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One in five London homes sold for £1m or more in 2023

The latest research by London lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, has revealed that a fifth of all homes sold so far this year across the capital have done so for £1m or more, by far the largest proportion when compared to other major cities across England and Wales.

Benham and Reeves analysed sold price data from the Land Registry for property sales to have completed so far this year (Jan to Aug 2023 – latest available) across 12 major cities. Benham and Reeves then looked at what proportion of total sales sold for £1m or more, the average sold price and the total value of homes sold.

The London market continues to lag behind the rest of the nation when it comes to the annual rate of house price growth, down -0.8% in the last year, one of just three regions to have seen a year on year decline.

However, when it comes to homes sold at £1m or more, London remains the dominant force within the market.

The research by Benham and Reeves shows that so far this year, 3,716 properties have sold for £1m or more across London, equating to 21.1% of total sales completed across the capital.

Bristol ranks as the city with the second highest number of £1m property transactions, although the 86 homes sold for £1m or more equate to just 1.9% of total homes sold.

Sheffield (0.9%), Newcastle (0.6%) and Leeds (0.6%) also rank within the top five, albeit £1m property sales account for less than 1% of all homes sold in 2023.

London also sits top in terms of both the median sold price and total value of £1m property sales.

Homes selling above the £1m threshold have averaged a sold price of £1.45m versus £565,000 across the rest of the London market.

In total, London’s £1m homes have sold for a combined value of £312.2m, with Bristol again ranking second albeit someway off the pace set by London with a total value of £156.1m.

Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr, commented:

“It’s fair to say that the London market as a whole has been underperforming for some time and we simply haven’t seen the same high rates of house price growth envelope the capital when compared to the rest of the nation.

However, there’s no doubt it remains the driving force when it comes to homes sold for £1m or more and in this respect, no other major city comes close.

We’ve seen strong levels of demand so far this year across the upper tiers of the London market, buoyed by the return of foreign homebuyers, in particular.

So while London may not be seeing any spectacular growth at a top line level, it is very much a case of quality of quantity in the current market.”

Table shows the number of £1m property sales in each city, the average median price they sold for, the total market value and the % of total sales they account for
City The number of properties
sold above £1 million
Average median price
of properties sold at/above £1 million
Total value of properties
sold above £1 million
The number of total properties
% proportion of
properties sold over £1 million
London 3,716 £1,450,000 £7,501,805,738 17,590 21.1%
Bristol 86 £1,228,375 £116,740,705 4,472 1.9%
Sheffield 26 £1,130,000 £33,700,000 2,872 0.9%
Leeds 18 £1,275,000 £24,262,000 3,156 0.6%
Newcastle 14 £1,250,000 £20,485,000 2,505 0.6%
Cardiff 9 £1,250,000 £12,325,000 1,729 0.5%
Swansea 6 £1,320,000 £8,060,000 1,314 0.5%
Birmingham 16 £1,332,500 £22,370,250 3,896 0.4%
Leicester 9 £1,300,000 £13,145,000 2,231 0.4%
Liverpool 7 £1,925,000 £11,683,975 3,096 0.2%
Manchester 8 £1,290,000 £10,090,518 4,349 0.2%
Bradford 0 0 0 1,653 0.0%

Data sourced from the Land Registry Sold Price records for homes sold in 2023 (Jan to Aug – latest available).
Excluding properties listed by type as ‘other’ and focussing on PPD Category A (Primary purchases only).
Geolocation filter based on the specific Town/City category.


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 21 prominently located branches and 15 international offices.