York has been rated Britain’s best place to live because of its thriving tech and media industries, exciting restaurant scene and innovative workforce.

The Sunday Times teamed up with online mortgage broker Habito to name the nation’s best places to live overall, in each region and in London according to jobs, broadband speed, schools, culture, community spirit and local shops.

 

Only two hours from London, this historic city is looking to be better connected across Europe and it is impressively the first Gigabit City in Britain as it offers the fastest broadband in the nation to several thousand homes.

Last year, Bristol won the title joining predecessors Winchester (2016), Newnham (2015), Skipton (2014) and Stamford (2013).

However, the bad news is that the price of homeownership in the best place to live predictably comes at quite a price tag. Currently, the average house price in York is £240,278, 6.5% higher than the UK average but a whopping 53.5% higher than the regional average for the Yorkshire and Humber.

Looking to London, Bermondsey is hailed as the best area to live.

Zoopla puts the current average value in Bermondsey at £544,699 and while this is pretty unaffordable by anyone’s standards, the area is about 15% cheaper than the wider borough of Southwark and nearly 20% more affordable than the capital as a whole.

As we’ve evolved and as the property buying and selling process has also begun to transform, so to have the factors that home buyers value when it comes to choosing a place to live.

While the build quality of a property, local amenities and other more traditional aspects are still sought after, the more modern amenities such as good broadband and a thriving social scene are becoming just as important during the buying process.

Russell Quirk

Founder and CEO , Emoov.co.uk

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