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Britain’s top 10 property price growth hotspots revealed

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The Orkney Islands off Scotland's north-east coast experienced the most improved property price growth last year, rising by 18.2% to £147,000 (compared to the average 5.2% rise in UK house prices last year). 

For the average house price of £147,000, could buy you a picturesque two-bedroom house with sea and farmland views in Orkney.

Quoting figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the Eastern Daily Press newspaper has revealed the top ten areas in Britain where house price growth was the most improved over the last year.

  1. Orkney Islands, +18.2%
  2. Cambridge, +15.7%
  3. Eden, +15%
  4. West Dunbartonshire, +14.9%
  5. Kettering, +14%
  6. Cotswold, +13.9%
  7. North Norfolk, +13.7%
  8. Oadby & Wigston, +13.5%
  9. Forest Heath, +12%
  10. Dover, +11.8%

Best performance overall by region

The data also shows that Scotland leads the UK with an annual increase of 7.70% in property values over 2017. 

Lowest annual growth

At the other end of the scale, the worst improved districts included Kensington and Chelsea, where prices decreased by -10.7% to £1.2m on average. The London borough still has the highest average house prices, however.

  1. Kensington & Chelsea, -10.7%
  2. City of London, -5.3%
  3. Guildford, -4.9%
  4. Southwark, -3%
  5. Hambleton, -2.7%
  6. North East Derbyshire, -2.4%
  7. City of Aberdeen, -2.2%
  8. Outer Hebrides, -1.9%
  9. Wandsworth, -1.5%
  10. Doncaster, -1.5%