Sam Gibson, head of residential agency for Galbraith in the north of England said:
It’s no surprise that Hexham has been voted the happiest place to live in the UK. There is something for everyone in the Northern Counties. The scenery is spectacularly beautiful, from rugged moorland to pretty valleys and productive arable land. We also have some of the UK’s most dramatic coastline with 80 miles of stunning beaches, craggy cliffs and sand dunes.
The Northumberland National Park is a fabulous reason to want to live in this region. Boasting the UK’s cleanest air and rivers, the national park is a hub for running, cycling and water sports on the Kielder reservoir and is also home to rare wildlife, including red squirrels and ospreys. Northumberland has over a thousand miles of recognised walking routes, eight resplendent castles and of course the Roman Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Above all, the main reason why this is a great place to live is the strong sense of community and kinship. People here are very friendly and we look out for each other.
Galbraith launched its agency service three weeks ago and has already secured instructions for properties to sell across a range of price bands and property types.
The most sought-after areas for house-hunters in the region include Corbridge and the Tyne Valley, according to Galbraith. The coastal strip sees the majority of additional or second home sales, followed by areas within the National Park. The premium attracted by waterside properties, (both coastal and inland) is about 30%. Holiday-let properties are of most interest to buyers when they generate upwards of 6% return on capital, which is still possible in these areas.
Sam Gibson was born and brought up in Hexham and returned to the area ten years ago after a period spent working in London. He continued:
I returned to Hexham with my family as it’s a great place for family life and the schools are very good. Northumberland has an excellent balance, with relatively affordable property and a wonderful lifestyle on offer.
The property market is strong and this news today is likely to boost interest in the region. We have serious buyers registered with us so I would advise those thinking of bringing a property on the market to proceed without delay.