Where house prices go up and down in Dorset

ZOOPLA has revealed the areas in Dorset where average house prices have changed the most over the past 12 months.

Dorset is full of unique places to live, with many stunning beauty spots, quaint villages and commuting areas close to major cities.

The coronavirus pandemic has also brought about an overhaul of people working from home, as people are less willing to live in larger areas in order to get to the office if their work can be done efficiently from home.

The pandemic has also caused house prices to change, with some reporting minimal increases or small declines in value. While a 2% growth doesn’t sound like much, it can still mean a few thousand extra pounds added to the average home value.

Using Zoopla data, we have compiled a list of the average home values ​​in all parts of Dorset and how they have changed over the past 12 months.

Looking at the list in general, it’s clear that towns near major roads like the A31, A350, and A354 are where the average house value is increasing, perhaps because people want move from smaller areas.

We have included towns or major areas of Dorset so we have not included small villages or suburbs of large areas.

Blandford Forum saw the biggest increase, growing 7.87% in value or £ 28,621 increase over the past 12 months. Portland, which is also the cheapest place to live in Dorset, came in second after reporting a £ 16,317 increase in average house prices over the past 12 months.

Sherborne in North Dorset reported the biggest drop in home value, with a £ 10,063 drop in average house prices.

From low to high, here are the changes in average house values ​​in towns and major areas of Dorset over the past 12 months:

  • Sherborne – Current value £ 378,726 a decrease of £ 10,063 (-2.59%)
  • Bridport – Current value £ 369,978, a decrease of £ 9,226 (-2.43%)
  • Charmouth – Current value £ 426,971, a decrease of £ 10,650 (-2.43%)
  • Beaminster – Current value £ 381,682, a decrease of £ 5,003 (-1.29%)
  • Swanage – Current value £ 408,139, a decrease of £ 4,258 (-1.03%)
  • Bournemouth – Current value £ 326,624, a decrease of £ 1,005 (-0.31%)
  • Shaftesbury – Current value £ 374,270, down £ 140 (-0.04%)
  • Weymouth – Current value of £ 289,348, an increase of £ 1,058 (0.37%)
  • Lyme Regis – Current value of £ 481,772, an increase of £ 2,779 (0.58%)
  • Poole – Current value £ 393,027, an increase of £ 4,761 (1.23%)
  • Christchurch – Current value of £ 431,404, an increase of £ 6,621 (1.56%)
  • Sturminster Newton – Current value £ 379,241, an increase of £ 5,845 (1.56%)
  • Dorchester – Current value £ 373,067, an increase of £ 5,908 (1.61%)
  • Bere Regis – Current value £ 353,646, an increase of £ 6,199 (1.78%)
  • Corfe Castle – Current value of £ 548,220, an increase of £ 9,608 (1.78%)
  • Wareham – Current value £ 403,276, an increase of £ 7,070 (1.78%)
  • Corfe Mullen – Current value £ 396,179, an increase of £ 12,112 (3.15%)
  • Wimborne – Current value £ 449,817, an increase of £ 13,753 (3.15%)
  • Ferndown – Current value £ 422,457, an increase of £ 13,973 (3.42%)
  • Gillingham – Current value of £ 305,640, an increase of £ 13,720 (4.70%)
  • Verwood – Current value of £ 405,101, an increase of £ 28,041 (7.44%)
  • Portland – Current value of £ 232,303, an increase of £ 16,317 (7.55%)
  • Blandford Forum – Current value of £ 392,544, an increase of £ 28,621 (7.87%)

Tom Parker, consumer spokesperson at Zoopla, said: ‘A highly desirable place to live, many parts of Dorset have a lot to offer homeowners and as a result house prices are higher.

“Besides the sandy beaches and natural beauty, there are perfect villages to explore, while towns like Bournemouth and Poole are full of places to eat, drink and shop.”

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