House prices increased by 2.9% in South Hams in May, new figures show.

The rise contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area grow by 3.3% over the last year.

The average South Hams house price in May was £425,522, Land Registry figures show – a 2.9% increase on April.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South West, where prices decreased 0.2%, and South Hams was above the UK as a whole, where prices did not change.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in South Hams rose by £13,000 – putting the area 16th among the South West’s 26 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in West Devon, where property prices increased on average by 7.5%, to £318,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Teignbridge gained 0.3% in value, giving an average price of £310,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in South Hams spent an average of £338,000 on their property – £11,000 more than a year ago, and £99,000 more than in May 2018.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £476,000 on average in May – 40.9% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of flats saw the biggest rise in property prices in South Hams in May – they increased 3.5%, to £233,036 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 2.8%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: up 2.5% monthly; up 3.3% annually; £640,143 average
  • Semi-detached: up 2.8% monthly; up 4.1% annually; £415,869 average
  • Terraced: up 3.1% monthly; up 2.7% annually; £327,253 average

How do property prices in South Hams compare?

Buyers paid 31.4% more than the average price in the South West (£324,000) in May for a property in South Hams. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost is £286,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £489,000 on average, and 1.1 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 May

  • South Hams: £425,522
  • The South West:£323,765
  • UK: £285,861

Annual growth to May

  • South Hams: +3.3%
  • The South West: +1%
  • UK: +1.9%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West

  • West Devon: +7.5%
  • Teignbridge: +0.3%