Sir Francis Drake famously finished his game of bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588 on the Hoe which is home to the 17th Century fortress, The Royal Citadel, once one of England’s most important defences. Standing tall on the lush grasses above the Hoe, one will find the iconic Smeatons Tower Lighthouse, possible the most recognisable Landmark of the City. There are other well known sights including the Art Deco Tinside Lido. The Hoe has hosted events such as Sail GP and the annual British Fireworks Championships. It has been designated as the UK’s first national Marine Park. The most desirable properties within the Hoe will often feature unbeatable views across Drakes island and into Plymouth Sound. There are a large number of guests houses and B&B’s, with residential properties ranging from grand Georgian and Victorian townhouses to a smaller number of exclusive purpose build developments. The architecture of this area is as individual as it is stunning. As one of the most popular locations within Plymouth, typical buyers include retirees and young professionals and there is a particularly high proportion of rental and holiday let homes.
The postcode sectors included in the Hoe are PL1 2 and PL1 3. In these areas, there were 116 house sales during 2020, and the average sale price was £217207. Of these sales, 78% were leasehold flats. The average sale price in 2021 was 32% higher than 2015.
There is a small primary school, St Andrews C of E.