Bristol and Somerset Housing Market

Following lockdown we are now beginning to get a real feel that this pandemic has changed so much about the way we live our lives. People have had time to reflect on how they lived pre-Covid and how they have been forced to live post-coved and interestingly its not all bad.
 
The lockdown forced people to work from home. Companies that were quick to adjust to this have really benefitted by finding that it has really worked for many employees to be based at home. Meetings have still been productive and so much time saved by not commuting. There is a realisation that this “new normal’ may well continue for a long time which has made people assess where they live and how they live and whether now is the time to bring forward their plans to re-locate, upsize and gain more space by moving further away from their place of work. This is now a possibility as they do not need to go to the office on a regular basis. Consequently demand for rural properties has massively increased especially in Somerset.Families that have been kept away from each other due to geography have decided to purchase houses suited to multi-generational living. Also many more people are requesting houses with pools. People want the option to livery comfortably in a bubble should the need arise again. 
 
Somerset is even more popular than ever as a destination for re-locaters from London and overseas and I have never been so busy helping clients re-locate. There are so many beautiful houses in villages that are close to cities like Bristol, Bath and Wells and families can secure fantastic family homes that offer them space and a lifestyle that suits their new way of living. Bristol and Bath are also still popular as they offer plenty of green open spaces and are the perfect compromise move for those not quite ready for rural life.
 
These large family homes with large gardens recently have had numerous buyers chasing them with many going for above the asking price. I have recently bought three stunning  properties for clients, two of which were off market, who are absolutely thrilled to have secured these in such a competitive market. 
 
Going forward there still seems to be the momentum and there are plenty of buyers out there but the best properties are becoming harder to find many not even appearing on Rightmove. 
 
Prices are holding firm for these “best in class’ type houses. Agents are still valuing so I am still seeing new property but many properties are been sold by word of mouth. 
 
It will be interesting to see what happens in the Autumn when the effects of the furlough scheme being withdrawn is felt but for now its back to house hunting!.

There has been a continued price growth in Bristol throughout 2017 despite the predictions that Brexit and the General Election would slow this down.

This growth, despite slowing, is expected to carry on throughout 2018. There is a real shortage of property so this means demand is kept high so prices stay high. Over the last year there has been more Londoners coming to Bristol than anywhere else in the UK. Its easy to see why. London house prices have stalled and people see the time as right to leave the capital for a buzzing vibrant city with green spaces and that is commutable to London. The thought being if they can sell in London for a good price they can still afford to buy in places like Clifton in Bristol where prices are too high for many but affordable to those coming from London.

Areas outside Bristol have seen a long awaited resurgence as people search for more places where they can buy more house for their money and hopefully see some long term capital appreciation. The seaside town of Clevedon just outside Bristol has become increasingly popular and is reported to have experienced the highest growth in house prices in the UK. 11% in 2017. Another area to watch is Keynsham. It’s proximity to Bath and Bristol, having a local train station and lovely open spaces nearby and ever improving town centre means it is attracting many London families. Portishead due to it’s excellent motorway links and modern development is also a popular choice for those relocating.

Areas a bit further South such as the villages in the Chew Valley going out to Wells, Frome and Bruton, have performed much slower over the last few years as the trend has been more towards city living.

Having said that many of the large country houses are now selling for near the asking price, many to families from overseas. Frome and Bruton are particularly popular with those coming from London and often have bucked the trend of the slower country market.

The recent push to install fast broadband in many of these villages has made a real difference to those re-locating with a view to working or running a business from home. Many of these country houses have an ideal set up for this. Tru-Speed has been installing fast broadband in the Chew Valley villages and areas around Bath of 100/200mbp which suddenly makes living outside Bristol a more viable option for those who depend on this. Also many of these areas are an easy commute into Bristol and Bath, they are close to a good choice of train stations to London, close enough to Bristol airport , great schools and have lots of space for a growing family, what’s not to like!

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