Feb 07, 2023 by HM

House prices in Westhoughton (BL5 3)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Westhoughton (BL5 3).


Defining 'BL5 3'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "BL5 3", this is also called the postcode sector. It is shown in red on the map above. You can click on the map labels to change to a neighbouring sector.

Price per square metre

Knowing the average house price in Westhoughton 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. 331, Bolton Road, Westhoughton, sold for £190,000 on Feb-2024. Given the internal area of 68 square metres, the price per sqm is £2,794.

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. £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 383 sales in Westhoughton (BL5 3) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Westhoughton (BL5 3)
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Westhoughton

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 Westhoughton (BL5 3). Of the 383 transactions, half were sold for between £1,870 and £2,880 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'BL5 3' is £2,290. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £2,880m2. For anything to be valued more than this means it has to be more desireable than the clear majority of homes.

Price map for Westhoughton

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 Westhoughton. 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 Westhoughton
House price heatmap for Westhoughton

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'BL5 3' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
BL5 2 Westhoughton £2,030m2 £2,530m2 £3,070m2
BL5 1 Bolton £2,420m2 £2,810m2 £3,120m2
BL5 3 Westhoughton £1,870m2 £2,290m2 £2,880m2

Will Westhoughton 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 BL5 3 (Westhoughton). 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 BL5 3 and the blue dots are the individual property sales that inform this trend.

Price per square metre in Westhoughton (BL5 3) over time
House price trends for Westhoughton

Hover on any blue dot to see details of specific sales

Disclaimer: The data provided throughout this website about Westhoughton 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 Westhoughton data or any other data I am given.

Street level data

Street Avg size Avg £/m2 Recent sales
Chorley Road, Westhoughton, BL5 3N 89m2 £1,852 38
Park Road, Westhoughton, BL5 3H 86m2 £2,372 29
Bolton Road, Westhoughton, BL5 3D 82m2 £1,454 25
Cravenwood Rise, Westhoughton, BL5 3Z 56m2 £1,903 22
Church Street, Westhoughton, BL5 3S 95m2 £1,611 22
Manchester Road, Westhoughton, BL5 3J 88m2 £1,888 20
Chorley Road, Westhoughton, BL5 3P 88m2 £1,849 19
Abbeylea Drive, Westhoughton, BL5 3Z 101m2 £2,258 19

Search for your street here.

Raw data

Our analysis of Westhoughton 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
331, Bolton Rd, Westhoughton £190,000
Feb-2024
68 2,794
78, Glazebury Drive, Westhoughton £176,000
Feb-2024
57 3,087
30, Yellow Lodge Drive, Westhoughton £240,000
Jan-2024
92 2,608

See the entire list of all sales in Westhoughton (BL5 3) 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.