Cornwall overtakes London as most searched-for place to live


Property searches for some villages in the southwestern county in January and February jumped by more than 200 per cent compared to the same months last year. These were the biggest annual increases seen across Britain.

In February alone, there were more than 5 million searches for properties in Cornwall.

Searches for the village of Stithians in Cornwall were up by 224 per cent, while searches for Polperro, also in Cornwall, increased by 203 per cent.

Emma Ward, director at Goundrys estate agents in Cornwall, said: “Detached homes, which are around the £500,000 to £700,000 mark here, have been flying off the shelves.”

Searches for countryside and seaside locations have also jumped, with Dorset replacing Cambridge as the 10th most popular area. The county had been in 20th place a year ago.

Rightmove found that a lot of people currently living in a city have been looking for homes outside of that city.

More than half of house hunters living in London are looking for properties outside of the capital, up from 39 per cent last year.



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