Three lockdowns in less than 12 months has shifted how Britons value access to nature, a new study has shown as Runnymede is named the third best place to live in England.
According to recently published research by Avant Homes, living next to large public green spaces increases property prices by up to 143%.
The study shows Runnymede residents have well above two million square metres of space to enjoy, the equivalent to the size of around 500 football pitches.
Most boroughs only have the equivalent of 65 football pitches of public space.
But those looking to escape to the Surrey countryside in the midst of the pandemic will have to pay the price.
The average property price in Runnymede is almost £428,000. This represents a 67% or £256,000 increase on the national average.
Runnymede was only behind Windsor in neighbouring Berkshire, and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire.
CEO at Avant Homes, Colin Lewis said: “Spending so much time at home during lockdown has led many people to see the flaws in their own property, triggering a surge in people looking to move.
“This shift in homebuyer’s priorities has increased the value of homes that have access to outdoors spaces, as the desire to move away from built-up locations to greener areas grows.”
Elmbridge was also in the top 30 areas.
However, those wanting to take advantage of the 566,216 kilometre squared space must pay a staggering 143% more than the national average and cough up nearly £623,500 to live there.
Green spaces are defined as a park, public garden, or playing field.