House prices increased by 1.9% in Somerset West and Taunton in July, new figures show.

The boost contributes to the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area achieve 15.3% annual growth.

The average Somerset West and Taunton house price in July was £299,296, Land Registry figures show –a 1.9% increase on June.

Over the month, the picture was less good than that across the South West, where prices increased 2.7%, and Somerset West and Taunton underperformed compared to the 2% rise for the UK as a whole.

Across the UK, the the average UK house price leapt by 15.5% in the year to July, marking the biggest increase in 19 years.

But the increase in annual inflation was mainly because of “a base effect” from the falls in prices seen this time last year, as a result of changes in the stamp duty holiday, the ONS said.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Somerset West and Taunton rose by £40,000 – putting the area 14th among the South West’s 29 local authorities with price data for annual growth.

The best annual growth in the region was in South Hams, where property prices increased on average by 20.8%, to £427,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in the Forest of Dean gained just 9.9% in value, giving an average price of £298,000.

Winners and Losers

Owners of semi-detached houses saw the biggest improvement in property prices in Somerset West and Taunton in July – they increased 2%, to £305,735 on average. Over the last year, prices rose by 16.3%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: up 1.7% monthly; up 16.6% annually; £470,399 average
  • Terraced: up 2% monthly; up 15.2% annually; £242,962 average
  • Flats: up 1.7% monthly; up 9.9% annually; £154,003 average

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Somerset West and Taunton spent an average of £239,000 on their property – £31,000 more than a year ago, and £60,000 more than in July 2017.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £338,000 on average in July – 41.3% more than first-time buyers.

How do property prices in Somerset West and Taunton compare?

Buyers paid 9.4% less than the average price in the South West (£330,000) in July for a property in Somerset West and Taunton. Across the South West, property prices are lower than those across the UK, where the average cost £292,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £493,000 on average, and 1.6 times as much as more than in Somerset West and Taunton. Cotswold properties cost 2.2 times as much as homes in Plymouth (£224,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

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


Average property price in July

  • Somerset West and Taunton: £299,296
  • The South West:£330,414
  • UK: £292,118

Annual growth to July

  • Somerset West and Taunton: +15.3%
  • The South West: +20.7%
  • UK: +15.5%

Best and worst annual growth in the South West

  • South Hams: +20.8%
  • The Forest of Dean: +9.9%