The so-called race for area as the pandemic drives consumers to rethink their life-style choices has led to costs for prime country houses in the areas to rise 8.7 per cent in the previous 12 months.
Knight Frank says robust demand for prime property outdoors of the capital and rural residing normally, coupled with tightening provide, noticed common costs improve by 2.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 alone, scorching on the heels of a 1.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The company says consumers have continued to hunt extra space, greenery and privateness post-pandemic, exploring a brand new work/life steadiness that might see many working from house extra usually after present restrictions finish in June.
Country houses valued at £5m have carried out better of all in the prime area of interest, rising 15.8 per cent yearly, with tight provide a contributing issue.
In the 12 months to March this 12 months the variety of exchanges between £5m to £10m outdoors of London elevated by greater than another value bracket, up 85 per cent versus the earlier 12 months to March 2020.
By comparability, exchanges typically (excluding London) had been up by 38 per cent in the identical interval, Knight Frank information reveals.
New potential consumers between £5m to £10m in the country in the 12 months to March 2021 was additionally the strongest performing value bracket, up 116 per cent on the earlier 12 months. This in contrast with a rise of 39 per cent throughout all value brackets.
However, regardless of that demand, value development for higher-value properties has been weaker than the wider market lately on account of a collection of tax modifications, leaving better scope for rises. While costs in England and Wales grew 32 per cent in the 5 years to February 2021, the Knight Frank £5m-plus index solely elevated by six per cent in that point regardless of the latest pandemic-fuelled bounce.