Throughout June there was a 126% rise in enquiries on homes in a village location, according to Rightmove. As average asking prices in villages are often more expensive than cities, it seems the motivation is not money, but rather a quieter lifestyle, especially given the recent shift in working from home. A separate research study by Barclays Mortgages found that the South West of England is a desirable location for those currently living in Birmingham, Nottingham, London and Manchester.
Miles Shipside of Rightmove said: "The lure of a new lifestyle, one that is quieter and has an abundance of beautiful countryside and more outdoor space, has led to more city dwellers choosing to become rural residents.
"The most popular village moves are still within the same region the home hunters are currently in, as it's likely they'll keep their current job but may have the flexibility to commute less often and set up their working space at home."
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