Crossrail losing its appeal among London homebuyers

Crossrail's appeal amongst homebuyers could be diminishing according to the latest research by London lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, who report that Londoners are realising that existing transport routes may be more convenient.

Related topics:  Property,  London,  House Hunters,  Crossrail
Property | Reporter
4th July 2023
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"It’s fair to say that since launch the shine has perhaps faded across many pockets of the network now, as many Londoners realise that their existing transport routes remain the most convenient way to traverse the capital"

Benham and Reeves analysed current market values and the annual rate of growth across each postcode home to a Crossrail station and how their performance compares to the wider local authority in which they are located.

The research shows that topline Crossrail house prices have climbed by +2.4% over the last year, marginally higher than the +1.9% increase seen across the wider local authorities home to a Crossrail station.

The best performing Crossrail station over the last year has been Romford. Not only have house prices within the RM1 postcode increased by +14% year on year - the highest rate of growth of all stations - the postcode has also outperformed the wider borough of Havering by +9.6%.

Liverpool Street station has seen the second largest outright annual rate of house price growth at +12%, outperforming the wider City of London by +2.9%.

House prices surrounding the Forest Gate Crossrail station are up +9% year on year, the third highest annual rate of growth. At the same time, property values across the wider borough of Newham have cooled by -0.1%, meaning Forest Gate house prices have outperformed the wider borough by +9.1%.

Property values surrounding Farringdon station are up +6% versus a -2.6% drop across the borough of Islington; Maidenhead’s SL6 postcode has seen a +5% jump versus a -1.4% decline across Windsor and Maidenhead as a whole; and RM6, home to Chadwell Heath Crossrail station, is up +6% versus a -0.3% decline across the borough of Redbridge.

The other top 10 Crossrail stations to have posted a stronger performance when compared to the wider area in which they are located include Brentwood (+5.8%), West Drayton (+5.8%), West Ealing (+4%) and Hanwell (+3%).

In contrast, house prices within the E14 postcode, home to the Canary Wharf Crossrail station, have fallen by -17% in the last year, while Whitechapel’s E1 postcode has seen a -1% reduction. As a result, both Crossrail stations trail the wider borough of Tower Hamlets where the average house price has increased by +10% annually.

Property values surrounding no less than 18 other Crossrail stations have also underperformed when compared to their wider local authorities - Gidea Park, Acton Main Line, Southall, Woolwich, Custom House, Twyford, Reading, Tottenham Court Road, Stratford, Maryland, Langley, Abbey Wood, Slough, Burnham, Goodmayes, Seven Kings, Manor Park and Harold Wood.

Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr, commented: “Crossrail was so hotly anticipated for such a prolonged period of time that house prices rocketed across the line as homebuyers looked to secure a property within close proximity to the game-changing transport link.

"However, it’s fair to say that since launch the shine has perhaps faded across many pockets of the network now, as many Londoners realise that their existing transport routes remain the most convenient way to traverse the capital.

"So although Crossrail property values as a whole are still standing fairly strong, there are as many as 20 stations where property values have trailed the wider area over the last year.

"Canary Wharf has been the worst hit in this respect and with HSBC making the decision to relocate to the city, we expect demand from working professionals to fall further. House prices in Whitechapel’s E1 postcode have also trailed the wider borough of Tower Hamlets but, of course, the flip side to this underperformance is that it presents buyers and investors with a great opportunity to purchase.

"We are currently seeing very strong demand for rental homes within the Whitechapel area and it currently ranks as one of our top five rental hotspots across the city. As a result, rental values are climbing and this is providing some extremely favourable yields.

"As the saying goes, be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”

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