House prices increased slightly, by 0.4%, in Cornwall in January, new figures show.

But the rise does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area suffer a 2.8% annual decline.

The average Cornwall house price in January was £300,974, Land Registry figures show – a 0.4% increase on December.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South West, where prices increased 1.5%, and Cornwall was lower than the 0.5% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Cornwall fell by £8,800 – putting the area 20th among the South West’s 26 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The highest annual growth in the region was in South Hams, where property prices increased on average by 11%, to £432,000.

At the other end of the scale, properties in Torridge lost 13% of their value, giving an average price of £286,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Cornwall spent an average of £247,000 on their property – £7,200 less than a year ago, but £55,700 more than in January 2019.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £339,100 on average in January – 37.3% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of semi-detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Cornwall in January – they increased 0.6%, to £293,852 on average. Over the last year, prices dropped by 1.7%.

Among other types of property:

Detached: up 0.4% monthly; down 2.9% annually; £439,310 average

Terraced: up 0.4% monthly; down 3.1% annually; £240,318 average.

Flats: up 0.2% monthly; down 3.8% annually; £166,570 average

How do property prices in Cornwall compare?

Buyers paid 5% less than the average price in the South West (£317,000) in January for a property in Cornwall. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost is £282,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £500,000 on average, and 1.7 times the price as in Cornwall. Cotswold properties cost 2.3 times the price as homes in Plymouth (£221,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea, at £1.2 million.


Average property price in January Cornwall: £300,974

The South West: £316,879UK: £281,913

Annual change to January

Cornwall: -2.8%

The South West: -0.6%UK: -0.6%