Living near a local supermarket pushes prices up by £21,500

Michael Lloyd

June 11, 2018

Living near a local supermarket can push up a property’s value by £21,500 compared to homes in nearby areas without a supermarket chain, Lloyds Bank has found.

Having a premium brand on your doorstep means buyers typically need to pay top prices. Homes in areas with a Waitrose, Marks & Spencer or Sainsbury’s are most likely to command a higher house price premium when compared to the wider town average.

The “Waitrose effect” commands the biggest cash premium – costing £43,571 (12%) more than average house prices in the wider town (£420,112 compared to £376,540). This is followed by properties close to a Marks & Spencer with a premium of £40,135 and Sainsbury’s (£32,707).

Andy Mason, Lloyds Bank mortgages director, said: “It’s easy to assume the effect of different factors on the value of a property but this research clearly shows that there is a significant link between the convenience of a local supermarket and house prices.

“The Waitrose factor has been known for some time and although the likes of Aldi can’t yet boost house prices in quite the same way, the research shows that all stores are now having a positive effect on local property prices.”

Homes within easy reach of all three supermarket chains are trading at an average premium of 12%. In the past year the premium attached to living within walking distance to a Marks & Spencer has grown by £10,143 (from £29,992 to £40,135) the largest rise amongst the supermarkets chains.

By comparison, the price premium near a Waitrose has grown by a relatively modest £7,000 in the past year.

Homes close to a Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket, are also worth over £21,000 (£21,369) more than other properties in the nearby area (£278,647 compared to £257,278). This was closely followed by Co-Op (£21,020) and Iceland (£17,445) stores.

Interestingly, smaller local stores like a Little Waitrose, Sainsbury’s Local or Tesco Extra attract a higher average premium of £58,109 compared with a larger superstore (11%, or £30,580).

But it’s homes near to budget supermarkets which were found to have seen the biggest house price rise with properties near to Lidl, Aldi, Morrisons and Asda rising by 15% (£29,316) over the past four years.

This is a faster increase than for all supermarkets (10%). Showing houses near discount stores can also be popular and the cheaper supermarkets are catching up fast.

Over the past four years average house prices in localities with an Aldi grew by a fifth (20%, from £178,809 to £213,765), a much faster increase then then the rest of the town (16%, from £182,395 to £211,463).

Other areas with a supermarket chain to record the fastest price growth in the past four years include those with a Co-Op (up 16% from £224,679 to £259,969) and Morrisons (up 14% from £203,756 to £233,261).

The average house price of properties close to a Waitrose store is £420,112, the highest amongst the national supermarket chains; this is almost double the value compared to locations with an Aldi (£213,765, the lowest).

After Waitrose the next most expensive locations are with a Marks & Spencer (£343,797) and Sainsbury’s (£320,510).

At a local level, Chiswick in Hounslow, Golders Green in north London, Trumpington in Cambridge and Ponteland in Newcastle command the greatest average property prices when compared with the surrounding town average.

The average house price in Chiswick, which offers residents a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer, is £1,021,701. This is a premium of 94% or £496,346 when compared to the average price for the borough of Hounslow.

In Golders Green and Trumpington, where shoppers are catered for by the same three stores as Chiswick, the price premium is £352,297 (52%) and £248,062 (55%) above the wider area respectively. Ponteland, which has a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Co-Op, houses trade at a premium of 119% (£230,305).

Not all areas with the highest premiums have a Waitrose store; such as, Heswell in the Wirral and Didsbury in Manchester – with a price premium of £157,960 (71%) and £138,498 (76%) respectively.

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