House prices in BL1 2 (Bolton)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Bolton (BL1 2).


Defining 'BL1 2'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "BL1 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 Bolton.

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 Bolton 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. 15, Spinning Meadow, Bolton, sold for £145,000 on Jan-2024. Given the internal area of 57 square metres, the price per sqm is £2,543.

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. £1,350-£1,500, £1,500-£1,650, £1,650-£1,800 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 37 sales in Bolton (BL1 2) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Bolton
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Bolton

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 Bolton (BL1 2). Of the 37 transactions, half were sold for between £1,210 and £2,210 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'BL1 2' is £1,650. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £2,210 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 Bolton

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 Bolton. 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 Bolton
House price heatmap for Bolton

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'BL1 2' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
BL1 2 Bolton £1,210 sqm £1,650 sqm £2,210 sqm
BL1 5 Bolton £1,880 sqm £2,440 sqm £3,100 sqm
BL1 3 Bolton £1,350 sqm £1,550 sqm £1,860 sqm
BL1 7 Bolton £1,900 sqm £2,570 sqm £3,120 sqm
BL1 6 Bolton £1,700 sqm £2,110 sqm £2,550 sqm
BL1 1 Bolton £700 sqm £1,080 sqm £1,380 sqm
BL1 4 Bolton £1,330 sqm £1,610 sqm £1,860 sqm
BL1 8 Bolton £1,490 sqm £1,860 sqm £2,560 sqm

Will Bolton 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 BL1 2 (Bolton) compared with both the wider area BL1 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 Bolton,Bolton
House price trends for Bolton

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 BL1 2 sales
Recent trends for Bolton

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 Bolton 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 Bolton 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
Marsden Road, Bolton, BL1 2J 64 sqm £1,018 16
Dean Court, Bolton, BL1 2S 64 sqm £1,699 12
Spinning Meadow, Bolton, BL1 2Q 65 sqm £2,251 10
Gaskell Street, Bolton, BL1 2Q 54 sqm £1,145 7
Brocksby Chase, Bolton, BL1 2J 79 sqm £1,783 5

Search for your street here.

Raw data

Our analysis of Bolton 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
15, Spinning Meadow, Bolton £145,000
Jan-2024
57 2,543
12, Spinning Meadow, Bolton £161,000
Nov-2023
67 2,402
41, Dean Court, Bolton £154,000
Nov-2023
70 2,200

See the entire list of all sales in Bolton (BL1 2) here.

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