Feb 07, 2023 by HM

House prices in Bolton (BL3 5)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Bolton (BL3 5).

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. 4, Fern Street, Bolton, sold for £105,000 on Oct-2023. Given the internal area of 83 square metres, the price per sqm is £1,265.

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. £1,800-£2,000, £2,000-£2,200, £2,200-£2,400 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 79 sales in Bolton (BL3 5) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Bolton (BL3 5)
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.

That said, the spread of prices will give you a feel of the typical range to expect in Bolton (BL3 5). Of the 79 transactions, half were sold for between £1,250 and £2,110 per square metre. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £2,110m2. 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 'BL3 5' is £1,560. The table below shows how 'BL3 5' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
BL3 2 Bolton £1,140m2 £1,470m2 £2,030m2
BL3 4 Bolton £1,500m2 £2,100m2 £2,870m2
BL3 5 Bolton £1,250m2 £1,560m2 £2,110m2
BL3 6 Bolton £1,230m2 £1,450m2 £1,620m2
BL3 3 Bolton £1,330m2 £1,720m2 £2,200m2
BL3 1 Little Lever £1,740m2 £2,110m2 £2,610m2

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 scatter plot below for BL3 5 (Bolton). 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 BL3 5 and the blue dots are the individual property sales that inform this trend.

Price per square metre in Bolton (BL3 5) over time
House price trends for Bolton

Hover on any blue dot to see details of specific sales

Disclaimer: 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. 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 Bolton data or any other data I am given.

Price map for Bolton

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 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. I will explain more about the methodology and create a key next week.

Property price heatmap for Bolton
House price heatmap for Bolton

Street level data

Street Avg size Avg £/m2 Recent sales
Wigan Road, Bolton, BL3 5Q 119m2 £1,797 11
Glen Avenue, Bolton, BL3 5Q 83m2 £1,160 10
Melbourne Road, Bolton, BL3 5R 81m2 £1,557 9
Callis Road, Bolton, BL3 5Q 70m2 £1,973 9
Alice Street, Bolton, BL3 5P 63m2 £1,248 8
Manningham Road, Bolton, BL3 5Q 92m2 £2,279 7
Sunadale Close, Bolton, BL3 5R 63m2 £2,676 6
Torrisdale Close, Bolton, BL3 5R 68m2 £1,586 6

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 m2 £/m2
4, Fern St, Bolton £105,000
83 1,265
6, Manningham Rd, Bolton £265,000
101 2,623
6, Manningham Rd, Bolton £265,000
101 2,623

See the entire list of all sales in Bolton (BL3 5) here.


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.