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Ryedale, Sevenoaks, and Cotswolds are the most popular rural locations for homebuyers


In Ryedale in North Yorkshire, in the Sevenoaks region of Kent and Herefordshire, home sales have increased by up to 63 percent year-on-year, according to new research.

These rural areas have been fueled by the demand for more indoor and outdoor space amid the ongoing pandemic.

Real estate website Zoopla looked at how many sales were agreed between April and September this year in municipal areas designated as rural, and compared them to the same six months last year.

It found that the district of Ryedale, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, had the highest agreed increase in sales, up 63 percent over the last six months over the same period in 2019.

Zoopla compared the sales agreed between April and September this year with the same six months a year ago.

RURAL AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE Increase in agreed sales
rank District * % Change in SSTC Average price of a 3-bed semi-detached house The next city Average price of a 3-bed semi-detached house Price difference (£) Price difference (%)
1 Ryedale 63% £ 213,000 Leeds £ 209,000 £ 4,000 2%
2 Herefordshire 46% £ 219,000 Birmingham £ 215,000 £ 4,000 2%
3 Seven oak 44% £ 428,000 London £ 538,000 – £ 110,000 -20%
4th High peak 38% £ 229,000 Sheffield £ 175,000 £ 54,000 31%
5 Cotswold 37% £ 365,500 Bristol £ 304,000 £ 61,500 20%
6th North Devon 31% £ 248,000 Exeter £ 287,000 – £ 39,000 -14%
7th Breckland 27% £ 218,000 Norwich £ 236,000 – £ 18,000 -8th%
8th Malvern Hills 26% £ 245,000 Birmingham £ 215,000 30,000 pounds 14%
9 Isle of Wight 25% £ 232,000 Portsmouth £ 292,000 – £ 60,000 -21%
10 Horsham 25% £ 405,000 Brighton £ 424,000 – £ 19,000 -5%
* Areas defined as largely rural according to the rural and urban government classification (2011).

Rural Herefordshire, known for its animal husbandry and the picturesque Wye Valley, ranks second. One of the most remote places in England on the border with Wales, it saw a 46 percent increase.

The area around the small commuter town of Sevenoaks in Kent, which has a fast train connection to London, was in third place with a 44 percent increase in sales.

Zoopla also attributed the increase to an increase in flexible working, with the ongoing pandemic forcing many companies to allow their employees to work from home part or all of the week.

Popular in Ryedale: This two bed townhouse in Helmsley, York is for sale for £ 279,000

Popular in Ryedale: This two bed townhouse in Helmsley, York is for sale for £ 279,000

It's not just Londoners who are leaving the city limits, Zoopla said. The growing demand for rural property extends to other regions in England.

Outside of the city, homebuyers are looking for bigger properties, easy access to the countryside, and better value for money.

But half of the top 10 hotspots shoppers pay a premium to live in a rural area. The Cotswolds neighborhood, home to popular market towns like quaint Chipping Campden and upscale Chipping Norton, has, on average, higher prices than the closest city of Bristol.

A buyer buying a three bedroom duplex in this area is likely to pay a premium of £ 61,500, or 20 percent more than the price of a corresponding three bedroom duplex in the closest town.

Pictured: The Cotswolds, where the number of agreed sales has increased by 37 percent

Pictured: The Cotswolds, where the number of agreed sales has increased by 37 percent

This three bed semi-detached house in Cotswold & # 39; s Chipping Norton is for sale for listings over £ 450,000

This three bed semi-detached house in Cotswold & # 39; s Chipping Norton is for sale for listings over £ 450,000

It is similar in the West Midlands, where the Malvern Hills district borders Herefordshire and Worcestershire and includes the Malvern Hills Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Here a three-bedroom semi-detached house is £ 30,000 more expensive than a house in nearby Birmingham, 14 percent more than the average house price in Birmingham.

A three-bedroom semi-detached house in the High Peak District, made up of several quaint villages and the national park, is on average £ 54,000 more expensive than nearby Sheffield. It's 31 percent more than the average house price in Sheffield.

For those looking to move to the country and save money, there are bags in the country that offer the best of both worlds.

The average price for a three bed duplex in the Sevenoaks, Kent countryside is £ 428,000. The same type of property in London typically costs £ 538,000, which is a saving of £ 110,000. This underscores why the area is popular with commuters, Zoopla said.

For those who want a complete change of scenery and a slower pace of life, the price of a three bedroom semi-detached house in the Isle of Wight is £ 232,000, which is £ 60,000 cheaper than an equivalent property in the closest town of Portsmouth.

Significant savings of £ 19,000 can only be achieved in the area of ​​Horsham in West Sussex, known for its diverse market towns and villages and good transport links to the coast and London.

The average price for a three bedroom semi-detached house in this district is £ 405,000 while in Brighton the price for the same type of property is £ 424,000.

Do you fancy Kent? This three bed vacation home in Weald, Sevenoaks is for sale for £ 500,000

Do you fancy Kent? This three bed vacation home in Weald, Sevenoaks is for sale for £ 500,000

Gráinne Gilmore from Zoopla said: “Our data shows that demand, especially among housewives, has continued to increase.

“Some of these households took the opportunity during the lockdown to rethink where and how they would like to live.

“The greatest demand for urban housing remains in these cities, but we are seeing a cohort of buyers choosing to buy in rural areas that can offer a different lifestyle, especially those who have a greater degree of flexibility in living Have work from home. & # 39;

Zoopla only included areas that were defined as largely rural according to the 2011 classification of the municipality of Rural-Urban.

Demand for country houses

The rural market has exceeded expectations, according to real estate agent Savills.

It is said that rural residential and farmland continues to "show a remarkable surge in interest as many urban buyers seek more green space in the major centers".

It added, “Rural settlements with notable residential components are also attracting interest at the larger end of the market. & # 39;

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