If you’re planning a move to the West Country in 2020 you may want to consider moving to Dorchester as it has just been voted one of the happiest places to live in Britain according to a survey of 22,000 people by property website Rightmove.

The happiness quotient was measured using 12 factors, including the extent to which the respondents felt a sense of community spirit, felt safe, earned enough to live comfortably and whether the other locals were friendly and polite.

Topping the list was Hexham in Northumberland, with Dorchester weighing in at a very respectable 8 – and it’s more good news for Dorset and the West Country as the South West region came top overall, with Poole and Bournemouth also ranking highly: so for anyone thinking of moving further West next year, it’s looking like it could be a positive move!

Why move to Dorchester?

As we’ve mentioned before on the blog, Dorchester has an awful lot going for it. A vibrant high street with plenty of shops, beautiful countryside, and lots of lovely interesting things to see and do in the surrounding area. It is also only 7 miles from the stunning Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site and home to some beautiful seaside towns including Weymouth and Lyme Regis.

The town was the inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge and literary fans can visit his birthplace, just outside Dorchester which is now an atmospheric National Trust property, open to the public and host to special events throughout the year.

Transport links to the Dorchester are reasonable. The town is served by 2 train stations which can get you to Central London in under 3 hours. The town is also about 2 and a half hours from London by car, via the M3.

House Prices in Dorchester

According to Rightmove, the average price for a terraced house in Dorchester last year was around £302,000. Most of the houses sold were terraced properties. Flats sold for an average price of £209,100 and semi-detached properties went for around £374,000.

With an overall average price of £307,950 Dorchester was cheaper than nearby Poundbury (£387,200) but similar in price to Puddletown (£308,450) and Preston (£323,100).

During the last year, sold prices in Dorchester were up by 3% on the previous year and up by 9% from 2016 when the average house price was around £283,225.

If you’re thinking of renting in Dorchester then one bedroom properties start at about £510 per calendar month, rising to around £925 for a three bed property.

Moving to Dorchester

If all of this info has made you keen to start planning your next move, get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation quote. If you’re thinking of downsizing when you move to Dorchester we have a very secure, stone-built storage facility  here in the centre of nearby Bridport and we can pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.