HOUSE prices in Dorset are on the rise, according to the latest statistics from the land registry. 

In the last five years house prices have risen by more than 25 per cent.

If you were lucky enough to buy a property in the city back in the 90s you might just be quids in as since then prices have increased by 246 per cent. 

Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s Director of Property Data said: "Needing more space has always been the most popular reason for moving house, but now there’s a new urgency for extra space to be able to work from home, which means that there are different sets of buyers competing for the same type of property."

Using data from Rightmove we can reveal the areas in Dorset that people most want to move to, based on property price growth over the last five years (August 2015 - August 2020).

Based on this data, here are the top property hotspots in the region - and some of the houses you can buy in popular areas right now:


The historic market town of Dorchester is approximately seven miles from Weymouth and benefits from a bustling town centre filled with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants.

On the banks of the River Frome and close to the coast and the Dorset Downs there are plenty of walking and cycling routes for even the most avid explorer. 

In 2015 the average asking price was £254,952 but in 2020 this increased to £328,661.

With more than a 22 per cent increase in property value over five years you'd be patting yourself on the back if you owned a home here. 

Swanage and Wareham Voice:

This gorgeous mid-terraced house is on the market for £350,000.

Described as perfectly preserved this charming period townhouse has three good-sized bedrooms.

Throughout the property there are high ceilings and period details, there is also a rear courtyard garden. 


The gorgeous town of Poundbury has been built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

The town has been advocated for by HRH The Prince of Wales and was initiated by the prize-winning architect Léon Krier. 

Prices have risen in the town by 23.3 per cent since 2015 with the average asking price going up from £317,321 to £390,844.

Swanage and Wareham Voice:

For a little over the current average asking price you could purchase this three bedroom detached home on Nantillo Street

The property has three good-sized bedrooms with the master boasting an en-suite and built in wardrobe. 

Properties in Poundbury are highly sought after due to the quality of the development, everything has been planned to ensure accessibility on foot where possible.

Within walking distance to the property there are a plethora of amenities including Waitrose, The Duchess of Cornwall Hotel and Restaurant and an ever-growing range of cafes, bistros, hairdressers, medical centre and garden centre.

The upmarket development also has a Monart luxury spa in the Royal Pavilion, Queen Mother Square and the Dorset County Hospital is also a short walk away. Sounds like bliss to us!


The small market town of Shaftesbury is at the north of the county and is home to Gold Hill which was made famous by the Hovis advert.

With easy access to the Jurassic Coast as well as Bath and Bristol, Shaftesbury really does have something for everyone.

As one of the cheapest and most sought after areas in the county Shaftesbury is an ideal place for first time buyers and families looking to upsize. 

The average asking price is now £265,936 which is an increase of 23.2 per cent on the 2015 average of £215,931.

Swanage and Wareham Voice:

Coming in at under the average asking price this quaint two-bedroom cottage on Lower Blandford Road boasts some breathtaking views across Blackmore Vale. 

The characterful cottage is on the market for £260,000 and is steeped in charm and history.

Originally built in 1747 the property has a sociable and modern kitchen which leads to a characterful living room.

The garden is south facing and has a summerhouse which is described to soak up the sun and the incredible views.

What are your thoughts on the rising price of housing in Dorset? Let us know in the comments.