House prices increased by 4% in West Devon in December, new figures show.

But the rise does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area suffer a 0.2% annual decline.

The average West Devon house price in December was £330,802, Land Registry figures show – a 4% increase on November.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South West, where prices decreased 0.5%, and West Devon was above the 0.1% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in West Devon fell by £540 – putting the area fifth 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 5.6%, to £449,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in Torridge lost 8.9% of their value, giving an average price of £303,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in West Devon spent an average of £248,700 on their property – £680 less than a year ago, but £56,460 more than in December 2018.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £373,790 on average in December – 50.3% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of flats saw the biggest rise in property prices in West Devon in December – they increased 4.3%, to £151,346 on average. Over the last year, prices dropped by 1.2%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: up 3.8% monthly; up 0.3% annually; £477,608 average
  • Semi-detached: up 4.2% monthly; up 0.3% annually; £322,405 average
  • Terraced: up 4% monthly; down 0.7% annually; £247,621 average

How do property prices in West Devon compare?

Buyers paid 3.7% more than the average price in the South West (£319,000) in December for a property in West Devon. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost is £285,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £486,000 on average, and 1.5 times the price as in West Devon. Cotswold properties cost 2.2 times the price as homes in Plymouth (£218,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea.


Average property price in December

  • West Devon: £330,802
  • The South West: £318,966
  • UK: £284,691

Annual change to December

  • West Devon: -0.2%
  • The South West: -2.2%
  • UK: -1.4%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West

  • South Hams: +5.6%
  • Torridge: -8.9%