Many Brits aspire to own a detached house, but the popularity of detached living has seen the average price of this type of property rise by more than £125,000 in the past 10 years, online estate agents Housesimple has found.
The average price of a detached house in the UK was £252,473 in January 2009. Today, a detached property will set you back, on average, £377,945, an increase of £125,472 or 50% in a decade.
Sam Mitchell, chief executive, Housesimple, said: “Detached houses are seen by many as not just aspirational but also their forever home. However, our research seems to support the view that while many aspire to own a detached property, the reality is that affordability is a barrier to ownership.
“That may well be the case in London and surrounding areas, but for those families who are willing to look further afield, detached home ownership may not be so far-fetched.
“We found five regions where the average price of a detached house is either less than, or close to, the average UK house price. For families living in cramped one-bedroom flats in central London that is a tempting proposition.
“A better quality of life isn’t just about moving out of polluted city centres, it’s also about a better family life at home. And more space, bigger gardens, not being able to hear your neighbours through the paper-thin walls, make detached living highly desirable.
“And the availability of substantial detached homes, that are still affordable, is one of the reasons why we’re seeing more people moving north to areas such as Yorkshire and the North West.”
For value, buyers should head north, with detached property prices in the North East, Scotland and North West, cheaper than any other regions.
The North East is the best for value, with the average price of a detached property rising by just over £15,000 or 7.7% since 2009, less than a 1% price hike a year over the past 10 years.
It’s also the only region in the country where the average price of a detached house (£212,377) is below the current average UK house price (£228,147).
Unsurprisingly, London is the most expensive region with the price of an average detached property up 87%, or more than £420,000, since 2009. The average price now stands at£906,825.
There are just 3,412 detached houses for sale in London and just over 1,784 are on the market for less than £1m, with most of these in Travel Zones 5 and 6.
The boroughs of Barnet and Bromley stand out if you’re looking for detached living in the Capital. Barnet, travel zone 5, currently has the most detached houses for sale of any borough, with 490, but only a fifth are on the market at less than £1m.
Bromley, travel zone 5, has 455 properties for sale, with more than two-thirds (69.9%) being marketed at less than £1m.