The great North/south divide
THE age-old divide between North and South has been valued at £200,000—the difference between average house prices per county on either side of ‘the border’, with the exception of North Yorkshire, Edinburgh, East Lothian, Monmouthshire and the Vale of Glamorgan.
According to the latest data from the Land Registry and emoov research, the exact boundary begins as low as Bristol in the west and runs up the border with Wales past Herefordshire and Shropshire, before cutting down through Worcestershire, below the West Midlands, above Leicestershire and Rutland, to Norfolk and the east coast. In the southern section, house prices have increased by 9% in the past year and by 4% in the north. From one end of the spectrum to the other, the average house price in Surrey is £447,444 compared to £96,787 in East Ayrshire.