News: Surge in online searches for properties in remote or coastal locations during lockdown

Sat, 09 May 20

Online searches for properties in remote or coastal locations has increased sharply, according to Rightmove. 

The property website analysed the areas people were looking for homes on its website last month and found that Inverness recorded the biggest increase in searches. 

Shetland Isles, Sandbanks, St. Davids, Haverfordwest, and South Devon are among the most popular hotspots for people viewing properties for sale online. 

The top ten list of the biggest uplifts in buyer searches in April compared to a year ago reveals a desire by home-hunters to find a more remote and scenic location to live. 

Rightmove’s housing market analyst Miles Shipside said: “People often use Rightmove to daydream, so it’s not surprising to see some of the search areas on the up being the most expensive in the UK.

“The beautiful areas in the far north in the list are likely a mixture of people dreaming of living somewhere more remote, and those seriously thinking about changing their lifestyle after lockdown.

“Locations in Scotland feature three times in the list, and with property prices comparatively affordable compared to others in the top ten, it’s highly likely that properties in these areas will find buyers more quickly when restrictions are eased. As well as the UK public expressing their passion for property, there seems to be a growing desire to find a quiet place to live.”

Top ten biggest increases in searches on Rightmove, April 2020 versus April 2019


Year-on-year increase in searches

Average asking price




Shetland Isles






St. Davids, Haverfordwest



South Devon



Marston Moretaine



















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