With Starkey&Brown straddling two ends of the A15 in Scunthorpe and Lincoln, we decided to look at what Lincoln City’s fabulous resurgence has meant for our city at the southern end of the road.
What you may or may not know is that Scunthorpe and Lincoln share football links, like our estate agency.
Danny Cowley, the manager, has worked wonders for Lincoln City catapulting the team up the table, culminating in a glorious FA Cup defeat against Arsenal.
Dover’s loss has been Lincoln’s gain.
A lot of Lincoln’s squad too is made up from Scunthorpe’s, such as Jack Muldoon, best mates with Scunthorpe’s X Factor star Jake Quickenden. Luke Waterfall and Terry Hawkridge are ex-Irons players too.
Lincoln also have outstanding prospects in Sean Raggett and have seen other players like Theo Robinson snapped up by other clubs due to this season’s success.
But, if you wanted to read a football article, you wouldn’t presumably be on a Starkey&Brown’s website would you?
But wait. There’s some method in our madness.
You may know that promotion to the Premier League offers untold riches for clubs, in fact £150 million from TV revenue alone, but success for both Scunthorpe and Lincoln, albeit in the lower reaches, has a profound impact on both towns.
Danny Cowley has put Lincoln on the front and back pages of the national media with his achievements and Lincoln is suddenly in the spotlight for football.
Its ground, Sincil Bank, is already better than its Vanarama National League rivals and with promotion almost assured, Lincoln, as a football club, has a bright future.
The city is matching the club’s success with a new multi-million pound transport hub, big housing developments along Tritton Road and around North Hykeham, as well as the University of Lincoln rapidly expanding with the likes of the Isaac Newton building for Science.
So what will this football success and investment across the city mean for property prices?
According to date from Rightmove, Lincoln, as a city, saw a 14% average property price rise from 2014 to 2015, with a more modest rise of 4% from 2015 to 2016.
Yet, if we look at other cities not far away, like Leicester, who admittedly won the Premier League not the Vanarama National League, the impact Ranieri’s success had on flats in Leicester city centre is impressive. They increased by 71% in the city centre in one year (figures provided by Rightmove).
Not hyperbole, but a fact.
Now if Lincoln City continue their upward trajectory, could we not see similar property price growth here?
The team at Starkey&Brown thinks so.
Lincoln City meeting Arsenal put the area on the map.
This has a positive knock-on effect with one being that a greater number of domestic and overseas students may choose to study here, just as they have done in Manchester, meaning greater city centre footfall, increased investment and further financial growth for Lincoln and its property market.
Lincoln has always been a cool city, but is it about to become uber-cool?
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