Cycle super high-way house prices kick it up a gear

With the Tour de France over, the streets of London will no doubt see an increase in the number of lycra-clad amateur cyclists taking to its cycle lanes over the summer in an attempt to make it to next year’s event. But research by independent London lettings and sales agent, Benham and Reeves, has looked at the steep cost of taking this training seriously and living along one of the capital’s cycle superhighways, how this compares to the price of property in the wider boroughs they pass through and London as a whole.

It’s common knowledge that close proximity to a tube station can bump up your property price potential but Benham and Reeves analysed property prices of the postcodes along each of the capital’s cycle superhighways and found that on average, properties cost £931,614!

This is 44% higher than the average cost across the 13 wider boroughs home to a cycle superhighway (£644,739) and a huge 104% more than the current London average of £457,471.

CS2 from Stratford to Aldgate is home to the highest premium when compared to the wider local area. The average cost of property in postcodes along the CS2 route is £889,889, while the average cost across the wider boroughs it passes through (Newham, Tower Hamlets and the City of London) is just £513,968 – a 73.1% difference! This cycle superhighway house price premium is also some 195% higher than the average London house price.

CS3 between Tower Hill and Lancaster Gate is home to the highest house price of all cycle superhighways at £1,464,426. Despite passing through Tower Hamlets, the City of London, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea, the average cost across these boroughs is still only £848,153, with the cost of living along CS3 72.7% higher and a huge 320% higher than the London average.

CS6 between King’s Cross and Elephant and Castle would set you back £892,442 when buying a property along the route – 35.1% higher than the boroughs it passes through and 195% higher than the London average.

CS5 from Oval to Pimlico is also over 30% more expensive than the wider areas at £954,707 and 209% more than the London average.

CS7 (Merton to the City) and CS8 (Wandsworth to Westminster) both carry a property price premium of 28.3% and 22.4% respectively when compared to the boroughs the run through.

CS1 between Tottenham and the City of London is the cycle superhighway with the lowest property premium, but with an average house price along the route of £672,119, it’s still some 7.5% higher than the average price of property across Haringey, Hackney, Islington and the City of London, and 147% more expensive than the London average.

Managing Director of Benham and Reeves, Anita Mehra, commented:

“Any easily accessible transport link is going to help increase your property value in London and while cycling in the capital certainly comes with a greater degree of danger, the emergence of these cycle superhighways has helped increase demand, and prices, for properties along these routes.

Londoners are looking to more green ways of living whether it’s limiting their plastic consumption, changing the cars they drive or the products they buy, and we’re seeing more and more buyers purchase with an environmental conscience within the property market.

Not only are more environmentally friendly property features proving popular but so are additional means of transport and these cycle routes provide an option to travel in a greener fashion while also attracting like-minded people to the same neighbourhoods.

Of course, the downside is that property along these routes is now commanding a very high price despite wider market conditions but by searching within the immediate vicinity should present some more affordable options without adding too many miles to your cycle.”

Cycle Superhighway
Route
Average house price along route*
Boroughs along route
Average price of boroughs along route
Average of all boroughs on route**
Difference to CS route (%)
Difference to London average (%)***
CS2
Stratford to Aldgate
£889,889
Newham
£371,772
£513,968
73.1%
195%
Tower Hamlets
£440,166
City of London
£729,967
CS3
Tower Hill to Lancaster Gate
£1,464,426
Tower Hamlets
£440,166
£848,153
72.7%
320%
City of London
£729,967
City of Westminster
£971,552
Kensington and Chelsea
£1,250,926
CS6
King’s Cross to Elephant & Castle
£892,442
Camden
£822,741
£660,836
35.1%
195%
Islington
£615,316
City of London
£729,967
Southwark
£475,319
CS5
Oval to Pimlico
£954,707
Lambeth
£495,609
£733,581
30.1%
209%
City of Westminster
£971,552
CS7
Merton to the City
£706,796
Merton
£487,549
£550,764
28.3%
155%
Wandsworth
£565,377
Lambeth
£495,609
Southwark
£475,319
City of London
£729,967
CS8
Wandsworth to Westminster
£940,918
Wandsworth
£565,377
£768,464
22.4%
206%
City of Westminster
£971,552
CS1
Tottenham to the City
£672,119
Haringey
£583,850
£625,149
7.5%
147%
Hackney
£571,462
Islington
£615,316
City of London
£729,967
Average
£931,614
Average
£644,739****
44%
104%
*Average house price across all outcodes that each cycle superhighway passes through
**Average price across all of the wider boroughs in which the cycle superhighway passes through
***Percentage difference of the average property price on each cycle superhighway and the average London house price of £457,471
****The average cost used here only includes the cost of each borough once and not multiple times as they feature across a number of cycle highways. 13 boroughs in total were averaged to find this cost
Sources:
Outcode Av Prices
Cycle Routes
London and London Borough Av Prices

 

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