G7 Meeting causes property searches to sky rocket!

- Tue 15 Jun 2021

When Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that the G7 Summit Meeting was to be held in the once tranquil location of Carbis Bay it was generally a feeling of surprise combined with a little pride that a small bay in Cornwall would be the chosen spot for world leaders to gather.

Several months later the neighbouring town of St Ives as well as Carbis Bay itself was the attention of people from across the globe. The cool damp weather of recent weeks even started to turn and at times the video footage and photos being shared across worldwide media looked as if they were more familiar with the Mediterranean or even the Pacific.

The global focus on the event was always likely to increase attention for people to visit and perhaps book a holiday but the impact on property searches wasn’t predicted at quite the level it reached. Rightmove reported that between Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th June searches for Carbis Bay doubled, in fact were up 103%. When monitoring the Bradleys website traffic Carbis Bay and St Ives both sky rocketed up to the top two search locations. From Tuesday 8th June through to Sunday 13th Carbis Bay was not only the top search location every day, it almost tripled in searches reaching 282% of the searches prior to the G7 event!

Local Branch Manager, Jon Harvey, commented “St Ives gets extremely busy each summer although I’ve never known anything quite like this. We also are marketing some new homes in Carbis Bay just along from the Hotel the world leaders are staying in, which proved to be interesting when needing to gain access to the site, it was the first time I had to be patted down by armed police to visit a new homes development! Overall we are delighted to put Carbis Bay, St Ives and Cornwall on the world map and are proud to have been chosen for such a high profile meeting of World Leaders.

We have been overrun with people looking to buy in our area all year, particularly properties with sea views, and I have a feeling this will see our buyer demand surge even further from the enquiries we have received so far!” The G7 Summit also saw increased searches for other coastal locations according to our website analytics with Looe, Penzance, Newquay and Hayle all seeing greater search levels, enquiries and appointment requests resulting. Here may the sunny spells continue so we can carry on making the most of our stunning Cornish coastlines and hopefully get some more of our idyllic bays on the global map!