This surge of interest in moving to the country is due to city dwellers’ priorities changing during the coronavirus lockdown, says estate agents. Searches have more than doubled in some cities like Liverpool and Edinburgh.
Miles Shipside of Rightmove says: “The lure of a new lifestyle, one that is quieter and has an abundance of beautiful countryside and more outdoor space, has led to more city dwellers choosing to become rural residents.
“The most popular village moves are still within the same region the home hunters are currently in, as it’s likely they’ll keep their current job but may have the flexibility to commute less often and set up their working space at home.”
A quieter way of life
Some city homeowners may have benefited from strong house price growth over the years, the website adds, making it possible to now trade up and out to the country.
It doesn’t appear that money is the main motive for moving, however, as the average asking prices in some villages can be more expensive than in cities.
People are being lured by the quieter way of life associated with country living since, in many cases, house hunters are looking at villages within commuting distance to their current city.
Moving cross-country ‘more achievable’
A separate survey conducted by Barclays Mortgages found that the five most popular reasons for people wanting to relocate are:
- A bigger garden
- Being closer to essential services
- Living where they can exercise easily
- Being nearer to relatives
- A stronger local community.
Dr Peter Brooks, chief behavioural scientist at Barclays, says: “More outside space and the benefits of being closer to friends and family are high on the ‘must have’ list for many movers.
“As working from home becomes more commonplace moving cross-country looks to be more achievable for many as there is less of a need to be within a short commute to the office.”
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