Least desirable place to live in UK unveiled – ‘Britons really don’t want to live there’

Martin Roberts gives tips for getting on the property ladder

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The property market hit new records last year as house prices continue to rise despite the stamp duty holiday coming to an end. Surging demand levels and limited housing stock are continuing to be a problem for the property market with UK house prices rising for the sixth month in a row in December. The average price for a property now stands at £276,091 – an increase of more than £24,500 compared to December 2020.

In light of this, designer radiator specialists BestHeating have conducted a new study asking homeowners where they most and least want to live in the UK.

The company polled 2,003 people to find out the least and most desirable place to live in the UK.

Of the Britons polled, 38 percent said they would never consider living in London – making it the least desirable place for Britons to live in 2022.

London was closely followed by Birmingham with 37 percent saying they wouldn’t think about living there.

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Glasgow came in third place with 34 percent of those surveyed saying they wouldn’t move there, despite house prices being 200,000 on average in Scotland.

Liverpool came in fourth place followed by Manchester in fifth place.

The research suggests many people are less likely to move to busy and crowded places.

Most desired place to live

York came out on top as the most desired place to live in the UK, with 89 percent of Britons saying they would move there.

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The average house price in oak is £305,000, making it the most expensive place to live in Yorkshire.

Bath is the second most desirable place for Britons to live in the UK with 87 percent of pollsters saying they would move there.

Exeter came in third place allowed by Brighton.

Some of the aspects putting people off buying a home include structural problems and damp.

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Other issues that put Britons off buying a home include mould, cracks and leaks.

Nearly half of those surveyed are put off by neighbours and more than a quarter are deterred by the layout of a home.

John Lawless, content marketing manager of BestHeating said he finds it “interesting” that people seem less keen on moving to more populated areas.

He continued: “Buying a house is the biggest commitment you can make so it is interesting to see that we appear to favour moves to less populated areas rather than the liveliest and most inhabited cities like London or Birmingham where Britons really don’t want to live.

“As seen by the desire to live in either York or Bath, we want space and greenery for our homes but would also like to be somewhere with history so that it strikes the right balance between not being too busy but being well known.

“It is vital that when looking for the next property that you do all the correct checks as the last thing you want is a financial headache later when you find out that the house you thought was perfect has lots of problems.

“Remember, no issue is too small to question even if it is that the neighbours are nosey.”

The least desirable cities to live in:

1. London

2. Birmingham

3. Glasgow

4. Liverpool

5. Manchester

6. Sheffield

7. Leicester

8. Leeds

9. Newcastle

10. Nottingham

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