The suburbs to the North of Exeter are home to some of Exeter’s larger housing estates and provide a range of housing for those looking to live in the City.
The lower parts of Pennsylvania, due to their proximity to the university, are popular with students, so care should be taken when looking to live in this area regarding the immediate neighbourhood. The higher parts of Pennsylvania are mainly pleasant, leafy suburbs and ideal for those who don’t mind walking up the hill on their way home from the city centre. The positive aspect of living in an elevated position is that many properties have fantastic views. Some even catch glimpses of the sea.
Streets such as Higher Kings Avenue and Sylvan Close are seen as particularly desirable and have largely been spared the infection by the student population.
Beacon Heath comprises a good range of affordable housing. The roads closest to the city centre, generally named after members of the royal family, were mainly constructed as post-war affordable housing. Although of local-authority heritage, the majority of these properties are now in private ownership and provide spacious, affordable homes for those buying on a budget. The properties in the higher parts of ‘The Heath’, such as Chancellors Way and Celia Crescent are considered more desirable, whilst still maintaining a good level of affordability.

The Secret Garden

A gorgeous tea gardens with great food.

Stoke Woods

The attractive woodlands are located just a short distance from the residential areas of Higher Pennsylvania and offer a great location for family walks or exercising your four-legged companions.
Beacon Heath is believed to have been named because there used to be a fire beacon on Beacon Hill. Heath Barton was owned by the 14th century, Hugo atte Hethe, hence 'Heath'. It is possibly there was a fire beacon in Roman times, as it is known that Stoke Hill was a Roman lookout point.
Pennsylvania was named after the US state by Joseph Sparkes, a Quaker banker who built the first terrace, Pennsylvania Park, in about 1821.


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