Hedonic pricing analysis of the influence of urban green spaces onto residential prices: the case of Leipzig, Germany

Veronika Liebelt* (Corresponding Author), Stephan Bartke, Nina Schwarz

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In the light of global urbanization and biodiversity loss, ecosystem services provided by urban green spaces (UGS) are becoming increasingly important, not least as a recovery and recreation opportunity for citizens. The valuation of UGS is significant for urban planners, who make decisions on the creation or removal of UGS. We analysed the influence of UGS on residential property prices in Leipzig, Germany, by applying a hedonic pricing analysis. This analysis complements the existing literature by considering both sale and rental prices for flats and houses; moreover, the shape of UGS is taken into account explicitly; finally, it is the first study in Germany to analyse UGS in hedonic studies to such an extent. The results demonstrate that the size of the nearest UGS has a stronger impact on prices compared to the distance from it. With respect to shape, we found that the simpler the UGS shape, the higher the prices. Although we find an impact of UGS on prices, the impact is smaller than that of other characteristics. The proposed valuation approach and obtained results inform urban planners regarding the design of new UGS and raise awareness about potential intended and unintended economic and social effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-157
Number of pages25
JournalEuropean planning studies
Issue number1
Early online date15 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • Ecosystem services
  • Hedonic pricing
  • Housing market
  • Regression analysis
  • Urban green spaces
  • Valuation
  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • 2023 OA procedure


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