Park Road, Loughborough - The Road Where People Move the Most

Many folks say moving home is the most stressful thing. Moving home is like someone has collected all of your worldly goods, put them into brown boxes and into a lorry, making your whole life look like a Amazon delivery van - only to spend the next six months unpacking it all whilst unable to find important things like your bank cards, ‘those’ shoes or special jewellery! 

We wish we could be instantly transported like a in Star Trek “Beam me up Scotty to a blissful state of unpacked and move complete”.  Yet the week you move, it’s like an episode from the original 1960’s series Star Trek, when the crew had a transporter accident with an ion-storm which sends Kirk and Spock into an alternate reality where the caring Federation is the merciless Terran Empire, and the USS Enterprise is a warship and chaos eschews!!!

Star Trek aside, when you decide to move usually a long time before the stress of living out of cardboard boxes for months descends; first you trawl the portals of Rightmove, Zoopla, and On The Market to find a new house. Out of the hundreds of properties available to buy, you will probably only view around four or five of them, for no more than 20 minutes each. Then, you will arrange a second viewing of one or two of those initially viewed properties which the estate agency industry stated average suggests takes an additional 30-45 minutes - fascinating when you think most people take hours to decide what clothes or shoes to buy but minutes to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on their next home!  Then you put your property on the market with an estate agent, find a buyer for your Loughborough property, agree a price for both, then instruct solicitors. The property becomes sold ‘subject to contract’  as solicitors, surveyors and mortgage companies pick holes in the paperwork, threatening to wreck the chain at any moment, whilst you can’t get too attached to the property you want to purchase in case the sale falls through. Phew, stressful or what??!!

Is it worth it? Worth the stress? The brown cardboard boxes? Well many Loughborough people think so. In the last 12 months, 637 families have sold and moved home in the LE11 area of Loughborough.

Yet the question I want raise is 'do people on certain streets in the LE11 postcode move more often than others'? Well, the answer might surprise you. I looked at the Land Registry for the all the property sales going back 23 years to 1995 in the LE11 postcode whilst also calculating the average value of a property on a particular street or road to see if there was a correlation between price and moving. So initially looking at the top 10 streets in the postcode, in terms of pure out and out house sales, Park Road is the winner with an average of 11.61 house sales per year since 1995 as on the graph below.

And to look at the bigger picture, the table below shows the top 25 streets, with the average value of a property on that street.  As you can see, there is no correlation between the average value of a property and the number of times a property gets sold on that street.

Average Value of Property
On that Street/Road
Average Number of
Properties Sold per Year 
(since 1995)
Park Road
Paget Street
Braddon Road
Highland Drive
Station Street
Beacon Road
Ratcliffe Road
Leopold Street
Forest Road
Albert Promenade
Parklands Drive
Burder Street
Alan Moss Road
Knightthorpe Road
Darwin Crescent
Burns Road
Abberton Way
Buckingham Drive
Meadow Lane
Brush Drive
Perry Grove
Bottleacre Lane
Nanpantan Road
Nottingham Road
Kings Avenue

However, I still felt the information wasn’t telling the whole story - some roads in Loughborough have many more properties on than others, so I wanted to then compare the average number of properties sold by the actual number of properties on that street in order to find out the streets whose owners proportionally moved, or sold more often, than the rest of the locality.

In the next article,  I will answer that question in great depth and the results should - as they did with me -certainly raise an eyebrow. I promise I won’t mention Star Trek again! The question is 'do you live on one the top 25 Loughborough most saleable streets in the LE11 area of Loughborough'?

Come back to my Loughborough Property Blog for the next article to find out!