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Boroughs in London continue to dominate the UK’s list of most expensive places for property on a per square metre basis, led by Kensington and Chelsea, new research shows. However, there are pockets outside Southern England where property fetches a high price per square metre, including Altrincham in Cheshire, a number of towns in Warwickshire and the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Overall there has been a marked widening in property prices per square metre between southern England and the rest of Britain since 1995, according to the research from the Halifax. Indeed, prices per square metre have risen by 388% in Great London compared with a national increase of 227%. Kensington and Chelsea is Britain's most expensive area with an average price of £11,635 per square meter, nearly six times the national average of £2,033. The borough is the only area in Britain with an average price above £10,000 per square meter with Westminster having the next highest prices at £9,571. Some 16 areas, all in Greater London, have an average price in excess of £5,000 per square meter, four more than last year. Outside southern England, Altrincham in Cheshire remains the most expensive town with an average price of £2,446 per square meter and is followed by a cluster of towns in the West Midlands with Solihull at £2,367, Warwick at £2,363 and Leamington Spa at £2,353. The Scottish cities of Edinburgh at £2,297 and Aberdeen at £2,281 are the next most expensive areas outside southern England. Aberdare in south Wales has the lowest average price, at £910 per square meter. This is less than one tenth of the average price per square metre in Kensington and Chelsea and all 10 of the towns with the lowest prices per square metre are outside the south of England. Four of the ten towns with the lowest average price per square metre are in Scotland with Wishaw at £926, Airdrie at £998, Greenock at £1,004 and Coatbridge at £1,004. Three are in Wales with Merthyr Tydfil at £967 and Neath at £1,005 in addition to Aberdare. The three English towns with the lowest home prices on a per square metre basis are Accrington at £990, Scunthorpe at £1,022 and Blackpool at £1,052. The 10 areas recording the highest house price growth on a per square metre basis over the last five years are all London boroughs. Hackney at 71% recorded the biggest increase over the five year period closely followed by Southwark at 70%. Nationally, house prices per square metre have risen by 18% since 2010 from an average of £1,719 to £2,033 in 2015 with increases across all regions. Greater London has experienced substantially faster growth than elsewhere in Britain with an average increase of 45%. The South East at 22% recorded the next biggest rise. Price increases have been much more modest in many other parts of the country with the smallest rises in the North at 3%… Continue reading →
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