Across the region, our agents report an increase in demand for village properties
Lockdown changed the property market. Not just temporarily while we all stayed at home, nor technically as virtual viewings suddenly became a step in almost every property search. But driven perhaps by the capability to work from home and commute less, it generated a lure to a different life-style, surrounded by fresh air, outdoor space and a desire for a quieter life.
For some that’s upping sticks and moving to the countryside, for others it’s a ‘bolthole’ to escape from city life. Some choose to ‘try before they buy’ and rent temporarily, some choose to rent permanently as lifestyle choice. Our letting agents report demand for rented property is higher than ever. Rural residents are moving too, looking for slightly larger accommodation, perhaps an extra bedroom that could be turned into a study or a garage that could be converted or a cabin in the outdoor space.
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.
Giles Wreford-Brown a partner at Symonds & Sampson said “The number of enquiries from people who are used to the City commute has increased significantly. Broadband speed is a regular ‘first’ question followed by room for a home office or studio. People with weekend homes in particular have enjoyed their lockdown in our region and are now looking to upsize to a larger family home’’
If you’re planning a move to, from or within a village, contact your local Symonds & Sampson office for honest and professional advice.