Location may be the most important factor in most people’s home buying decisions, but, in our experience, space usually comes a close second.
London packs in nearly nine million people and competition for larger homes can be intense, particularly in the centre of town.
So many people are increasingly looking further afield for value, particularly when some suburban areas can be two thirds cheaper than London’s more central postcodes.
In our experience, many younger families who are keen for space want somewhere not too far out that has good local services, a reasonable buzz and excellent schools, as well as prices that help them buy a lot more for their money. Here are five to consider.
Where? North of Willesden Green and Kilburn, on the A5
Why? The area has been changing recently as central-London escaping younger families who might have once looked at Kensal Green, Queen’s Park and Hampstead have instead headed for Cricklewood, encouraged by the planned £4.5 billion revamp of neighbouring Brent Cross shopping centre.
It is well-known for spacious three- and four-bedroom Victorian, Edwardian and 1930s semis. These dominate the market here and start at £650,000, rising to £2.5m.
Where? A large leafy swathe of SE London between Tulse Hill and Forest Hill taking in Dulwich Village, West Dulwich and two parks.
Why? It’s a bucolic enclave famous for its large suburban houses and wide roads, picture gallery, two Victorian parks, eponymous private school and cute central village.
How much? Three or four bedroom semis start at £700,000 rising to £1.3 million while detached houses start at £1.5 million and can reach £2 million or more.
Where? It’s a much-desired triangle of streets bordered by Stockwell, Brixton, Balham and Wandsworth. Clapham is famous for the huge common at its heart as well as a bustling high street and, in many places, large Victorian detached villas and semis.
Why? It’s got everything including several tube and rail links into town, greenery, fashionable enclaves, celebrity residents, galleries and famous eateries.
How much? It’s popular, so competition for houses here is strong. Expect to pay at least £800,000 for a modern three-bedroom semi and £900,000 for a period one. Prices then reach up to £3 million for Victorian four-bedroom examples.
West Ealing W13
A vertical north-to-south strip between the A40 and M4 bordered by Perivale at the top, Ealing to the east, Boston Manor to the south and Hanwell to the west.
It’s one of the few remaining more affordable areas of West London so you get additional space for your money here. Paddington is just three stops away by train and there’s a tube at its southern end.
How much? Smaller period three-bedroom semis start at £700,000 rising to £1.5 million for larger four-bedroom ones.
Where? Either side of the A24 down from Clapham and above Tooting. Famously described as ‘gateway to the south’.
Why? The area has changed a lot over the past decade and is now a mini-Clapham but offers more affordable properties as well as excellent shops, restaurants and pubs/bars.
Period three-bedroom semis start at £850,000 and reach £1.2 million while smaller four bedroom ones start at £950,000 and hit £1.5 million.