That's great- thanks. I should probably add that I already know Bath, and my mother, sister, etc live around 20 minutes from the city (Towards Midsomer Norton).
I have never actually lived in the city itself though, hence my asking- there are a couple of nice looking places up near the Circus/ Lansdown Road- I kind of assumed this would be a good area.
I had no idea some of those flats were social housing though, so thanks for that. We might go and view a couple just to see what they are like, how noisy they are, etc.
I live in the Circus / Lansdown Road area and find it an excellent area to live (my only niggle is the parking problem - only 1 residents permit per property). However, there are some areas to avoid...
Bath is unlike anywhere else I have lived, because you can literally go from desirable area to highly undesirable in 50metres. For example, The Circus / Bennett St / Brock St northwards to Rivers St is lovely. 50metres north of this is Julian Road / Morford St / E Portland Place - full of drunks / drug addicts swearing at you in the street. Just north of this is Cavendish Road/Sion Hill which are truely stunning and peaceful (mainly cos the drunks cant be bothered to walk up the hill!). Local knowledge is vital.
I've lived in 4 bathstone flats, and have never had a problem with noise, though I may just have been lucky. It may also be due to the fact that we tend to choose 1st / 2nd Floor for the combination of ceiling height, view and light - so we avoid the front door banging. For info, several locals have warned me of damp and poor water presssure in low lying areas (eg Great Pulteney Street), but I've never lived there.
As for value, it will be interesting to see what happens to the Bath property market over the next year or two. With the MOD closing all its Bath sites next year, thousands of jobs and a large part of the local economy will go. Coupled with the stagnant market I wouldn't be surprised if there was a drop in values (despite the local paper's assertion that Bath is the "City that can't be Crunched!"). Though I hope any drop would be drastic (as a FTB) - my head says that residual values in the area will remain high, as it is such a stunning place to live.