Why Devon?

Richard Addington, Director in the Exeter office, with over 40 years expereince of living and working in Devon, outlines some of the delights the county has to offer.

When I am talking with any potential buyers from out of the area about their property requirements, I always ask “Why Devon?“ For the vast majority the answer is invariably the same; that is they value the space, natural beauty and freedom from crowds, queues, traffic, and general competition from other people they experience in the busier and more densely populated parts of the world.

The population density in Devon is amongst lowest in the country giving us all opportunities to fully enjoy our environment on our own terms.  That doesn’t however mean we are cut off from all amenities. Exeter has flourished over the last couple of decades and is now a vibrant centre offering great commercial opportunities, in addition to the renowned University, its ancient cathedral and other cultural heritage and many restaurants, clubs, bars and cafés creating an exciting cityscape.

However it is the natural environment that is most likely to attract visitors and buyers to Devon. We are the only county to have two separate coastlines and in addition two National Parks. Whatever type of countryside or outdoor pursuits your favour, Devon is likely to be able to satisfy your requirements. From sailing and boating along the south coast, surfing from the sandy beaches of the north coast, river or sea fishing, walking or riding on the expanses of the two moors, field sports in the steeply wooded valleys, cycling on the network of dedicated paths, golf on the many uncrowded courses or simply admiring the natural beauty the county has to offer, your spirits and well-being will be enhanced by living in such a beautiful place.

The vernacular architecture of the county reflects its varied landscapes.  Stone for building was limited by availabili​​​​​​​ty.  Around Dartmoor granite is commonly found and its glistening grey appearance is common all over the moor.  In the South of Devon limestone is ​​​​​​​more common and around Exeter a red volcanic stone is often used.  In much of Devon, where there was no suitable stone, a local material known ​​​​​​​as “cob” is commonly found.  It is essentially a mixture of clay and straw and can be moulded into any shape required.  Its widespread use in the older rural buildings accounts for some of the quirky cottages and houses found throughout the county.

Our friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team at Jackson Stops Exeter all have all lived and worked in the county for many years, so we can pass on our enthusiasm for, and knowledge of the advantages the county has to offer to help buyers find their perfect home and sellers to achieve the best price. The team's outstanding depth of local knowledge combined with our wealth of experience sets us apart in the Devon market and can reassure you as seller or buyer that we will guide you through the process to a successful outcome.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you would​​​​​​​ like to discuss your requirements for property in Devon please email richard.addington@jackson-stops.co.uk.