Pay more to live in Longridge, Garstang and Carnforth

Shop local at Garstang Market Hall
Shop local at Garstang Market Hall

Good schools, low crime rates and spectacular views are just some of the reasons market towns in Lancashire command a £24,000 premium.

That’s according to Fiona Podmore, branch manager at Longridge’s Entwistle Green, as she commented on figures released by Lloyds Bank, which compared house prices in 113 market towns across the country with those in wider counties.

Beacon Fell

Beacon Fell

Longridge, Garstang and Carnforth were some of the Lancashire towns looked at and Fiona believes there are several factors which contribute to the inflated figures.

She said: “It’s a lifestyle you’re paying for. These places often have better schools, a low amount of rental properties and low crime rates. In terms of the Ribble Valley you’re also getting spectacular views on your door step. The location and the community are big factors.”

Carnforth came seventh and Longridge tenth in a list of market towns with the highest premium to county house prices, according to Lloyds Bank.

An average county house in Lancashire costs £148,475 compared to Longridge at £223,802 and Carnforth at £238,184.

It’s a lifestyle you’re paying for

Fiona Podmore, Entwistle Green

The biggest different in price was in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, where the average house price is £997,222 compared to a county house, £345,043.

The study also shows on average, house prices in market towns, with easy access to amenities, have increased by £460 every month over the last decade.

A £55,179 or 28 per cent increase in the typical price of a property in an English market town since 2005 means a buyer will pay around £250,686 for a home.

Andy Mason, mortgages director at Lloyds Bank, said: “Market towns attract a premium and the quality of life benefits often associated with living in such locations are still proving popular among home buyers. Market towns are often particularly attractive for those looking to move into more idyllic surroundings without sacrificing many of the important amenities they currently enjoy.”