Feb 07, 2023 by HM

House prices in Swanage (BH19 2)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Swanage (BH19 2).


Price per square metre

Knowing the average house price in Swanage 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. 4, Sunridge Close, Swanage, sold for £887,500 on Oct-2023. Given the internal area of 160 square metres, the price per sqm is £5,546.

England & Wales have been officially metric for many decades. However house price per square foot is sometimes prefered by those of sufficiently advanced age. They may want to convert metres 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. £5,150-£5,500, £5,500-£5,850, £5,850-£6,200 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 123 sales in Swanage (BH19 2) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Swanage (BH19 2)
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Swanage

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.

That said, the spread of prices will give you a feel of the typical range to expect in Swanage (BH19 2). Of the 123 transactions, half were sold for between £3,950 and £5,550 per square metre. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £5,550m2. For anything to be valued more than this means it has to be more desireable than the clear majority of homes.

For the average, we calculate the 'median' or middle price. The median price per square metre in 'BH19 2' is £4,720. The table below shows how 'BH19 2' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
BH19 1 Swanage £4,000m2 £4,710m2 £5,430m2
BH19 2 Swanage £3,950m2 £4,720m2 £5,550m2
BH19 3 Langton Matravers £5,310m2 £6,160m2 £7,410m2

Will Swanage 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 scatter plot below for BH19 2 (Swanage). From this one could infer a range of reasonable possible future price falls or rises. In the chart below, the red dashed line is the house price trend for BH19 2 and the blue dots are the individual property sales that inform this trend.

Price per square metre in Swanage (BH19 2) over time
House price trends for Swanage

Hover on any blue dot to see details of specific sales

Disclaimer: The data provided throughout this website about Swanage 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. Furthermore, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of any data shown. This information is based on sold prices and internal area data provided by Land Registry and other third parties - I do not verify the accuracy of the Swanage data or any other data I am given.

Price map for Swanage

I've just finished coding the map I link to below. I find it useful and I am sure it will help you in exploring Swanage. 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. I will explain more about the methodology and create a key next week.

Property price heatmap for Swanage
House price heatmap for Swanage

Street level data

Street Avg size Avg £/m2 Recent sales
High Street, Swanage, BH19 2N 84m2 £3,773 29
Park Road, Swanage, BH19 2A 83m2 £3,741 23
Peveril Road, Swanage, BH19 2D 85m2 £4,869 15
Queens Road, Swanage, BH19 2E 107m2 £4,563 12
Priests Road, Swanage, BH19 2R 91m2 £4,292 12
High Street, Swanage, BH19 2P 81m2 £4,122 11
High Street, Swanage, BH19 2L 82m2 £4,180 8
Manwell Road, Swanage, BH19 2Q 82m2 £6,061 8

Search for your street here.

Raw data

Our analysis of Swanage 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 m2 £/m2
4, Sunridge Close, Swanage £887,500
Oct-2023
160 5,546
19 Purbeck Heights, Belle Vue Rd, Swanage £466,000
Oct-2023
84 5,547
8, Shottsford Close, Swanage £432,500
Sep-2023
66 6,553

See the entire list of all sales in Swanage (BH19 2) here.

About

HouseMetric is a hobby, created out of a desire to see data and analysis not present on any free to use website. It is still a work in progress and I'll add more stuff in the near future.