Average property price up 300% in 20 years

15 January 2016

Across England and Wales average house prices have increased by nearly 300% in the last 20 years, with the average sale price rising from £66,110 in 1995 to £262,847 today. But new analysis from international real estate adviser, Savills, has found significant regional and local variations in house in price growth. 

Looking at 20 years of Land Registry data, available for the first time, Savills research has found the top 5% of wards across England and Wales have seen property prices increase by 538%, from £108,032 in 1995 to £689,649 in 2015. In contrast, the 5% of wards that have shown the smallest increase have seen sales prices rise by 148% over the same period, from £46,819 in 1995 to £115,954 to 2015. 

Table of best and worst performers by percentile

The distribution of growth across all wards, broken down between regions, demonstrates not only the growing house price divide between regions, but how wide the variation of growth is at a local level. In London alone, growth varies from a 938% increase in Oval, Lambeth to a rise of 218% in Erith, Bexley.  

Graph showing regional breakdown of 20 year house price growth

Only 5.5% of wards now have an average sale price less than £100,000, compared to 88% of all wards in 1995 and are predominately former industrial locations in the north of England and Wales. Meanwhile, there are now 66 wards with an average sale price of over £1m (53 of which are located in London) while in 1995 just 8 wards had an average sale price of more than £300,000. 

Lucian Cook, head of Savills UK residential research, comments: “The twenty biggest risers are dominated by central London markets, though they also include some areas that have seen substantial gentrification over the period. This includes Queens Park and Kensal Green in Brent, East Dulwich and Cathedrals in Southwark and Stoke Newington Central and Dalston in Hackney. 

“Looking at the top thirty performers outside London, Brighton and Hove, North Oxford and Cambridge all feature prominently, as well as a few coastal markets in Norfolk and Cornwall and prime commuter wards such as Harpenden South, Denham North and Luffield Abbey.

“At the other end of the scale, areas that have seen the smallest growth contain a number of wards in Blackpool and Middlesbrough.”


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