With so many more people working from home, the jump in interest in countryside properties is said to be caused partly by home-movers looking for more space during the pandemic while they simultaneously work and take care of their families.
In the second half of 2020, home sales in rural areas rose by 69%, compared to 49% in urban areas, according to the latest data from Right Move. Research from Zoopla also shows a big jump in demand for three-bedroom homes, following this spring’s Budget.
In particular, six out of the top ten most popular places to live according to Right Move, are all towns and villages in Cornwall and Devon. For example, searches online for the village of Stithians in Cornwall have jumped by 224%.
Cornwall, specifically, has overtaken London as the most searched for area as a place to live for home buyers. Emma Ward, Director at Goundrys Estate Agents in Cornwall said: “It’s been an incredibly busy year as people rethink the types of homes they want to buy and where they want to live. Some are moving here to be closer to family while others are looking for a complete change in lifestyle. Detached homes, which are around the £500k-£700k mark here, have been flying off the shelves, we’ve none left. We need more sellers to come to market as there is such strong buyer demand for places with garages, gardens, office space and more.”
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