How Harrogate house buyers are fuelling north's booming property market in expensive housing

A national estate agents says Harrogate buyers are now looking further afield helping to fuel a new boom at the higher end of the market in places such as Northumberland.

By Graham Chalmers
Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 9:08 am

GSC Grays, a firm of chartered surveyors, land and estate agents operating throughout the UK, says properties in the £2m price range are attracting considerable interest from those who have sold in the York and Harrogate areas and who recognise the benefits of moving towards County Durham and Northumberland.

John Coleman, who heads up GSC Grays country house agency, said:” This is as buoyant a market in the prime residential area as we have had for many years.

The Grange, Kirkby-in-Cleveland is currently on the market with GSC Grays' Boroughbridge office.

"What has changed since the pandemic has been the desire for the countryside with people selling up and moving to areas seen by those in the South as the “North” such as York and Harrogate.

"Consequently, the people from York and Harrogate are pushing up to North Yorkshire, Northumberland and County Durham.

"These buyers have sold and are looking to buy in that £1m-£2m market which has become more in demand than it ever was."

Properties such as The Grange, a 19th century country house set in 15 acres in Kirkby-in-Cleveland, two miles from the market town of Stokesley close to the Cleveland Hills and at the gateway to the North York Moors, are coming onto a market that is seeing properties going to closing date for best bids.

The North East market is receiving another boost with the Treasury moving to Darlington which benefits from being on the East Coast mainline to London Kings Cross.

John Coleman said: “The real drivers are those selling well and moving further north to get more for their money and it is a response to the ripple effect of people moving from London.

“The top end of the North East’s prime residential has previously been £2m plus and unless it has been part of an estate it has traditionally been a hard a market to fill.

"Unless you come from the area or want to return, the pool of buyers has always been relatively small.

"Where there was a pick-up was in the £1m to £1.5m market with money relatively inexpensive and these aspirational properties were causing interest in the villages close to the bigger towns, but it became harder in the rural areas.

“Significantly, in the current prime residential market the majority of properties are going to closing day for best bids.

"After a 15-20 per cent jump during the pandemic - that is a big rise in our part of the world - it is difficult to see that kind of increase continuing, but it has brought our area to the attention of a wider buying market.

“The move of the Treasury to Darlington has had an impact on West Darlington and the outer villages to a certain price level.

"The perception of the North and North East has certainly changed in the last two years.”

The Grange, Kirkby-in-Cleveland is currently on the market with GSC Grays' Boroughbridge office with a guide price of £2,250,000.

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