15 June 2016
Bardsey, East Keswick and Harewood nestle in the heart of Yorkshire’s ‘golden triangle’ – the county’s most sought-after place to live.
This demand is underlined by the fact that our Wetherby branch has almost 700 active buyers registered and searching for a property.
Homeowners in this trio of picturesque villages selling their property with us typically achieved 99% of their asking prices.
Our research shows that the average sale price in this area achieved by our specialist sales team in the last 12 months was £630,777 far higher than the overall average.*
Our analysis of a range of independent data also explored the health of the wider property market.
It found that Bardsey, with an overall average price of £463,613, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Scarcroft (£446,004), but was more expensive than East Keswick (£368,913) and Collingham (£423,793).
Overall sold prices in Bardsey over the last year were 15% up on the previous 12 months.
Neighbouring East Keswick, with an overall average price of £368,913, was cheaper than nearby Bardsey (£463,613), Collingham (£423,793) and Scarcroft (£446,004).
During the last year, sold prices in East Keswick were also 15% up on the previous 12 months.
We found that most of the sales in Harewood over the past year were terraced properties which on average sold for £248,869. Semi-detached properties had an average sold price of £320,000 and flats averaged at £363,500.
Harewood, with its overall average sale price of £274,752, was cheaper than nearby East Keswick (£368,913), Bardsey (£463,613) and Huby (£414,050).**
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.
It has a host of good schools both Bardsey Primary School and Harewood C of E Primary School have good OFSTED ratings.
And Gateways, located in the shadow of Harewood House one of the jewels in Yorkshires tourist crown, with its grounds also used for the filming of TVs Emmerdale - was named by The Daily Telegraph in 2015 as the 3rd best, small independent school in the whole of the UK.
At nearby Bardsey, there is also a historical attraction of a different nature. The tranquil village is home to The Bingley Arms - officially the oldest pub in Britain. It dates back over 1,000 years to a time when Vikings were conquering parts of the country and before England had its first King.
The village of East Keswick is a conservation area, surrounded by swathes of farmland. Its history has been chronicled in a Millennium Book and unusually it enjoys its own Wildlife Trust which manages large tracts of local land.
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 taken from our records of properties sold between May 2015 and 23rd May 2016. ** Data sourced from Land Registry, last updated 29th April 2016.
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