Two Warwickshire towns have been judged in the top 10 happiest places to live in the country.
Property site Rightmove has named Leamington the third happiest town in the UK, while Stratford-on-Avon takes the number seven spot.
Rightmove’s Happy at Home survey results only put Leamington behind St Ives in Cornwall, whose proximity to the sea helped nudge it to the top slot, and Skipton in Yorkshire.
People were asked to rate various aspects of where they lived, such as community spirit, access to green spaces and availability of local services.
The average asking price for a property in the town is £335,008 – and £878 a month for renters.
In Stratford, the average asking price is £354,337, with renting at £807 per month.
Estate agency ehB Residential say they have seen a huge boom in sales in Leamington. Despite November not yet being over, they have already agreed twice as many sales as they did in November of last year.
It was the same in October with sales doubling on the same time period last year.
ehB Residential office manager Clive Thompson said demand for family homes has exploded, with the coronavirus encouraging people to reassess their living requirements.
“St Ives is lovely, of course,” said Clive. “But if you need to be in the thick of it and have easy access to other parts of the country – as well as living somewhere with a great community spirit, beautiful architecture, excellent schools and surrounded by plenty of green space, then Leamington is definitely the place to be.
“The houses which are proving extremely popular are family homes – three-bedroom semis all the way through to large period villas and detached homes.
“Even those who would be returning to the office once things start to get back to normal next year know life and working patterns have changed irrevocably.
“For many it will be a mix of home and office working. And that means they need space in which to work when at home and perhaps don’t need to be quite as near the station or motorway network as before when they were doing a daily commute.
“It’s been an incredibly busy year and it shows no sign of abating. There’s still time to get your home listed before Christmas. There’s always a huge spike in Rightmove traffic between Christmas and New Year and with the festive season being so different this year it could be even greater.
“So many people are just keen to get on with selling and moving, ready for when the vaccine’s here and we can start enjoying life anew in one of the happiest towns in the UK in 2021.”
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