With stratospheric rises in property prices last year, we set our sights on some great properties across the UK under £600k.

Last year, house prices soared and competition between buyers was stiff. The Land Registry reports that in 2021, prices went up by almost 11 per cent, and while experts are predicting a gradual slow-down in 2022, one thing is certain: price tags will remain eye-wateringly eye, and impossibly so for many.

With that in mind, we’ve scoured the search engines for beautiful houses and flats that duck under the £600k mark. Whilst still, of course, a very large sum of money, many on our list are significantly less than that, scattered from Edinburgh to Cornwall.

Stockbridge, Edinburgh


£495,000


Georgian splendour amidst the fashionable village vibes of Stockbridge – and all for under £500k. We love the character and elegant proportions of this three-bedroom flat; the knock-out façade; as well as the proximity of everything you could conceivably want, from the Botanic gardens to the weekly market to more delis than you can possible ever patronise. Find more details here.


Ludham, North Norfolk


£600,000


This pretty 17th-century cottage may be at the top end of the budget, but for that you get five bedrooms, two bathrooms, off-road parking, and a lovely, well-tended garden. Throw into the mix that you’re half an hour from both city and coast, and right on the beautiful Norfolk Broads betwixt the Rivers Thurne and Ant, and you have a truly idyllic prospect for a family home. Find more details here.


Weston, Bath


£495,000


Just outside Bath sits Weston, a peaceful village suburb of the resplendent spa city. And within that quiet neighbourhood sits this lovely Grade II-listed cottage, which has two bedrooms, a good-sized garden and a stone outhouse. With just a little love lavished on it, it has the bones of a really charming country idyll. Find more details here.


Faversham, Kent


£375,000


Period properties with beams and open fireplaces tend to come with accordingly large price tags. This sweet two-bed house on the historic Tanners Street bucks that trend, offering character in spades, with its wonky ceilings and exposed brick features, without the astronomical cost. Outside, there is a patio, beyond which lies a blissful cottage garden; ideal for getting lost with a book in the sunshine in the summer months. The centre of town is a five-minute walk; the railway station is a ten-minute walk; and the commute to London is just over an hour. Find more details here.


Whitstable, Kent


£495,000


How do you fancy a freshly renovated 1930s semi right by the sea in Whitstable? There are three bedrooms and an easy-to-maintain garden, but what really sells this place is the 30-ft extension which houses the brand-new bells-and-whistles kitchen, featuring stone floors, Crittall-style doors, islands, and a classic shaker-style kitchen. There is scope to build an outdoor office, as well as to extend into the loft. Find more details here.


Cambridge


£575,000


Prices in Cambridge have skyrocketed in the last five years. There are, just occasionally however, gems like this to be found. The living areas offer a good amount of space, and the house has lovely restored floorboards. But what we love most of all is the garden at the back, which is huge by terraced house standards. Find more details here.


Keswick, Cumbria


£495,000


This one-bed semi-detached cottage would be a dream for anyone who has fantasies about getting away from it all in the beautiful Lake District. Its views stretch across Derwentwater and the majestic surrounding Borrowdale fells, all from the wonderful vantage point from the lower slope of Catbells. This could be a long-dreamed of retreat; a holiday let; or a second home. There is potential to extend, too, subject to planning. Find more details here.


Penzance, Cornwall


£600,000


This exquisitely pretty pink house is so close to the sea you can practically touch and taste it. Grade II-listed, it was built in 1836, a classic example of elegant late Regency architecture. We love that you can see the sea from both the front and the back of the house, as well as the south-facing terrace (reputedly the only one in Penzance). There are five bedrooms, a generous wide hallway and plenty of living space, all of which is gloriously light. The interior could do with a light refresh, particularly in the kitchen, but this would make a charming coastal home for a family who long to while away happy days at the seaside. Find more details here.


Downderry, Cornwall


£600,000


This three-bed bungalow comprises a large and airy sitting room, a decently sized kitchen, and three bedrooms. The real draw, however, is found outside in the form of a generous decked terrace which overlooks the twinkling sea of the Cornish Riviera. The stunning panoramic views take in the beautiful coastal waters of Whitsand and Looe Bay, while Seaton Beach is just 275 yards. On a practical note, it also has private parking for two cars, and there is scope to extend into the loft. The Sunday Times recently included Downderry in a list of the top ten best places to live by the sea and it’s not hard to see why. Find more details here.


Hastings Old Town, East Sussex


£425,000


Hastings Old Town is stuffed full of picture-perfect properties, from grander townhouses to low-slung medieval structures to classic coastal white clapboard cottages. This falls firmly under the latter category, its fresh façade as pretty as it is welcoming. Currently used as a holiday cottage, it would be equally well suited to family life, with its three bedrooms and proximity to the seaside. Although it does not have its own garden, it is within spitting distance of the wide expanse of East Hill. The Old Town itself has a surfeit of lovely shops cafes and pubs (The Crown is deservedly covered in awards), as well as the wonderful Hasting Contemporary Art Gallery. Find more details here.


By Nancy Alsop
April 2022

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