House prices in B20 2 (Handsworth)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Handsworth, Birmingham (B20 2).


Defining 'B20 2'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "B20 2", 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 Handsworth.

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 Handsworth 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. 73, Wood Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, sold for £153,500 on Mar-2024. Given the internal area of 71 square metres, the price per sqm is £2,161.

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. £2,350-£2,500, £2,500-£2,650, £2,650-£2,800 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 112 sales in Handsworth (B20 2) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Handsworth, Birmingham
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Handsworth

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 Handsworth (B20 2). Of the 112 transactions, half were sold for between £1,670 and £2,890 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'B20 2' is £2,130. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £2,890 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 Handsworth, Birmingham

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 Birmingham. 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 Handsworth
House price heatmap for Handsworth, Birmingham

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'B20 2' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
B20 1 Birmingham £2,240 sqm £2,590 sqm £3,050 sqm
B20 3 Birmingham £1,640 sqm £1,990 sqm £2,360 sqm
B20 2 Handsworth £1,670 sqm £2,130 sqm £2,890 sqm

Will Birmingham 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 B20 2 (Handsworth) compared with both the wider area B20 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 Handsworth,Birmingham
House price trends for Handsworth

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 B20 2 sales
Recent trends for Handsworth

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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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
Somerset Road, Handsworth, B20 2J 118 sqm £1,933 16
Wood Lane, Handsworth, B20 2A 100 sqm £2,111 16
Handsworth Wood Road, Handsworth, B20 2R 67 sqm £1,260 11
Selborne Road, Handsworth, B20 2D 133 sqm £1,420 11
Cherry Orchard Road, Handsworth, B20 2L 116 sqm £2,769 10
Handsworth Wood Road, Handsworth, B20 2D 132 sqm £1,476 9
West Avenue, Handsworth, B20 2L 114 sqm £2,534 9
Coopers Road, Handsworth, B20 2J 101 sqm £2,545 8

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New build activity

Street Avg size Avg £sqm New build sales
Lea Hall Green, Handsworth, B20 2A 90 sqm £2,730 18

Lea Hall Green, Handsworth, B20 2A has seen 18 new build sales in the last 4 years (average price £261,172). These new build homes typically have an internal area of 90 sqm, with an average price of £2,730 sqm. This £sqm average is £600 above the average for B20 2. New builds typically command a £ per sqm premium so this is normal.

Raw data

Our analysis of Handsworth 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
73, Wood Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham £153,500
Mar-2024
71 2,161
2, Richmond Close, Handsworth, Birmingham £67,000
Jan-2024
56 1,196
Flat 16 Trident Court, Butlers Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham £68,000
Jan-2024
60 1,133

See the entire list of all sales in Handsworth (B20 2) here.

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