Planning a move to Dorchester? This beautiful Dorset town has yet again been voted one of the best places to live in the UK – according to the annual Rightmove Happy at Home Index survey. Residents were asked to describe how they feel about where they live and rank ten happiness factors including the friendliness of neighbours, the quality of local services, the amount of nature or green spaces in the area and their sense of belonging,

The 2020 survey questioned more than 21,000 people to reveal that people tend to feel happiest in towns and villages in coastal areas. Three towns in Dorset were among the top 20 happiest places in Britain. Dorchester came eighth, Weymouth was 13th and Poole was 17th. Within the South West, Dorchester was ranked second (after St Ives in Cornwall), Weymouth was fourth and Poole came sixth.

The study reveals that Dorchester is considered to have one of the highest levels of community spirit in Great Britain, Weymouth has the friendliest neighbours and Poole is one of the best places to develop new skills.

Speaking about the survey, Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s Director of Property Data said:

“Our research shows that despite all the challenges that 2020 brought, many people have been able to reconnect with their local area and community and this has had a positive effect on how they feel about where they live.

“Overall, I think lockdown enabled people to rediscover what’s on their doorstep and spending more time in their local areas has made people value their surroundings and communities so much more.

“The study shows a greater appreciation for green spaces and nature, and a strong correlation between people living in coastal and rural areas and how happy people are where they live.

“Since lockdown, we’ve since a trend towards more people looking to live in smaller communities, and so it’s very fitting to see that the picturesque town of St Ives has taken the top spot in 2020.”

Dorchester is surrounded with interesting things to see and do, like the stunning Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site at Lyme Regis and the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas with its ancient chalk giant carved into the hillside.

There are also great transport links. Dorchester is served by 2 train stations. The main station, Dorchester South, will get you to London Waterloo in just over two and a half hours – and Dorchester West offers routes to other destinations via Bristol and Bath. The main roads in and out of Dorchester are the A31 and A35 which can get quite busy in the summer as people flock to the coast.

House Prices in Dorchester

According to Rightmove, the average price for a terraced house in Dorchester last year was around £313,000. Most of the houses sold were terraced properties with an average price of £331,300. Flats sold for an average price of £214,500 and semi-detached properties went for around £463,200.

During the last year, sold prices in Dorchester were down by 2% on the previous year but up by 3% on the 2018 peak when the average house price was around £304,200.

If you’re thinking of renting in Dorchester then one bedroom properties start at about £550 per calendar month, rising to around £1025 for a three bed property.

Removals in Dorchester

If you’re ready to move to Dorchester, get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation quote. If you’re thinking of retiring to Dorchester and planning on downsizing we also have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport. We can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.

House price data as of February 2021