassic Coast at West Bay.
Art, Literature and Food
The arts scene in Bridport has made it very popular with people who want to relocate and the town has a theatre, museum, arts centre and cinema. It also plays host to the Bridport Prize – a prestigious annual writing competition revered by thousands of writers all over the world. It is also home to several festivals including the Bridport Literary Festival and a carnival. Whatever the time of year there are (in normal times) plenty of interesting events and things to do all year round.
The town’s literary heritage stretches back hundreds of years. Thomas Hardy based Hardy set his poignant love story, Fellow Townsmen here, (he called it Port Bredy), with the final scenes set in the 500-year-old Bull Hotel (which is still here and still open!). Many TV series and movies have been shot here including the 2015 version of Hardy’s ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ starring Carey Mulligan and Martin Sheen who stayed in the Bull whilst filming on location. West Bay’s iconic cliffs also featured heavily in the popular ITV drama series Broadchurch with David Tenant and Olivia Coleman.
Bridport is also a mecca for foodies with a fabulous farmers market and great independent cafés and restaurants serving fresh locally caught fish and grass-fed beef. The annual Bridport Food Festival (sadly cancelled this year) is a week long celebration of local food producers with plenty of delicious events to suit every palate.
House Prices in Bridport
The majority of houses sold in Bridport over the last year were terraced properties, which sold for an average price of £234,395. Detached properties averaged around £373,400 and semi-detached properties averaged around £279,520.
In the past year sold prices in Bridport were down 9% on the previous year before and were similar to the peak price in 2017.
If you’re thinking of renting in Bridport, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £895 per month and 1 bedroom flats start at around £550.
(Prices shown as of April 2020).
If you’re planning your next move and looking for removals in Bridport and West Bay – get in touch and we can give you a comprehensive quote for removals and storage. We can tailor our service to suit your needs, whether you want to pack it yourself and use our man with a van or you want everything packed and hauled for you. We can help.