Value in homes near stadiums

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HOMES near Premier League football clubs, including the DW, have increased in value at a faster rate over the last decade than house prices generally, a study finds.

House prices in the postal districts of the 20 clubs increased by 137%, or £209,975, on average over 10 years, compared with a 90% rise across England and Wales, according to Halifax.

Prices close to the stadium of league champions Manchester City saw by far the biggest increase. Homes within the postal district of Etihad Stadium soared by an average of 271%, almost double the rise in prices close to Aston Villa’s ground, the second best-performing Premier League postal district.

Sunderland recorded the third biggest rise, followed by Swansea City.

Newcastle United finished bottom of the house price table, with the value of nearby properties dropping by 7% since 2002, the study shows.

Homes close to Premier League grounds were worth £362,866 on average by 2012, rising in value by around £404 a week since 2002 to reach almost 11 times gross average annual earnings. This compares with a typical house price of £229,735 across England and Wales.

Despite the sluggish housing market of recent years generally, prices in Premier League postal districts rose by an average of 1.3% over the past year, in sharp contrast to a 2.7% fall seen across England and Wales.

The London postal district of SW6, home to both Chelsea and Fulham football clubs, is the least affordable Premier League district with an average property price of £749,530, around 14 times average earnings.

Postal district L4, home to Liverpool and Everton football clubs, has property which is most within reach of people’s budgets. The cost of a typical home there is just over double gross annual earnings.

Halifax said that four of the five Premier League postal districts with the biggest house price increases are home to stadiums built in the last 15 years.

Four of the six districts that saw the smallest house price growth over the same period have stadiums that were opened before the Second World War.

Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, said: “House prices close to the nation’s most iconic football stadiums have risen substantially over the past decade, particularly in the areas near to some of the newest venues.

“This partly reflects the local regeneration that typically takes place alongside the building of modern sporting arenas, including improved transport links.

“The rise in property values does, however, come at a cost, with home affordability deteriorating significantly over the last 10 years for those hoping to live near their favourite football ground.”

The study used Land Registry figures to track house price movements in postal districts of the 20 football clubs which are playing in the 2012-13 Premier League season.

Here is the 10-year percentage change in house prices in the postal districts of the 20 Premier League grounds of the teams playing in the 2012/13 season. The figures show the average price paid in 2012 and the percentage change compared with 2002:

1. Manchester City, Etihad, 79,098, 271%

2. Aston Villa, Villa Park, £97,870, 126%

3. Sunderland, Stadium of Light, £92,435, 125%

4. Swansea City, The Liberty, £114,098, 115%

5. Stoke City, Britannia, £110,719, 111%

=6. Liverpool, Anfield, £63,473, 103%

=6. Everton, Goodison Park, £63,473, 103%

=8. Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, £749,530, 100%

=8. Fulham, Craven Cottage, £749,530, 100%

10. Wigan Athletic, DW, £124,048, 99%

11. West Bromwich Albion, The Hawthorns, £123,104, 96%

12. Tottenham Hotspur, White Hart Lane, £258,891, 95%

13. Manchester United, Old Trafford, £154,145, 91%

14. Arsenal, Emirates, £546,535, 90%

15. Queens Park Rangers, Loftus Road, £473,488, 89%

16. West Ham United, Upton Park, £188,623, 71%

17. Norwich City, Carrow Road, £149,258, 58%

18. Reading, Madejski, £220,423, 56%

19. Southampton, St Mary’s, £174,093, 42%

20. Newcastle United, Sports Direct Arena, £127,215, minus 7%

Premier League average, £362,866, 137%

England and Wales average, £229,735, 90%

Here is the average house price and the house price-to-earnings ratio to show home affordability in the Premier League postal districts, starting with the least affordable:

=1. Chelsea, £749,530, 14.4

=1. Fulham, £749,530, 14.4

3. Queens Park Rangers, £473,488, 9.1

4. Arsenal, £546,535, 9.0

=5. Tottenham Hotspur, £258,891, 6.5

=5. Reading, £220,423, 6.5

7. Southampton, £174,093, 6.4

8. West Ham United, £188,623, 6.3

9. Norwich City, £149,258, 5.3

10. West Bromwich Albion, £123,104, 4.9

11. Stoke City, £110,719, 4.7

=12. Wigan Athletic, £124,048, 4.5

=12. Newcastle United, £127,215, 4.5

14. Manchester United, £154,145, 4.2

15. Swansea City, £114,098, 4.1

16. Sunderland, £92,435, 3.6

17. Aston Villa, £97,870, 3.5

18. Manchester City, £79,098, 2.8

=19. Liverpool, £63,473, 2.3

=19. Everton, £63,473, 2.3

Premier League average, £362,866, 10.8

England and Wales, £229,735, 6.8

VALUE: Homes near the DW Stadium have seen an increase in price