This Is Where Green Space-Searching Homebuyers Should Be Property Hunting
Whether we’re searching for a property with a designated working from home space or paying more attention to the amenities in the local area, lockdown has shifted the priorities of many homebuyers,
Collating data from the Land Registry and Office of National Statistics, we’ve uncovered exactly where nature-loving homebuyers can save money and get that all important access to public green space.
We’ve compared data from May 2020 and August 2020 to see how house prices have changed in locations in England, taking into consideration their proximity to public green spaces.
If you’re looking to move house to be closer to the great outdoors, take a look at our results below to find the best place for your property hunt, as well as the more expensive places you may want to avoid.
From May to August 2020, house prices in Chorley decreased by nearly 6%, down from an average of £197,538 to just £186,165.
As this year’s lockdown has encouraged many people to relocate from the city in search of green space access, Chorley could be a great choice for homebuyers that have nature on their radar.
The town ranks fifth in the whole country for the size of their public green spaces. Averaging at a huge 372,111m², that’s more than four times England’s average of 91,089m². What’s more, on average, Chorley residents only have to travel 411m to access these green spaces.
In second place is the coastal town of Hastings, where house prices have dropped 5.32%, down from £225,733 in May to £213,721 in August. Residents have a higher-than-average 130,688m² of public green space to explore, with their nearest spot just a 315m walking distance from the average Hastings home.
The good news for prospective buyers is that houses in both of these locations are below England’s £256,109 average selling price, offering an additional cost-saving.
Windsor & Maidenhead are in third place. Between May and August 2020, house prices have decreased nearly 5%, falling from £484,790 to £462,085, although they still remain significantly higher than the national average.
However, Windsor & Maidenhead residents will be just 354m away on average from a staggering 466,842m² of green space, the fourth highest in the country.
At the other end of the scale, house prices in Harborough, Eden and Forest of Dean have risen by 6.65%, 5.41%, and 4.84% respectively, despite the amount of public green space in the area being way below the national average.
House prices in Harborough have climbed from £293,889 to £313,423 yet to access public greenery, locals will have to travel 518.4m — that’s 200m further than residents in Hastings. The average size of the public green space in the area is just 29,843m² — less than a third of the national average.
Likewise, in Eden the average size of public green spaces is just over half the national average at 56,131m², while house prices have crept up by over £11,000, rising from £204,515 to £215,579.
In Forest of Dean, public greenery is even smaller at 27,429m² and locals have to travel an average of 471.7m in order to get there. Despite this, house prices have climbed from £236,015 to £247,432 during the period.
In some locations across England, house prices may have increased between May and August, but public green space remains above average.
While house prices have increased in Solihull and Knowsley, it has been by 1.1% and 1.14%, respectively. However, only Knowsley’s house prices remain under the national average, increasing from £133,954 to £135,487 during the period.
Home to 94,206m² of green space, Knowsley locals are just 285.7m from their nearest park field or public garden, giving you good value for money.
Solihull is more expensive, however; at the start of summer, house prices were £283,819 on average, though by August they had climbed to £286,947. Residents have access to a huge 224,509m² of green spaces, but they’ll still have to travel 431.4m to get there - only 9m less than the national average.
Liverpool and Nottingham, while offering excellent access to public green spaces, are both in the top ten for highest house price increases between May and August 2020, featuring fifth and ninth respectively. Liverpool’s house prices have increased 8.2% from £131,866 to £142,733. Green spaces boast an average size of 98,401m², with residents 275.7m away on average.
Meanwhile, in Nottingham house prices have risen 7.7% from £145,434 to £156,694, yet you can reach 142,021m² of public greenery in just 290.3m on average. Despite the price increases, both of these locations are still under the national house price average.
Access to nature and time outdoors is more important than ever as lockdown has seen establishments close across the country. In fact, a government study conducted in November 2020 reported a 40% increase in the amount of adults spending time outside. With tiered limitations on national travel, finding a house near greenery is more important than ever.
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