Newtown is a primarily residential area of Exeter found between Polsloe Road, Old Tiverton Road, Paris St / Western Way and Magdalen Road. It offers lots of period and characterful property, is within easy walking distance of the City Centre and has good bus links along the main roads, so is a big favourite with those looking to enjoy the benefits of urban living. Aside from housing, there are a number of convenience stores dotted around, Waitrose, a sports centre, ski slope, swimming pool, large park, St Lukes (University of Exeter) and the Heavitree site of the RD+E Hospital.
Most of the areas housing consists of Victorian and Georgian terraced properties although there are the usual scatterings of modern and some older properties. Due to the proximity to St Lukes (Exeter University), many students live in this area, which can lead to a vibrant inner-city atmosphere in some streets. There are of course, many streets that are unaffected by students, so check carefully before buying how many student houses are in the neighbourhood. Be wary of looking at properties here in university holiday times, as what appear to be tranquil streets can be transformed into the life and soul of Exeter’s student parties when the students come back.For those looking to buy character property in this area, it’s worth looking at houses around Belmont Park, Polsloe Road, Denmark Road and Baring Crescent as these offer more variety in style, size and age.
Some of the area is covered by an Article 4 Restriction, which loosely put, prevents any more houses being converted to multiple occupancy properties.
In-store cafe and take-away coffee /tea
Gladstone Rd, Exeter EX1 2ED
This contemporary hotel has a restaurant menu, Costa Coffee bar menu, bar menu and kids menu
Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB
A variety or independent cafes / pubs / restaurants (see St Leonards area guide)
Magdalen Road, Exeter EX2 4TA
For local buses and national coaches
Bampfylde St, Exeter EX1 2JX
Services to Exmouth, Plymouth and London Waterloo
Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3SB
Offers a well-equipped children’s play area, a sensory garden, a kick about area and half a basketball court
Belmont Road, Exeter EX1 2HG
‘With a 40 station gym, multi-purpose sports hall, 2 squash courts, and a group exercise studio’
Clifton Hill, Exeter, EX1 2DJ
‘Dry ski slope. Experienced skiers can improve their skills, and beginners can get to grips with the basics on the separate nursery area’
Clifton Hill Sports Centre, Clifton Hill, Exeter, EX1 2DJ 01392 211422
‘With a 25m swimming pool, 33 station gym, boxing room, group cycling room, and a relaxing sauna’
Heavitree Rd, Exeter EX1 2LA
‘Offering superb fitness and swimming facilities for the whole community. Inc. a heated indoor pool and new gym equipment’
University of Exeter, Heavitree Rd, Exeter EX1 2LU
‘All the latest mainstream movies are shown at this state-of-the-art chain cinema with family deals’
Summerland Gate, Cheeke St, Exeter EX1 2DD
0871 224 0240
‘Offers a well-equipped children’s play area, a sensory garden, a kick about area and half a basketball court’
Belmont Road, Exeter EX1 2HG
England’s first sensory garden intended for the blind was opened in the Eastern corner of Belmont Pleasure Ground in 1939. It was restored in 2007www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmont_Park,_Exeter
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