Crystal Palace crowned kings of 2015 housing Premier League

3 August 2015

Manchester United biggest casualty with relegation alongside Stoke City and Sunderland

With the latest Premier League season starting on Saturday, new research from Nationwide Building Society crowns Crystal Palace as champions of this year’s ‘House Price Premier League’.

The league, which is based on the annual percentage change in house prices1, shows Crystal Palace would top the table with West Ham United, Watford and Norwich City taking the remaining top four spots. At the other end of spectrum, Manchester United would be relegated alongside Stoke City and Sunderland.

Croydon, home to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park Stadium, has seen house prices rise by 17 per cent over the 12 month period to June 2015. At the opposite end, Trafford, home to Manchester United, has seen only a one per cent increase over the same period, while Stoke saw no annual house price growth at all.

Slowdown in Sunderland

Sunderland comes bottom of the table as the only one of the 20 Premier League areas experiencing negative annual growth. Between June 2014 and June 2015, house prices fell here by four per cent.

2015 v 2014

This year’s annual growth figures are lower than last year reflecting trends in the broader housing market. In 2014, Tottenham Hotspur won the ‘House Price Premier League’ because Haringey, home to Spurs’ White Hart Lane Stadium, had seen growth of 32 per cent, which is 15 per cent higher than Crystal Palace’s winning growth rate this year.

There are a number of changes in this year’s house price league compared to the 2014 version. North London has seen a significant slowing in annual house price growth with Haringey falling from 32 per cent in June 2014 to just three per cent in 2015. As a result, Spurs fall from being champions to coming 12th. Islington, home to the Emirates Stadium, saw its annual house price growth slow from 23 per cent to just three per cent, meaning Arsenal drop ten places to 14th in the table.

The biggest gainers in the 2015 league are Aston Villa, which jumped ten places in the league to fifth, despite the annual growth rate in Birmingham slowing from ten per cent to six per cent. Newcastle rises eight places in this year’s league to tenth, with the pace of growth over the last 12 months increasing from three per cent to four per cent.


Brent, home to England’s most iconic football stadium - Wembley - saw house price growth of 17 per cent between June 2014 and June 2015, placing it alongside Crystal Palace at the crest of the housing league.

Alan Oliver, Nationwide’s Head of External Affairs, comments: “Our latest figures once again show that success on the pitch doesn’t always mean high house price growth. The prime example is Manchester Utd – top four in the Premier League but relegation zone in the house price equivalent. In fact, half of the teams in the top ten of the ‘House Price Premier League’ finished in the bottom half of last season’s Premier League.

“The data also shows that areas containing Premier League football stadia are not immune from the wider national house price picture as annual growth rates are down. Across the UK, the annual pace of house price growth continues to slow – a trend that has been in evidence since mid-2014. In fact, in our most recent regional report2, eleven of the thirteen UK regions saw a slowdown in annual rate of growth in the second quarter of 2015.”

2015 Nationwide Building Society ‘House Price Premier League’

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2015 House Price League (2014 position in brackets) 2014/15 Premier League Team Stadium % Change 2014 - 2015 Average house price 2015 % change 2005-2015
1 (6) 10 Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 17 £341,309 63
2 (5) 12 West Ham United Upton Park 16 £374,702 79
3 (n/a) n/a Watford Vicarage Road 10 £404,224 58
4 (n/a) n/a Norwich City Carrow Road 9 £232,054 30
5 (15) 17 Aston Villa Villa Park 6 £198,131 7
6 (2) 1 Chelsea Stamford Bridge 5 £797,558 127
7 (n/a) n/a Bournemouth Dean Court 5 £280,036 18
8 (9) 11 Everton Goodison Park 5 £170,895 2
8 (9) 6 Liverpool Anfield 5 £170,895 2
10 (18) 15 Newcastle United St James’ Park 4 £190,790 3
11 (4) 3 Arsenal Emirates Stadium 3 £716,747 124
12 (1) 5 Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 3 £526,565 89
13 (8) 7 Southampton St Mary’s Stadium 3 £234,654 21
14 (12) 2 Manchester City Etihad Stadium 3 £216,331 8
15 (16) 14 Leicester City King Power Stadium 2 £174,113 4
16 (7) 8 Swansea City Liberty Stadium 2 £170,157 19
17 (11) 13 West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns 2 £158,002 1
18 (13) 4 Manchester United Old Trafford 1 £234,207 14
19 (17) 9 Stoke City Britannia Stadium 0 £135,513 8
20 (14) 16 Sunderland Stadium of Light -4 £150,552 0

NB: Where annual growth figures are equal, positions are then determined on average house price. Average house price and percentage change relate to the local authority containing the stadium.

Notes to Editors

1 Annual percentage change date period is June 2014 to June 2015.


The price changes in the local authorities shown are based on the price per unit area of the properties in the sample rather than the mix-adjusted methodology used for the 13 regions. The average price per square foot in each of the local authorities is grossed up by the average square footage in a particular region to arrive at an average house price. Unlike Nationwide’s main index, this methodology does not take into account the different mix of properties transacted and is therefore a simplification.

Local authority figures are therefore not directly comparable with regional prices. Samples are substantially smaller than at a regional level and figures should not be relied upon for any critical application. Due to greater volatility, prices are smoothed over two quarters.

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