THE town with the UK's highest house price growth has been named as Brighouse.
It emerged at the top of the league after the cost of a home shot up by an amazing 65% over the last 12 months.
Buyers attracted by its handy position near the M62 have flocked to snap up properties.
They pushed the average cost of a home in the town from £72,205 to £119,070.
One expert said: "The interest in homes in Brighouse has been phenomenal.
"Many of the buyers are people who work in Leeds or Manchester and can't afford houses in those cities."
The list of 634 towns put together by Halifax Estate Agents shows the top 30 are all outside the south of England.
Huddersfield is at number 49 after house prices jumped 35% from £78,428 to £106,174.
Jane Pridgeon, managing director of Halifax Estate Agents, said: "These figures confirm that 2003 has undoubtedly been the `year of the North' and we expect this trend to continue in the coming 12 months.
"We anticipate that annual house price growth will ease slightly in the North but still remain strong at about 17%, and we expect to see an increase in UK house prices of about 8% next year - in line with the long-term average."
The highest rise by a southern town was in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, which saw an annual increase of 39%, to rank 38th in the league table.
Over the past year, 49 towns in the North broke the £100,000 average price barrier for the first time.
Although the prices of houses in northern towns are growing at the fastest rate, the most expensive places to live in the UK remain clustered in the south.
People hoping to move to regatta town Henley-on-Thames would now have to pay an average of £411,794 for a home, confirming its place at the top of the "expensive list".
The top 50 most expensive towns to live are all in the south, according to the Halifax survey.
But during 2003 the gap between regional house prices narrowed and the average property in the South is about 2.3 times more expensive than in the North - down from three times a year ago.
A house in Lochgelly, Fife, comes with an average price tag of £54,910 - the lowest of anywhere in the country.
The Halifax survey collated the average prices of houses on which an offer of mortgage had been granted. It did not include properties sold for more than £1m.