Property prices near London Crossrail stations set to outperform local markets

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On average property prices within a 10 or 15 minute walk from the new Crossrail stations in and around London have already outperformed prices in the wider area by some 5%, new research shows. While there are pockets of sustained outperformance, especially in central London, average residential property prices around a few of the stations in the Eastern and Western sections of the line show a more mixed picture. Yet those areas where price growth has lagged the surrounding areas may offer significant opportunities for further price uplifts, especially where large scale regeneration and development is underway, according to the major analysis report from real estate firm Knight Frank. It points out that when fully complete in 2019, Crossrail will bring an additional 1.5 million people to within a 45 minute commute of the centre of London. ‘In many cases, it is not just the reduced travel times that have the potential to create value, but also large regeneration projects connected with Crossrail, which are not only improving the realms around stations, but providing a wider choice of higher level amenities as well as residential property options,’ said Grainne Gilmore, Knight Frank head of UK residential research. The firm has previously assessed how residential prices around central Crossrail stations performed between 2008, when Royal Assent for the project was granted, and 2012 and found that on average, prices within a 10 minute walk of the stations outperformed the wider prime central London market by 8%. Now it has taken its analysis further and also looked at how property prices around each of the stations from Shenfield to Maidenhead have moved over the last seven years, and comparing this with average price growth in the surrounding areas. In total, there are 2,976 residential units in schemes which have been started within a 10 minute walk of central Crossrail stations and a further 10,096 units with planning approved. ‘Some of these schemes may be phased, and take some years to deliver but the development potential of the areas surrounding the stations is clear,’ said Gilmore. ‘The research shows that prices around Canary Wharf Station have lagged the strong growth seen in prime outer London from 2008 to date, but the scale of development taking place in the area, and further East, make this an area to watch,’ she pointed out. Residential property prices within a 10 minute walk of the central stations have risen, on average, by 57% since 2008 compared to 43% growth in the prime central London market over the same period, according to Knight Frank’s own index. The biggest rises in residential prices have been seen within a 10 minute walk of Bond Street with an 82% uplift in prices in the area surrounding the station, which encompasses much of Mayfair. ‘While some of this increase has been underpinned by the buoyant central London market, it does not explain the full uplift. Prices in the wider Mayfair market were some 30% higher… Continue reading →

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