40pc increase in sales; average house price £158,356 – a discount of 17.8pc compared with the North East
Those who don’t need to commute on a daily basis tend to look to the rural west of the county, said Ryan Eve of Finest Properties, an estate agency. “Areas around Barnard Castle, Teesdale or Weardale have beautiful countryside and pretty villages. The area offers extremely good value compared with North Yorkshire or Northumberland,” he said.
Patricia Atkinson has lived near Barnard Castle all her life. Last April she bought a cottage a few doors down from her home and now lets it through Sykes Holiday Cottages to bolster her retirement income.
“I’ve always felt this is a beautiful and understated part of the country,” she said. “There is so much to do outdoors.”
36pc increase in sales; average house price £219,160 – a discount of 6pc
Those looking for real value in Cumbria will need to search beyond the Lake District, according to Mr Eve, particularly on the west coast around Whitehaven and the pretty, sandy coastline and Barrow-in-Furness down in the south west. “Outside the national park, values tend to be based on distance from the West Coast mainline stations and the M6,” said Mr Eve.
34pc increase in sales; average house price £195,346 – a discount of 16.3pc
Lancashire is a very diverse county and is often overlooked, according to Ed Lucas of Property Vision, a buying agency. “The countryside to the north is absolutely stunning through the Forest of Bowland, but it is sparsely populated, so houses can be hard to find,” he said.
Clitheroe is a popular market town in the heart of the Ribble Valley, offering good schooling and access to countryside. “Equally, the area around Ormskirk to the south west of the county offers high-quality housing within easy reach of commercial centres such as Liverpool,” said Mr Lucas.