Britain’s village hotspots for homebuyers have been revealed and dominating the list are seaside locations.
The pandemic has seen a ‘race for space’ with people living in cities moving to rural and coastal areas due to more flexible working practices.
They are shunning busy city landscapes for open green spaces in the countryside and easy access to expansive sea views.
Britain’s village hotspots for homebuyers have been revealed by property website Rightmove
This four-bedroom house in Hemsby is on the market for £300,000 via Bycroft estate agents
Hemsby, just north of Great Yarmouth, tops the rankings produced by Rightmove, having seen the biggest rise in average house prices during the past year.
The typical value of a home in the Norfolk village has increased 22 per cent in the 12 months from June last year, from £221,533 to £270,144.
Three of the top five villages with the biggest house prices increases were in Norfolk, with Heacham and Caister-On-Sea also making the list.
Heacham saw asking prices increase by 20 per cent in June 2021 compared to the same period last year, while asking prices in Caister-On-Sea rose by 12 per cent.
Caister-On-Sea also saw one of the biggest rises in demand for villages, with buyer demand up 46 per cent in June 2021 compared to June 2020. Average asking prices in Caister-On-Sea are £240,909.
David Lowes, of estate agents Mr & Mrs Clark in Norfolk, said: ‘With a general “escape to the country” desire prevalent for many, the rural county of Norfolk is in high demand.
‘With its 90 odd miles of varied coastline, the added possibility of a “next-to-the-sea” lifestyle, and the simple pleasure of a stunning sunrise or sunset means the coastal villages are of particular attraction.’
Heacham saw asking prices increase by 20 per cent in the year to June 2021, says Rightmove
This four-bedroom house in Heacham is for sale for £475,000 via Sowerbys estate agents
He added: ‘Hemsby and Caister in the east and Heacham in the west of the county offer some of the more affordable options thus driving strong percentage price growth.
‘Each of these villages are close to larger towns too which helps with the transition to the countryside in terms of availability of amenities and activities.’
Rightmove defined demand as the number of enquiries it had via emails and calls to agents via its website.
Average prices percentage increases in these villages appear to be around three times as much elsewhere. But this may be affected by villages having lower stock and fewer transactions.
The average price of a home in Britain increased 6 per cent during the past year to June, from £317,058 to £336,073, according to Rightmove.
This four-bedroom house in Caister-on-sea is for sale for £400,000 via Bycroft estate agents
Rightmove revealed that six out of the top 10 villages with the biggest annual price growth in June are near the sea. House price growth in all of these villages rose at a higher rate than the national average.
Rightmove’s Tim Bannister said: ‘During the past year, we’ve spoken a lot about the changes we’re seeing in where people are choosing to live, and this data shows continued demand from buyers looking for villages and rural locations outside of traditional major cities.
‘While we have seen signs that cities are starting to make a steady comeback, particularly in the rental market, price growth across all areas of Britain continues to be strong.
‘With the summer weather finally here, we’re seeing an added drive from buyers looking for that perfect village location by the sea, which is supporting price growth in these areas.’