Cornish coastal town St Ives is the nicest place to live in Britain, study finds

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According to a study by Rightmove, St Ives has been named the best place to live in Britain.

The former fishing community of Cornwall topped the rankings – with other coastal and rural areas also performing well.

The people of St Ives have proven to be happier than any other neighborhood with their surrounding nature, green spaces and friendly neighbors.

Skipton in North Yorkshire took second place and Leamington Spa in Warwickshire came third in the survey of 21,000 people.

Tim Bannister, Director of Real Estate Data at Rightmove, said: “Since the lockdown we’ve since had a trend that more people are looking to live in smaller communities, so it’s very fitting that the quaint town de St Ives took first place in 2020. “

The average house price in St Ives is £ 413,414, with property demand up 120% last year, according to Rightmove.

St Ives in Cornwall (pictured) topped the rankings – with other coastal and rural areas also performing well

The most expensive place on the list was Richmond in Surrey, where the average house can cost a person £ 869,864.

The happiest place in Wales – Llandrindod Wells – was also the cheapest place to buy with houses costing £ 150,963 on average.

The spa town also placed fourth overall and turned out to be the place in Britain where locals most often felt able to be themselves.

Perth was the happiest place in Scotland, the fifth happiest overall and also the second cheapest place in the top 20 to buy a house – at £ 163,303.

He also had one of the strongest community spirits in all of Britain.

The people of St Ives (pictured) have proven to be happier than any other neighborhood with their nature, green spaces and friendly neighbors

The people of St Ives (pictured) have proven to be happier than any other neighborhood with their nature, green spaces and friendly neighbors

Mr Bannister added: “Our latest research shows that despite all the challenges this year has brought, many people have been able to reconnect with their region and local community, which has had a positive effect on how they feel about it. relation to where they live.

“Overall, I think the lockdown has allowed people to rediscover what’s on their doorstep, and spending more time in their local areas has allowed people to value their environment and communities more.

“This year’s study shows a greater appreciation for green spaces and nature, and a strong correlation between people living in coastal and rural areas and the happiness of people where they live.

“Obviously for a lot of people this year hasn’t been a happy one, so we wanted to use our report to highlight only the happiest places and to find out how the lockdown has changed the way people feel. where they live. “

A narrow and steep street leads to the port of St Ives.  Tim Bannister, Director of Real Estate Data at Rightmove, said: 'Since the lockdown we have since had a trend that more people are looking to live in smaller communities, so it's normal to see that St Ives has taken first place in 2020 ''

A narrow and steep street leads to the port of St Ives. Tim Bannister, Director of Real Estate Data at Rightmove, said: “Since the lockdown we’ve since seen a trend that more people are looking to live in smaller communities, so it’s normal to see that St Ives has taken the lead. first place in 2020 “

Jessie Wright, senior negotiator at Bradleys Estate Agents in St Ives, said she was not surprised by the results.

She said: “I think there are a number of reasons people are so happy living here, but we have all definitely become more thankful for our hometown during the lockdown period.

“The freedom to go for a swim in the sea or run along the beach when we were only allowed an hour of outdoor exercise has made many people realize that we have so much space. to enjoy, associated with magnificent countryside landscapes and stunning beaches. ‘

Top 20 happy places
Average asking price Average rent pcm (2 beds)
1 St Ives South West 413.414 £ 719 £
2 Skipton Yorks et Humber 335 008 £ £ 549
3 Spa Leamington West Midlands 226 130 £ 878 £
4 Llandrindod well Wales 150 963 £ £ 422
5 Perth Scotland 163 303 £ £ 556
6 Kendal North West 231 597 £ 624 £
sept Stratford-upon-Avon West Midlands 354 337 £ 807 £
8 Dorchester South West 325 903 £ 801 £
9 Harrogate Yorks et Humber 336 968 £ 821 £
dix Richmond London 869 864 £ 1 829 £
11 Falmouth South West 310 540 £ 912 £
12 Hexham Northeast 276 246 £ 608 £
13 Weymouth South West 279 484 £ £ 690
14 Shrewsbury West Midlands 255 843 £ 613 £
15 Tonbridge South East 453 687 £ 1 056 £
16 Plymouth South West 209.311 £ £ 668
17 Poole South West 406 774 £ 989 £
18 Northwich North West 215 808 £ £ 551
19 Barnstaple South West 232 323 £ 589 £
20 Guildford South West £ 549.497 1 188 £

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