An estimated third of employees spend at least some of their week working from home with high speed broadband rising up the criteria list for new house buyers. Evidence suggests that broadband speeds could affect the price that buyers end up paying for their next move.
An analysis of average house prices and broadband download speeds by local authority reveals that buyers spend, on average, 17% more for properties in areas with superfast broadband compared to areas where average speeds are less than 25 Mbps.
Some of this will be related to where broadband providers have historically focused their investment, ie, in more affluent areas, but with the major providers increasing their coverage, this effect will become more diluted. Indeed, the Government has committed to provide superfast broadband (at least 24Mbps) to at least 95% of UK premises.
There are a myriad of factors that affect local property prices but the influence of broadband speeds should not be underestimated with its importance to buyers set to continue to increase.
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Award winning beaches, a 2,500-year-old castle and a number of attractions make Scarborough very popular with families. In fact, people have been flocking to the historic coastal town since the 1600s when the spa waters were discovered, and today it’s still as popular as ever. Thanks to the thriving town centre, community events and close proximity to the beautiful North York Moor National Park, no wonder that so many families choose to live in this coastal town.
Pubs and places to eat
The Plough in Scalby is just three miles from Scarborough and is the ideal spot for a tasty lunch, dinner with friends or a quiet pint by a roaring fire. It’s on the edge of the North York Moors, so you can stop here for a plate of yummy food after a brisk walk in the national park.
Lanterna Ristorante has been serving up plates of Italian delicacies for some 40 years. Bringing a taste of Piedmont in Northern Italy to North Yorkshire, they specialise in game, risotto, and pasta. Chocolate lovers won’t be disappointed – homemade truffles are their ultimate speciality!
If you’re a fan of Chinese, you can indulge at Kam Sang and either eat in or order a takeaway. Or, if Indian is more your thing, there are plenty of places that you can grab a yummy meal, and The Scarborough Tandoori is a popular choice amongst the locals.
Green spaces and leisure
There are three gorgeous parks in which to while your afternoon away in Scarborough. Peasholm Park has a central island with a Japanese Pagoda that’s surrounded by a lake. South Cliff Gardens stretch from an area of The Spa Bridge across to the Holbeck Landslip and is home to beautifully manicured flowerbeds, elegant ponds and pretty woodland. In Royal Albert Park, you’ll find gorgeous views across the bay as well as a skate park and a BMX park.
Keen surfers can enjoy riding the waves at a number of locations along the coast, and the little ones will never tire of building sandcastles at the three most well-known beaches; North Bay Beach, Cayton Bay Beach and Cornelian Bay Beach.
Scarborough Rail station connects locals to a number of northern cities, such as Leeds, York and Manchester. The A64 is the main road into Scarborough and from here you can get to the A1 to travel further afield.
Scalby School, Graham School and St Augustine’s Catholic School are three of the main secondary schools in the area. Scarborough College is an independent school, covering ages 13 to 18, and Bramcote Junior School is the independent school for children aged 4 to 13.
Types of property
RJS Estates, the local Guild Member, praises Scarborough for its wonderful range in property; ‘Here in Scarborough we are fortunate to have such a diversity of property. We have period cottage homes in rural villages, smart Victorian and Edwardian terraces, handsome semi-detached houses, built during the 1930’s, as well as a modern mix of bungalows and purpose built apartments. We have sea views, picturesque countryside vistas and harbour side fisherman’s cottages. There is something for everyone.’
RJS Estates provides a great insight into the current local property market to give us an idea of which properties are proving popular and tells us which regeneration projects the town is enjoying.
‘We have seen an upsurge in popularity for properties over the £250,000 price range with bungalows still proving very popular. Flats and apartments, especially those close to the sea also receive interest from the second home market.’
Recent and continuous investment in the town has brought us an Open Air Theatre, popular with many big name artists, and the upgrading of North Bay now provides a lovely walk to town. In South Bay, our eagerly awaited water park is well on its way to being built. We will also soon be the proud recipients of a brand new purpose built multi complex sports centre. This is being developed just outside the town centre which will offer facilities for almost every sport.’
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