House prices in BL3 1 (Little Lever)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Little Lever, Bolton (BL3 1).


Defining 'BL3 1'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "BL3 1", 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 Little Lever.

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 Little Lever 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. 14, Grange Avenue, Little Lever, Bolton, sold for £200,000 on Apr-2024. Given the internal area of 87 square metres, the price per sqm is £2,298.

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 231 sales in Little Lever (BL3 1) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Little Lever, Bolton
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Little Lever

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 Little Lever (BL3 1). Of the 231 transactions, half were sold for between £1,780 and £2,690 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'BL3 1' is £2,180. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £2,690 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 Little Lever, 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 Little Lever
House price heatmap for Little Lever, Bolton

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'BL3 1' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
BL3 4 Bolton £1,530 sqm £2,070 sqm £2,850 sqm
BL3 5 Bolton £1,330 sqm £1,690 sqm £2,190 sqm
BL3 6 Bolton £1,220 sqm £1,450 sqm £1,670 sqm
BL3 2 Bolton £1,140 sqm £1,560 sqm £2,060 sqm
BL3 1 Little Lever £1,780 sqm £2,180 sqm £2,690 sqm
BL3 3 Bolton £1,460 sqm £1,760 sqm £2,290 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 BL3 1 (Little Lever) compared with both the wider area BL3 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 Little Lever,Bolton
House price trends for Little Lever

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 BL3 1 sales
Recent trends for Little Lever

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
Church Street, Little Lever, BL3 1B 76 sqm £1,558 21
Sunningdale Court, Little Lever, BL3 1L 60 sqm £1,721 19
Churchill Drive, Little Lever, BL3 1P 80 sqm £2,825 19
Aintree Road, Little Lever, BL3 1E 77 sqm £2,706 16
Laurel Avenue, Little Lever, BL3 1A 101 sqm £2,626 16
Booth Road, Little Lever, BL3 1J 81 sqm £1,821 12
Edinburgh Road, Little Lever, BL3 1T 84 sqm £2,472 11
Elm Road, Little Lever, BL3 1J 83 sqm £1,875 10

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Raw data

Our analysis of Little Lever 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
14, Grange Avenue, Little Lever, Bolton £200,000
Apr-2024
87 2,298
31, Newmarket Rd, Little Lever, Bolton £270,000
Mar-2024
124 2,177
24, Hayward Avenue, Little Lever, Bolton £210,000
Mar-2024
62 3,387

See the entire list of all sales in Little Lever (BL3 1) here.

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