House prices in CB1 8 (Cambridge)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Cambridge (CB1 8).


Defining 'CB1 8'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "CB1 8", 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. 14, Jasmine Court, Cambridge, sold for £257,500 on Feb-2024. Given the internal area of 45 square metres, the price per sqm is £5,722.

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. £5,250-£5,500, £5,500-£5,750, £5,750-£6,000 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 67 sales in Cambridge (CB1 8) 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 8). Of the 67 transactions, half were sold for between £5,090 and £6,600 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'CB1 8' is £5,970. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £6,600 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 8' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
CB1 9 Cambridge £4,840 sqm £5,500 sqm £6,080 sqm
CB1 8 Cambridge £5,090 sqm £5,970 sqm £6,600 sqm
CB1 3 Cambridge £5,230 sqm £6,000 sqm £6,910 sqm
CB1 7 Cambridge £5,250 sqm £6,480 sqm £7,700 sqm
CB1 2 Cambridge £5,980 sqm £6,960 sqm £7,560 sqm
CB1 1 Cambridge £6,040 sqm £7,190 sqm £8,360 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 8 (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 8 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
Greystoke Road, Cambridge, CB1 8D 107 sqm £4,972 13
Wulfstan Way, Cambridge, CB1 8Q 86 sqm £5,905 11
Queen Ediths Way, Cambridge, CB1 8N 122 sqm £5,375 10
Kelvin Close, Cambridge, CB1 8D 97 sqm £6,452 8
Glenmere Close, Cambridge, CB1 8E 60 sqm £4,792 8
Jasmine Court, Cambridge, CB1 8B 53 sqm £4,967 7
Queen Ediths Way, Cambridge, CB1 8P 118 sqm £6,565 7
Ventress Farm Court, Cambridge, CB1 8H 84 sqm £3,341 7

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
14, Jasmine Court, Cambridge £257,500
Feb-2024
45 5,722
436, Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge £675,000
Jan-2024
113 5,973
22, Rotherwick Way, Cambridge £825,000
Dec-2023
125 6,600

See the entire list of all sales in Cambridge (CB1 8) here.

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