House prices increased by 1.9% – more than the average for the South West – in Cornwall in August, new figures show.

But the rise does not reverse the longer-term trend, which has seen property prices in the area suffer a 0.5% annual decline.

The average Cornwall house price in August was £314,933, Land Registry figures show – a 1.9% increase on July.

Over the month, the picture was different to that across the South West, where prices increased 1.2%, and Cornwall was above the 0.3% rise for the UK as a whole.

Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Cornwall fell by £1,700 – putting the area 17th 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 4.6%, to £443,000. At the other end of the scale, properties in West Devon lost 4% of their value, giving an average price of £313,000.

First steps on the property ladder

First-time buyers in Cornwall spent an average of £257,200 on their property – £2,200 less than a year ago, but £67,500 more than in August 2018.

By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £356,200 on average in August – 38.5% more than first-time buyers.

Property types

Owners of semi-detached houses saw the biggest rise in property prices in Cornwall in August – they increased 2.2%, to £306,930 on average. Over the last year, prices dropped by 0.2%.

Among other types of property:

  • Detached: up 2.1% monthly; down 0.1% annually; £464,750 average
  • Terraced: up 1.9% monthly; down 1.3% annually; £250,238 average
  • Flats: up 1.4% monthly; down 1.3% annually; £170,070 average

How do property prices in Cornwall compare?

Buyers paid 4.1% less than the average price in the South West (£328,000) in August for a property in Cornwall. Across the South West, property prices are higher than those across the UK, where the average cost is £291,000.

The most expensive properties in the South West were in Cotswold – £492,000 on average, and 1.6 times the price as in Cornwall. Cotswold properties cost 2.2 times the price as homes in Plymouth (£222,000 average), at the other end of the scale.

The highest property prices across the UK were in Kensington and Chelsea (£1.4 million).


Average property price in August

  • Cornwall: £314,933
  • The South West: £328,413
  • UK: £291,044

Annual change to August

  • Cornwall: -0.5%
  • The South West: -1.1%
  • UK: +0.2%

Highest and lowest annual growth in the South West

  • South Hams: +4.6%
  • West Devon: -4%