September 28, 2021

Britain’s most expensive streets outside London revealed

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A leafy Millionaire’s Row has seen the average house price on the street rise by more than half-a-million pounds in a year, figures have revealed.

Montrose Gardens, in Leatherhead, Surrey, is the most expensive street in Britain outside of London and despite the claim of struggles at the top end of the property market, Zoopla claims that the average home on its value rose by £576,817 during the past year. 

The property website named the 10 streets with the highest average property price outside the capital.

Zoopla named the 10 streets with the highest average property price outside the capital

Montrose Gardens in Leatherhead, Surrey, is the most expensive street in Britain outside of London

Top of the list – for the second year running – is Montrose Gardens. However, what is different this year is that its average house price is significantly higher than 12 months ago, up from £5,923,253 to £6,500,070.

That comes even as high-end values are being affected by high purchase costs, huge stamp duty bills and concerns about Brexit. 

Temple Gardens, in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, is in second place, with average values reaching £4,365,016, ahead of Phillippines Shaw, in Sevenoaks, Kent at £3,884,107.

Other big hitters include Dock Lane, in Brockenhurst, in the New Forest, Hampshire, at £3,158,252, and Bennet Road in Salcombe, Devon, at £1,856,229.

Coopersale Street, in Epping, Essex was named as the seventh most expensive street with an average price of £2.7million

Bennett Street in the seaside town of Salcombe, Devon, (pictured) is tenth, with average values reaching £1,856,229

NUMBER OF ‘MILLIONAIRES’ ROWS’ IS DOWN 10%

New research found there were 15,484 ‘million-pound streets’ in the country, down from 17,289 in the same month last year

The number of ‘millionaires’ rows’ has fallen by 10 per cent, Zoopla revealed. It showed there are 1,805 fewer roads where houses have an average value of £1million or more.

The research found that in September there were 15,484 ‘million-pound streets’ in the country, down from 17,289 in the same month last year.

The report said: ‘The bulk of the losses have been in London and the South East, which are home to the majority of million-pound streets but are also areas where house prices have been generally falling recently.’

While wealthy homebuyers need £6.5million to buy a home in the  most expensive streets outside London, they will need to fork out more than £30million to own a property in the most expensive street in the country.

Kensington Palace Gardens, in west London, has been named by Zoopla as the most expensive street in London for the eleventh in a row.

However, the typical value of a home in the street has continued to fall for the third year running, currently at £32,870,284, down from £35,647,605 a year ago.

The prestigious address, which is just a stone’s throw away from the royals at Kensington Palace, is home to some of Britain’s wealthiest homeowners including Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich. 

Coopersale Street in Epping, Essex, has a typical value of £2,727,798, according to Zoopla

London’s exclusive enclaves dominate the rest of Britain’s top streets, including Courtenay Avenue, which moves up from third place last year to second place today, with an average house price of £19,505,013.

It is followed by Grosvenor Crescent, where average values are £19,065,523 and Ilchester Place at £15,088,090.

Reading has the highest number of streets – 207 of them – where the average property is valued at more than one million pounds according to the Zoopla research. However, it is down 35 compared with a year ago.

Its links with London and the riverside setting of some of Reading’s better streets account for the high property prices in the university town.

The Surrey town of Guildford is second with 200, followed by Sevenoaks in Kent with 196.  

A total of 91 per cent of streets with an average property price of £1million and above are found in the South.

The Ridgeway in Leicester (pictured) is also in the top 10 with an average house price of £1,856,229

Zoopla’s Laura Howard said: It’s no surprise that it’s the capital that plays host to Britain’s most expensive streets – but even to the super-rich, the wealth that can be found among them is mind-blowing.

 PRICE ESTIMATES

The research is based on Zoopla’s price estimates, which used a complicated algorithm to suggest the values of properties around the country.

The algorithm incorporates a number of pieces of data, including the number of property sales in a particular street at any given time.

In the case of Montrose Gardens – the most expensive street outside of London – the algorithm showed only one property sale in the past 12 months.

‘Homeowners in Kensington Palace Gardens for example, have seen almost £2.8million wiped off the value of their homes the last 12 months. But with typical property prices still shy of £33million, it’s probable they haven’t even noticed.

‘Outside of London, it’s exclusive pockets of the well-heeled home counties, such as Kent, Surrey and Hertfordshire that boast the priciest streets.’

And, being one step removed from London’s cooling market, some property values are even higher than last year, such as Montrose Garden in Leatherhead.

‘Even the broarder picture of towns that have the highest concentration of £1million streets (on which the average property price stands at £1million or more) shows a strong southern bias, with 19 of the top 20 all located in southern England, the exception being Manchester’s Altrincham.

‘Ultimately, our Rich List is a fascinating insight not into how the ‘other half’ lives, but how the other ‘one per cent’ lives.’ 

TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE STREETS IN BRITAIN
RankStreet NameAreaAverage Property Value (£)
1Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8London£32,870,284
2Courtenay Avenue, London N6London£19,505,013
3Grosvenor Crescent, London SW1XLondon£19,065,523
4Ilchester Place, London W14London£15,088,090
5The Boltons, London SW10London£14,334,818
6Compton Avenue, London N6London£12,617,782
7Frognal Way, London NW3London£11,295,407
8Albemarle Street, London W1SLondon£10,985,823
9Manresa Road, London SW3London£10,779,903
10Cottesmore Gardens, London W8London£10,699,120
Source: Zoopla, September 2019 

This property is in Temple Gardens, Ricksmansworth, one of the most expensive streets in Britain for homebuyers

The interior of the property in Temple Gardens  (pictured above) suits belonging to a home on one of Britain’s most expensive streets

There are now 15,484 streets in Britain where the average property value is £1million or more, down from 17,289 in 2018.

House price growth came to a near standstill in the year to July as the value of homes rose by just 0.7 per cent, the slowest growth in seven years, according to official data.

The figures from Office for National Statistics continue a three-year trend of declining growth in house prices, driven mainly by the South and East of England.

London prices however saw a small uptick of one per cent in July, despite seeing the fastest drop in house prices since the recession in the year to May.

POST TOWN AREAS RANKED BY NUMBER OF STREETS WITH AN AVERAGE VALUE OF £1MILLION OR MORE
RankPost Town AreaNumber of streets with an average property value of £1 million+Change since Sept 2018
1Reading207-35
2Guildford200-30
3Sevenoaks196-22
4Leatherhead190-16
5Richmond157-13
6Maidenhead1493
7Rickmansworth139-1
8=Harpenden138-7
8=Esher138-17
10Farnham134-50
Source: Zoopla   

This four-bedroom house is in one of the most expensive streets in Britain – Lovelace Avenue in Solihull, Birmingham

The town of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire,  the centre of which is pictured left, is home to Temple Gardens where average values are £4,365,016. Sevenoaks, in Kent, pictured right, is home to the road of Phillippines Shaw in where the average house price is £3,884,107

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