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The Times accolade endorsed by residential demand

Church Stretton’s residential market is “hot property,” according to one of Shropshire’s leading estate agents. This endorses the Sunday Times recent accolade, naming Church Stretton as one of the Midlands’ “best place to live” in its 2021 guide.

In March alone Balfours agreed two sales without even launching to market. South Shropshire sales manager, Scott Kemsley explains: “We have a database of buyers with mid to top end budgets who want to be in or near Church Stretton. Buyers are seeking lifestyle and this market town delivers that in buckets, with the most wonderful scenery and walking on the doorstep, plus accessibility to the train station.”

He continues: “Most of our buyers are from outside the county, with similar profiles, seeking to semi retire, or retire. Of course the pandemic will have focused life’s priorities for many.” The town is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty, one of three remaining tranquil areas in England, according to the countryside charity CPRE. While in Victorian times the town was recognised as a Little Switzerland spa town, today Indie shops and wellness workshops are 21st century contributors to the healthy offer, along with golf course, and a vast range of community based activities.

Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor said: “The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, communities and surroundings. With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live. “Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience – Church Stretton is well-connected and well-provisioned.”

Recently Balfours has completed on Bluebells, a large modern four bedroom house marketed for just shy of one million pounds and purchased by an international buyer returning to the UK. While other sales agreed include Westleigh, a four bedroom home in Sandford Avenue, with a guide price of £745,000. If you are considering marketing your home in South Shropshire, Scott would be delighted to hear from you.

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