Locals priced out of market along Causeway coast

Just as seaside areas in the Republic have seen house prices grow due to the pandemic, so too has Northern Ireland’s north coast.

The beaches of Counties Derry and Antrim have long been a popular destination for holidays and day trips, especially the area around Portstewart and Portrush, which hosted the British Open in 2019.

According to local estate agent Daniel Henry, one or two people every week are moving back home to live due to far away working, while the increased focus on short-term holiday lets is forcing private tenants out of the area.

House prices in the Causeway Coast and Glens council area rose by 12.7 per cent in the past year, according to recent figures for the third quarter compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra); the increase for the year to the end of the second quarter was already greater, showing a 17 per cent rise compared with the same time in 2020.

The average house, according to Nisra, is now £174,664, higher than the Northern Ireland average of £159,109.

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