Checking Where it’s the Least Expensive to Potentially Live near the Premier League Champions
Across the UK, football stadiums, particularly Premier League football stadiums, are regularly ranked among the must-see or must-visit venues of their respective areas. Not only are the stadiums incredibly impressive, but distinct efforts have been made to improve the area and communal spaces around the grounds. This is particularly true of new stadium builds, such as Everton’s new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium.
While local allegiances naturally dictate how valuable property near a football stadium is worth to the individual, living near a top Premier League contender can, at least, guarantee you so easy-access, top-class football each season. However, the quality of the squad doesn’t appear to influence house prices too much, with there certainly being some high-ceiling value buys and incredibly costly builds near the stadiums of the Premier League’s top clubs.
So, here’s how much it’ll cost you to live near the leading contenders for the 2021/22 Premier League title.
A cost-effective way to see if a team will reclaim the title
Liverpool looked as unstoppable as they come when they flew to the Premier League title in 2019/20. Just a few months later, though, they looked incredible fragile. Still competitive, but losing key players to injury, particularly Virgil van Dijk, smashed the team’s hopes of a repeat. This season, however, Liverpool are mostly back to full strength, and even have the £36 million centre back Ibrahima Konaté to support their title pursuit.
Back in 2014, we reported that the L4 district of Liverpool was the most affordable district per the gross annual average earnings of all Premier League clubs. Home to Anfield and Goodison Park, L4’s current average price of properties for sale still only just hits £106,000. That’s a rather low average price to find yourself near the second-favourites to win the title this season.
Middling Manchester clubs, with it cheaper near the champions
While Manchester United continue to rebuild, trusting the process helmed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester City continue to shine as the top club in the division. Last season, they stormed to the title, with their cross-city rivals landing second. This season, the Etihad residents are expected to storm their way to the top, being the favourites in the outright football odds at 4/6, well ahead of United at 8/1.
City have, seemingly, further cemented themselves as the top club in the league by splashing the cash on Jack Grealish. The much-hyped midfielder is the most expensive transfer for the summer window to date, costing £105.75 million. Yet, the average house prices near the Etihad, in M11, are around £155,000 at the time of writing. For Manchester United fans, living near Old Trafford is a fair bit more expensive, averaging £240,000.
Breaking the bank to be near London’s challengers
It’s certainly not a secret that London property is wildly expensive, but given the average prices around the Etihad, Anfield, and Old Trafford, some may expect a much lower valuation around Stamford Bridge than is the average. Right now, houses near Chelsea FC in SW6 average £1.2 million. They may have won the most prestigious prize in Europe, but Chelsea are only tied for second in the running for this year’s Premier League title.
So, if you’d like a cost-effective way of living near the next potential Premier League champions, it’s best to look up north rather than towards the capital.