House prices blooming for England’s garden towns

By Amy Smith

New research from Halifax shows that green-fingered house hunters looking to live near the country’s most beautiful gardens will need to unearth an extra £58,554 (22%) for the privilege.

“Budding horticulturalists hoping to live near one of the country’s most beautiful gardens open to the public will have to pay a premium for the privilege, as towns able to provide wide open ‘green’ spaces are highly desirable places to live,” says Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax.

The average price of homes surrounding 50 of the country’s finest gardens is £321,953 - compared to an average price of £263,399 for its county – a premium of £58,554 (22%).

Properties near Chelsea’s Physic Garden command the highest percentage house price premium compared to the county; at 171% (cash equivalent of £1,188,199).

Garden town average house prices grown by 34% since 2007

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The average house price in the top 50 ‘garden towns’ polled has risen from £240,891 in 2007 to £321,953 in 2017 – growing 34%.

The Chelsea Physic Garden – the oldest botanical garden in London has seen the greatest bloom in house price increases over the past decade at 108%. Syon Park Garden in Hounslow (72%), Cambridge Botanic Garden (66%), Kew Gardens in Richmond (65%) and RHS Wisley in Surrey (57%) have recorded the next largest growth.

Eight of the top 10 garden towns with the highest average house price growth since 2007 are in Greater London and the South East, with Cambridge Botanic Garden in East Anglia (66%) and Tatton Park Gardens in Cheshire (42%) making up the 10. 


1/3 of garden towns are cheaper than the county average

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Homes near Osborne House Gardens on the Isle of Wight are the cheapest compared to the county average at -23% or £51,631 in cash terms.

This is followed by Biddulph Grange Garden in Staffordshire (-21% or £36,935), RHS Rosemoor in Devon (-20% or £49,729) and Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire (-17% or £30,463).

The research found that 11 of the 17 garden towns with house prices below the county figure are in the South East and South West.


The most expensive garden towns are in London and the South East

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Unsurprisingly, Chelsea is the most expensive area with a fine garden, where the average house price is £1,884,255. These are followed by the areas around Kew Gardens (£848,124), Syon Park Garden (£494,933) and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (£482,086).

Outside of London and southern England, Knutsford (£434,040) and Cambridge (£431,931) are the most expensive towns with fine gardens. 

At the opposite end of the scale, the towns around Biddulph Grange Garden with an average price of £140,810, Clumber Park (£144,282) and Speke Hall & Garden (£152,145) are the least expensive garden towns. 

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