Liverpool suburb torn by riots named as top house price hotspot – see full list

Toxteth in Liverpool has been identified as the top house price hotspot, with a 20% increase in the average price tag for a home over the past year.

Accrington in Lancashire, Retford in Nottinghamshire and Heywood in Greater Manchester closely follow with a 19% increase in average asking prices, according to Rightmove.

Five of the top 10 hotspots are in the North West of England, a region where asking prices have risen by 8% on average since September 2020.

Since the start of last year, nearly three-quarters (71%) of areas across Britain have hit record asking prices, Rightmove said.

The average asking price for a home in Toxteth is £151,958, which still puts it in the top 10% of the cheapest areas across Britain. The average price tag there has however jumped from £126,806 in September 2020.

Forty years after riots broke out in Toxteth, changes sparked by the unrest have led to a “complete transformation” of Liverpool.

During nine days of civil unrest in July 1981, 468 police officers were injured, 500 people were arrested and 70 buildings were damaged so severely by fire they had to be demolished.

The riots, which saw the worst of the violence on July 5 and 6, were sparked by the arrest of a young black man.

In the four decades since, the city has seen huge regeneration, was named the European Capital of Culture in 2008, has a visitor economy worth £4.9 billion annually and this year elected its first black mayor.

Across Britain, the average asking price stands at a record £338,462, up by 5.8% compared with September 2020, Rightmove said.

Tim Bannister, Rightmove’s director of property data, said: “There’s been significant growth across so many areas of Great Britain over the past year, which is reflected in the new price hotspots, where six different regions appear in the top 10.

“The number of homes for sale is at a record low, and buyer demand remains high. This competition for properties is supporting price growth.”

Warren Matthews, an agent at James Kristian Estate Agents in Liverpool, said: “Due to the improvements in the area, places like Toxteth have grown in popularity, and we’re now seeing properties appeal to a wide range of buyers, from first-time, next time and investors.

“This has pushed demand up which has therefore significantly increased prices in the area, and we’re still seeing high levels of buyer interest as we approach the final months of the year.”

The top ten
Here are average asking prices in September 2021 and the percentage increase for the top 10 hotspots, according to Rightmove:

  1. Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside, £151,958, 20%

=2. Accrington, Lancashire, £139,220, 19%

=2. Retford, Nottinghamshire, £210,761, 19%

=2. Heywood, Greater Manchester, £194,634, 19%

=5. Brixham, Devon, £318,859, 18%

=5. Crowborough, East Sussex, £501,537, 18%

=5. Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, £165,322, 18%

=8. Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire, £327,804, 17%

=8. Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, £251,478, 17%

  1. Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, £270,621, 16%