The average home in the UK now costs £242,000, according to our latest House Price Index.
That’s up 7.4%, compared to January 2021. But what does that money buy you around the country?
From stylish studios in Brighton to rural cottages in Cornwall, here are some of the best homes for sale on Zoopla for around the £242,000 mark.
Three-bedroom semi-detached house, Drybrook, Gloucestershire, £242,500
This spacious family home in the charming village of Drybrook is priced at just a smidge over the national average.
The pretty village has a school, Post Office and village shop. Inside, the house is cosy and comfortable while still offering renovation potential.
Located on the eastern fringes of the Forest of Dean, the town of Cinderford is just two miles away. The area also has good road links to the M4, M5 and M50.
Two-bedroom flat, Haslemere, Surrey, £242,000
This light, bright apartment is located in the centre of the village of Liphook.
Just three miles from Haslemere and an hour away from London Waterloo by train, it lets you enjoy the best of both town and country.
There are great schools nearby. And much of the surrounding countryside is protected by the National Trust.
Two-bedroom terraced house, Swindon, Wiltshire, £240,000
This lovely, charming cottage dates back to the 18th century and retains many original features.
Situated in a quiet country lane in the heart of West Swindon, it’s within walking distance of local shops, schools and Lydiard Park.
With a gated grassy garden accessible from the front, and a smaller paved patio out back, it comes with plenty of outside space.
Inside, it’s kept warm and snug by a cosy wood-burning stove and double-glazing.
Three-bedroom semi-detached house, Pocklington, York, £241,500
You can buy a new-build in the historic city of York for under the national average house price.
This smart three-bedroom home from Mulgrave Properties is available to reserve, but might not have been fully built yet.
Modern in design but in keeping with the local area and materials, the house is perfect for families.
It has three good-sized bedrooms and a large downstairs open plan kitchen and diner.
Three-bedroom semi-detached house, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, £241,500
If you’re over sixty, then you could get this beautiful home on the Isle of Wight for less than the national average.
With generous room proportions, beautiful views, a pretty garden and a quiet location, it would make a wonderful place to retire to.
But, remember a home available under a lifetime lease is quite different from buying a freehold home. It’s on for less than the market rate because you won’t own it outright and can’t pass it on.
One-bedroom flat, Croydon, South London, £240,000
The national average house price won’t buy you more than a one-bedroom place in most of London.
But his attractive flat in East Croydon is a solid investment. At just half a mile from East Croydon station, you can get into central London in under 20 minutes.
There are great places to eat nearby too, with Boxpark and the restaurant quarter just a stone’s throw away.
Five-bedroom detached house, Thornton, Bradford, £240,000
Fancy bagging a modern home in the heart of literary Thornton?
The village is famous for being the birthplace of the Bronte family, who wrote seven classic novels between them.
Surrounded by open fields offering some lovely walks, there are cafes, bars and restaurants nearby, too.
Less than the national average house price will get you a large new-build with modern fixtures and five bedrooms.
Maybe you could fill all those rooms with your own family of novelists?
Three-bedroom detached house, Cardiff, Wales, £240,000
This bay-fronted townhouse is ideal for a family life.
There’s plenty of space, with connected living and dining areas downstairs and three double bedrooms on the first floor.
The driveway at the front has room for up to three vehicles and is gated for extra security.
There is a large enclosed garden with grass and a patio area at the rear.
With a great finish to the interiors and lots of lovely features, you could move straight in.
Two-bedroom detached house, Redruth, Cornwall, £240,000
Is there anything about this pretty cottage that doesn’t make you want to move to Cornwall?
Located off the western slopes of Carn Brea, you’d live surrounded by stunning historic countryside.
The house could benefit from a bit of cosmetic attention, but it would make an unbeatable home or holiday let.
It’s just a short drive from the sensational beaches of Sennen Cove and the dramatic cliffs of Lizard.
Redruth is the nearest town if you need to pop to a supermarket. And, you can always nip a bit further down the A30 to Land’s End, too.
Studio flat, Brighton, East Sussex, £240,000
This shiny studio flat is perfect for anyone who wants to live beside the seaside. Especially if they also need to hop on a train into central London sometimes.
Small but in a great location near to the station and Brighton’s famous lanes, this would make a great first-step home.
With a separate bathroom, storage, kitchenette and sleeping space, it has everything you need.
The beach is just a stroll away if you fancy an evening dip or fish and chips on the pebbles.
There’s also a concierge service to let you in if you forget your keys.
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