Right move surveyed residents the length and breadth of Great Britain in their annual ‘Happy at Home Index’ and the results were released at the end of last year: these are the five happiest places to live.
- Leigh-on-Sea has been crowned the happiest place to live in Great Britain for the second time in three years
- In second place is Farnham
- Taking third place on the podium is Monmouth in Wales
- Christchurch in Dorset scooped fourth, while Leamington Spa also made it into the top five
- Rightmove’s annual Happy at Home Index asks residents how happy they are where they live, based on 12 happiness factors, across 219 areas in Great Britain
- Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, Farnham in Surrey, Monmouth in Wales, Christchurch in Dorset and Leamington Spa in Warwickshire are where residents feel happiest this year.
More than 21,000 people across Great Britain took part in the Rightmove survey, which asks residents how happy they are where they live, as well as asking them to rank 12 happiness factors.
The 12 factors range from how safe residents feel and how friendly the neighbours are, to how good the local services are and the quality of green spaces and cultural activities in the area.To mark such glittering scores, we have shone a light on these communities to showcase some of the finest properties in the happiest towns, villages and districts in Great Britain.
There are an estimated six million households living in the wrong property and the country needs to get moving.
It is likely to be a better year after Brexit, according to James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search.
Only an end to the indecision that we have been suffering since June 2016 can free up the market,’ he said.
‘Whatever the outcome, we will certainly see a significant increase in activity. More supply will be matched by more demand and I don’t expect us to see any dramatic rise or fall in prices across the board,’ he pointed out.
He also pointed out that buyers and owners are increasingly prepared to take on significant work to make houses more efficient, and 2019 will see more eco retro-fitting and future proofing. ‘Properties that are inefficient will become harder to sell as buyers pay more attention to the running and maintenance costs they are taking on. Isolated houses at the end of mile long rutted drives will be hard to sell, but competition will be high for immaculate town houses in small cities and market towns,’ he explained.
‘However, cottages in tourist areas will be snapped up by investors jumping on the Airbnb bandwagon in anticipation of an increase in UK residents holidaying at home due to falling pound, airport delays, and Brexit fallout,’ he added.
It could be an interesting year for the Build to Rent market, according to Nigel Howell, chief executive officer of FirstPort Limited, and he predicts that there will be new institutional investors from Canada, the United States, France and the Netherlands.
‘Post Brexit the UK property sector needs to quickly mature our collective offer, taking learnings from alternative sectors and international equivalents, and to have a clear ambition. Now it’s time to take action to create a vibrant and long term market offer that meets investors’ demands,’ he said.