Readers might recall a Nethouseprices feature which appeared at the start of the current Premier League season, setting out property prices near English football's top flight stadiums. We promised we would update the table during the season. Well, almost a third of the matches have been played and Manchester City seem to be swashbuckling their way to the title while, despite playing some great football, Crystal Palace remain anchored to the bottom of the table. But, how is the local real estate faring? In this article, we look at how the Premier League table would look if it were determined by a) residential property prices in clubs' local authority areas and b) by house price growth in the past year.
Current Premier League Table
First things first, how is the table shaping up after 12 games?
1. Manchester City (34 points)
2. Manchester United (26 points)
3. Chelsea (25 points)
4. Tottenham Hotspur (23 points)
5. Liverpool (22 points)
6. Arsenal (22 points)
7. Burnley (22 points)
8. Watford (18 points)
9. Brighton (16 points)
10. Huddersfield (15 points)
11. Newcastle (14 points)
12. Leicester (13 points)
13. Bournemouth (13 points)
14. Southampton (13 points)
15. Stoke City (13 points)
16. Everton (12 points)
17. West Bromwich Albion (10 points)
18. West Ham (9 points)
19. Swansea City (8 points)
20. Crystal Palace (5 points)
Premier League property prices table
In this table, we use the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) house price index for UK local authorities, which is collated using Land Registry sold prices. It won't come as much of a surprise to anyone that Chelsea tops the table and is closely followed by rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. Even allowing for the recent woes befalling the housing sector in parts of the capital, London still boasts the most expensive house prices in the UK. What is arguably more striking is the showing of some of the more northerly clubs, with Manchester United's position, for instance, reflecting the general buoyancy of that city's property market during the past year or two. So, where is your club placed, using the house price measure?
Average house price in Kensington and Chelsea local authority area is £1,203,181.
Average house price in Islington local authority area is £676,695.
Average house price in Haringey local authority area is £584,032.
4. Crystal Palace:
Average house price in Croydon local authority area is £382,845.
Average house price in Watford local authority area is £369,385.
Average house price in Brighton local authority area is £365,695.
7. West Ham:
Average house price in Newham local authority area is £363,126.
8. Manchester United:
Average house price in Trafford local authority area is £272,038.
Average house price in Bournemouth local authority area is £243,584.
Average house price in Leicestershire local authority area is £217,428.
Average house price in Southampton local authority area is £205,986.
12. Manchester City:
Average house price in Manchester City local authority area is £170,020.
13. Newcastle United:
Average house price in Newcastle local authority area is £164,985.
14. Huddersfield Town:
Average house price in Kirklees local authority area is £143,347.
15. Swansea City:
Average house price in Swansea local authority area is £142,708.
16. West Bromwich Albion:
Average house price in Sandwell local authority area is £139,454.
= 17. Everton:
= 17. Liverpool:
Average house price in Liverpool local authority area is £127,945.
19. Stoke City:
Average house price in Stoke-on-Trent local authority area is £106,709.
Average house price in Burnley local authority area is £91,465.
Note: The average cost of a home in the UK is £226,367 and in England specifically, it is £243,945.
Annual growth table
In a sense, this is the form table for house price growth in clubs' local authority areas and it contains some genuinely startling information. For example, while you will almost certainly be aware that the property market in the North West of England has, for a number of reasons, been outperforming most other English regions, you probably won't have imagined that Burnley would be outpacing both Manchester and Liverpool. The table, which is again based on the ONS house price index, is also a stark reminder that the prevailing narrative of negativity around London is somewhat misleading. True, the more exclusive areas like Kensington and Chelsea are faltering, but many of the other boroughs continue to record healthy growth.
Average annual growth of 14 per cent.
2. Manchester City:
Average annual growth of 9.3 per cent.
Average annual growth of 8.4 per cent.
4. Manchester United:
Average annual growth of 8.0 per cent.
Average annual growth of 7.9 per cent.
Annual average growth of 6.0 per cent.
Average annual growth of 5.9 per cent.
9. West Bromwich:
Average annual growth of 5.6 per cent.
Average annual growth of 4.8 per cent.
Average annual growth of 4.5 per cent.
Average annual growth of 4.3 per cent.
Average annual growth of 4.2 per cent.
Average annual growth of 4.0 per cent.
15. Crystal Palace:
Average annual growth of 3.7 per cent.
Average annual growth of 3.6 per cent.
Average annual growth of 3.3 per cent.
Average annual growth of 1.7 per cent.
19. West Ham:
Average annual growth of 0.2 per cent.
Average annual decline of 1.9 per cent.
This article has meandered into the lighter side, but it does underline the vast differences in house prices in the UK and it demonstrates that, when we speak of a UK property market, we are guilty of perpetrating a gross oversimplification: there are, in fact, many distinct property markets in this country. It also reveals rather graphically one of the reasons why football clubs are regarded as being such valuable commercial assets: some of them occupy some seriously expensive real estate.
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