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Why Choose Devon?

Our enviable lifestyle

Surfing in North Devon

Surfing in North Devon

It’s official: those living here enjoy a better quality of life than anywhere else in England, according to Country Life Magazine, whose readers voted our county ‘The Best Place to Live in England’.

As the third largest county in England, it’s no wonder we offer people the space to contemplate, to relax and reinvigorate yourself.  Our county offers stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, and an abundance of natural resources.

The great outdoors

North Devon Coast Path

North Devon Coast Path

The beauty and quality of our landscapes are unsurpassed with over 1/3 of the county designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are over 450 miles of coastline along 2 stunning and distinctive coasts, the rugged wildernesses of 2 National Parks, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, England’s first natural World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast, 5,000km of public rights of way and over 250km of off-road cycle paths.

Our natural outdoor playground offers you the chance for a fantastic work-life balance.

Family life

Devon beaches

Devon beaches

‘Four of the top 20 places for families to live in the UK are in Devon’.

Our county is a safe and secure place to bring up a family with excellent education opportunities from pre-school, through school, to higher education and further education , including the world-class Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.

85% of our schools are rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted compared to 78% nationally.

Vibrant cities

Exeter is renowned for its low crime rate, high quality of life and flourishing arts scene , which includes the Royal Albert Memorial Museum – the 2012 Museum of the Year- and the Exeter Phoenix arts centre. With its buzzing city atmosphere it is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK.


Plymouth is the largest city in the county, combining the vibrancy of a modern city with the heritage of a historic port.

Moving here

If you are looking to rent or buy a residential property in our county, the following websites may be helpful:

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