Why move to St Ives?

In recent years St Ives has become one of Europe’s premier holiday destinations, famed not only for its beautiful beaches and coastal paths but also for the maze of narrow, cobbled streets packed with restaurants, galleries, cafés and local bars. There are five sandy beaches, including neighbouring Carbis Bay, three of which are award-winning, blue flag beaches; the coastal paths provide a treat for walkers and bird-watchers alike.

The town is also renowned for its artist community; many artists live in and visit St Ives because the light is said to be special and, let’s face it, it’s a very beautiful place. There are galleries, art shops and artistic inspiration all over the town including the Tate, and the Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden.

The town has a lovely mix of smaller, independent shops and high street stores. There are plenty of gift, ice cream and surf shops but also a great butcher, clothes shops and newsagents. There is a Co-op for groceries or an out-of-town Tesco some 2 miles away.

St Ives is great for eating out; there are lots of fish and chips shops, seafood restaurants including the award-winning Porthminster Café, The Loft, Black Rock and the Seafood Café; the Firehouse is great for steaks; there is a Pizza Express and lots of pubs doing great food.

A town with a varied social life

St Ives has a lively sports scene; the leisure centre has a swimming pool and runs Pilates and tai chi classes; there is a surf school and lots of water sports going on. On the cultural side, there is an excellent theatre group, and September’s festival of literature, music and poetry – three weeks of jazz, classical and pop bands alongside comedians, films and exhibitions – is an annual highlight.

Great local schools

St Ives and the surrounding area have some great schools; St Ives School is the local secondary, St Ives Junior School has been Ofsted rated as ‘outstanding’, and St Uny C of E School and Nancledra School are both ‘good’.

Good transport connections

St Ives is just 10 minutes from the A30 that connects it to other Cornish towns.

The St Ives Bay Railway Line runs around the coast and is a beautiful route. Trains to St Erth meet the main line and connect to other Cornish towns and to Plymouth, Reading and London Paddington and to cross-country services to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Newquay Airport is less than an hour away with routes to UK and Irish airports as well as European destinations.

Get your property valued

Millerson is the leading estate agent in Cornwall and just one reasons to choose us is that our staff are passionate about where they live and about making your move as straightforward as possible. Whether you would like to get your home valued, find out the rental value of your property or are interested in moving to the area, our local team is experienced, knowledgeable and offer impeccable service.

A range of types of property on offer

Millerson Sales and Letting Agent is pleased to offer a range of period and contemporary homes in and around St Ives, including seafront properties, houses, bungalows and apartments in town, village and rural locations to suit most budgets.

Millerson Estate Agent in St Ives covers the surrounding areas, including the villages of Nancledra, Zennor, Carbis Bay, Towednack and Lelant Downs, all of which have road and bus links into St Ives.

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