Those looking to purchase in London will likely be disappointed if they want a property with a garden.
New research from online estate agents HouseSimple.com reveals that four in ten properties on the market do not have an outdoor space.
Rather unsurprisingly, there are only a few gardens located in Zone 1 regions of London. Just a third of properties on the market in Tower Hamlets possess an outdoor space.
Buyers are much more likely to find properties with an outdoor space in the boroughs towards the outskirts of the city. In Bexley and Bromley for example, there are 85.4% and 84.2% of properties respectively with garden space.
The table below shows the best and worst London boroughs in terms of properties listed with and without a garden or outdoor space:
|Borough||Total properties on the market||% of properties on the market with a garden|
|City of Westminster||3441||38.4%|
What about the rest of the UK?
Across the UK as a whole, 31.4% of properties on the market do not have access to a garden. Interestingly, three out of the five worst UK towns and cities for outside space are in the North West.
Analysis of the top 10 UK cities with the largest populations, Liverpool (59.6%), London (60.5%) and Manchester (62.8%) all rank lowest in terms of properties coming onto the market with gardens.
Bristol on the other hand possess 80% of properties listed with gardens or outdoor space.
The table below indicates the top 10 major UK cities in terms of population size and percentage of those that possess a garden or outdoor room:
|Town/City||Region||Total properties on the market||% of properties on the market with a garden|
Alex Gosling, CEO of online estate agents HouseSimple.com, said: ‘With the need to build more homes in the UK and space at a premium, we could well see fewer and fewer new build properties with private gardens. Even new build family homes rarely come with the expansive back gardens you might have seen 30 to 40 years ago.’
‘In heavily populated areas, developments are squeezed in and the reality is that private gardens takes up valuable square footage. Hence, we are likely to see more modern block of flats to meet housing demand and the outside space will inevitably be sacrificed,’ he continued.
Concluding, Gosling noted that: ‘The death knell hasn’t been sounded for the back garden. There are plenty of towns, such as Grimsby, Crawley and Southport, where the majority of properties have private outside space. And moving further away from major cities, you’re more likely to find houses not flats and the large back garden you’re craving.’