Thursday, January 21

The Aylesbury Monopoly Board

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Board games seem a thing of the past for youngsters nowadays with their consoles and mobile phones yet a family favourite in our household that will bring young and old together is Monopoly.

Mayfair is the square everyone wants to buy and whilst it is the most expensive to buy – it offers the greatest returns. Mayfair was the must have London address when the Monopoly board game was made in 1935 when, at the time, it was the most expensive street to buy houses at £400 each. A member of my family asked me what a property today would be worth in Mayfair and how much it would cost to buy them all. Readers will know I like a challenge. My research shows that a typical house in Mayfair today costs on average £2.8m – whilst the total value of all the property in the Mayfair area currently stands at £11.8bn.

The fun part of Monopoly was to build more houses and ultimately a hotel to extract the maximum rent from the other players who landed on the square. That made me think, instead of looking at the average value of a property on the street, what if we looked at the total value of property on the whole street. So, I carried out some research on all the 426 streets in HP21 and calculated the top 20 streets in terms of their total value of all properties on the street..  and just for fun, colour coded them as if they were on a Monopoly board  …

Monopoly Board Street Aylesbury (HP21) Equivalent Street Total Value of all the Homes on the Street
Mayfair Coxhill Way £76,820,000
Park Lane Wendover Road £75,871,000
Bond Street Ingram Avenue £68,305,000
Oxford Street Hancock Close £49,393,000
Regent Street Churchill Avenue £44,837,000
Piccadilly King Edward Avenue £44,789,000
Coventry Street Bedgrove £44,457,000
Leicester Square Long Meadow £43,666,000
Trafalgar Square Prebendal Avenue £43,559,000
Fleet Street Walton Way £43,318,000
The Strand Craigwell Avenue £43,236,000
Vine Street Viridian Square £42,695,000
Bow Street Limes Avenue £42,334,000
Pall Mall Northumberland Avenue £42,199,000
Whitehall Welbeck Avenue £37,565,000
Northumberland Ave Langdon Avenue £37,559,000
Pentonville Road Anton Way £36,693,000
Angel Islington Patrick Way £36,226,000
White Chapel Road Foskett Way £35,957,000
Old Kent Road Camborne Avenue £33,060,000

Mayfair and Park Lane are represented by Coxhill Way and Wendover Road .. no surprises there, yet there are some surprises in the mix including Prebendal Avenue and Viridian Square. They are rightly in the list because of the sheer size of those streets; because whilst the value of those homes are much lower than the posher streets, the total value of the whole street means they make the top 20 list.

Now of course whilst drawing a comparison between a 1935 board game and the actual total house values on those Aylesbury streets and roads provides a light hearted point of view of the Aylesbury property market, it does present a credible picture of Aylesbury’s most popular streets. Next time I will get back to writing an article with a little more seriousness and deeper issues on the Aylesbury housing market … but this week, I hope you enjoyed my little bit of fun!


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Philip Norgan

I have been an estate agent, in The Chilterns, for over 29 years and have worked in wide variety of estate agencies and roles. I also owned my own agency for 8 years at the start of the 21st Century. My primary focus has always been on providing every client with the best service possible. That is why being part of the Martin Kemps team is so rewarding. Philip Norgan - Sales & Lettings Manager @ Martin Kemps T: 01296 422171 | 01844 260909 E:

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