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Bruton in Somerset, which has a population of just under 3,000 people, has been named the top countryside hotspot for homebuyers in the UK. Rightmove, the UK’s largest online real estate portal and property website, has seen demand shift away from cities towards countryside and coastal living over the last 12 months. Once popular cities have now begun to empty out as buyers swap the city for new locations.
Rightmove said it has been the biggest city exodus from London where last year 39 percent of Londoners were searching outside the city.
Now, the numbers have jumped even further with 52 percent of London residents now thinking of making a move elsewhere.
So what location are people heading to outside of cities?
Rightmove said Bruton has seen a whopping 122 percent increase in the number of home sales agreed over the last year.
The average house price in the small town has also spiked by 19 percent to an eye-watering £365,788.
Located close to Glastonbury, Bath and Salisbury, the town has also attracted celebrities.
Fashion designers Stella McCartney, Alice Temperley and Phoebe Philo live in the town or nearby, according to The Guardian.
As does filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson and her actor husband, Aaron.
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Former Tory Chancellor and editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard George Osbourne also moved there last summer.
With such celebrity names occupying its homes, the town has even been dubbed “the new Notting Hill”.
The town is also known for its rolling hills, picturesque architecture and heavenly food.
Another location in rural Suffolk that has become more popular with homebuyers is Bungay.
The market town has a population of just under 5,000 inhabitants and has seen the number of sales agreed in the past year increase by 122 percent.
According to Rightmove, asking prices have also risen by seven percent over the past year to £268,360.
Donington, a small village in Lincolnshire, has also seen an increase in home sales agreed.
The average asking price is now £165,617 which is an increase of 6.8 percent in the past year.
West Horndon in Brentwood, Essex has also seen sales agreed increase by 104 percent.
The village and civil parish is located just 20 miles away from Charing Cross in London.
The average asking price in the village is now £450,044.
Badsey in Evesham, Worcestershire has seen a 103 percent increase in sales agreed with the average asking price rising by 8.1 percent to £318,276.
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