UK house prices: Greenwich, Kew, Westminster and the country's Unesco World Heritage sites command an £80k property premium

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Kew Gardens Awarded World Heritage Site Status
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Homeowners living near the landmarks of maritime Greenwich or leafy Kew Gardens are sitting on a premium worth nearly £80,000.

Along with another 27 spots across the country - from Devon to Orkney- homes nearby command more thanks to their status as a World Heritage Site.

While the average property price across the UK comes in at £284,127, those located near to a site of world heritage by Unesco climb to £362,120 across the UK.

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“World Heritage sites have contributed massively to our history and our research shows that living near to one can add significantly to a property’s value,” said Lawrence Hall of Zoopla, the property site behind the research.

London's World Heritage sites command the highest prices of any in the country, unsurprisingly, with pads around Westminster Abbey which was awarded the status in 1987 coming with a £1.7m price tag.

For buyers looking for somewhere a little more affordable, Saltaire in Bradford and Liverpool's Maritime Mercantile City average prices come in at £155,868 and £167,771 respectively,

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The research also reveals the first 10 areas to be awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO between 1986 and 1987 such as Blenheim Palace, Ironbridge Gorge and the city of Bath are worth more than those crowned this century, such as Kew Gardens and the Forth Bridge. Although, property near the Scottish landmark is likely still a good investment.

“Looking at the most recent site to gain World Heritage status, homeowners near the Forth Bridge could expect to see property values increase in future, as the full benefits the award brings to the area begin to be felt,” added Hall.

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