Most expensive streets in UK named
Whether you live in a mansion or a bedsit, everyone likes to keep an eye on the property market.
London is absolutely ridiculous - a flat that needs a new kitchen, carpet, bathroom, has rising damp, loud neighbours and an overgrown garden will probably still fetch way over £1m.
Now a list of Britain's most expensive streets has been published - I know mine definitely won't be in there, it's one of those roads where people put their sofas on the front lawn, but yours might!
Montrose Gardens, in Leatherhead, Surrey, is the most expensive street in Britain outside of London and despite the claim of struggles at the top end of the property market, Zoopla claims that the average home on its value rose by £576,817 during the past year.
The property website named the 10 streets with the highest average property price outside the capital.
Top of the list - for the second year running - is Montrose Gardens. However, what is different this year is that its average house price is significantly higher than 12 months ago, up from £5,923,253 to £6,500,070.
That comes even as high-end values are being affected by high purchase costs, huge stamp duty bills and concerns about Brexit.
Temple Gardens, in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, is in second place, with average values reaching £4,365,016, ahead of Phillippines Shaw, in Sevenoaks, Kent at £3,884,107.
Other big hitters include Dock Lane, in Brockenhurst, in the New Forest, Hampshire, at £3,158,252, and Bennet Road in Salcombe, Devon, at £1,856,229.
While wealthy homebuyers need £6.5million to buy a home in the most expensive streets outside London, they will need to fork out more than £30million to own a property in the most expensive street in the country.
Kensington Palace Gardens, in west London, has been named by Zoopla as the most expensive street in London for the eleventh in a row.
However, the typical value of a home in the street has continued to fall for the third year running, currently at £32,870,284, down from £35,647,605 a year ago.
The prestigious address, which is just a stone's throw away from the royals at Kensington Palace, is home to some of Britain's wealthiest homeowners including Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.
London's exclusive enclaves dominate the rest of Britain's top streets, including Courtenay Avenue, which moves up from third place last year to second place today, with an average house price of £19,505,013.
It is followed by Grosvenor Crescent, where average values are £19,065,523 and Ilchester Place at £15,088,090.
Reading has the highest number of streets - 207 of them - where the average property is valued at more than one million pounds according to the Zoopla research. However, it is down 35 compared with a year ago.
Its links with London and the riverside setting of some of Reading's better streets account for the high property prices in the university town.
The Surrey town of Guildford is second with 200, followed by Sevenoaks in Kent with 196.
A total of 91 per cent of streets with an average property price of £1million and above are found in the South.
'Homeowners in Kensington Palace Gardens for example, have seen almost £2.8million wiped off the value of their homes the last 12 months. But with typical property prices still shy of £33million, it's probable they haven't even noticed.
'Outside of London, it's exclusive pockets of the well-heeled home counties, such as Kent, Surrey and Hertfordshire that boast the priciest streets.'
And, being one step removed from London's cooling market, some property values are even higher than last year, such as Montrose Garden in Leatherhead.
'Even the broarder picture of towns that have the highest concentration of £1million streets (on which the average property price stands at £1million or more) shows a strong southern bias, with 19 of the top 20 all located in southern England, the exception being Manchester's Altrincham.
'Ultimately, our Rich List is a fascinating insight not into how the 'other half' lives, but how the other 'one per cent' lives.'
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