If you’re seeking domestic bliss in your next home, you might consider buying in one of the top 10 happiest places to live in the UK.
How happy are you? The Office of National Statistics put this question to the nation and then crunched the numbers to reveal which areas in the UK claim to be the most content.
If produced some interesting results, so to help you increase your serotonin levels, we've picked out a property for sale in each of the top 10 chirpy locations.
Do you agree with this list? Or perhaps you live in one of the areas mentioned. Have a read and let us know in the comments, below.
1. Rushmoor (Farnborough and Aldershot), Hampshire
Happiness rating: 8.35/10
Current average value: £329,532
Taking top spot by scoring 8.35 out of 10 in the ONS survey is the district of Rushmoor in Hampshire, which contains Farnborough and Aldershot. For a comfortable £50,000 less than the average asking price in Farnborough you can become the owner of this beautifully maintained Victorian terraced house with off-street parking and a charming garden.
2. Copeland (Whitehaven), Cumbria
Happiness rating: 8.24/10
Current average value: £143,350
Second place goes to the Borough of Copeland, which takes in part of the Lake District National Park. In Whitehaven, home to the borough’s council, you’ll find this three-bedroom property that could be ideal for a first-time buyer or family. There’s no immediate work to be done, so you could move straight in without any hassle and a smile on your face.
3. Newry, Mourne and Down, Northern Ireland
Happiness rating: 8.22/10
Current average value: £147,867
Newry, Mourne and Down covers the southeast of Northern Ireland including southern County Armagh and large parts of County Down. Newry is known as the gateway to the north and is one of the oldest settlements in Ireland. While this red brick terrace looks traditional from the outside, inside it’s been given a contemporary renovation from top to bottom.
4. Causeway Coast and Glens (Coleraine), Northern Ireland
Happiness rating: 8.15/10
Current average value: £131,726
Another area in Northern Ireland features in fourth place, this time the famous Causeway Coast and Glens. Slightly inland on the River Bann is Coleraine, where in the centre of town you can buy this impressive family home. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two reception rooms are spread over its three floors.
5. Blaby, Leicestershire (or Narborough)
Happiness rating: 8.11/10
Current average value: £227,966
The unusually named Blaby – once a Viking settlement – sits in fifth place with another impressive happiness rating. Average house prices in the areas stand at almost £228,000, but close to the centre of the village you can snap up this ideal first home for just £190,000. The house is tastefully decorated and also offers a surprisingly long garden.
6. The Outer Hebrides, Scotland (Stornoway)
Happiness rating: 8.08/10
Current average value: £116,750
The seclusion of the Outer Hebrides might not be for everyone, but the people who do live there are happy with their lifestyle. If you fancy giving it a try, this three-bedroom end of terrace house in Stornoway, the island’s largest town, would be a strong contender. The well-kept home is within easy reach of schools, shops and sports facilities.
7. Bolsover, Derbyshire
Happiness rating: 8.07/10
Current average value: £137,299
The small town of Bolsover in Derbyshire is perfectly located for commuters looking for a more laid-back life outside of nearby Chesterfield, Mansfield, Sheffield and Nottingham. This recently redecorated family home is lovely as it is, but if you’re looking for even more space there’s potential to extend to the side of the house subject to planning permission.
8. Ribble Valley, Lancashire
Happiness rating: 8.06/10
Current average value: £185,649
It’s not the first time that the Ribble Valley in Lancashire has appeared on a list like this – it’s also previously featured on The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide. This new-build home backs on to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and has been finished to a superb standard. The open plan kitchen and living space was even placed on the first floor to take advantage of the canal views.
9. Christchurch, Dorset
Happiness rating: 8.06/10
Current average value: £393,636
Located between Bournemouth and the New Forest National Park is ninth place Christchurch. At more than £123,000 below the average asking price for the area, this semi-detached house could be a bargain. But you will have to be prepared to spend a substantial amount of time and money bringing it up to modern standards.
10. Rochford, Essex
Happiness rating: 8.05/10
Current average value: £317,776
Rounding out the top 10 is the small but historic town of Rochford in Essex, where The Old House is believed to have been built in 1270. Many of the town’s properties were built in the Victorian era, much like this two-bedroom terraced house. It’s been given a chic makeover with neutral décor and a shaker-style kitchen and a luxurious bathroom.