Value of average UK property climbed by £10,177 in 2020, taking total value of UK housing stock to £9.06 trillion ..
Zoopla, the UK’s most comprehensive property destination has revealed the average value of a home in the UK rose by £10,177 in 2020, equating to an increase in value of £27.81 per day.
Despite the rollercoaster year caused by Covid, and the subsequent lockdowns, average housing values increased in all parts of the country in 2020. Properties in England benefited from the highest increase in value at £11,037 (£30.16 per day), followed by Wales with an increase of £8,706 (£23.79), Northern Ireland with £5,575 (£15.23) and Scotland with £4,408 (£12.04).
In England, the best performing regions outside of London reflect areas with higher property prices. The South East ranks in first place, with the average property in the region increasing in value by £12,552 in 2020. It was followed by the South West (£11,671), the East of England (£10,108), the East Midlands (£9,470) and the North West (£9,059).
Properties in Wales ranked in sixth place with an annual increase in value of £8,706, higher than those in the West Midlands (£8,576) and Yorkshire and The Humber (£8,331). Meanwhile, properties in Northern Ireland (£5,575) performed better than those in the North East of England (£5,084) in 2020.
Reflecting the desire of many home hunters for a change of scenery and more space, locations outside London with the biggest increase in housing value include homes in coastal and rural locations.
Homes in Windsor in South East England ranked in first place, with an increase in value of £29,063 in 2020, equating to an increase of £79.41 per day. With its great transport links to London and royal connections, the historic market town has long been seen as a desirable place to live. Other locations that feature in the top ten and are within a commuting distance to London include Winchester in Hampshire, St Albans and Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire. All three locations are famed for their quality of life and have direct train links to London with a journey time of one hour or less.
Another favourite with commuters, the affluent town of Altrincham near Manchester ranks in second place nationally. With an average property value of £536,144, Altrincham property owners have enjoyed their house increasing in value by £23,772 in 2020, equating to £64.95 a day.
Coastal locations also featuring in the top ten include Penzance, the most westerly major town in Cornwall in third place, with the average property increasing its value by £23,437 in 2020 (£64.04 per day). Hove, in East Sussex also features in the top ten, as does the coastal town of Christchurch in Dorset with value increases of £21,660 (£59.18 per day) and £21,782 (£59.51 per day) respectively.
When it comes to rural locations, the market town of Cirencester, as known as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’ ranks in eighth place, with the average property in the town increasing its value by £20,178 in 2020 (£55.13 per day). Cheltenham in Gloucestershire and right on the edge of The Cotswolds is ranked just behind Cirencester, with an increase in value of £20,006 (£54.66 a day).
The total value of housing in the capital passed the £2 trillion mark this year, now standing at £2.03 trillion. The average London property increased in value by a substantial £19,609 in 2020, while the average value of a London home is now a hefty £658,195.
The biggest increases in London are found in the Royal Borough Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (£49,812) and Westminster (£47,882). The London Borough of Merton, which encompasses leafy Wimbledon ranked in third place (£35,179), while the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (£34,097), and the City of London (£30,839) make up the top five.
With an increase in the value of housing across all London boroughs, there is a strong indication that despite many homeowners reassessing their priorities and considering leaving the city, there is still a significant return on investment to be made for those who own homes in London.
Gráinne Gilmore, Head of Research at Zoopla comments: “The housing market has been one of the bright spots of the economy in this otherwise uncertain year. The ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ reassessment among a large cohort of homeowners around how and where they want to live has led to strong levels of demand since the end of the first lockdown. The data reflects an increased demand for additional indoor and outdoor space, and some rural locations have seen a rise in activity levels as those no longer constrained by a daily commute look for a different style of living. These factors, coupled with the stamp duty holiday, has led to one of the busiest Christmas housing markets in a decade, and has underpinned price rises of nearly 4% this year. “