House prices in 'BB1 8', Blackburn
This article reveals price per square metre data and various charts to help you understand current housing market in 'BB1 8' (Blackburn)  statistics were last calculated on 01 November 2024.
Defining 'BB1 8'
This analysis is limited to properties whose postcode starts with "BB1 8", this is also called the postcode sector. There are no official postcode sector names so I've just labelled it BB1 8, Blackburn. It is shown in red on the map below.
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Price per square metre
Knowing the average house price in BB1 8 is not much use. However, knowing average price per square metre can be quite useful. Price per sqm allows some comparison between properties of different size. We define price per square metre as the sold price divided by the internal area of a property:
£ per sqm = price ÷ internal area
For example in September 2024, 16, The Croft, Blackburn, BB1 8DY sold for £140,000. Given the internal area of 115 square metres recorded on the EPC, the price per sqm is £140,000 ÷ 115 sqm = £1,217.
England & Wales have been officially metric since 1965. However house price per square foot is prefered by some estate agents and those of sufficiently advanced age ;). It is a huge pain to code the automatic conversion for square meters to square feet for all the graphs and charts on BB1 8 and elsewhere. All the conditionals turn my tidy code for into spaghetti. I will get around to it at some point, but for now you can just divide everything by 10 in your head, move a decimal place and you'll be close enough. If you want to be more precise 1 sqm = 10.76391 sqft.
Distribution of £ per sqm for 'BB1 8' vs 'BB1'
The chart above is called a histogram, it helps you see the distribution of house price per sqm in BB1 8 To make this chart we put all the sales data into a series of £ per sqm 'buckets' (e.g. £1,900 to £2,000, £2,000 to £2,100, £2,100 to £2,200 etc...) we then count the number of sales with within in each bucket and plot the results. The histogram is based on 243 sales that took place in BB1 8, Blackburn in the last 24 months.
Generate a custom histogram like the one above but based on your own criteria.
You can see the spread of prices above. This is because although internal area is a key factor in determining valuation, it is not the only factor. Many factors other than size affect desirability; these factors could be condition, aspect, garden size, negotiating power of the vendor etc.
The spread of prices will give you a feel of the typical range to expect in BB1 8, Blackburn. Notably, only 25% of properties that sold recently were valued at more than £2,630 sqm. For anything to be valued more than this means it has to be more desireable than the clear majority of BB1 8 homes.
Box plot of £ per sqm for BB1 8
Tip: click on the chart to see the values.
The chart above is called a boxplot (or a boxandwhisker plot). Box plots, like histograms, are used to graphically represent the distribution of data, showing the central tendency, spread of the distribution. In the context of £ per square metre property price distributions, box plots represent the variation in property prices within a geographic area e.g. Blackburn. The chart above shows a boxplot for 'BB1 8' as well as the 'BB1' postcode district.
Property price map for Blackburn
Have a look at the interactive price map I created for myself. Use it to explore 'BB1 8' house prices all the way down to individual property plots.
Blackburn house price forecasting
I cannot tell what house prices will do in the future and don't believe anyone who says they can. However we can plot price trends, I have done this in the chart below for BB1 8 (Blackburn) compared with the wider postcode district of BB1. You can extrapolate from this based on your own views on future interest rates, inflation and other factors.
House price index for BB1 8
Tip: click on the legend items to show/hide different lines
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The chart above shows changes in 'BB1 8' property prices over the last 20 years. The index is calculated from the average price paid per sqm for property in BB1 8 and is set to 100 in 2004. I'm comparing the trends for BB1 8,Blackburn with the wider postcode district of BB1 What is more interesting is to look at the difference between flats and houses, even those in the same area follow a very different trend, to get a robust enough sample size to see this we need to zoom out and look at house price trends for the entire Blackburn with Darwen local authority.
The dashed lines show nominal house price changes, the solid lines show the same data adjusted for inflation. Economists call this the 'real' price change. You have to take inflation into account when comparing prices over time. It's calculated using the formula:
Real Rate of Return = (1 + Nominal Rate) ÷ (1 + Inflation Rate) – 1In this formula, the nominal rate is the rate of change before any adjustments, and the inflation rate is taken from the Consumer Price Index. The real rate of return is a more accurate measure of change in value, because £1 today does not have the same buying power as £1 in the past. For example, if a savings account pays an interest rate of 3% per year and the inflation rate is 5% per year, the real rate of return is 2%. This means that the investment's value is shrinking by 2% each year.
Historic returns for BB1 8
BB1 8 sector  BB1 district  

