Kensington and Chelsea tops the list of the capital's most expensive boroughs
Wed 03 Feb 2016
Kensington and Chelsea is still the capital's most expensive borough for home hunters.
Despite annual growth of just 3.6 per cent, the average cost of buying a home in the district is 1.37 million,
according to the latest Land Registry figures.
Hot on Kensington and Chelsea's heels is the City of Westminster, another of the capital's "million-pound
boroughs", where annual average house prices growing at almost double the rate have reached 1.04 million.
However, compared to a year ago, million-pound London property sales have slipped back two per cent, after
stamp duty reform levied higher taxes at the middle and top end of the market, according to Peter Rollings, chief
executive of Marsh & Parsons.
More Londoners now live east of Tower Bridge than to the west of the city, and the demand for homes on this
side of the capital continues to soar.
Highlighting the eastwards shift, the borough of Hackney recorded the biggest growth of the capital's top 10
prime locations, with a 12-month rise of 7.9 per cent taking average prices in hipster hotspots such
as Shoreditch, Hoxton and Dalston to 638,284.
The smallest house price growth across the top 10 prime boroughs over the past year was 3.3 per cent in
Hammersmith and Fulham.
With all prime boroughs showing growth since September last year, Jonathan Hudson, London executive of the
National Association of Estate Agents, comments: "It seems that the dust is settling after the Conservative
election win in May, and that London property is once again perceived as a more stable investment for the global