It was the year millions of city dwellers plotted – or dreamed – of moving to somewhere more isolated, with a small Scottish island, remote villages in Cumbria and the Isle of Man all featuring in a list of hotspots from looking for home buyers for 2021.
The pandemic has prompted many people to consider leaving their homes in the city or town and moving to a place with more open space or more room to work from home.
Rhos-on-Sea, a small seaside town in North Wales near Colwyn Bay, tops property website Rightmove’s list of 10 most popular hotspots, all of which are either villages or located near of the sea.
However, the site also found that in the final months of 2021 London reclaimed its crown as the most searched major area – suggesting that as lockdowns were lifted and restrictions were eased, many potential buyers suffered a reality check.
Sandwiched between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, Rhos-on-Sea is popular with day-trippers, with a population of under 8,000. Searches for properties in the commune have increased by 858% compared to 2020.
In fourth was the village of Breage in deepest Cornwall, a few miles from Helston and 20 miles from Land’s End.
Fifth on the list was the Isle of Man, with its “favorable tax regime” and low crime rate. Unlike other offshore jurisdictions, there is no limit to buying or renting property on the island.
In sixth and tenth place were Cumbria villages: Frizington, located a few miles from the Lake District National Park, and Allonby, which has a long sandy beach and views over the Solway Firth to the mountains of southern England. ‘Scotland.
The town of Huntly in Aberdeenshire, just under an hour’s drive northwest of Aberdeen, ranked seventh, and eighth was Millport, the only town in Cumbrae, off the coast of Ayrshire, which has been dubbed “Scotland’s most accessible island”. .
The seaside village of Thorpeness in Suffolk came in ninth place.
Perhaps a little more familiar to many were the second and third ranked hotspots. Hove in East Sussex, just west of Brighton, saw house searches rise by 680% in 2020, while third came the village of Chadlington in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds – the epicenter of the Broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson’s foray into farming, as seen in his Amazon Prime reality TV show, Clarkson’s Farm.
In terms of major areas, London is historically the most searched location on Rightmove; however, in January and February 2021, and then from May to September, Cornwall led the way. But after that, London took over the top spot and kept it.
Rightmove said the results reflected “altered buyer preferences” in 2021, when more people searched for homes near coastal areas as they spent time working from home, while London returned to the top of the charts. research later in the year highlights its growing popularity.