Everyone holds their own unique experience and views when it comes to living in London. For some, there can be the feeling of having had enough and wanting a change of environment. Fortunately, the UK is packed great downsizing options from the capital, many of which are generating a lot of interest. We’ve picked out a few to peruse…
Characterised by elegant Regency buildings, open spaces, quiet streets, and with almost a southwest London style, Cheltenham has always been popular for those looking to move away from a big city. Annual high profile events such as the literature festival, music, science, as well as the infamous four day Gold Cup festival bring hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Full of bespoke artisan cafes, boutique shops, quaint architecture and combined with a family feel, Cheltenham has a lot of charm and is widely considered as a place to move to and then stay. The suburban atmosphere surrounded by the rolling Cotswolds gives Cheltenham a scenic visage that is hard to compete with.
A recent boom of modern housing developments combined with a town centre redesign has contributed to Cheltenham becoming one of the UK hotspots for buying property. Cheltenham experienced a property prices increase at the highest rate of any town or city in 2017, five times the national average, taking average property price to £313,150.
Head north out of London for the antique and picturesque city of Cambridge, shrouded in history and now a hive for biotech professionals. The city is defined by its world-renowned university in both reputation and appearance as the stunning Gothic architecture and college greens perpetuate throughout the city. Narrow cobbled streets packed with cyclists, and it’s large student population give Cambridge a vibrant feel.
Whilst having a bustling city centre, Cambridge strikes a great balance by being full of wide open spaces and parks, and matches its striking city centre with beautiful countryside nearby. Adorned with an array of attractions from very highly regarded museums, charismatic pubs and restaurants, and large shopping centres, Cambridge offers everything you need from a city but in a far more relaxed and condensed setting than London. Just in a similar fashion to london, be ready for the tourists.
Cambridge too is one of the places where property prices increased the most in 2017, rising by over £60,000 according to the ONS, taking the average house price to just under £500,000. The city as a whole experienced growth three times greater than the national average as a result of a £7billion investment in new housing and transport links.
Often regarded as one of the best places to live in Britain, Brighton is extremely popular with families and professionals due to its attractive blend of culture, seaside charm and all-round friendly atmosphere. Brighton is packed with theatres and art galleries, boutique shops, and bars and cafes winding through alleyways in historic quarters. An abundance of other attractions and notable landmarks such as the iconic pier and the Royal Pavilion means there is always something on offer for residents, and of course, there’s the beach.
For many that work in London, Brighton is an ideal commuter hotspot. Trains into central London take only an hour and commuters can enjoy living in more relaxed surroundings. However, the expansion of the digital industry is growing faster in Brighton than anywhere else in the UK, so it may not be long before the large number of regular commuters to London reduces.
Property prices have been increasing over the last few years in line with Brighton’s popularity. Despite prices rising by 9% in summer 2017, Brighton remains a significantly cheaper location than London as the average property price is £365,60. Nearby Hove, is full of Edwardian and Victorian era properties, and also contains many new developments which makes it very suited as a family orientated area.