It’s an artist’s paradise
Whether you’re the next Van Gogh or a complete newbie with a watercolour set and a love of fishing boats, St Ives is an artist’s paradise. Providing inspiration for poets, writers, and painters throughout the centuries (including novelists D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf and impressionist painter Walter Sickert), St Ives has long established itself as a haven for creative types. The town offers art classes, creative writing workshops, pottery classes, and culinary sessions for all ages and abilities, and there are numerous creative social groups to join. If you prefer to appreciate art rather than creating it, the Tate Gallery offers a cultural day out, while the town centre is dotted with galleries to suit every artistic taste.
Dining out options are plentiful
While not known as a foodie destination like Padstow, St Ives has an excellent selection of cosy pubs and atmospheric restaurants. From stunning coastal views and delicious fresh fish dishes at Porthminster Beach Café to charming candlelit suppers at the Cellar Bistro to pub lunches overlooking the harbour at the historic Sloop Inn, St Ives has enough dining options to satisfy every culinary craving.
Excellent local amenities on offer
St Ives isn’t just for artists – along with the Tate, the town has a cinema, surf school, and escape room for entertainment, as well as stunning coastal hikes, beautiful sandy beaches, and a picturesque sculpture garden. There are plenty of independent shops to browse, many tucked away up quaint winding alleys that make weekend window shopping somewhat of an adventure.
The annual events are not to be missed
For a memorable New Year’s Eve, there’s nowhere better to be in Cornwall than the heart of St Ives. Featuring elaborate fancy dress costumes, food stalls of every flavour, impromptu street bands, and fireworks over the harbour, the town has become the ultimate New Year party destination. The St Ives Food Festival in May, music and arts festival in September, and annual St Ives Literature Festival all attract huge crowds of visitors and offer residents a chance to get involved in the local community.
Property values are consistently high
As a long-term investment, buying property in such a popular location is a solid plan. According to Rightmove, property prices in St Ives rose by 3% over the past year, with an overall average selling price of £384,197. Although new builds are now restricted to primary residence buyers only, this rule does not apply to existing properties and second home owners still make up a large percentage of buyers.
If you are considering moving to Cornwall, the professional team at Lillicrap Chilcott will be happy to advise you. See our website for current property listings.