Want to Move to Exeter? Pennsylvania Reviewed 




Sylvania Community Stores and Café

Pennsylvania is a popular area of Exeter for those who want easy access to all major areas of Exeter as well as walking distance to the University of Exeter. The area is also a good option for those who need easy access to the M5 and are looking for a friendly suburb with plenty local green space.

How Expensive is Exeter and Pennsylvania?

The average house prices in 2022:

  • For Exeter overall the average house price was £314,704 in the preceding 12 months, the majority of sales were that of terraced houses with an average sale price of £291,359
  • House prices are still increasing in Exeter and were 7% up on the previous year.
  • The average house price in Pennsylvania was £420,814 over the last 12 months according to Right Move, although there are plenty of properties around £330,000.
  • As a comparison in St Thomas a district the other side of the Exe river the average house price in the last 12 month is £266,151

Why Move to Pennsylvania

The main attraction to the area is its location and also the aesthetics of the houses, the elevated position and the attractive housing mix. The streets are generally quiet with little through traffic, the University is within walking distance and you’ll find a mix of professional and retired families choosing Pennsylvania. There is a local bus service with stops on the main through roads into the centre of Exeter. Some of the smaller roads can be narrow with cars parked on either side, others appear much wider, generally traffic is quiet and the feel is peaceful. Most houses are on the steeper higher hills, the vast majority of which being built in the 1970s, some later development closer to the Mincinglake Valley Park area. Pennsylvania is populated with the number of mature trees and shrubs, house owners proudly present neatly maintained gardens. The majority of the properties are rendered and painted white which reflects in the sun adding to the overall open feel.

What is the Pennsylvania Community Like in Exeter ?

There is a mix of professional working families and retired residents in the Pennsylvania. The hub of community activity is focused on small resident-run events in the Sylvania Community Stores and Café. The store is now run by the local community and is a mix of shop, and Café, an all-round communal focus for the community. The proximity of the University has brought about a number of residents who have settled here from overseas, you can hear a variety of languages at the community events which adds to the culture and interest. People are very friendly and happy to chat.

At the end of May the community arranged a fund raising event that was hosted at the shop – proceeds went to help war refugees from the Yeman. See above picture. Previous events have raised money for other causes. In addition they arrange events, small classes and interest groups. The shop also doubles as a Café with a small seated area. Locally made bread and produce is also sold. See website or Facebook page for further details.

Where is Pennsylvania & What is it Nearby?

As you can see from the map Pennsylvania is well served by amenities. The town centre itself is less than a ten minute drive. Streatham campus, University of Exeter is within walking distance for most people. Morrison’s supermarket and petrol station is the closest supermarket, slightly further is a Sainsburys, Aldi and Lidl. The nearest junior and infant school is in Stoke Hill, only slightly further is St James for 11-16 year olds. Mount Pleasant Health Centre is the closest doctors surgery.

Mincinglake Valley Park

Just at the edge of the estate you can find Mincinglake Valley Park which falls between Pennsylvania and Stoke Hill. The park area is a popular walking and picnic site for families, those walking their dog or on the morning jog. In the picture foreground below you can see the small community hut where events are held.

Entrance to Mincinglake Valley Park, on the doorstep of Pennsylvania estate.

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