House prices in B29 5 (Birmingham)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Birmingham, Selly Oak (B29 5).

Defining 'B29 5'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "B29 5", 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 Birmingham.

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 Birmingham 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. 234, Barnes Hill, Birmingham, Selly Oak, sold for £210,000 on Feb-2024. Given the internal area of 76 square metres, the price per sqm is £2,763.

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 171 sales in Birmingham (B29 5) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Birmingham, Selly Oak
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Birmingham

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 Birmingham (B29 5). Of the 171 transactions, half were sold for between £2,200 and £2,800 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'B29 5' is £2,500. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £2,800 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 Birmingham, Selly Oak

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 Selly Oak. 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 Birmingham
House price heatmap for Birmingham, Selly Oak

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'B29 5' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
B29 6 Selly Oak £2,930 sqm £3,390 sqm £3,970 sqm
B29 5 Birmingham £2,200 sqm £2,500 sqm £2,800 sqm
B29 7 Selly Park £2,670 sqm £3,200 sqm £3,720 sqm
B29 4 Birmingham £2,960 sqm £3,570 sqm £4,230 sqm

Will Selly Oak 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 B29 5 (Birmingham) compared with both the wider area B29 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 Birmingham,Selly Oak
House price trends for Birmingham

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 B29 5 sales
Recent trends for Birmingham

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 Selly Oak 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 Selly Oak 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
Harvington Road, Birmingham, B29 5E 74 sqm £2,339 21
Gregory Avenue, Birmingham, B29 5D 76 sqm £2,132 21
Swinford Road, Birmingham, B29 5S 74 sqm £2,416 21
Shenley Fields Road, Birmingham, B29 5B 89 sqm £2,644 18
Burnel Road, Birmingham, B29 5S 68 sqm £2,598 16
Jervoise Road, Birmingham, B29 5Q 71 sqm £2,268 16
Castle Road, Birmingham, B29 5H 77 sqm £2,228 13
Alwold Road, Birmingham, B29 5J 64 sqm £2,631 12

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Raw data

Our analysis of Birmingham 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
234, Barnes Hill, Birmingham, Selly Oak £210,000
76 2,763
18, Whiston Grove, Birmingham, Selly Oak £204,200
71 2,876
28, Burnel Rd, Birmingham, Selly Oak £192,000
68 2,823

See the entire list of all sales in Birmingham (B29 5) here.


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