Popular areas to buy a home  Popular areas to buy a home

 Popular areas to buy a home

Published in Magazine on 9 February 2022 by our Marketing Team

Since the pandemic, more house hunters are turning their attention away from city hubs in favour of the countryside.

* But which areas have attracted the most attention, and does the trend look set to change?
Last year, Cornwall topped the list of counties experiencing rapid growth due to its alluring scenery, pretty harbour towns, and fantastic coastline. No surprise when you consider the psychological impact of various lockdowns. Devon followed close behind in recent polls, with Bristol also seeing an uptick in interest.
But it’s not just Devon and Cornwall that has accommodated a flood of new buyers. Grays in Essex and Mangotsfield near Bristol are hot markets too. This may be because these areas offer a greater balance between strong commuter links, desirable schools, open green spaces, and house prices.** Other popular spots include Eastleigh in Hampshire, Redditch in Worcestershire, Yeovil in Somerset, and Hythe in Kent.
In addition, there’s some evidence that people are once again prizing a city location as workers and students return to offices and lecture halls. However, the suburbs are proving more attractive for buyers coveting leafier environs, bigger gardens, and access to parks. For example, outdoorsy Bromley has seen asking prices rise by 10.9% over the last year.***
The long-term effect of the pandemic on buyers’ priorities is still uncertain and may partly rely on whether remote working remains an option in the coming years. For now, beauty spots and smaller towns and cities will likely enjoy busy markets as people continue to seek a change in lifestyle.
Decided on your dream location? Our friendly and proactive team make the process of buying – and selling – simple. From valuations and viewings to placing an offer, we’ll guide you every step of the way. Call us today on [NUMBER] to get the ball rolling. 
*Rightmove, March 2021. 
**Rightmove, November 2021. 
***According to a recent article by The Evening Standard  

This article was originally published by BriefYourMarket and is reproduced here with their permission.

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