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The words ‘location, location, location’ are often cited as the most important words during a house hunt. The importance of a good postcode is undoubtedly an alluring aspect of any home.
Here are the top 5 postcodes from 2017 across the South England.
This area of South West London saw 1,675 property transactions completed last year. The area is characterised by Victorian architecture, and offers excellent transport links into Central London via the Northern and Southern tube lines. Fondly nicknamed “nappy valley” because of all the young mums walking their prams through Wandsworth and Clapham commons. This leafy area of the Wandsworth borough has definitely caught up to neighbouring Clapham in recent years. Offering a small town feel, and yet excellent links to Central London due to its location in Zone 2, this postcode has plenty to offer for both young families and professionals. The current average house price in this area is £862,378*, which is down 3.41% over the last 12 months.
This popular area of South Gloucestershire contains a stretch of M5 motorway, the River Severn and the city of Gloucester, with its Roman foundations and Victorian docklands. The area offers excellent transportation links, without sacrificing rolling countryside views, which appeals to young families and professionals alike. With easy access to the M5, those who work both locally in the neighbouring cities of Gloucester and Cheltenham, or further afield in Bristol and London have an easy commute. The area had 1,081 property transactions last year, and what with the bordering Cotswolds and close proximity to the M5, it’s no wonder people are flocking to this area of Gloucestershire. The average value of a house here is currently £257,527*, up 2.69% over the last 12 months.
Located just 2.2 miles away from the bustling Bristol city centre, BS5 is the postcode that contains the areas of St George, Redhill and Lawrence Hill. The area is home to several leafy parks, including St George’s Park, which has a lake and several popular walking routes, as well as Eastville Park, which hosts several popular festivals each year. The area had 857 property transactions last year. According to Zoopla, the current average property price is £230,833*, a 5.14% increase over the last 12 months.
The NW6 district is predominantly made up of West Hampstead and Kilburn, named by the London Plan as one of 35 ‘major centres’ within London. The area is a popular destination due to its good tube connections, as it is served by the Jubilee and Bakerloo lines, as well as the over ground. A friendly village atmosphere by day makes the area popular with young families, but there is a lively and vibrant bar scene that ensures that NW6 has a little something for everyone. It’s no wonder then, that the area saw 778 transactions last year. The average house price here is £884,866*, down 1.65% over the last 12 months.
The SM1 postcode covers parts of South West London and North Surrey, making it a hugely popular area for working families looking for a reasonable commute into London. The area consists of Sutton and West Sutton, and includes affluent and ambitious area such as Wallington, which has recently had an influx of developers and retailers and is considered one of London’s most popular up and coming suburbs. There was 699 transactions in the SM1 postcode in 2017, and given the short train journey into London, coupled with pretty architecture and rural feel it’s no wonder. The average property here costs £397,897*, up 1.47% over the last year.
*All figures according to Zoopla House Price Index
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