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Move to the waterside area of Plymouth: House prices, properties, schools and services


Plymouth’s waterside area is home to some of the city’s finest properties, not to mention some truly breath-taking views.

Demand for homes here continues to rise as more and more house-hunters look to move nearer to the coast.

A recent study by the University of Exeter investigated the wellbeing effects of coastal living. Researchers found that people who live close to the sea are happier. And they also have better mental health compared to those who live inland.

Residents in Britain’s Ocean City are so lucky to have rolling countryside and wonderful coastline right on their doorstep. There is also the historic Hoe, not to mention the UK’s first National Marine Park right here in Plymouth Sound.

Lang Town & Country runs Plymouth’s only dedicated waterside estate agency.

Situated on Notte Street – near the Barbican and Plymouth Hoe – our branch opened in November 2016 and quickly built on the success of our Mannamead and Plymstock offices.

Our Waterside team has since established a strong reputation as Plymouth’s leading waterside experts.

Led by Andrew Genge, the department boasts an extensive knowledge of the city’s waterfront areas, and a wide variety of individual homes and developments. 

We’re also an affiliate agent of the Waterside Properties Network, which means we can promote our clients to a wider audience and online.

Here’s everything you need to know about living in the waterside area of Plymouth.


What are the properties like in the waterside area of Plymouth?

The waterside area of Plymouth has a fantastic range of older-style properties along Alfred Street and Athenaeum Street.

There is also a great mix in the Royal William Yard, with the perfect blend of period features and modern conveniences. You’ll also find new-style apartments in Sutton Harbour and the surrounding areas.

In the last 12 months, properties in Plymouth had an overall average sales price of £223,376.

The majority of sales were terraced homes (£203,970), followed by semi-detached (£243,791) and flats (£144,059).

Overall, sold prices in Plymouth over the last year were 1% up on the previous year and 10% up on the 2019 peak of £203,553.


What parks, play areas and facilities does the waterside area of Plymouth have?

You’ll find a wide range of parks and play areas along Plymouth’s waterside.

They include play parks at Mount Wise and West Hoe, where there is also an additional adventure park for children.

Make sure you visit the National Marine Aquarium which features more than 5,000 different species.

The Hoe promenade is always busy, particularly on sunny days, with a flat surface for bikes and scooters. It also regularly hosts top events such as 1 Big Summer and Armed Forces Day.

The iconic Smeaton’s Tower looks out over Plymouth Sound, with Tinside Lido a firm favourite with swimmers. And for those looking to join a gym, you’ll find Nuffield Gym within the Barbican Leisure Centre.


What shops and services are there in the waterside area of Plymouth?

The waterside area of Plymouth is just a short walk from the main city centre.

Here you’ll find all the big high-street brands and some excellent independent shops.

You’ll also discover some real hidden gems tucked away in the cobbled streets of the Barbican.


Are there any pubs, takeaways or restaurants in the waterside area of Plymouth?

The waterside area of Plymouth has a wide range of pubs and restaurants along the Hoe such as The Waterfront, The Piermaster’s House, The Terrace, Rockfish, Cap’n Jaspers and many more.

Sutton Harbour also has a number of great eateries and public houses including Bar Rakuda, The Ship, Rockets and Rascals, and the Three Crowns.

Head towards Stonehouse and you’ll find Royal William Yard, which is packed with fabulous cafes and restaurants.


Which schools are in the waterside area of Plymouth catchment area?

The waterside area of Plymouth has a number of excellent schools within its catchment area.

They include Millbay Academy, St George’s CofE Primary School and St Andrew’s CofE Primary School, as well as Margaret McMillan Nursery School on the Hoe.

Devonport High School for Boys is also within easy commuting distance.


What are the transport links like in the waterside area of Plymouth?

The waterside area of Plymouth has good access and is well-served by buses. It’s only a short walk to Royal Parade which provides the main hub of bus routes around Plymouth city centre.

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