Cathe­dral city and gate­way to Dales are hotspots

Statis­tics have thrown the spot­light on two ar­eas of York­shire which are see­ing strong price rises. Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

PROP­ERTY in­dices vary enor­mously but one thing the num­ber-crunch­ers agree on is that house prices are ris­ing.

Their lat­est re­search has pin­pointed two hotspots in York­shire that are out­per­form­ing the rest of the re­gion. Ac­cord­ing to data from prop­erty por­tal Zoopla, prices in Ripon have soared by 11.8 per cent over the past year

Mean­while, re­searchers at Sav­ills re­veal that the Craven area has seen one of the high­est num­bers of homes sold in the UK since the mar­ket peak of 2007.

Pa­trick McCutcheon, head of res­i­den­tial at Dacre, Son & Hart­ley, says: “This national re­search shows that house prices and trans­ac­tion lev­els in Ripon and Craven have risen re­cently and this co­in­cides with our own fig­ures for our Ripon, Skip­ton and Set­tle of­fices which are all ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a good in­crease in ac­tiv­ity.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber though that price move­ments are patchy across the rest of the re­gion with the pace of the in­creases slow­ing some­what into Au­gust.”

Chris O’Ma­hony, who man­ages the Ripon branch of Dacre Son & Hart­ley, says a de­mand and sup­ply is­sue has helped push val­ues up.

“Ripon is one of a hand­ful of places out­side Lon­don where prices have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly, mainly due to con­sis­tent de­mand and a short­age of stock. It is an un­ques­tion­ably de­sir­able place to live thanks to its prox­im­ity to the A1 mo­tor­way and its ru­ral lo­ca­tion. It is a per­fect mix.

“Fam­i­lies are keen to live in Ripon and the sur­round­ing vil­lages be­cause of the ex­cel­lent pri­mary and sec­ondary schools.”

Ripon Gram­mar is un­doubt­edly a big draw for those with chil­dren. One of the few tra­di­tional state gram­mar schools in the county, it boasts a GCSE pass rate of 98 per cent.

Buy­ers are also lured by the cathe­dral city’s host of his­toric build­ings, its race­course and the in­creas­ingly at­trac­tive re­tail of­fer­ing. Ripon has a great branch of Booths and a good mix of high street and in­de­pen­dent shops.

The city also has a va­ri­ety of house types and al­though prices have risen, they are still lower than nearby Har­ro­gate.

Starter properties in­clude a two bed­room flat on Skell­dale Close for £90,000 and a one bed­room cot­tage on St Mary­gate, also £90,000 and in need of up­dat­ing. Both are avail­able through Bridg­fords. Two bed­room ter­raced houses start at around £120,000. Fam­ily-sized properties in­clude three bed­room town houses from £170,000, semis from £190,000 and detached homes from £200,000. At the top end, Knight Frank has a five-bed­room Ge­or­gian home on Park Street for sale at £945,000.

Over in Craven’s “cap­i­tal”, Tim Usherwood, man­ager of Dacre’s Skip­ton of­fice, says: “The whole of the Aire Val­ley has en­joyed a buoy­ant year and this is par­tic­u­larly true in Skip­ton where the num­ber of homes bought and sold over sum­mer has been ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing.

“We have op­er­ated here for more than 50 years and the town is in­cred­i­bly vi­brant and has vast ap­peal. Known as the ‘Gate­way to the Dales’, the mar­ket town’s char­ac­ter, range of ser­vices and idyl­lic lo­ca­tion com­bine to drive de­mand for prop­erty.”

Schools here are among the main at­trac­tions. There are two se­lec­tive gram­mar schools, the all-boys Ermysted’s, which has a GCSE pass rate of 98 per cent, and Skip­ton Girls High School, which has a pass rate of 100 per cent.

The town, which at­tracts le­gions of tourists and day trip­pers, also has good trans­port links with trains to Brad­ford and Leeds mak­ing it pop­u­lar with com­muters.

Those on a low bud­get will find two-bed­room ter­raced houses from £90,000, though at this price they usu­ally re­quire ren­o­va­tion. Har­ri­son Booth­man has a twore­cep­tion, two-bed­room house on West­more­land Street for £90,000. Fam­ily-sized semis with gar­dens start from £170,000 and detached homes from £300,000.

Among the most ex­pen­sive homes on the mar­ket at the mo­ment are a detached, fourbed­room house on Raikes Road for £640,000 and a detached prop­erty on Raikeswood Drive for £599,950.

Set­tle, a haven for re­tirees and sec­ond homes, has also be­come pop­u­lar with com­muters thanks to its rail links to Leeds, though the jour­ney takes over an hour and there are few trains, so it ap­peals mostly to those who can split their time be­tween of­fice and home.

The town has a branch of Booths, good in­de­pen­dent shops and cafés and a swim­ming pool.

Prices start at sound £100,000 for a one-bed­room flat and from £130,000 for a small twobed­room ter­raced house. Semis start from around £170,000, while detached prop­erty is avail­able from around £300,000. At the top end, four-bed­room Rock House on Cas­tle Hill is a pe­riod gem and is £499,950 with Neil Wright, while four-bed­room, new home Brock­hole View is £450,000 with Dacres. Those buy­ing can do so with con­fi­dence, ac­cord­ing to Pa­trick McCutcheon, who says: “With mod­est eco­nomic growth pre­dicted, house prices are more likely to rise grad­u­ally over the re­main­der of the year.”

NUN BET­TER: White Swan House, once a pub, is one of the most im­pres­sive properties in the pretty river­side vil­lage of Nun Monk­ton. The grade twolisted Ge­or­gian house, which was built in 1754, boasts five dou­ble bed­rooms, a stun­ning rear ex­ten­sion and orig­i­nal fea­tures such as an old bread oven.

MANY BLESS­INGS: Pretty cathe­dral city Ripon has at­trac­tive prop­erty, easy ac­cess to the A1 and one of York­shire’s best state schools.

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