Article image West-country bound house hunters looking to live the Penthouse lifestyle are being advised to shop around before they make a final decision on where to buy.

With a number of high-end, inner-city developments in both Bristol and Bath, all offering the chance to live the high life, the level of choice is arguably the best it’s ever been for this property type.

The dilemma however for those looking to buy is deciding which location best suits their needs.

Billed as the capital of the West Country, many would expect Bristol to lead the way in terms of top floor living. 

With its avant-garde vibe, the city, which is home to Banksy, Aardman animations and Massive Attack is regarded as being one of, if not, the most creative city in the UK, and for some is the ideal place to pick up a penthouse.

However 10 miles down the road, the historic city of Bath has fast become the location of choice for a host of penthouse dwellers.

With its Georgian architecture, sweeping crescents and traditional townhouses the world heritage city isn’t the most obvious place one would expect to find a series of brand new luxurious penthouses.

But following the regeneration of what was the Stothert & Pitt Engineers and Founders on the south banks of the River Avon, Crest Nicholson’s Bath Riverside has turned on its head the notion of penthouse living, with a series of top-floor apartments unlike anything ever seen in the South West before.

For those conscious about cost, it’s worth noting that current prices in Bristol far outstrip those on offer at its West Country rival with the majority being priced in excess of the million pound mark.

And with Bath being so close, those not prepared to break the bank can still take advantage of Bristol’s more edgy scene or get to work by hopping on the train and be amongst it in about 15 minutes.

Priced from £525,000 the Bath Riverside penthouses are not only infinitely cheaper than those in Bristol but come in well under the upper Help to Buy limit of £600,000, allowing buyers to take advantage of the Government backed scheme. 

Mary Timlin, sales and marketing director at Crest Nicholson said: “More and more house hunters are looking to Bath as the location of choice. Numerous buyers who previously lived in Bristol saw what has been achieved here at Bath Riverside and instantly decided to move here.

“Those needing and wanting to head back to Bristol can walk to Bath Spa train station in about 15 minutes along the car free, pedestrian tow path and be on their way in no time.

“Also they won’t have to break the bank in order to enjoy the top floor lifestyle.

“All I can say is the chance to sit back and relax in your own top floor penthouse while taking in views of this remarkable city is one not to be missed.

“When we show house hunters around the development the reaction is one of amazement. The views are spectacular, the spec is of the highest quality and there is nothing else available quite like this.”

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