Research from London lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, reveals that while homebuyers will, on average, have to pay 50% over London’s average house price to live near one of the city’s great parks, there are still some great parkside deals to be found where prices are up to -9.6% below the city average.
There are a staggering 3,000 parks across the London and Benham and Reeves has revealed just how much it will set homebuyers back if they want to live within arm’s reach of the 13 biggest and best.
To live near one of London’s 13 most popular parks comes with a hefty price premium. Homes near London’s most renowned outdoor spaces sell for an average of £896/sq ft which is £292 more, or 48.5%, above the wider London average.
The most expensive London park to live near is Kensington Gardens, home of Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. It’s as prime as the Prime London housing market gets and homes here sell for an average of £1,474/sq ft which is 144.2% above the city average.
Homes near Green Park, with Buckingham Palace on one side and Piccadilly on the other, sell for £1,408 which is a premium of 133.2%, while Hyde Park commands a premium of 132.6%.
Some of the city’s other biggest park premiums are found near St. James’s Park (105.1%), Battersea Park (87.6%), and Regent’s Park (70.9%).
While parkside life in these locations is reserved for only the wealthiest of buyers, there are some great London parks where homes can be snapped up for much more reasonable sums.
The most affordable of London’s top parks is Crystal Palace Park, South East London’s pride and joy which was initially created as a Victorian pleasure ground and, until its famous fire in 1936, home to the majestic Crystal Palace exhibition building. Nearby homes sell for an average price of £546/sq ft which is -9.6% more affordable than the wider London average.
Bushy Park in Richmond commands a premium of just 2.2%, and homes near Greenwich Park are priced just 6.2% above the London average.
Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr, commented:
“London’s parks are one of its greatest attributes, helping rank the capital in the global top ten cities for green space. Many of these parks are small, hidden gems, but the ones contained in this list are among the greatest the country has to offer, so it’s no surprise that nearby house prices tend to be so incredibly high.
Despite this, there are still some great parkside deals to be found, though it’s worth bearing in mind that because demand for open space living is so high at the moment, properties are going to be hard to come by and so competition is going to be stiff.”
Table shows average sold price per sq ft for homes located near to some of London’s top parks and their price difference vs the citywide average
Average price (sold price £/sq ft)
Difference vs London ave (£)
Difference vs London ave (%)
St. James’s Park
Crystal Palace Park
About the Author
Established in 1958, Benham and Reeves is one of London’s oldest, independently owned property lettings and sales agents. With specialism in residential sales, corporate lettings and property management in prime areas of London, the company operates from 19 prominently located branches and 11 international offices.