Nominal  Real  Nominal  Real  
20 yr per annum  3.2%  0.5%  3.6%  0.9% 
20 yr total  87.4%  11.0%  103.4%  20.5% 
10 yr per annum  3.1%  0.3%  3.5%  0.7% 
10 yr total  36.1%  3.4%  41.6%  7.5% 
5 yr per annum  3.7%  0.3%  4.7%  0.6% 
5 yr total  20.2%  1.6%  26.0%  3.2% 
1 yr per annum  6.0%  1.8%  2.0%  2.1% 
1 yr total  6.0%  1.8%  2.0%  2.1% 
This table complements the house price index chart above, presenting the data in a more detailed format. It breaks down the information into 20year, 10year, 5year, and 1year periods, further categorized by property type. For each period, we display both a per annum rate of change and a total rate of change.
The total rate of change represents the overall change over the entire period. The formula for total return is:
Total return = (Index at end of period ÷ Index at start of period)  1
The per annum rate of change is the annualized rate of change over the period. This is equivalent to the annual bank savings rate you would need to achieve the same total return over the given period. This annualized return is also known as the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). The formula for CAGR is:
CAGR = (1 + Total return) ^ (1 ÷ Number of years)  1
Some specific examples:
 Over the past 20 years, BB1 8 sector have seen a 0.5% annual change when adjusted for inflation. This translates to a total change of 11.0% in real terms.
 Over the past 5 years, BB1 district have seen a 0.6% annual change when adjusted for inflation. This translates to a total change of 3.2% in real terms.
Most recent BB1 8 sales
For the most recent sales activity, rather than a summarized average, it is better to see the underlying data. This is shown in the chart below, where blue dots represent individual sales, click on them to see details. If there is an obvious trend you should be able to spot it here amid the noise from outliers.
Tip: hover over dots to see details
Street level data
Street  Avg size  Avg £sqm  Recent sales 

Cranshaw Drive, Blackburn, BB1 8R  69 sqm  £2,072  18 
Openshaw Drive, Blackburn, BB1 8R  71 sqm  £2,285  16 
Lammack Road, Blackburn, BB1 8J  120 sqm  £2,000  16 
Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, BB1 8Q  103 sqm  £2,055  15 
St James'S Road, Blackburn, BB1 8E  86 sqm  £1,598  15 
Lammack Road, Blackburn, BB1 8L  93 sqm  £2,023  14 
Ramsgreave Drive, Blackburn, BB1 8L  100 sqm  £2,057  14 
Rhodes Avenue, Blackburn, BB1 8N  88 sqm  £2,034  14 
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Nearby geographies
The table below shows how 'BB1 8' compares to the other postcode sectors in BB1.
Sector  Lower quartile  Median  Upper quartile  Sales in last 2yr 

BB2 7 Mellor  £2,300 sqm  £2,570 sqm  £2,890 sqm  195 
BB2 6 Blackburn  £1,080 sqm  £1,370 sqm  £1,570 sqm  189 
BB2 2 Blackburn  £1,010 sqm  £1,220 sqm  £1,530 sqm  168 
BB2 1 Blackburn  £990 sqm  £1,160 sqm  £1,350 sqm  76 
BB1 9 Blackburn  £1,540 sqm  £2,050 sqm  £2,640 sqm  235 
BB1 8 Blackburn  £1,690 sqm  £2,240 sqm  £2,630 sqm  243 
BB1 7 Blackburn  £1,100 sqm  £1,420 sqm  £1,680 sqm  23 
BB1 6 Blackburn  £1,190 sqm  £1,380 sqm  £1,740 sqm  21 
BB1 5 Blackburn  £1,260 sqm  £1,710 sqm  £2,050 sqm  101 
BB1 4 Rishton  £1,000 sqm  £1,250 sqm  £2,080 sqm  190 
Raw data
Our analysis of BB1 8 is derived from what is essentially a big table of sold prices from Land Registry with added property size information. Below are three rows from this table to give you an idea.
Address  Paid  sqm  £/sqm 

16, The Croft, Blackburn  £140,000
Sep2024

115  1,217 
4, Colenso Rd, Blackburn  £175,000
Aug2024

103  1,699 
50, Openshaw Drive, Blackburn  £150,000
Aug2024

57  2,631 
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