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London’s Olympic boroughs grab gold as property prices soar




New research has revealed that the six Olympic boroughs for London 2012 have outperformed most other local authority areas in the host city in terms of house price growth.

According to residential property crowdfunding platform Property Partner, major financial investment has helped boost property prices by an average 64% over the last four years in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

During the same period the average property price rose by a healthy 52.8% across the capital’s 32 boroughs. Waltham Forest delivered a peak performance, winning gold for the strongest growth (76%) in average property price rises in London.

Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson identified the host boroughs as areas that would benefit from investment around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

The average cost of a house today in the East London borough is £418,146 – up from £236,796 in 2012. Other notable risers include the boroughs of Hackney (66.9%) and Newham (62.6%), taking third and fourth position in the rankings respectively.

Non-Olympic borough Lewisham squeezed into second place, with average house prices accelerating by 67.9% in the four years, partly due to interest from homebuyers in Blackheath, Brockley and New Cross.

Dan Gandesha, CEO of Property Partner, said: “London 2012 was the catalyst for a flood of investment into the capital, much of which was injected into regenerating some of the capital’s most disadvantaged boroughs.

“The economic legacy of the games – supporting new jobs and skills, encouraging trade, inward investment, tourism and improved transport links – has meant a corresponding rise in house prices in the six host boroughs. The economic, social and environmental gap between these boroughs and the rest of London is closing.

“Over the next few years, the capital will further benefit from significant infrastructure projects – particularly Crossrail where areas that were relatively inaccessible will suddenly be on London’s doorstep. In turn, like the Olympic effect, house prices around Crossrail’s 40 stations are continuing to see an upward trend despite post-Brexit uncertainty.

“The reality is, no one can say for sure what will happen just now. But the fundamentals of the capital’s housing market are self-evident – demand far outstrips supply, which is further exacerbated by population growth and low borrowing costs.”

Average property prices in the top 10 London growth boroughs since 2012 – the host boroughs are in bold:

Borough Average house prices – July 2012 (£)  

Average house price – May 2016


% change
Waltham Forest 236,796 418,146 76.6
Lewisham 243,277 408,599 67.9
Hackney 324,416 541,337 66.9
Newham 216,463 351,893 62.6
Haringey 343,104 554,998 61.8
Tower Hamlets 283,469 455,267 60.6
Barking & Dagenham 168,007 268,579 59.9
Croydon 222,293 354,898 59.7
Merton 323,413 516,088 59.6
Greenwich 241,183 379,746 57.5

Source: UK House Price Index

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