House prices in CO7 7 (Elmstead)

This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in Elmstead, Brightlingsea (CO7 7).

Defining 'CO7 7'

This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "CO7 7", 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 Elmstead.

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 Elmstead 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, Barrell Close, Elmstead, Brightlingsea, sold for £384,000 on Mar-2024. Given the internal area of 122 square metres, the price per sqm is £3,147.

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. £4,250-£4,500, £4,500-£4,750, £4,750-£5,000 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The chart is based on 130 sales in Elmstead (CO7 7) that took place in the last two years.

Distribution of £ per sqm for Elmstead, Brightlingsea
Distribution of £ per sqm house prices in Elmstead

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 Elmstead (CO7 7). Of the 130 transactions, half were sold for between £3,230 and £4,420 per square metre. The median, or 'middle', price per square metre in 'CO7 7' is £3,940. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £4,420 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 Elmstead, Brightlingsea

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 Brightlingsea. 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 Elmstead
House price heatmap for Elmstead, Brightlingsea

Comparison with neighbouring postcode sectors

The table below shows how 'CO7 7' compares to neighbouring postcode sectors.

Postcode sector Lower quartile Middle quartile Upper quartile
CO7 7 Elmstead £3,230 sqm £3,940 sqm £4,420 sqm
CO7 8 Alresford £3,260 sqm £3,750 sqm £4,340 sqm
CO7 6 East Bergholt £3,710 sqm £4,200 sqm £4,870 sqm
CO7 9 Wivenhoe £3,750 sqm £4,210 sqm £4,800 sqm
CO7 0 Brightlingsea £2,750 sqm £3,270 sqm £3,870 sqm

Will Brightlingsea 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 CO7 7 (Elmstead) compared with both the wider area CO7 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 Elmstead,Brightlingsea
House price trends for Elmstead

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 CO7 7 sales
Recent trends for Elmstead

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 Brightlingsea 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 Brightlingsea 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
Holly Way, Elmstead, CO7 7Y 86 sqm £3,734 15
Lucerne Road, Elmstead, CO7 7Y 80 sqm £3,733 15
Church Road, Elmstead, CO7 7A 142 sqm £3,679 15
Colchester Road, Elmstead, CO7 7N 87 sqm £3,302 13
Meadow Close, Elmstead, CO7 7H 55 sqm £2,854 13
Bromley Road, Elmstead, CO7 7S 179 sqm £4,155 8
Old School Lane, Elmstead, CO7 7A 79 sqm £3,631 8
Ardleigh Road, Elmstead, CO7 7T 121 sqm £4,188 8

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Raw data

Our analysis of Elmstead 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
4, Barrell Close, Elmstead, Brightlingsea £384,000
122 3,147
58, Holly Way, Elmstead, Brightlingsea £240,000
69 3,478
102, Holly Way, Elmstead, Brightlingsea £267,500
64 4,179

See the entire list of all sales in Elmstead (CO7 7) here.


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