Reports that a seaside village has been put up for sale in England have focused yet more attention on the turnaround in the country's property market amid growing concerns of a housing crisis.
Bantham in the south-west county of Devon – which comes complete with an unspoilt beach, picturesque thatched cottages and a village shop – is being put up for sale for around £10 million ($16 million), according to media reports.
The village, which is owned by the private company Evans Estates, has been in the same family for several generations.
"Their ethos has always been to allow Bantham to remain a place of outstanding beauty, with the village's old thatched cottages portraying an image of unchanging charm and the beach and its surrounds staying as wild and natural as can be," Evans Estates' website stated. The company declined to comment.
Reports of its sale come as a slew of data released on Tuesday confirm that the turnaround in Britain's housing market has continued into October.
Property prices in Britain are continuing to rise as government-led schemes designed to kick-start the housing market push up demand.
Nicholas Barnes, head of research at residential property consultancy and estate agents Chesterton Humberts said there had been a "huge pick-up in activity" in 2013.
"This time last year no one was predicting we would be where we are today and it's due to a combination of factors," he told CNBC.
"Government schemes are kicking in, there has been better news on the underlying economy. People also feel more secure in their jobs, and this is leading to more consumer confidence. It's a snowball effect."
This, combined with wide-spread reports of rising house prices, meant that new vendors were putting their properties on the market – "just to see what they could get" – which was helping to push up prices, he said.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published Tuesday revealed that although U.K. house prices were flat month-on-month, over the year to September they had increased by 3.8 percent - up from a 3.7 percent rise in the 12 months to August 2013.
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House price growth remained stable across most of the U.K., the ONS said, but stressed that prices in London were increasing significantly faster than the country's average, growing by 9.4 percent on an annual basis.