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Heavitree - Area Guide

Updated: Mar 7

What's the Heavitree area of Exeter like?

Let's have a drive round and see...

Situated to the east of Exeter City Centre, Heavitree is one of the most highly sought after areas of Exeter, offering both the convenience of close proximity to the City Centre as well as easy access to the M5 and the A30.

A generally suburban area with it’s own high street, this area enjoys many amenities, florists, hairdressers, estate agents, post offices, a laundrette, a doctors surgery, a dentist Church of England and Cathollic Churches and many more.

There are several places to eat, from the many takeaways to the Spanish shop, several cafes and several pubs. A Tesco Express a Co-op and a petrol filling station.

Situated behind Forest Street is the very popular Heavitree Pleasure Ground, which attracts many visitors with it’s open grassy areas, tree lined parks, summer paddling pools, childrens’ play park, skatepark and tennis courts, bowling green and basketball park.

Park Life Café and community hub situated within the grounds gives welcome rest from the park’s activities.

As with much of Exeter, there are a wide range of styles of housing within Heavitree. There are examples of 1930 semi detached properties with generously sized gardens making it a popular choice for families.

There are also grander properties, older properties, post war properties, modern properties and bungalows, and high end renovations such as those at Richmond Grove.

Investors and landlords favour the area for renting to workers from the nearby Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital , the Met Office, University students and postgraduates.

Being outside the Article 4 area (January 2024) conversion to HMOs under permitted development rights is relatively straight forward.

They must be a green fingered lot in Heavitree as it is home to not one, not two, but three allotment gardens.

It is also home to two primary schools, St Michael’s Church of England and Ladysmith Junior School. There is also a Kip McGrath if you fancy some extra maths or English tuition. The Ellen Tinkham College, a special needs school for 11 to 18 year olds, as well as other good schools nearby.

With a lower student population and more families, Heavitree is generally quieter than the more central areas of Exeter, yet close enough to enjoy city life too.

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