House prices in AL4 8 (Wheathampstead)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Wheathampstead, St Albans (AL4 8).


Defining 'AL4 8'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "AL4 8", this is also called the postcode sector. It is shown in red on the map above. There are no official names for postcode sectors so I've just labelled it Wheathampstead.

You can click on the map labels to change to a neighbouring sector, or you can enter a different postcode sector (e.g. CM23 4) below.

FYI, a postcode sector is the full postcode without the last two letters.

Price per square metre

Knowing the average house price in Wheathampstead is not much use. However, knowing average price per square metre can be quite useful. Price per sqm allows some comparison between properties of different size. We define price per square metre as the sold price divided by the internal area of a property:

£ per sqm = price ÷ internal area
E.g. 8, Housden Close, Wheathampstead, St Albans, sold for £264,000 on Jan-2024. Given the internal area of 88 square metres, the price per sqm is £3,000.

England & Wales have been officially metric since 1965. However house price per square foot is prefered by some estate agents and those of sufficiently advanced age ;-) They may want to convert square meters on this page to square feet.

The chart below is called a histogram, it helps you see the distribution of this house price per sqm data. To make this chart we put the sales data into a series of £ per sqm 'buckets' (e.g. £6,600-£7,000, £7,000-£7,400, £7,400-£7,800 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 121 sales in Wheathampstead (AL4 8) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Wheathampstead, St Albans
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Wheathampstead

You can see the spread of prices above. This is because although internal area is a key factor in determining valuation, it is not the only factor. Many factors other than size affect desirability; these factors could be condition, aspect, garden size, negotiating power of the vendor etc.

The spread of prices will give you a feel of the typical range to expect in Wheathampstead (AL4 8). Of the 121 transactions, half were sold for between £5,430 and £7,070 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'AL4 8' is £6,100. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £7,070 sqm. For anything to be valued more than this means it has to be more desireable than the clear majority of homes.

Price map for Wheathampstead, St Albans

Do have a look at the interactive price map I created. I find it useful and I am sure it will help you in exploring St Albans. You can zoom in all the way to individual properties and then all the way back out to see the whole country. The colours show the current estimated property values.

Property price heatmap for Wheathampstead
House price heatmap for Wheathampstead, St Albans

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'AL4 8' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
AL4 9 St Albans £5,690 sqm £6,640 sqm £7,410 sqm
AL4 0 St Albans £5,440 sqm £6,580 sqm £7,540 sqm
AL4 8 Wheathampstead £5,430 sqm £6,100 sqm £7,070 sqm

Will St Albans house prices drop in 2024?

I cannot tell the future and don't believe anyone who says they can. I can however plot price trends - I have done this in the chart below for AL4 8 (Wheathampstead) compared with both the wider area AL4 and inflation (CPIH from the Office of National Statistics). The dashed trend lines in the chart show the average over time.

Historic price per square metre in Wheathampstead,St Albans
House price trends for Wheathampstead

For the most recent sales activity, rather than a summarized average, it is better to see the underlying data. This is shown in the chart below, where blue dots represent individual sales, click on them to see details. If there is an obvious trend you should be able to spot it here amid the noise from outliers.

Most recent AL4 8 sales
Recent trends for Wheathampstead

Data from Land Registry comes in gradually over time. I update it every month but it takes about 5 months for the majority of sales for St Albans to be recorded. Disclaimer: I do not verify and cannot guarantee the accuracy of any data shown. Outliers exist in the data, typically these are where the EPC registry records the internal area incorrectly, sometimes although very rarely the Land Registry price paid data can be wrong. The data provided throughout this website about St Albans and any other area, is not financial advice. Any information provided does not and cannot ever take in to account the particular financial situation, objectives or property needs of either you or anyone reading this information.

Street level data

Street Avg size Avg £sqm Recent sales
The Hill, Wheathampstead, AL4 8P 96 sqm £6,424 18
Necton Road, Wheathampstead, AL4 8A 98 sqm £6,333 15
Lower Luton Road, Wheathampstead, AL4 8H 114 sqm £5,763 14
Old School Drive, Wheathampstead, AL4 8F 93 sqm £5,902 11
Four Limes, Wheathampstead, AL4 8J 50 sqm £4,492 10
Marford Road, Wheathampstead, AL4 8A 110 sqm £5,975 9
Waddling Lane, Wheathampstead, AL4 8F 158 sqm £5,700 8
Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, AL4 8A 100 sqm £5,188 8

Search for your street here.

Raw data

Our analysis of Wheathampstead is derived from what is essentially a big table of sold prices from Land Registry with added property size information. Below are three rows from this table to give you an idea.

Address Paid sqm £/sqm
8, Housden Close, Wheathampstead, St Albans £264,000
Jan-2024
88 3,000
8, Housden Close, Wheathampstead, St Albans £282,500
Jan-2024
88 3,210
Little Meadow, Down Green Lane, Wheathampstead, St Albans £2,350,000
Jan-2024
207 11,352

See the entire list of all sales in Wheathampstead (AL4 8) here.

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