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Property price growth in the English countryside is almost neck and neck with price rises in cities, according to the latest research. Overall home values in towns and cities across the UK have increased by 5.7% over the last year, but rural England has seen 5.1% annual property price growth in countryside areas over the same period. The research from Zoopla also shows that the average value of a rural home in England now stands at £264,338, some £51,737 or 24% higher than the typical urban property outside of London. Rural homes in the East of England have seen the biggest uplift in value over the past year, with prices up 6.5% or £17,098. This is closely followed by country properties in the South East, which have climbed in value by 6% or £22,157 in the last 12 months, meaning that home buyers in the region can expect to pay £66,100 more to live in a rural part of the South East, as opposed to a bustling town or city. The premium buyers pay to live in a rural location is highest in the West Midlands, with countryside properties costing £73,982 more than homes in a town or city while Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire is the most expensive rural area in England, with average homes currently worth £817,376, up from £773,726 a year ago. City properties ads in the East of England and South East experienced the strongest annual growth of 7.5% and 6.7% respectively, outpacing rises in London. But the most expensive urban location across the country is Kensington and Chelsea, with the typical pied-a-terre in W8 now valued at £2,654,512. ‘Urban areas had a head start in the housing recovery with demand propped up predominantly by employment opportunities. This drove price growth in these economic hubs and left countryside markets by the wayside,’ said Lawrence Hall of Zoopla. ‘Over the past year house price growth has spread and rural retreats which are commutable to the amenities and jobs of urban centres have become highly sought after. But they come with a significant premium to have the best of both worlds, with the extra outdoor space and seclusion that rural living gives you. Those looking for the good life in the country might want to escape the rat race sooner rather than later,’ he added. Continue reading →
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