With demand for houses with gardens increasing, experts have analyzed average house prices in the UK and compared this to the average garden size to show how much we are paying, on average, per square meter of our garden.
Sheffield does well, coming in third on the cheapest list with a cost per square meter of £393. According to grass seed supplier The Grass People, the average size of gardens in the city is 581 square meters.
The area that pays the least for a garden is Telford where the average cost per square meter is just £376 for an average garden size of 495 square metres.
The numbers come as property prices hit an all-time high and green spaces are high on buyers’ shopping lists. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of having access to private outdoor space, as gardens provide a safe space to relax and entertain.
Property for sale in Sheffield with stunning gardens always catches the eye. The Star has featured a three bedroom home on Ridgeway Moor, Ridgeway in a setting which the sales brochure says offers stunning views of the valley whilst also offering the opportunity for renovation or further development. It is on the market for £600,000, is marketed by Fine and Country and is listed on Rightmove.
A historic property called Fountain Villa in Upperthorpe is on the market with Saxton Mee for £850,000. It sits on approximately a quarter acre of land and is listed on Rightmove.
The brochure states: “Set back from the road in an elevated position, Fountain Villa takes its name from the stunning fountain that sits in front of the grounds and extends for approximately a quarter of an acre.”
London emerged as the most expensive location for a garden, with Londoners paying an average of £2,348 per square meter of their outdoor space.
Londoners are also the least likely to have access to private outdoor space, as each borough has more houses without a garden than with one.
The study also found York to be the third most expensive city to have a garden, costing an average of £1936 per square meter. Those living in York also have the second smallest garden in the top ten most expensive locations, with an average garden size of just 157 square metres.
Newcastle was the fifth most expensive city for a garden, with an average cost per square meter of £1,588.73, while its rivals in Middlesbrough pay just £520.15.