Race for WFH retreats puts 30% on property prices leaving locals unable to get


House prices in the countryside are continuing to surge as an increasing number of city-dwellers flee to rural areas across the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As the demand for rural properties continues to soar, prices in countryside locations have risen by an average of 14.2 per cent across the nation.

The biggest increases were seen in Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, which saw house prices rise by 30 per cent, and Lancaster, Lancashire, which saw a price increase of 29 per cent, figures analysed by the estate agent Hamptons show.

The figures come after data showed that house prices have soared by almost 10 per cent over the past year as the pandemic boosts demand for larger properties and gardens.

According to the latest figures by Hamptons, the average property in Lancaster has increased from £219,760 to £283,560 while Broxtowe has seen its properties rise from an average of £234,150 to £303,780.

Also among the rural property hotspots that have seen their property prices increase are Tameside, Newport, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Bromsgrove in Worcestershire and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. 

Figures by the estate agents Hamptons have shown the house prices in the countryside are continuing to surge amid the pandemic, with Lancaster, Tameside, Newport, Broxtowe, Arundel and Harrogate among the hotspots

Figures by the estate agents Hamptons have shown the house prices in the countryside are continuing to surge amid the pandemic, with Lancaster, Tameside, Newport, Broxtowe, Arundel and Harrogate among the hotspots

This three-bedroom property in Lancaster comes with a large living room, modern decor and is currently on the market for £285,000.  Last year house prices in Lancaster cost an average £219,760 but houses have since seen a 29 per cent increase in the average cost and are now an average of £283,560

 This three-bedroom property in Lancaster comes with a large living room, modern decor and is currently on the market for £285,000.  Last year house prices in Lancaster cost an average £219,760 but houses have since seen a 29 per cent increase in the average cost and are now an average of £283,560

The property comes with a stylish interior decor, high end finishes and a living room that comes with a wooden floor and large windows that allow natural light to flood through into the room

The property comes with a stylish interior decor, high end finishes and a living room that comes with a wooden floor and large windows that allow natural light to flood through into the room

The three-bedroom home also comes with a spacious open plan dining area that comes with wooden flooring and a view of the garden

The three-bedroom home also comes with a spacious open plan dining area that comes with wooden flooring and a view of the garden

A Hamptons analyst told MailOnline: ‘We have run Land Registry price paid data against the ONS’s BUA definition (Built up Areas). This allows us to determine whether each sale is in an urban, suburban or rural area. It lets us measure house price growth rates across all three types of area within the same local authority.

‘While prices are undoubtedly rising right across the country, an element of this growth has been driven by larger homes being sold by affluent vendors.

‘This has serviced to push up average prices with fewer cheaper homes changing hands.’

According to figures, Tameside saw their average property prices increase by 29 per cent while Newport saw property prices increase by 27.8 per cent in the region.

Harrogate saw property prices increase by 27.1 per cent and Cheltenham also noted a rise in prices by 28.3 per cent. 

Meanwhile Bromsgrove in Worcestershire saw its property prices rise by an…



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