Booming Beverley has highest price growth

Jockeys on their mounts make their way round the bend before the final straight at Beverley Races with Beverley Minster in the background.  Picture Tony Johnson.
Jockeys on their mounts make their way round the bend before the final straight at Beverley Races with Beverley Minster in the background. Picture Tony Johnson.
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The hottest spot in Yorkshire is beautiful Beverley. Sharon Dale reports on why property prices in the East Yorkshire market town have rocketed.

Beverley has always been popular with home buyers. It is a beautiful market town with historic architecture, a Minster and easy access to both countryside and coast.

Goodwood, Old College, Beverley, �1.050m One of the most prestigious residential developments in Beverley for many years, Old College in Molescroft, will have 36 luxury homes on a nine acre site. Prices range from �685,000 to �1,065m The show home, pictured here,is the Goodwood is a four bedroom, four bathroom house with a detached double garage. Contact: www.peterwardhomes.co.uk

Goodwood, Old College, Beverley, �1.050m One of the most prestigious residential developments in Beverley for many years, Old College in Molescroft, will have 36 luxury homes on a nine acre site. Prices range from �685,000 to �1,065m The show home, pictured here,is the Goodwood is a four bedroom, four bathroom house with a detached double garage. Contact: www.peterwardhomes.co.uk

People who live there love it so much they like to stay and those from surrounding areas aspire to move there.

Now word is spreading and it is being targeted by retirees and families from further afield.

It’s also been singled out by upmarket retailers, such as Jo Malone, Mint Velvet and The White Company, which have all opened up there recently.

This sought-after status and increasing gentrification is helping to push up property values.

Recreation Club Lane, Beverley, �415,000. This four-bedroom detached bungalow is on the market with www.woolleyparks.co.uk

Recreation Club Lane, Beverley, �415,000. This four-bedroom detached bungalow is on the market with www.woolleyparks.co.uk

According to Rightmove, Beverley saw the highest growth in asking prices in Yorkshire over the past year.

The average asking price is now £255,080 compared to £236,288 a year ago. This is an eight per cent rise and more than double the Yorkshire average increase.

Residents Neil and Rachel McCracken, who live in the town and have a holiday let, Beverley Minster House, say: “It is a lovely place to live. A lot of higher end brands have opened shops here and there are great pubs and restaurants. It’s like a mini York.”

Estate agent Mark Woolley agrees and says the reason for the leap in house prices is supply and demand

Minster Moorgate West, Beverley, �225,000'This three-bedroom terraced house is for sale with www.woolleyparks.co.uk

Minster Moorgate West, Beverley, �225,000'This three-bedroom terraced house is for sale with www.woolleyparks.co.uk

“Demand remains strong as it has done for many years but the supply of quality, new properties coming to the market has reduced as people either don’t want to leave Beverley or they are staying put and awaiting the outcome of Brexit before making their next move.

He adds that most of the buyers are local, there is a contingent from Hull and also from York.

“We are noticing a trend of downsizers looking to locate themselves centrally within the town as a way of embracing the vibrant lifestyle on offer.

“Beverley is also regarded as a fantastic environment in which to raise a family so family home buyers still form a large sector of the market.

Minster Wharf, Beverley, �139,950.'This two-bedroom apartment is for  sale with www.quickclarke.co.uk

Minster Wharf, Beverley, �139,950.'This two-bedroom apartment is for sale with www.quickclarke.co.uk

“We are also seeing quite a few people retiring here from York because homes here are less expensive. We also get retirees moving from West Yorkshire.”

A big lure for all is that Beverley is compact with many amenities in walking distance and the schools are good.

“It is the “Jewel in the crown of the East Riding” and the schools and amenities here are excellent. There is also a cinema, a theatre and, the amazing Minster and St Mary’s Church.

“On top of this there is a market, tons of pubs, restaurants and delis and we have great independent shops. You can also cycle out onto the Wolds from here,” says Richard Welpton, of Quick and Clarke estate agents.

As for transport links, York and the Bridlington coast are a 45 minute drive away. Hull is a half hour drive or a 14 minute train journey away as Beverley is on the Hull to Scarborough railway line.

Seen as a safe bet for buyers, house price rises mean that first-time buyers now have to pay least £125,000 for a home while the average family-size house is about £250,000.

Richard Welpton says that the best areas are to the north from The Bar into Molescroft, to the west of the town centre and towards the Westwood, a large area of common land, which is also home to Beverley’s racecourse.

The issue of supply and demand is being eased slightly by development.

“We are seeing developers beginning work on numerous sites to the south of the town centre where commuter routes to Hull, The A63 and M62 motorway network, are part of the appeal,” says Mark Woolley.