Emerging Residential Investment Hotspots for 2020

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Buy to let property investors are always looking for the next emerging residential hotspot for investment, and Andy Foote, director at SevenCapital, thinks that he has unearthed five emerging hotspots to watch in 2020.

With significant regeneration programs underway or in the pipeline, good travel connections to key towns and cities and good property price growth, these areas are fast transforming into thriving residential and commercial centres where people want to live, work and play.

Emerging Hotspot 1 – Bracknell

A tech hub in its own right, being home to the likes of HP, Dell and Hitachi, Bracknell offers its own thriving business community, alongside fast, direct connections to London and other key destinations, but with a much lower price tag.

Bracknell’s average property price is circa £370,000 – around half that of that of the capital, and far less than other surrounding areas including Wokingham (circa £480,000) and Ascot (circa £870,000). Bracknell was also recently named in The Times as one of Britain’s most thriving communities.

Property price growth since 2014: 20.77 per cent

Emerging Hotspot 2 – Slough

With average house prices currently at around £345,000, Slough is around £200,000 less than neighbouring Windsor and circa half the price of London. If you consider that Slough is also home to the largest concentration of global headquarters outside London, include O2 and Mars, and is currently enjoying more than £1billion in regeneration projects, alongside the anticipated arrival of Crossrail, it’s easy to see why Slough’s reputation as a top commuter town has soared. Around 46 per cent of homes rented in Slough are to London leavers.

Property price growth since 2014: 18.14 per cent

Emerging Hotspot 3 – Stevenage

Home to historic Knebworth House, Stevenage was the first new town in the UK. Stevenage still sits at the lower end of the price scale for commuter locations, with average sold prices of around £293,000. Whilst it’s not on the scale of Slough, it is home to GSK’s largest research and development site, amongst other large employers, and is home to the primary innovation and technology centre in Hertfordshire.

It also sits just 25 minutes by train into London’s Kings Cross, where Google is set to move into its new £1 billion headquarters in the coming years. Crucially for the town itself, Stevenage is undergoing a £1 billion regeneration project, which includes a £350 million town centre regeneration project, set to begin in 2020.

Property price growth since 2014: 20.77 per cent

Emerging Hotspot 4 – Northampton

Sat almost equidistant between Birmingham and London, Northampton’s location offers commuters the best of both worlds with an affordable price tag. It’s also enjoyed some of the highest (and fastest) house price growth, with prices increasing by 5.3 per cent over the past 12 months.

If its designs on receiving the ‘Future High Streets’ fund and Towns Fund go as planned, it could be in for a £50 million regeneration boost from the government, which is certain to attract more businesses, visitors and residents alike.

Property price growth since 2014: 23.8 per cent

Emerging Hotspot 5 – Milton Keynes

The centre of the Oxford to Cambridge arc, Milton Keynes is also just 33 minutes by train from London and is listed as one of the top ten locations for house price growth according to recent Hometrack reports.

With the third highest number of business start-ups per 10,000 of the UK population and strong economic performance, Milton Keynes is a key member of the Fast Growth Cities group that has resulted in nearly 20 per cent of its workforce joining the knowledge sector.

It’s no wonder then that the city is expected to double its population to 500,000 by 2050.

Property price growth since 2014: 21.12 per cent

Whilst these areas may not have been traditionally thought of as premium property investment locations, they are fast becoming recognised as up-and-coming hotspots with strong growth potential, which, in an increasingly diverse property market, could hold the key to future success.

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