Update: new crime data. Violent crime as a map layer, crime trends, and more

Switch between standard of living and violent crime rate

Just a month ago we released the first important update to Illustreets for 2014.

Then, in a couple of weeks, with the latest Land Registry data becoming available, we updated the ‘Sold prices’ section and also released an interactive map showing the compound growth of house prices in England over the past 10 years.

However, there was one particular dataset which we have been eagerly awaiting for: the recorded crime for December 2013.

This was the last bit that we needed in order to have the complete, three-year set of recorded crime data for England…

House prices in England: the long-run growth

Map showing the growth of house prices in England over the last 10 years

This is an interactive map of England, showing the compound rate at which the house prices have grown over 10 years. It is based on price data published in Land Registry’s House Price Index background tables, seasonally adjusted and smoothed.

In order to accurately represent the long-term growth of house prices on the map, we calculate the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for each region and county/local authority available in Land Registry’s tables. For an explanation of why we chose this method, please read more below the map.

Switch the layers to show different periods between 2004 and 2013. It’s interesting to see that in the first five years it was Northern England that experienced the highest growth…

Update: smaller geographical areas, rich overview page, new stats, and much more

Rich area overview page on illustreets

Whilst in the past the map was split in over 32,000 census neighbourhoods, now it has 172,000 smaller areas. This allows us to show the information related to households and residents in a more granular fashion (though the geography for crime, standard of living, and asking prices remains the same).

A complete snapshot of the area is now available under the ‘Overview’ tab. This was perhaps the single most important feature that we always wanted: to show as complete a picture as possible using just one page. The map colours simply don’t do justice to many of the places across England, which otherwise are very livable.

Now we’ve done it! You can find almost everything you’d want to know about an area with just a click on the map and a quick glance at the first tab…

Property news digest 25 Nov-1 Dec 2013

House prices up and down, and…down BBC is reporting that, according to the Nationwide building society, house prices are now rising at 6.5% a year, up from 5.8% a month ago. An annual house price inflation increase of 3.1% is…

Illustreets gets more features

School performance results

Just as we celebrate the second month of existence, we release another major update to our location explorer for England. Most of it is the result of the feedback received – thank you for it! There are countless features on our roadmap; however, they get prioritised based on your preferences. Please do get in touch via the contact form or the feedback forum as usual.

The first important part of our update is the addition of price paid information. We aggregate on the fly all the residential property transactions in England, going back to 2009, and show averages for each postcode district. You can find this information under the ‘Sold prices’ tab.

Of course, this section is still very much work in progress like all the others, and with help from you we will enhance it even further…

Property news digest 18-25 November 2013

Property prices – no news Property prices continue to rise, with demand – fuelled by a growing number of schemes – outstripping supply. The rising cost of living in London makes the dystopian suppositions of a rich city of towering…

Property news digest 11-17 November 2013

To buy or not to buy? Average rental prices across England and Wales rose to a record £758 per month in October, according to LSL Property Services. Nonetheless, the tenancies are rising rapidly; this October the number stands at 7.4 per…

Elmbridge – country lifestyle with urban luxury

Weybridge Hill aerial view

The first borough that greets you as you exit the Greater London constituency of Kingston upon Thames, is the picturesque borough of Elmbridge.

It is the most northerly borough in Surrey County, located on the border jurisdiction of Greater London. Four South West train stations service the area, with regular trains to Central London.

Famous primarily for Hampton Court Palace, Elmbridge has long been considered important historically. It is one of the smallest boroughs in the county, contained in an area of 37.2 square miles and inhabited by 131,000 people.

Just outside what is considered to be London, it provides the first taste of Surrey life, and far from disappointing, it lifts up the expectations of the county.

Deprivation on illustreets

Being busy working on a major update which we are planning to roll out soon, I kept postponing writing a more thorough explanation of the data which we use on illustreets.co.uk, as well as a discussion on the motivation for…