Monday, 2 July 2012 10:59 AM
As Olympics fever starts to gather pace, how would you be doing if you owned a house associated with the games?
That’s what property website Zoopla.co.uk set out to do in a survey of streets named after medals and Olympic sports.
Overall, the results prove that the top place on the podium is what counts: homes in streets with gold in their name were valued at an average £280,114, followed by silver at an average of £224,786 and bronze at £198,537.
But there was one exception to the rule: the most valuable Olympic medal homes in the survey were in Silver Lane, Purley with an average price of £1,774,563.
Otherwise, the top three streets were Gold Hill in Lower Bourne, Farnham (£1,478,822), Gold Hill in Batcombe, Shepton Mallet (£1,024,878) and Gold Street in Cobham (£787,500).
Hopefully not in a reflection of Great Britain’s medal prospects there are just 61 Gold streets in the UK compared with 559 Silvers.
The other top silvers were Silver Lanes, one in Ongar (£762,166) and Wantage (£655,974) while the top bronzes were Bronze Barrow Close in Wigston (£324,535) and Bronze Close in Basingstoke (£300,733).
The Olympic sports to choose when owning a home are Badminton (113 streets with an average house price of £400,664), Shooting (four at £318,305) and Archery (39 at £285,558).
Nicholas Leeming, business development director of Zoopla.co.uk, said: “Getting onto the property ladder these days probably feels like as much of an effort as winning a Gold medal at the Olympics to many people.
"Getting to live on a street with Gold in the name is certainly something for homeowners to work hard and strive for - something our athletes will be all too familiar with.”