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World Cup flop Gerrard set to return to £4m mansion

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Finance

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World Cup flop Steven Gerrard may have led his team of losers to yet another England debacle – but at least he has his £3.9m mansion to return to.

However, the England captain’s fancy house is a far cry from the modest home he grew up in on a tough council estate in Liverpool.

And the contrast in house prices on streets of Gerrard’s namesake is equally as stark.

Gerrards Lane in Merseyside and Gerrard Street in London may both share a name with one of the top 10 richest footballers playing in the Brazilian World Cup - but that’s where the similarities end.

The average terrace in England and Wales is now worth £123,4871 but the average terrace in the Merseyside borough of Knowsley, where Gerrards Lane is located, is just £83,5991.

Around 200 miles south, Gerrard Street in Soho is at the heart of the property bubble. The average price of a terrace in the City of Westminster is £2,845,5871 - 34 times more than a terrace in Knowlsey!

Looking at the increase over the last 10 years and the difference is even more dramatic.

Prices of terraces in Westminster have soared 252% over the last 10 years while terraces in Knowsley have increased by 62%.

The annual salary required for an 80% mortgage on the average terrace in Knowsley is £19,1082 but in Westminster you would need to be earning £650,4203 to buy an average terrace - equivalent to what England failure Gerrard makes in just over a month.

Gerrard’s two-acre property in Merseyside boasts a two-storey gym, swimming pool, children’s playground and putting green - but for the same price he could only stretch to a 1,872 ft2 flat in Soho Square.

The situation is similar on other roads which share a name with an England footballer.

Derbyshire, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Harrow all have a Welbeck Road but while the average price of a terrace in Derbyshire is just £78,3991, a terrace in Newcastle can fetch £117,6831, and a terrace in Harrow will set you back £297,9431.

Ruth Davison, director of policy and external affairs at the National Housing Federation, said: “Unless you are lucky enough to earn a footballer’s wage, the chances of being able to buy your own home are becoming ever more slim.

“Our housing market has long been weakened by the lack of new houses being built, which are forcing up house prices – leaving millions of people struggling to get on the property ladder.

“Unless the government address the chronic under-supply of homes, an entire generation are at risk of being locked out of the housing market.

“Our ambition is to solve the housing crisis in a generation but the only way to succeed is to say yes to more of the right homes in the right places at the right price.” 

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