Properties in Exeter – Where to live

Published Feb 17, 2020 – 4 mins read

If you are new to the city or thinking of moving to Exeter in Devon you may be in a conundrum as to where to put your hat, after all, there are many, very different places to choose from. Properties in Exeter can vary greatly; the age and style of homes might dictate your choices when considering where to live.  

In this blog, we explore many of these areas in a little more detail to help you along the way.

St Leonards

St Leonards is easily one of the most sought-after locations in Exeter. The area has an almost village-like feel; Magdalen Road, at the heart of the area, offers a real sense of community with many independent shops, pubs and cafes.

Properties here mostly consist of terraced or detached Georgian and Victorian houses some of which have been converted into apartments. Great examples of these can be found on Lyndhurst Road and Victoria Park Road where a terraced four-bedroom house sell for premium prices.

Modern developments can also be found in St Leonards such as Gras Lawn, Artillery Court and the new prestigious development “St Margaret’s Residences” on Magdalen Road.

Located in the area are highly regarded schools; Exeter School and Maynard School for Girls.

St Leonards is very central; you can walk to the city centre in around 10 minutes. By road the Topsham Road, albeit busy at peak times, takes you with ease to the city centre or towards Topsham, the M5 motorway or A30 and A38 main roads going east.


Another popular area which borders part of St Leonards is Heavitree. Heavitree is popular amongst families due to the good schools nearby and many local amenities on the doorstep including Waitrose, several great playgrounds, a skate park and a paddling pool for the summer. It’s also a popular location for those who work at RD&E Hospital and Met office as both these sites are nearby.

There is a real mix of properties in the area from 1930’s semi-detached houses to bungalows and more modern buildings.

Again, you are close to the city centre in Heavitree but still with easy access to M5 motorway and A30 and A38 main roads. With the large supermarket and the hospital in the area, the roads can get busy at peak times.

Exeter Quayside

With an array of independent shops, antique shops, workshops and plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants, Exeter Quayside is a vibrant area and a highly desirable place to live.

Exeter Quayside is one of many historic parts of Exeter with property for sale including Loft-style apartments mixed with modern apartment blocks such as Compass Quay overlooking the River Exe.

Countess Wear

Approximately 2 miles from the City centre, Countess Wear is located on the North bank of the River Exe Estuary which was originally part of greater Topsham. As it’s situated on either side of the Topsham Road residents can enjoy easy access to the M5 motorway and A38 main road.

Popular developments are The Rydons, and Greenachres. Aside from these new developments, there is a mix of properties here form 1930’s bungalows to thatched cottages and British steel-framed houses.

Exeter City Centre

Exeter city centre is an exciting place to live with excellent shopping facilities and a great choice of restaurants, many which require booking even for a weekday lunch.

There is a mix of business and residential properties in the city centre with popular areas such as Southernhay Gardens and around Cathedral Square.

Parking is difficult in the city centre, but many properties have access to private parking and newer apartment blocks tend to offer underground parking.


The suburb of Pinhoe is located on the North-Eastern outskirts of Exeter and is very popular with families.  The most popular roads include Harrington Lane and Pinhoe Road which offer Victorian houses.

Pinhoe also has a large number of new build developments bringing more amenities to the area. With many people working at the nearby Sowton Industrial Estate and residents benefitting from easy access to the M5 it is a popular place to live.  


The highly desirable suburb of Pennsylvania is situated to the north of the city and sits on a hill. The lower part of the area is popular with students as the University is located nearby. In the upper parts of Pennsylvania, buyers can find exclusive, large detached houses that rarely become available for sale.

Pennsylvania Crescent and Streatham Rise being some of the most sought-after roads in Exeter.

St Thomas

St Thomas is popular with families with many roads being occupied by Victorian terraced houses. Close to Schools, shops and other amenities including St Thomas’s train station makes this a well-connected part of town.

As St Thomas’s is near the south side of the River Exe the area has been subject to flooding in the past, but flood defences are constantly being improved to prevent this from happening again and the area remains to be a very popular place to live.


Topsham is a small and busy estuary town within Exeter, it’s popular with locals and tourists alike. The town has a great village feel and the high street running through it has lots of character with local independent shops, pubs and restaurants.

There are many different styles of properties in Topsham form quirky Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian Houses to Dutch Style Gable Houses. The most regarded and sought-after street is The Strand where houses sell for premium prices. Just outside of the town centre there are several new developments being built.

As finding a parking space in Topsham can sometimes be challenging many opt to take the popular train from Exmouth to Exeter where you can also connect to many other destinations.

Exeter Property Finders

If you’re looking for a place to live in Exeter and cannot decide which area would be best suited to your lifestyle and preferences our local team of knowledgeable experts would be delighted to assist.

To talk to us about your plans to move to Exeter and learn more about our services please do not hesitate to contact us.