It’s been a while since we last wrote about Dorchester on the blog and we thought we’d take some time to give you some up-to-date info on this classic Dorset town for anyone planning a move to Dorchester or looking at house prices in the area.
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, situated between the popular tourist destination of Poole and our own Northover and Gilbert headquarters here in Bridport. As the county town, Dorchester has a lot of great shops and attractions, whilst also retaining the look and feel you would come to expect from such a quintessentially British and historic part of Dorset, dotted with listed buildings, museums and places of historical interest.
Dorchester’s most famous literary inhabitant was of course Thomas Hardy, but it was also home to the celebrated writer, William Barnes – a contemporary and friend of Lord Tenyson, Barnes wrote many classic Dorset dialect poems. He also founded the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester in 1845 and there is a statue of him outside of St Peter’s church in the town.
Although Dorchester is steeped in history, it is also forward-thinking. It has been a designated Fair Trade town since 2004.
What is it like to live in Dorchester?
Dorchester is just 8 miles from the coast and close to the popular tourist destinations of West Bay, Weymouth and Portland. Surrounded by rolling countryside countryside, most locals agree that Dorchester is a really great place to raise a family. Many of the schools in and around Dorchester have been rated as outstanding by Ofsted and there are strong connections between the schools and local colleges ensuring that pupils make the best choices and get as much as possible from their education. There are good transport links with the A35 close by and two railway stations that mean you can be in London within two and a half hours.
House Prices in Dorchester – renting or buying?
According to Rightmove, the average price for a terraced house in Dorchester last year was around £291,900. Most of the houses sold were terraced properties. Flats sold for an average price of £223,800 and semi-detached properties went for around £336,950.
With an overall average price of £298,500 Dorchester was more expensive than nearby Puddletown (£253,150), but cheaper than other popular neighbouring towns, Poundbury (£373,500) and Preston (£333,450).
During the last year, sold prices in Dorchester were similar to the previous year and up by 19% from 2015 when the average house price was around £250,250.
If you’re thinking of renting in Dorchester then one bedroom properties start at about £650 per calendar month, rising to around £950 for a three bed property.