With gardens often a high priority for prospective buyers, the demand for properties that can boast attractive outdoor space is always high. We pick five areas where you have a higher than average chance of finding a great garden – without paying a massive premium.
At the heart of Brockley is a conservation area where ample Victorian villas and terraces in leafy surroundings boast large gardens. Built by the Tyrwhitt-Drake family, a landowning dynasty, these proud houses were once part of an exclusive suburb, before World War II bombing took its toll on the wider area and it fell out of fashion. It is now well and truly on the up again but, as it is still less well known than south London neighbourhoods such as Blackheath and Clapham, Brockley tends to offer better value for money.
Ealing, W5, W13
West London’s ‘Queen of the Suburbs’ has always been known for its leafiness and Ealing still contains one of the largest stocks of spacious Victorian properties within zone 3 and remains popular with families. The many streets surrounding Walpole Park, as well as in the West Ealing and Northfields areas, have excellent examples of period properties of varying sizes and with generous gardens.
Finsbury Park, N4
Large Victorian houses in Finsbury Park that had been carved up into flats and bedsits from the 1950s onwards are increasingly returning to the market as family homes and their large gardens are once again being put to good use. In addition, keen residents have spruced up the look of this once dowdy neighbourhood with community and kerbside gardening schemes.
Despite parts of Peckham being very busy and urban, the area also has a healthy stash of attractive properties with gardens. Look in the streets around the trendy Bellenden Road for period homes and conversions with great outdoor space, or in nearby Nunhead for larger family-sized properties.
West Wickham, BR4
Those in search of more extensive grounds tend to head for the spacious suburbs where houses with large gardens are more readily found. The south London suburb of West Wickham was developed primarily in the pre-war years. Its 1930s detached and semi-detached properties are been designed around large proportions and extensive front and rear gardens, with four and five bedroom houses the norm. Easy access to the countryside and the Kent coastline is an added bonus.