House prices in CB1 3 (Cambridge)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Cambridge (CB1 3).


Defining 'CB1 3'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "CB1 3", 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 Cambridge.

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 Cambridge 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. 51 Bailey House, Rustat Avenue, Cambridge, sold for £300,000 on Apr-2024. Given the internal area of 49 square metres, the price per sqm is £6,122.

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. £5,700-£6,000, £6,000-£6,300, £6,300-£6,600 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 322 sales in Cambridge (CB1 3) that took place in the last two years.

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

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 Cambridge (CB1 3). Of the 322 transactions, half were sold for between £5,230 and £6,870 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'CB1 3' is £5,970. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £6,870 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 Cambridge

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 Cambridge. 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 Cambridge
House price heatmap for Cambridge

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'CB1 3' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
CB1 3 Cambridge £5,230 sqm £5,970 sqm £6,870 sqm
CB1 2 Cambridge £5,830 sqm £6,840 sqm £7,530 sqm
CB1 7 Cambridge £5,320 sqm £6,490 sqm £7,750 sqm
CB1 8 Cambridge £5,160 sqm £5,970 sqm £6,600 sqm
CB1 1 Cambridge £6,090 sqm £7,330 sqm £8,430 sqm
CB1 9 Cambridge £4,830 sqm £5,500 sqm £6,080 sqm

Will Cambridge 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 CB1 3 (Cambridge) compared with both the wider area CB1 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 Cambridge,Cambridge
House price trends for Cambridge

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 CB1 3 sales
Recent trends for Cambridge

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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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
Rustat Avenue, Cambridge, CB1 3P 77 sqm £5,597 25
Catharine Street, Cambridge, CB1 3A 76 sqm £6,105 25
Hemingford Road, Cambridge, CB1 3B 96 sqm £6,229 20
Thoday Street, Cambridge, CB1 3A 85 sqm £6,109 20
Ross Street, Cambridge, CB1 3B 84 sqm £5,882 18
Sedgwick Street, Cambridge, CB1 3A 87 sqm £6,258 18
Argyle Street, Cambridge, CB1 3L 75 sqm £6,541 18
Cromwell Road, Cambridge, CB1 3E 74 sqm £6,329 17

Search for your street here.

Raw data

Our analysis of Cambridge 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
51 Bailey House, Rustat Avenue, Cambridge £300,000
Apr-2024
49 6,122
121, Flamsteed Close, Cambridge £275,000
Mar-2024
52 5,288
22, Sedgwick St, Cambridge £550,000
Feb-2024
88 6,250

See the entire list of all sales in Cambridge (CB1 3) here.

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