If you’re considering a move to Cornwall, you’re in the right place. We know the county like the backs of our hands, and can take you through some of our favourite spots. 

Known for its stunning coastline, charming villages, and rich cultural heritage, Cornwall has something for everyone. 

At Stephens + Stephens Developers, we understand the unique appeal of Cornwall, and we’re here to help you find your dream home in this beautiful region. Here are our top 10 picks for the best places to live in Cornwall.


1. Newquay – Home to Our Very Own Cliff Edge

Newquay, often referred to as the surfing capital of the UK, is known for its beautiful beaches and lively atmosphere. Our very own development, Cliff Edge, offers stunning coastal properties in this thriving town. With its excellent schools, vibrant nightlife, and easy access to the beach, Newquay is an ideal place for families and water sports enthusiasts alike.

Newquay’s long sandy beaches, including Fistral Beach, draw surfers and beach lovers from all over the country – and sometimes world! The town is also home to an array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, making it a bustling hub for residents and tourists alike.

With easy access to the A30 and Newquay Airport, you’re well-connected to the rest of the UK and beyond. The town’s schools, including Newquay Tretherras and Trevisker Primary School, offer excellent educational opportunities for families.

Our development, Cliff Edge, is nestled in this coastal paradise, offering a range of stylish and modern properties. Whether you’re looking for a family home or a tranquil retreat by the sea, Cliff Edge has something for you.


2. Falmouth – A Waterside Gem

Falmouth boasts a vibrant maritime heritage and is perfect for those who love the water. The town is home to one of the world’s largest natural harbours and a thriving art scene. 

Falmouth’s historic charm shines through in its Georgian architecture, quaint streets, and bustling waterfront. The deep-water harbour makes it a haven for sailors and water enthusiasts. You can explore this rich maritime history at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

For culture and the arts, Falmouth is home to the Falmouth School of Art and Falmouth University, which contribute to the town’s creative energy. The annual Falmouth Week festival and the Oyster Festival are just some of the events that showcase Falmouth’s lively community spirit.

Stephens + Stephens offers an array of properties in Falmouth, many with stunning views of the harbour. Whether you’re looking for a period home or a contemporary apartment, Falmouth will have plenty of options to suit you.


3. Truro – The County Capital

As the county capital, Truro offers a unique blend of city living and Cornish charm. With its historic cathedral, fantastic shopping, and excellent transport links, it’s a hub for those seeking a balanced lifestyle.

Truro’s city centre offers a mix of high-street shops, independent boutiques, and a bustling farmers’ market. Lemon Quay, the heart of the city, hosts various events, from food festivals to craft fairs.

For those with families, Truro has several well regarded schools, including Truro School and Richard Lander School. The Royal Cornwall Hospital provides top-notch healthcare services.

The city’s transport links are excellent, with a mainline train station connecting you to other parts of the UK. 


4. St. Ives – An Artist’s Paradise

St. Ives has long been an inspiration for artists, and it’s not hard to see why. This charming coastal town offers breathtaking views, pristine beaches, and a thriving art scene. Living in St. Ives means enjoying a laid-back lifestyle with access to breathtaking coastal walks and a close-knit community. 

St. Ives is renowned for its stunning beaches, including Porthmeor Beach, known for its surf, and Porthminster Beach, ideal for families. The town’s narrow streets are filled with art galleries, showcasing works inspired by the local landscape.

The Tate St. Ives, a branch of the famous Tate Gallery, celebrates modern and contemporary art with a focus on local artists. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a tribute to the renowned sculptor who called St. Ives home.


5. Penzance – Quaint and Cultural

Penzance is a characterful town known for its quirky shops, historic architecture, and strong sense of community. It’s a fantastic place to explore the rich cultural heritage of Cornwall.

Penzance’s streets are lined with Victorian and Georgian architecture, creating a charming backdrop for your daily life. The town’s market is a treasure trove of local goods, from fresh produce to handmade crafts.

For those interested in history, Penzance is home to the Penlee House Gallery and Museum, where you can delve into the region’s past. The Minack Theatre, an open-air amphitheatre carved into the cliffs, offers unforgettable performances against a stunning backdrop.


6. Padstow – A Culinary Haven

If you’re a food lover, look no further than Padstow. This charming fishing village is famous for its culinary scene, with renowned chefs like Rick Stein making it their home. Stephens + Stephens developments here allow you to enjoy the gourmet delights of Padstow.

Padstow’s picturesque harbour is bustling with fishing boats, and you can sample the catch of the day in the town’s seafood restaurants. Rick Stein’s seafood empire is centred here, with The Seafood Restaurant being a must-visit for food enthusiasts.

Beyond food, Padstow offers beautiful coastal walks along the Camel Estuary and access to the Camel Trail, a scenic cycling route. The town’s traditional cottages and welcoming atmosphere make it a charming place to call home.


7. Bodmin – Gateway to Adventure

Bodmin, set in the heart of Cornwall, is a gateway to adventure. With its proximity to Bodmin Moor, it’s perfect for those who love hiking and outdoor activities. Our developments in this area provide a cosy retreat after a day of exploring.

Bodmin is surrounded by rugged beauty, with Bodmin Moor offering endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits. The Camel Valley Vineyard, a short drive away, is a treat for wine lovers. The town itself has a range of shops, schools, and amenities.

For families, Bodmin offers several good schools, including Bodmin College. The Bodmin & Wenford Railway, a heritage steam railway, is a delightful attraction for all ages.


8. Looe – A Seaside Gem

Looe, situated on the south coast, is a picturesque fishing town known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant community. It’s an excellent place for families looking for a coastal lifestyle.

Looe’s charm lies in its traditional fishing heritage and stunning natural surroundings. The sandy beach is perfect for building sandcastles and taking a dip in the sea, while the harbour is always bustling with colourful fishing boats.

The town hosts various events throughout the year, including the Looe Music Festival and Looe Carnival, which showcase the strong sense of community. You can also explore the South West Coast Path for breathtaking coastal walks.


9. Helston – A Taste of Tradition

Helston, home to the famous Flora Day celebrations, offers a taste of tradition and a strong sense of community. If you’re seeking a place with deep-rooted cultural ties, look no further.

Helston’s annual Flora Day, a centuries-old tradition, features parades, dancing, and a real sense of community pride. The town’s historic architecture, including the Angel Hotel and the Guildhall, adds to its unique character.

For nature enthusiasts, Helston is close to the Lizard Peninsula, known for its dramatic cliffs and unique geology. The Helford River, a short drive away, offers sailing and waterside relaxation.


10. St. Austell – A Garden Town

St. Austell is often referred to as the “Garden of Cornwall” due to its stunning botanical gardens. It’s a bustling market town with a range of amenities and excellent transport links.

St. Austell’s lush greenery and botanical gardens, including the world-famous Eden Project, make it a paradise for nature lovers. The town centre boasts a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes, making it a hub for local residents.

For families, St. Austell offers a range of schools, including Poltair School and Penrice Academy. The nearby Carlyon Bay provides a beautiful stretch of coastline for leisurely walks and relaxation.


Stephens + Stephens

At Stephens + Stephens Developers, we understand that choosing the right place to live is a significant decision. Each of these 10 remarkable locations in Cornwall offers a unique lifestyle, whether you’re drawn to the coastal allure of Newquay, the artistic vibes of St. Ives, or the traditional charm of Helston.

Visit our website to explore our current developments in these fantastic locations, and let us help you find your dream home in one of the best places to live in Cornwall. We understand the unique charm of each area and can guide you in making the right choice for your lifestyle.