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The Rise of Studio Apartments: A New Trend in Prime London’s Rental Market

Prime London Market Update

In recent times, studio apartments have emerged as the hottest ticket in Prime London property. According to insights from data consultancy LonRes, the remarkable 29% growth in studio rents since January 2020 can be attributed to shifting working patterns in the post-pandemic world.

As more workers return to the office and reevaluate their living arrangements after relocating out of London, the demand for small pieds-à-terre has surged. This trend can be partly attributed to affordability, as tenants opt to share larger properties rather than choosing traditional one- or two-bed flats.

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A Broader Market Perspective

While the studio apartment segment is making waves in Prime London’s real estate scene, what are the broader market trends? LonRes has described the overall Prime London sales market as “subdued” in the second half of 2023.

Nick Gregori, Head of Research at LonRes, notes, “June saw little change in the prime London lettings market, with rents continuing to grow and new supply thin on the ground. It’s interesting to see rental growth has been strongest for smaller properties as working patterns shift and affordability begins to bite.”

Despite a mixed picture in terms of sales activity and property values, there are positive indicators. Overall, the Prime London rental market has maintained strong growth, with average annual rental increases of 8% in June. This surge has taken rents to nearly 28% above their 2017-19 (pre-pandemic) average.

While houses and apartments with three or more bedrooms have also performed well, one- and two-bed flats, which have traditionally been popular among tenants, have seen slower rental increases of around 20%.

Among the submarkets, London’s City Fringe is currently leading with the highest annual growth rate at a soaring 10.3%.

Interestingly, while it might appear that rental activity has declined – with an analysis showing an annual fall of 30% in lets agreed – there’s a deeper story at play. This apparent decline may be primarily due to a significant proportion of properties being let without the formal listing process. This underscores the remarkable demand for rental properties in Prime London’s dynamic property market. It suggests that despite the numbers showing fewer officially listed agreements, there’s a thriving off-market activity or alternative channels through which these transactions are taking place, showcasing the market’s adaptability in responding to shifting trends.

A Look to The Future

Leading metrics suggest that the number of properties under offer and new instructions is on the rise. The £5m+ market has also seen increased activity, reflecting not just rising values but also heightened buyer interest.

Overall, this broader market context highlights the ever-evolving dynamics of Prime London’s real estate landscape.

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If you’re looking to make your mark in the developing Prime London real estate market, our team at Rickman Properties is here to assist you every step of the way. Whether you’re seeking your dream studio apartment, a spacious family home, or looking to list your London property for sale or rent, our experienced professionals are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

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