Moving just one Metro stop saves you an average £75 every month – and could save you as much as £653.
- West Jesmond overtakes Tynemouth as most expensive place to rent outside of central Newcastle – Byker is once again cheapest.
This month’s Tyne and Wear Rent Map from property firm KIS – which shows what the Metro Map would look like if the names of the stations were replaced with the average monthly cost of renting a home there – shows rents varying by an average of £75 from station to station.
West Jesmond (£787) and Jesmond (£786) have overtaken Tynemouth (£775) as the most expensive places outside of central Newcastle to rent, followed by Whitley Bay (£688) and South Gosforth (£675).
Gateshead (£664), ranked fourth most expensive to rent in January has slipped to seventh, also overtaken by Ilford Road (£673).
Byker (£372) is once again the cheapest place to rent, followed by Jarrow (£375), Pallion (£413), Heworth (£415) and Tyne Dock (£421).
The map shows the typical cost per month of renting a two-bedroom property within a quarter of a mile of every one of the Metro’s 60 stations – revealing which areas are Tyne and Wear’s property hotspots and where renters can find a bargain.
The research shows that the biggest single change in rent from station to station continues to occur between Manors and Byker, with a price difference of £653 a month.
The research shows that excluding central Newcastle, the top five most expensive places to rent in Tyne and Wear on a per calendar month basis (last month’s position in brackets) are:
- West Jesmond (2) – £787
- Jesmond (3) – £786
- Tynemouth (1) – £775
- Whitley Bay (-) – £688
- South Gosforth (5) – £673
The cheapest five areas to rent on the other hand are:
- Byker (4) – £372
- Jarrow (5) – £375
- Pallion (=1) – £413
- Heworth (2)- £415
- Tyne Dock (=1) – £421
The largest differences from station to station are:
- £653 (Manors to Byker)
- £315 (Tynemouth to Cullercoats)
- £275 (Tynemouth to North Shields)
- £272 (Haymarket to Newcastle Central)
- £239 (Haymaket to Jesmond)
- £228 (Whitley Bay to Cullercoats)
- £175 (Chillingham Road to Byker)
- £156 (Wallsend to Walkerville)
- £129 (Newcastle Central to Gateshead)
- £126 (Park Lane to Sunderland)
Ajay Jagota, Managing Director of KIS and founder of insurance backed deposit-free renting solution D_Lighted responded to the figures:
He said: “Recent figures showed that on renters will on average pay more than £50,000 in rent before they’ve saved enough to put a deposit down on a house. The real value of research like ours is showing people saving up to buy their first home how they could save a deposit quicker by widening a search for a rental home by a matter of streets.
“On an average North East wage of just over £24,000 a year, for example, 23% of your income will go on rent in Cullercoats. Move next door to Tynemouth and that figure rises to 38%.
“Every month I’m struck by the changes from station to station – Sunderland and Park Lane couldn’t be closer as stations – but despite the fact that both have a SR1 postcode, there’s a difference in over £100 a month in rent.
“Our research shows the real value of a good agent to a landlord too. This month we found on agent listing a property in Jarrow as Newcastle!
“Whether that was wonky geography or ambitious marketing on the part of an agent, it reveals a truth about making a profit out of property. You need to know where properties are moving and how to move the properties you have. And that’s where a good agent comes in.”