Turquoise sea and palm trees! The quality of light, the beauty and drama of the landscape and the charm of the fishing community have been attracting visitors and artists since the 1800’s.
Will any of us ever forget that sensation of awe when we first saw this unique strip of land. Don’t you wish you’d worn your flip-flops? You may laugh, we’d challenge anyone that they didn’t kit themselves out with some sensible footwear (out with the heels!) within minutes of arriving! Flatties are an essential piece of equipment for exploring the cobbled streets of this remarkable little town.
St Ives is a place where people say they feel safe. We are part of a strong, receptive and friendly community where there is little crime. Our children freely walk the streets. They enjoy the active life: surfing, skateboarding, football and tennis, to name but a few. Those into the performing arts can join the Arts Club or the fabulous Kidz R Us award-winning youth theatre company. All ages mix in all pursuits, so children gain values from continuing contact with their elders.
The people of St Ives don’t have to rely on the out of town supermarkets. We have a superb butcher selling local meat, greengrocers selling local produce, bakers selling artisan breads, delicatessens and an award winning weekly farmer’s market.
We have masses of culture too with The St Ives Arts Club, (founded over 100 years ago and presenting art exhibitions, theatrical performances, poetry, music and film nights), the Jazz Club, September Festival, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives School of Painting and Tate St Ives, which are just some of the organisations in the town.
St Ives during the spring, summer and autumn months is a blaze of colour. A mild climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream brings almost frost-free winters and makes it possible to grow plants and shrubs normally native to semi-tropical countries, hundreds of miles further south. Winter, what winter?
For centuries life in St Ives has centred around the area of the town known as Downlong, with it's pretty cobbled streets and cottages, and the picturesque harbour where fishing boats still work. Their catch, which has a fantastic reputation for quality and variety, is still sent around the world and is served in some of the finest restaurants.
St Ives has been attracting visitors since the late 1800's and was really brought to prominence by the artists who came here attracted by the clarity of the light. J M W Turner, Whistler, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Terry Frost, and ceramicist Bernard Leach to name but a few. Today with Tate St Ives and the award winning renovation of Porthmeor Studios, which incorporates the St Ives School of Painting, St Ives is still at the forefront of the art community.
So why buy in St Ives? It's just such a beautiful place to live, with access to some of the most stunning coastlines and countryside in the world, along with a friendly and vibrant community.