UK homes that built within the boundaries of national parks have a higher asking price of as much as 22% or in monetary terms 46,000 GBP when compared to the national average, new research shows.
Anyone planning to live in the New Forest area can expect to pay the highest premium at 115,000 GBP, closely followed in second place by the South Downs at 77,000GBP, the lake district comes in third place with a premium of 55,000GBP, according to the research from lender the Nationwide.
The national park area of Dartmoor comes with its own hefty premium at 53,000 GBP, then the Yorkshire Dales at £51,500, the Cairngorms in Scotland at £51,300, the Peak District and the Brecon Beacons both at £50,600 and Snowdonia is the cheapest premium at just £34,500.
Even if your UK property is not directly situated within the national park, the survey showed that homes within a five kilometre radius of a national park can also benefit with an average price premium of 5%.
‘National parks are highly desirable areas in which to live thanks to the beautiful countryside. They are Britain’s breathing spaces and those living in the parks can make the most of the great outdoors with a range of activities on their doorstep,’ said Andrew Harvey, senior economic analyst at the Nationwide.
‘The main national parks in England also have easy access to major employment centres. Development is also controlled, with limited new housing construction, which also helps to explain why prices tend to be relatively high,’ he explained.
The Lake District, the UK’s most visited national park, has Keswick, Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere as the most popular areas for UK property.
So a room with a view in the English countryside does come at cost, but one that many are willing to pay.
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