House prices dropped by 1% in Somerset in February, new figures show.

But the drop does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 7.4% annual growth.

The average Somerset house price in February was £304,988, Land Registry figures show – a 1% decrease on January.

Over the month, the picture was similar to that across the South West, where prices decreased 1.2%.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Somerset rose by £21,000 – putting the area 17th among the South West’s 26 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The best annual growth in the region was in the Forest of Dean, where property prices increased on average by 14.2%, to £335,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in South Hams gained just 0.8% in value, giving an average price of £392,000.

Winners and Losers

Owners of terraced houses fared worst in Somerset in February – they dropped 1.3% in price, to £243,830 on average. But over the last year, prices rose by 7.3%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: down 0.6% monthly; up 8% annually; £480,360 average
  • Semi-detached: down 1.2% monthly; up 7.9% annually; £303,421 average
  • Flats: down 1.1% monthly; up 3.6% annually; £148,987 average

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Somerset spent an average of £245,000 on their property – £17,000 more than a year ago, and £59,000 more than in February 2018.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £343,000 on average in February – 39.8% more than first-time buyers.

How do property prices in Somerset compare?

Buyers paid 6.6% less than the average price in the South West (£327,000) in February for a property in Somerset. Across the South West, property prices are lower than those across the UK, where the average cost £288,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £495,000 on average, and 1.6 times as much as more than in Somerset. Cotswold properties cost 2.2 times as much as homes in Plymouth (£221,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in 160.


Average property price in February

  • Somerset: £304,988
  • The South West:£326,616
  • UK: £287,506

Annual growth to February

  • Somerset: +7.4%
  • The South West: +5.8%
  • UK: +5.5%

Best and worst annual growth in the South West

  • The Forest of Dean: +14.2%
  • South Hams: +0.8%