High-end apartments are falling out of favor with big-spending buyers in England and Wales, who instead are turning their attention to detached homes, according to a report Thursday from Enness Global.

In the roughly four months prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, apartments accounted for almost half of all transactions priced at more than £5 million (US$6.4 million) in the two countries, and detached homes accounted for 17% of sales above £5 million, the high-net-worth mortgage broker said.?

But in the four months since the U.K.’s lockdown measures began in March, the tastes of wealthy home buyers have shifted.

Although overall transactions above £5 million have fallen since March, big-ticket detached property transactions accounted for 29% of those deals, a 16% increase from pre-pandemic levels.

Luxury apartments accounted for just 20% of all home sales above £5 million during the same time, a fall of 23%.

Prices reflect the changing luxury appetite, too. The average price paid for a detached home has increased by 16% to £8 million since March, as the typical price paid for an apartment has dropped 23% to £5.65 million.

“Traditionally, buyers at the very top end of the market would snap up flats left, right and center for a number of reasons,” Islay Robinson, CEO of Enness Global, said in the report. “Many already have a primary residence and so they purchase flats as additional homes to provide the convenience of a central location in their chosen city.”

Adding to their appeal is the views, the extra building amenities and the rental potential, according to Mr. Robinson.

“Now, buyers at the very top end want safety, security, privacy and, most importantly, more space. This has caused a complete turn around in terms of which property types are selling and what they’re selling for, with detached homes now driving the prime property market forward on both fronts,” he said.