House price research reveals big parks premium as householders seek green escape

Properties near the UK's top parks cost 67% more than the average UK house according to analysis by an online estate agent.

Calderstones Park in Liverpool
Calderstones Park in Liverpool

Agent looked at eight major UK cities and compared the price of properties around each city’s best and biggest parks to the average price of properties in each city and in the UK as a whole.

Across England, property surrounding the 13 parks included in the research is 67% more expensive than the English average of £282,138.

Founder chief executive of, Russell Quirk, said: "For families looking to have all the amenities that a city offers but still have green space for their children, Birmingham is an excellent choice with the most affordable options across the city. With the rising prices across London, affordable property surrounding parks is becoming almost impossible to find, although Crystal Palace offers a slight ray of light.

"Places like parks and other green areas are becoming of greater importance to buyers, particularly those with children or animals, so they can escape the confines of their home. As a result, it is no surprise that living next to a large, spacious park, as with a tube station, can persuade buyers to part with more cash than they might elsewhere."

How do cities compare?


  • Average City House Price: £153,646
  • City Park Average: £215,061

Liverpool’s city park real estate is 39.9% higher than the city’s average property value. A property surrounding the picturesque Calderstones Park costs £249,876, however, Liverpool does offer some more affordable options with Sefton and Otterspool Parks both costing £197,653 on average.


  • Average City House Price: £167,284
  • City Park Average: £180,110

Manchester’s park adjacent property values are not as expensive as rivals Liverpool at 7.6% higher on average than the city as a whole. Prestwich Forest Park property costs £193,904 and Heaton Park property costs £198,202, while Wythenshaw Park is £19,059 below the city’s average with a price tag of £148,225.


  • Average City House Price: £176,012
  • City Park Average: £168,721 

There are more affordable park property options and topping the list for affordability is Birmingham, where real estate surrounding parks is actually lower than the city’s average (-4%). Despite Cannon Hill Park’s higher than average price tag of £227,204, both Sutton Park and Sheldon Country Park have average property values of £118,500 and £160,459, respectively. This makes Birmingham the best option for combining city living and green space in England.


  • London Average: £603,422
  • London Park Average: £1,105,366

With the high cost of London property in general, it is no shock that living close to a park will require some additional budget when buying, 83% more to be precise.


  • Average City House Price: £246,275
  • Park Average: £300,920 

Living close to Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park offers a cheaper alternative costing £198,270, but park properties have a 22.1% premium. Prices jump drastically surrounding Inverleith Park (£286,361) and even more so near Princes Street Garden (£418,129).


  • Average City House Price: £160,096
  • Park Average: £171,099

Linn Park in Glasgow is £5,548 below the city’s average property value, while Pollock Country Park and Kelvin Grove Park real estate come at a much higher price, resulting in a premium of 6.8% more than the city average for Glasgow’s park bordering properties.


  • Average City House Price: £216,083
  • Park Average: £220,723

The Welsh capital’s average property is valued at £216,083 and provides city living coupled with green space at affordable prices. Bute Park real estate costs £196,286 and Victoria Park has an average property value of £202,477. But property surrounding Roath Park is well above Cardiff’s average at £263,407.


  • Average City House Price: £161,144
  • Park Average: £201,209

In Swansea, the average property value surrounding three of the city’s biggest and best parks is 28.8% (£40,065) more than the city average. 


Average Property Price

Difference (%)




English Parks Average









Manchester Parks Average



Heaton Park



Wythenshawe Park



Prestwich Forest Park









Liverpool Parks Average



Sefton Park



Calderstones Park



Otterspool Park









Birmingham Parks Average



Sutton Park



Cannon Hill Park



Sheldon Country Park









London Parks Average






Borough of Richmond



Richmond Park






Borough of Camden



Hampstead Heath Park






Borough of Kensington and Chelsea



Hyde Park






Borough of Bromley



Crystal Palace Park









Scotland Park Average









Edinburgh Parks Average



Holyrood Park



Inverleith Park



Princes Street Gardens









Glasgow Parks Average



Pollock Country Park



Kelvin Grove Park



Linn Park









Welsh Parks Av









Cardiff Parks Average



Bute Park



Roath Park



Victoria Park









Swansea Park Average



Singleton Park



Cwmdonkin Park



Brynhill Park









UK Parks



Source: Zoopla Z-Index

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