The seaside town of Southend is ending 2012 on a high.
The Essex town has recorded the biggest rise in house prices among major British towns and cities over the past year.
Research by the Halifax shows the average selling price there is more than £198,000 - which is nearly 15% on last year.
That's compared with a 1% average fall across the UK as a whole.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the research also discovered that Cambridge has the most expensive houses across East Anglia.