Man terrified after finding snake crossing lane in CornwallThough previously of humble beginnings, Cornwall has quickly become one of the UK’s most expensive regions to own a home.
Recently sold detached properties went for an average of £512,457 — almost double the UK-wide average of £288,000.
Several factors have led to this, not least because of Cornwall’s beautiful and rugged landscape.
A boom in second home ownership has also driven prices up, often pushing locals out as rich Londoners flock to the coast.
However, there is one town where houses go for far less than the county average, a little place called Redruth, which is still extremely close to the coast.
A view of Redruth’s colourful and quaint pedestrianised high-street (Image: Google Maps)
In the last year, properties in Redruth had an overall average price of £233,858, according to the property website Rightmove.
Taking the types of properties, terraced houses were being snapped up for just £213,817, while semi-detached properties fetched £247,377, and detached houses for £314,336.
Redruth has a lot going for it, things like great public transport links.
Trips to London are within touching distance and you can get to the capital by train in under four hours.
The rest of Cornwall is also easy to explore, with trains to Penzance and Truro easily accessible — not to mention simple and direct routes to Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, and even Cardiff in Wales.
Redruth’s railway station as seen from above; the super links cross all over Cornwall and the West (Image: GETTY)
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But that’s assuming you’ll ever need to leave. There’s everything and anything you could ever need in Redruth, like shops and restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs all on your doorstep.
Redruth’s former life as a major industrial town means there’s also plenty of heritage to be seen.
Whether that’s some sightseeing of the ancient Gwennap Pit, some exhilarating dirt biking at The Track, a spot of culture at the Cann Brea monument, or simply the surrounding countryside and picturesque beaches and coastline of Portreath barely three miles away, Redruth has it all.
Redruth is just 3 miles away from the stunning coastal stretch of Portreath (Image: GETTY)
A Celtic cross erected in a car park near the high-street; Redruth has a long Celtic history (Image: Public domain/Tinminer)
While the town’s average property price is the lowest of all in Cornwall, on a specific property-type basis, there are others that come out trumps.
About 18 miles north of Redruth sits St Columb Major, a sleepy little town with a population of barely 5,000 people.
Here, the average price of a property hovers around the £265,250 mark, but terraced houses in the last year came in at an impressively low £164,286.