St Ives: Getting to know your new town
The picturesque seaside port town of St Ives attracts relocators from around the world. On the coast of the Celtic Sea, the bay of St Ives has become the post child for seaside views in Cornwall. It is impossible not to recognise the boats resting on the glass like turquoise water of the bay from the thousands of post cards, paintings and photos created every year.
St Ives also benefits from warmer temperatures year-round than average UK weather. The mild weather has made it perfect for the many subtropical gardens in the area, such as the exotic Trewyn Gardens.
Years of removals expertise means that if you’re looking for help with your St Ives moves, no matter where in the process you are, we’re here to help. Trust Santa Fe Relocation to make your move to Cornwall easy and enjoyable.
The history of St Ives
The town of St Ives has a traditional seaside history: originally a fishing town, it grew to be the most important fishing port in Cornwall. Nowadays the town is predominantly a tourist destination and popular holiday spot. The towns tourism credentials are now a key part of its modern history. The town won Best UK Seaside Town by the British Travel Awards in 2010 and 2011.
The culture in St Ives
With four amazing beaches, St Ives offers you a truly relaxed pace of life. Porthmeor beach is the perfect spot for surfing, Porthgwidden is a small cove with a sandy beach, then there is the Harbour. Perhaps the most well-known of the beaches in St Ives is Portminster beach: the half a mile of sand beach just a short walk from the town centre.
The town of St Ives has a real sense of community. And there are a high number of independent shops, restaurants and services, many supporting the thriving culture scene. The support and appreciation for the exceptional arts culture in St Ives actually contributes at least 10% of the £180 million in cultural tourism spent in Cornwall each year.
St Ives is home to the Tate St Ives with gardens, which draws visitors from all over the world. And every year the town hosts the St Ives Literary Festival. New St Ives residents can get acquainted with the area with our personalised local orientation service.
Things to do in St Ives
Get to know St Ives with Santa Fe’s top things to do! Our local knowledge and experience mean that we can show you St Ives and get you living like a local over the moving process.
Our favourite things to do in St Ives:
• Take in a good film at the Royal Cinema, right in the heart of St Ives.
• Go for a walk around the St Ives RNLI lifeboat station, the beautiful building sits on the harbour so combine it with a beach walk.
• Have a drink at Sloop Inn (said to have been in business since 1312) and take in the view of the harbour.
• Visit the Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden for incredible plants and modernist artist.
• Take a boat trip to Seal Island.
• Whether you’re a pro or never tried before, give surfing a go at Porthmeor Beach.
Where to live in St Ives
Due to the tourism popularity and holiday home culture, property here is some of the more expensive in Cornwall. The average detached house price here is £465,000. The house market is very strong in St Ives, with year on year growth far above the national average. So purchasing in St Ives is also a great investment.
If you are looking to get a little more for your money, there are excellent up and coming areas around St Ives. By looking just outside of the town, you can also avoid the worst of the summer tourist rush. Santa Fe loves the fishing village Newlyn, and Hayle which going through a period of regeneration and has some excellent marine side houses.
If you’re struggling to pick an area or the property for you in St Ives, we have an expert team ready to help find the right home for you.
Family life and education in St Ives
St Ives has the reputation for being a great place for families, with loads of space to play outdoors, enjoy the seaside lifestyle and enjoy the safety of the town with a village community feel.
There’s also a small selection of good schools. Operating a two-tier education system, there are two primary schools in the town: St Uny Church of England School (which is 90 years old) and St Ives Junior school. There is also the towns secondary school, St Ives School for 11-16 year olds.
If you need help finding the right schools for your family, let us help. At Santa Fe we offer a personalised school search service, to keep all the family happy during the moving process.
St Ives has great travel links, both inside Cornwall and outside the County. You can get the train into Paddington Station, London from St Erth station, which is 15 minutes from St Ives. There are also good road travel links via the A30.
For international and domestic flights, you are close to Newquay and Land End Airport, or travel to Gatwick for more long-haul destinations.
How can Santa Fe Relocation help my move to St Ives?
Whatever you need for the perfect St Ives move, we can make it a reality. We are Santa Fe Relocation, your one-stop moving company. We make moving home easy.
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