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The lockdown effect

The lifting of the nationwide lockdown has left more buyers than ever seeking more space and a healthier lifestyle.

With this year’s lockdown came enormous strain on our home lives; many found that the space afforded by their own four walls was no longer enough, while others realised that when they took work out of the equation and merited their homes on location alone, the results left much to be desired. The pandemic also forced UK employers to review how they do business, with many seeing the benefits of a workforce operating from home. This, in turn, has opened up a world of possibility for those previously tied, by work, to a life in the city. That is, the possibility of relocating to the coast and achieving the kind of work-life balance that, just six months ago, would have seemed like nothing more than a pipedream.

It comes as no surprise then that with the lifting of lockdown Cornish property sales have soared, as evidenced by the recent string of sales through the experts at Philip Martin. These include Calenick House near Truro, and Ty Gwyn in Mylor Bridge. Calenick House, with a guide price of £1 million, is an historic Grade II listed home – slate hung and believed to date from 1702. Quietly positioned on the edge of Truro close to the creeks of the Fal estuary, the property has a host of outbuildings, including a charming clock tower, and its grounds extend to almost an acre. Ty Gwyn, meanwhile, is a semi-detached period cottage offering stunning river views and its own water frontage. Priced at £597,500, it’s situated on Church Road, Mylor Bridge – one of Cornwall’s most sought after locations – and with three bedrooms of accommodation plus a garage, parking and enclosed rear gardens, it’s no surprise this home sold so quickly.

Tranters in St Mawes (£997,000) is another fine example, the lifestyle opportunity here being the stuff of dreams for many as they awaited the easing of restrictions. Occupying a generous plot, with astounding views to St Anthony Head, Falmouth Bay and the Lizard peninsula, Tranters offers four bedrooms of accommodation, alongside three reception rooms, three bathrooms, a workshop and a double garage.

Finally, set in fabulous mature gardens and grounds in Kenwyn near Truro, is Penhaldarva House (£795,000). This detached period property boasts panoramic countryside views, its accommodation blending a sense of space with farmhouse-style warmth, and with four double bedrooms, plus the potential downstairs for another, it’s easy to see the attraction of this gorgeous country house.

This is just a selection of the homes sold recently by Philip Martin, but it’s enough to see that, from waterside cottages to sprawling country homes, never has property in Cornwall been so highly sought after.


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