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housing and property data

Colouring London


Colouring London is a free knowledge exchange platform, designed by UCL to collate, collect, generate, visualise and make accessible, statistical data for every building in London.

Spatial data: Ordnance Survey MasterMap (OSMM) polygons/ building footprints

Researchers: Team of collaborators

An empirical study on applying community detection methods in defining spatial housing submarkets in London

Housing submarkets can be defined as a set of dwellings that are reasonably close substitutes with one another, but poor substitutes between other submarkets. This research argues similarities within submarkets are not only captured by its building and location characteristics but also in how each dwelling is inter-connected within its local area and embedded to the rest of the system.

Data used:  Street Network – OS Merdian 2, House price data – Land Registry 

Researcher: Prof Alan Penn

Take a Look Around: Using Street View and Satellite Images to Estimate House Prices


The researchers make use of traditional housing features such as age, size and accessibility as well as visual features from Google Street View images and Bing aerial images in estimating the house price model. The research explores the use of non-linear vs. linear methods to fuse these cues with conventional models of house pricing, and show how the interpretability of linear models allows them to directly extract the visual desirability of neighbourhoods as proxy variables that are both of interest in their own right, and could be used as inputs to other econometric methods.


Data used:  OS Merdian 2, House price data - real estate, deep learning, convolutional neural network, hedonic price models, machine vision, London

Researcher (UCL): Stephen Law

Mind the Poorest: Social Housing Provision in Post-crisis Romania

This paper reflects on recent social housing developments in Romania.

Data used: EUROSTAT 2014. House Price Index database. Romania’s housing stock by tenure as % of total housing stock

Researcher: Dr Catalina Turcu

Creating a new dataset to analyse house prices in England


House price data deficiencies hinder UK housing market research. House price research in the UK is limited by lack of an open and comprehensive house price database that contains transaction price alongside individual property characteristics. This research outlines one approach which addresses this deficiency in England.

Data used: Land Registry PPD, Ordnance Survey (OS) MasterMap, OS AddressBase Plus, total floor area information from Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Researchers: Team of collaborators

National Housing Audit

Based on a design audit of 142 housing developments across England, and correlations with data on market, contextual and design governance factors, a number of conclusions were drawn. These concern the type of housing that is being delivered, what is going right and wrong, and why there is such a variation in practice across the country.

Data used: property data for design dimension

Researcher: Prof Matthew Carmona

The economic value of spatial network accessibility for UK cities: A comparative analysis using the hedonic price approach

The accessibility effect on house price ranges from strongly significant in London to insignificant in Birmingham. In general, the economic effect is weaker in smaller, more car dependent cities, with a greater proportion of the population employed in the manufacturing sector, and is stronger in cities that are denser, more walkable with greater productivity and a greater proportion of residents in the education sector. This exploration therefore suggests that the economic value placed upon urban accessibility may be related to a combination of mobility factors, its urban form and its economic profile.

Data used:  House price data – Land Registry and Nationwide Building Society, Street Network – OS Merdian 2, Cities Dataset - Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Centre for Cities dataset (Centre for Cities, 2016)

Researcher: Prof Alan Penn

What is Governed in Cities: Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production

What is Governed in Cities: Residential Investment Landscapes and the Governance and Regulation of Housing Production. This project examines the relationships between contemporary investment flows into the housing markets of major European cities and the arrangements and public policy instruments that are designed to govern them.

Data used: Real Estate, investment data, housing markets

Researcher: Prof Mike Raco 

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