A Shift in Types of Low Fell Properties Purchased Over the Last Two Years
The Low Fell property landscape is constantly evolving, shaped by societal, economic and cultural factors.
The type of properties people have bought in the last few years since Lockdown One has undergone some notable changes, reflecting shifting preferences and lifestyle choices.
This article explores the transformations in property purchasing trends over the last two years compared to the long-term, almost three-decade average, with a focus on Low Fell detached houses, semi-detached houses, terraced houses and apartments.
Low Fell Detached Houses: A Shift Towards Modernity
Detached houses, long considered the epitome of homeownership, have witnessed a transformation in Low Fell buyer preferences. They still hold significant appeal, particularly for Low Fell families seeking privacy and ample space, the demand for Low Fell detached properties in the last couple of years has decreased, when compared to the previous average of the last three decades. This shift started before lockdown and can be attributed to several factors, including changing demographics, the way people live, varying land costs and evolving lifestyles that prioritise convenience and urban living.
Between 1995 and 2020, 711 detached homes sold in the Low Fell area, representing 9.5% of all the property sales in those 26 years.
In the last two years (2021 & 2022), 42 detached homes sold in the Low Fell area, representing 5.1% of all the property sales in those 2 years, a proportional drop of 47.4%.
Low Fell Semi-Detached Houses: Balancing Space and Affordability
Low Fell semi-detached houses have maintained a relatively stable position in the property market over the past three decades, striking a balance between the space offered by detached houses and the affordability of terraced houses. While their popularity has seen minor fluctuations, their appeal to both Low Fell families and young professionals looking for more spacious living arrangements remains consistent.
In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in demand for well-presented mature Low Fell extended semi-detached houses as homeowners increasingly seek larger properties that accommodate work-from-home setups and additional living spaces for multi-generational living. This trend suggests a growing emphasis on both comfort and adaptability within the modern Low Fell home.
Between 1995 and 2020, 2,708 semi-detached homes sold in the Low Fell area, representing 36.2% of all the property sales in those 26 years.
In the last two years (2021 & 2022), 302 semi-detached homes sold in the Low Fell area, representing 35.9% of all the property sales in those 2 years, a proportional drop of 0.7%.
Low Fell Terraced Houses: Embracing Urban Living
Low Fell terraced houses have witnessed a resurgence in popularity with many new home builders utilising the modern ‘town house’ in a three-storey format. These houses in modern suburban areas provide a contemporary take on this traditional property type, attracting younger Low Fell buyers looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle without sacrificing space (as they are built over three floors).
Then we have the Victorian terraced home which offers a blend of affordability, convenience and a sense of community tracing its history back over 100+ years. Young professionals, couples and small families are attracted to the charm and character of these properties, the generous square footage and close to the area’s centre location, often means the need for a car is reduced.
Between 1995 and 2020, 2708 terraced homes sold in the Low Fell area, representing 29.5% of all the property sales in those 26 years.
In the last two years (2021 & 2022), 269 terraced homes sold in the Low Fell area, representing 32.0% of all the property sales in those 2 years, a proportional increase
Low Fell Apartments: The Rise of Vertical Living
Perhaps the most significant transformation in property type preferences over the past three decades can be observed in the increased popularity of apartments in the UK. Rapidly rising land costs and a growing desire for low-maintenance living have propelled the demand for apartment living to new heights.
Apartments offer a range of benefits, including affordability, security, access to amenities and a lock-and-leave lifestyle. Millennials and young professionals are drawn to the convenience and vibrant urban environments that apartments often provide. Additionally, the growing focus on sustainable living and reduced carbon footprints has further fuelled the demand for high-density housing options. Also, the issue of cladding which has become a great worry is hopefully on its way to being sorted.
Between 1995 and 2020, 1,858 apartments sold in the Low Fell area, representing 24.8% of all the property sales in those 26 years.
In the last two years (2021 & 2022), 228 apartments sold in the Low Fell area, representing 27.1% of all the property sales in those 2 years, a proportional increase of 9.3%.
This is particularly interesting when we compare the Low Fell stats to the national picture. Detached houses have seen an increase in demand from 34% of sales a decade ago to 39% last year, semi-detached houses have maintained their appeal and increased from 26% to 28% in the last decade. Terraced houses have witnessed a drop from 26% a decade ago to 21% last year and finally apartments have slightly increased from 11% to 12%.
The property preferences in Low Fell have experienced notable shifts over the past two years compared to the long-term average of the last three decades. As Low Fell's property landscape continues to evolve, it is crucial to analyse these shifting preferences to understand the needs and desires of potential Low Fell homeowners (and tenants).
Of course, detached houses remain a peak of home ownership, yet as the Low Fell market is adapting to cater to changing demographics, urbanisation and evolving lifestyles, this might start to change in the coming decade.
By recognising and responding to these trends, homeowners, buy-to-let landlords and planners and developers can ensure that Low Fell's property market continues to thrive and meet the demands of the future.