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The Zoopla.co.uk Property Rich List 2010 lifts the lid on the most exclusive places in the country to live. The past 12 months has seen house prices in the leading areas of the country rebound at a far faster rate than the average, contributing to a widening of the North-South divide.
Here are some of the key findings:
• W8 named UK’s most expensive postcode – average house prices of £1.5m up 9.4% (£134,000) in last 12 mnths
• Most Expensive Street – Kensington Palace Gardens, home to country’s richest Billionaires.
• 1,414 streets in London with average property prices over £1 million
• London unsurprisingly most expensive area, NE Lincolnshire least expensive
Once again, topping the list of the Most Expensive Streets in the country is Kensington Palace Gardens, where the average property will set you back a cool £18 million. Also known as Billionaires Row, this exclusive gated street is home to royals from Saudi and Brunei and billionaires from Russia and India, including Britain’s richest man, steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.
As expected, London dominates the rankings as property prices in the capital have rebounded sharply over the past year and are now well up from the 2008 lows. Virginia Water in Surrey, where the average property is now worth £920,000, is the only area outside London to make the Top 10 Most Expensive Postcodes.
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In addition to W8 (Kensington), only four other areas in the country can lay claim to being Million Pound Postcodes – SW7 (Knightsbridge) and SW3 (Chelsea) where average house prices are just under £1.3 million, W11 (Notting Hill) where buying the average property will leave you with a few quid change from £1.2 million and SW10 (West Brompton) where the average pad will cost you just over £1million.
The number of Golden Streets in London now stands at 1,414. Outside the capital, the places with the highest number of Golden Streets are Guildford (47), Richmond (44) and Leatherhead (40).
Outside London, topping the list of Most Expensive Areas to live are Windsor & Maidenhead where average property prices are now £393,000 followed by South Gloucestershire (£367,000) and Surrey (£348,000). At the other end of the scale, North East Lincolnshire and Hartlepool lead the list of Britain’s Least Expensive Areas with average house prices of under £120,000.
Top Ten Most Expensive Postcodes
|Rank||Postcode||Avg. Value May 2010||12 Month Change (£)||12 Month Change (%)|
|4||W11 (Notting Hill)||£1,093,591||£95,851||9.61%|
|5||SW10 (West Brompton)||£1,019,443||£83,323||8.90%|
|6||GU25 (Virginia Water)||£920,138||£74,457||8.80%|
|9||NW8 (St John’s Wood)||£831,362||£55,072||7.09%|
|10||SW5 (Earl’s Court)||£782,518||£76,497||10.84%|
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The Property Rich List, Zoopla’s definitive guide to Britain’s most expensive places to live, was published this week.
Kensington Palace Gardens in London W8 is still by far the most exclusive address in the country with an average home value of £22 million, although prices there have fallen byover £4M in the last 12 months. The most expensive areas are led by Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge – and outside London it’s leafy Virginia Water, Beaconsfield and Cobham leading the pack.
It’s not just about London and the South East though. We’ve had some great coverage, nationally and regionally – especially in Scotland and Wales – for this story, and it is well worth checking out the Rich List for your area.
Visit our press section for the full press release and a selection of coverage. And please comment below if you’ve spotted any interesting golden nuggets in your neighbourhood.