House prices increased by 1.5% in Cornwall in April, new figures show.

The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 14.2% over the last year.

An imbalance between supply and demand for properties has remained the primary reason behind climbing house prices across the UK throughout the pandemic.

The need for larger deposits and constraints on accessing mortgages have pushed homeownership further out of reach for many first-time buyers – despite Government figures showing 50% of renters would be able to afford the monthly payments.

In a recent major speech in Blackpool, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “comprehensive review” of the mortgage market would take place in a bid to help more people onto the property ladder.

The average Cornwall house price in April was £304,630, Land Registry figures show – a 1.5% increase on March.

Over the month, the picture was similar to that across the South West, where prices increased 1.9%, but Cornwall was above the 1.1% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Cornwall rose by £38,000 – putting the area ninth among the South West’s 29 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in North Devon, where property prices increased on average by 20.8%, to £333,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in West Devon gained just 4% in value, giving an average price of £289,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Cornwall spent an average of £249,000 on their property – £30,000 more than a year ago, and £71,000 more than in April 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £344,000 on average in April – 37.9% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of terraced houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Cornwall in April – they increased 1.7%, to £240,930 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 13.2%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: up 1.5% monthly; up 15.7% annually; £450,623 average
  • Semi-detached: up 1.6% monthly; up 15.4% annually; £296,187 average
  • Flats: up 1.1% monthly; up 9.3% annually; £165,989 average

How do property prices in Cornwall compare?

Buyers paid 4.4% less than the average price in the South West (£319,000) in April for a property in Cornwall. Across the South West, property prices are lower than those across the UK, where the average cost £281,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £471,000 on average, and 1.5 times as much as more than in Cornwall. Cotswold properties cost 2.2 times as much as homes in Plymouth (£216,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.


Average property price in April

  • Cornwall: £304,630
  • The South West:£318,610
  • UK: £281,161

Annual growth to April

  • Cornwall: +14.2%
  • The South West: +14.1%
  • UK: +12.4%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West

  • North Devon: +20.8%
  • West Devon: +4%