Six of the top ten places most desirable places to live are in Devon and Cornwall

The Isle of Skye has been named the nation’s most desired place to live, after almost 24,000 people were asked by Rightmove where they would most like to live in Great Britain.

It’s clear the nation wants a room with a view as the top ten most desired places to live are islands, seaside towns and places of outstanding beauty across Great Britain.

The popular seaside resort of Woolacombe in Devon made second place on the list, with one of the most expensive seaside towns of Salcombe in Devon coming eighth, where average asking prices are just below those in London, at £635,083.

Four places in Cornwall make the top ten: the market town of Callington, the surfer’s seaside town of Newquay, the fishing port of Padstow and holiday favourite St Ives. Flying the flag for the north are Keswick and Ambleside, both in the beautiful Lake District.

The top 10 most desired locations to live in Britain are:

PlaceRegionAverage asking price
Isle of SkyeScotland£230,952
WoolacombeSouth West£346,396
CallingtonSouth West£235,860
St IvesSouth West£366,628
KeswickNorth West£319,628
PadstowSouth West£421,290
SalcombeSouth West£635,083
AmblesideNorth West£431,669
NewquaySouth West£246,976


Rightmove’s Research Manager Abiola Oni comments: “The nation clearly want to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and settle down in some of the most beautiful places around Britain, from as north as the Isle of Skye to as south as the glitzy town of Salcombe. It’s interesting that none of the areas are in the highest priced regions of Britain, London and the South East, likely because the appeal of some of the big cities is the good job options and transport links rather than moving for the amazing scenery.” 

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