Easy Filly: Property For Sale Close to Racecourses

With the annual Cheltenham Race Festival starting today, we’ve got five properties to spend your winnings on that are located near to other racecourses in the UK.

Admittedly, you’d need to win big to afford these!

Cheltenham Racecourse,Cheltenham, Glos

1. £1,150,000, seven bedrooms, Pittville Crescent, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Average home value in Cheltenham: £243,465

Property for sale in Cheltenham

Thirsk Racecourse, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

2. £995,000 – 4 bedroom house, Bagby Grange, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Average home value in Thirsk: £217,206

Property for sale in Thirsk

Sandown Racecourse, Esher, Surrey

3. £925,000 – 5 bedroom house Pelhams Walk, Esher, Surrey

Average home value in Esher: £670,495

Property for sale in Esher

Carlisle Racecourse, Carlisle, Cumbria

4. £690,000 4 bedroom St. Pauls Square, Carlisle, Cumbria

Average home value in Carlisle: £136,283

Property for sale in Carlisle

Exeter Racecourse, Exeter

5. £875,000 5 bedroom house Rockbeare, Exeter

Average home value in Exeter: £219,508

Property for sale in Exeter

March 16, 2010 at 10:18 AM Leave a comment

Bradford: Area with most affordable property for sale

Our latest research shows UK housing affordability is at its highest level since 2003.

Affordability rates have improved substantially over the past couple of years as a result of lower mortgage rates and falling house prices that have now begun to stabilise. We are at levels of affordability not seen in the UK housing market for almost seven years which potentially makes it good time to buy, especially if current low interest rates can be locked into to account for any rate increases that may happen later this year.


  • UK housing market affordability reaches seven-year high
  • 58% of homes now affordable up from just 34% three years ago
  • Property prices now more affordable than at any time since in 2003
  • Average UK income earner can afford to buy 58% of UK properties
  • Bradford most affordable market in UK, London least affordable
  • Over the past 10 years, affordability levels reached their highest point in 2002 at 66%
  • The current levels were last seen in 2003 when the affordability rate was 56%

Key results:

We calculate the affordability rate using median incomes and average house prices in each geographic area along with prevailing mortgage rates. It judges a home to be ‘affordable’ if one-third of the median income is sufficient to cover mortgage repayments. In 2002 using one-third of income to meet mortgage repayments allowed a purchase of £118,934 whereas today, given the current low financing costs and increased incomes, the same proportion of income finances a purchase of £188,423.

Housing market affordability rate in key UK markets

City Average Value March* (£) March 2010** 3 Years Ago** 5 Years Ago** 7 Years Ago** 10 Years Ago**
Total UK £211,056 58% 34% 39% 56% 65%
Bradford £115,900 82% 54% 66% 86% 88%
Hull £110,057 81% 56% 66% 85% 87%
Stoke-on-Trent £117,620 80% 52% 59% 81% 83%
Birmingham £146,003 78% 43% 47% 71% 81%
Coventry £147,750 78% 45% 56% 72% 80%
Derby £154,050 78% 53% 56% 75% 84%
Manchester £137,180 77% 45% 56% 79% 83%
Liverpool £138,995 75% 43% 50% 77% 82%
Sheffield £151,661 73% 44% 50% 73% 80%
Nottingham £147,390 72% 43% 45% 64% 76%
Leeds £163,331 72% 44% 48% 71% 80%
Glasgow £147,806 71% 51% 59% 73% 77%
Cardiff £187,410 64% 31% 37% 60% 72%
Newcastle £140,171 63% 35% 41% 62% 72%
Edinburgh £221,824 60% 41% 45% 63% 69%
Leicester £160,805 59% 21% 25% 50% 68%
Norwich £186,347 58% 18% 25% 47% 66%
Bristol £208,225 53% 15% 22% 43% 59%
Southampton £209,333 44% 15% 17% 34% 52%
London £420,237 32% 11% 17% 29% 37%

*Source: Zoopla.co.uk

**Calculated by Zoopla.co.uk as the proportion of properties where a third of median income in the selected market would be sufficient to cover mortgage repayments, based on prevailing mortgage rates and a 75% LTV mortgage payable over 25 years.

In 2007, when house prices and mortgage rates peaked, affordability rates nationally fell to record lows of 34%, resulting in the subsequent correction over the past couple of years to the more sustainable level of 58% currently. Across the UK, affordability rates vary greatly by area with the most affordable markets generally in the north and the least affordable in the south, despite the higher income levels.

March 12, 2010 at 9:20 AM 1 comment

Five To View: Properties with fishing lakes

Following on from our seafood flavoured Five to View, this week’s theme is properties with fishing lakes. 

We’ve cast our net across the country and found some tantalising catches, including one beauty which some of you may recognise from Grand Designs.

It must be the season for it, because there were plenty of fish in this particular property sea to choose from – here are our favourite five:

(Click on pics for more images & full property details)

1. LOCHSIDE LUXURY (as featured on Grand Designs)  –










March 11, 2010 at 6:08 PM 1 comment

New street views from Google

Following on from yesterday’s Google Street View post it’s now official – Google have added your street to its Street View service in Google Maps, by adding over 238,000 miles of new imagery covering almost all of the UK.

Did you clean the car, mow the lawn, paint the house? Was it sunny they day they came to visit, or perhaps you were snowed in?

Here’s a random selection of places below, but we’d be happy to post more, so leave your suggestions below and we’ll post them.

Check out Google Street View when searching for your property on Zoopla.co.uk

High Street, Chipping Campden, Glos

Map of Chipping Campden on Zoopla.co.uk

Durham Cathedral, Durham

Map of Durham on Zoopla.co.uk

Westgate Hill, Pembrokeshire (Pembroke Castle in the background)

Map of Pembroke on Zoopla.co.uk

The Liver Building, Liverpool

Map of Liverpool on Zoopla.co.uk

Western Promenade Road, Penzance

Map of Penzance on Zoopla.co.uk

March 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM Leave a comment

Google Street View To Go Nationwide

From tomorrow (11th March), Google will roll out Street View for the whole of the UK which is great news for all house hunters.

The Google cars have been busy filming the UK’s streets to bring improved availability of its Street View service in Google Maps, by adding new imagery covering almost all of the UK.

Here’s our view (sorry!) on Google Street View:

“Google Streetview is a great tool that has been integrated into our website since it first launched last year. Being able to offer street level imagery for the whole of the UK is an invaluable feature for our users as they search for homes to buy or rent and do their research on current home values and recent sold prices. Zoopla.co.uk is all about providing useful tools to our users help them make better informed property decisions and Google Streetview is an important part of that mission.”

Google say that around 238,000 miles of public UK road imagery will be available from tomorrow covering places as far North as Shetland and as far South as Penzance; from Pembrokeshire in the West of Wales to Ipswich in the East of England or over the sea to Northern Ireland and many places in between.

We’ll bring you images from the far-flung places above as soon as Street View is live.

On Monday Google revealed the winners of its ‘Britain’s Best Streets’ Award.

March 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM Leave a comment

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