Golden op­por­tu­nity as com­mute to the Dales moves into fast lane

A new golden tri­an­gle looks set to emerge in York­shire thanks to an up­grad­ing of the A1. Sharon Dale re­ports.

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LUR­ING buy­ers away from York­shire’s golden tri­an­gle and up to the North­ern Dales has been one of Tim Brown’s big­gest chal­lenges.

The main temp­ta­tion he has put in the path of those fix­ated on Har­ro­gate, York, North Leeds and Wetherby is value for money. You get a lot of “bang for your buck” up there.

House prices in the area are around 25 per cent cheaper than those in the well-known prop­erty hotspots.

Now Tim, of the Ge­orge F. White agency in Bedale, has even tastier bait to reel in those pre­vi­ously re­luc­tant to ven­ture fur­ther afield.

The work on up­grad­ing the Dish­forth to Leem­ing Bar sec­tion of the A1 to give it three-lane mo­tor­way sta­tus is due to com­plete in spring next year. The Dish­forth to Balder­sby sec­tion is al­ready open and has a new 70mph limit.

The speed­ier 24-mile stretch should slash 15 min­utes off jour­ney times south to York and Leeds, mak­ing the area far more at­trac­tive to city work­ers and to the town­ies in be­tween.

“Jour­ney times to work that are over an hour are a big psy­cho­log­i­cal hur­dle for buy­ers but when the new mo­tor­way opens com­pletely that hour com­mute should be achiev­able from fur­ther north and I think that will have a big im­pact on prop­erty prices,” says Tim.

The in­duce­ment is so at­trac­tive that he be­lieves it will even­tu­ally cre­ate an­other golden tri­an­gle with points at Northaller­ton, Masham and Ley­burn, while tak­ing in Bedale and nu­mer­ous vil­lages.

Leem­ing Bar, where the new mo­tor­way south will start, is the junc­tion for Northaller­ton and Bedale and also gives ac­cess to lower Wens­ley­dale.

While there has been a trickle of peo­ple mi­grat­ing to the area over the past few years, when the full up­grade is fin­ished that could be­come a stream.

Ge­orge F. White say that many peo­ple who have moved into the area re­cently are those who work at home full-time or who don’t have to go into the of­fice ev­ery day.

“It’s a very at­trac­tive part of York­shire with great ac­cess to the coun­try­side and peo­ple love the fact that house prices are so low. I’ve just sold a manor house in Ex­elby for just short of £700,000 to some­one from Leeds. If it had been in North Leeds or Har­ro­gate area it would’ve been well over a mil­lion,” says Tim.

“Prices here are an av­er­age 25 per cent cheaper than those in the golden tri­an­gle and in some cases they are half the price.

“When we ad­ver­tise in the York­shire Post and buy­ers from the West Rid­ing come out here, they can­not be­lieve what they can get for their money.”

Ar­eas that have have grown in pop­u­lar­ity over the past few years in­clude those that run par­al­lel to the A1 south of Bedale, such as Carthorpe, Ex­elby and Sut­ton How­grave.

They are less ex­pen­sive than vil­lages fur­ther south off the A1 and they have also out­per­formed the mar­ket over the past ten years, ac­cord­ing to Tim.

“I bought a cot­tage near Bedale in 2002 for £100,000 and three years later when I sold it, it had dou­bled in value. When I sold for the next owner in 2007 it had in­creased in value by an­other 50 per cent and although prices have slipped in the last few years I think the area has out­per­formed al­most all of the rest of the coun­try ex­cept Lon­don and the Home Coun­ties.”

Tim pre­dicts that vil­lages be­tween Bedale and Ley­burn will soon be on the radar for city work­ers who dream of es­cap­ing to the coun­try.

These in­clude Newton-leWil­lows, Fing­hall, Pa­trick Brompton and Spen­nithorne.

On the Northaller­ton side of the A1, he pre­dicts Scru­ton, Great Fen­cote and Kirkby Fleetham will at­tract more buy­ers.

“I have sold three prop­er­ties in Kirkby Fleetham re­cently and they all went very quickly. One sold in the space of a week­end. It’s five min­utes to the A1, it has a vil­lage green and you have easy ac­cess to a main­line sta­tion at nearby Northaller­ton,” says Tim.

While the up­grade work con­tin­ues to blight the A1, the ben­e­fit will soon be felt, which means would-be buy­ers should act quickly.

“Here at Ge­orge F. White, we al­ready have a grow­ing list of peo­ple look­ing for prop­er­ties in the north of the county, so to ben­e­fit, don’t hang about. Look to pur­chase now be­fore fur­ther po­ten­tial growth in de­mand sets in,” says Tim.

“As sure as eggs are eggs, house prices will rise when the ben­e­fits of the quicker ac­cess times are re­alised.”

FLOCK­ING IN: Masham could be one of the points of a new golden tri­an­gle that also takes in Lower Wens­ley­dale.

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