RIPON’S fast-growing popularity as a place to live and work is helping to trigger a surge in house prices in a trio of family-friendly villages that sit in the Nidderdale area of outstanding natural beauty.
Linley & Simpson HG4 3 property update June 2016
Topping the list is North Stainley, which has seen sold prices rise by as much as 14% in the past year. Kirkby Malzeard's prices have increased by 9% while homeowners in Grewelthorpe are netting an extra 7%.*
Our analysis of a range of independent data has found that North Stainley, with an overall average price of £337,488, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Wath (£346,000), but was more expensive than Ripon (£223,305) and Grewelthorpe (£258,395).*
Kirkby Malzeard, with an overall average price of £296,114 was more expensive than nearby Masham (£245,987) and Grewelthorpe (£258,395), but was cheaper than North Stainley (£337,488).*
The district remains one of the most sought-after places to live, retaining a strong community with a friendly, rural village feel that appeals to our buyers. They tell us that it is one of the key reasons they are attracted to the area.
North Stainley is a picturesque village four miles north of Ripon on the A6108 road to the brewery capital of Masham and the Dales, nestling near to the Lightwater Valley theme park, the Ripon Walled Garden, and with beautiful countryside all around.
With its own primary school, as well as a village hall and pub in the heart of the community, there is no shortage of clubs and activities from the arts society to the cricket club to amateur dramatics.
Kirkby Malzeard is best-known for its creamery, which has been making Wensleydale cheese for more than a century. It also has a shop, school and pub, and its Mechanics Institute remains at the hub of village life.
Neighbouring Grewelthorpe also has a church, primary school and pub but it is perhaps its duck pond that is its most distinctive feature and attracts people from surrounding villages to feed the ducks who live there.
On the edge of the village of Grewelthorpe is Hackfall, sometimes called Hackfall Wood, which is a Grade I Garden in English Heritage's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Although it appears to be a natural wood, the landscape that can be seen today was in large part a result of design and work undertaken by the Aislabies of Studley Royal. In Victorian times it was a popular attraction: there are grottos, surprise views, waterfalls, a fountain and several follies, including Mowbray Castle, a ruin in a prominent hill-top position.
We find that the most typical buyer attracted to this whole area is a thriving family who is busy bringing up children and following careers. It is also popular with people with assets, looking for a comfortable retirement.
*Data sourced from Land Registry, last updated 29th April 2016.