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TBS in The Times – Park life; the lure of a home in a beauty spot

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Knight Frank
London and Country specialist property buying agents
02 Nov 2018  |   Bobby Hall

The UK’s national parks have long been a lovely place to visit but now property purchasers are making the move for affordability and scenery. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, announced last month that he wanted to ‘conserve and enhance’ England’s ten national parks and 34 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Figures from Strutt & Parker show that property in the Norfolk Broads have had the biggest price rises than those in any other national park over the past five years.

The South Downs, where property prices have risen 21.7% over five years, is the third most expensive national park to live in.  Bobby Hall, Partner at The Buying Solution, says that Meon Valley specifically Petersfield are at the top of purchasers’ wish lists. ‘It’s attractive, unspoilt, protected country with short commute times’. He adds that most buyers are  ‘weekly or part weekly’ commuters.

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