Homes in Westminster in central London are the most expensive per square metre in the UK – and the most cramped – a study has found.
Properties in the heart of the English capital cost £7,586 per square metre on average and are typically 71 square metres in size, making homes in Westminster the tiniest on average, Halifax found. St Albans was named the next most expensive city, with homes setting buyers back £3,227 per square metre, almost double the UK average of £1,668. Oxford, Winchester, and Cambridge are also among the most expensive areas, while Edinburgh is the only city among the top 10 based outside southern England. York was named as the most expensive city per square metre in northern England, with homes costing £1,830 per square metre.
Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, said: "House price per square metre is a useful measure for house price comparison because it helps to adjust for differences in the size and type of properties between locations.
"Westminster has the most expensive prices in the UK on a price per square metre. Interestingly, it also has the smallest average property size in the country.
"Not only has Westminster got one of the highest population densities per square kilometre among UK cities, but it also has a large proportion of properties that are flats."