At the peak of the market in 2007, one in 97 properties were valued at over £1 million.
Compiled by Zoopla.co.uk, the biggest gains were seen in London, the South East and East of England, all regions where the percentage of property millionaires grew by double-digits throughout 2010. At the other end of the scale, the number of property millionaires in Wales and Yorkshire & the Humber halved over the past 12 months, according to the research by Zoopla.co.uk which provides free, instant value estimates for every home in the country.
London and the South East are now home to four out of every five (79%) million-pound properties in Britain with London alone accounting for over half the national total (54%). And while the number of property millionaires in London and the South East grew by 11.1% and 11.9% respectively in 2010, Scotland saw its property millionaire ranks fall by 13.7% and the number of Welsh property millionaires fell by a staggering 48.8%.
London is also home to nine of the top ten areas in Britain with the highest proportion of homes that are valued at over £1m, led by Kensington (W8) where more than half (52%) of all homes are worth more than £1m. The only area outside London making the top ten was Virginia Water in Surrey (GU25) where 30% of homes are in the million pound plus bracket.
Spokesman Nick Leeming said: “The North vs. South wealth divide is now starker than ever. Property values have recovered well at the top end of the property market but the rest of the market and particularly the North have seen a steep decline in high-end property values. The prime market in the South has been impacted far less by the mortgage squeeze as a result of the inflow of foreign money and the strength in the City keeping demand for million pound pads at peak levels.”
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