House prices dropped by 3.3% in South Hams in February, new figures show.

But the drop does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 7.9% over the last year.

The average South Hams house price in February was £413,654, Land Registry figures show – a 3.3% decrease on January.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South West, where prices increased 0.5%, and South Hams was lower than the 0.4% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in South Hams rose by £30,000 – putting the area second among the South West’s 26 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in Stroud, where property prices increased on average by 9.8%, to £352,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Torridge lost 8.4% of their value, giving an average price of £288,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in South Hams spent an average of £330,000 on their property – £25,000 more than a year ago, and £86,000 more than in February 2019.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £461,000 on average in February – 39.7% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of flats saw the biggest fall in property prices in South Hams in February – they dropped 3.8% in price, to £231,329 on average. But over the last year, prices rose by 5.6%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: down 3.4% monthly; up 7.7% annually; £613,932 average
  • Semi-detached: down 2.9% monthly; up 10.5% annually; £409,496 average
  • Terraced: down 3.2% monthly; up 7.5% annually; £320,185 average

How do property prices in South Hams compare?

Buyers paid 30.6% more than the average price in the South West (£317,000) in February for a property in South Hams. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost is £281,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £500,000 on average, and 1.2 times the price as in South Hams. Cotswold properties cost 2.2 times the price as homes in Plymouth (£223,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

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


Average property price in February

  • South Hams: £413,654
  • The South West: £316,834
  • UK: £280,660

Annual change to February

  • South Hams: +7.9%
  • The South West: -0.4%
  • UK: -0.2%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West

  • Stroud: +9.8%
  • Torridge: -8.4%