When looking for a home in London, it is crucial to first narrow down your search to one or two desirable areas.
Best Gapp Estate Agent in Knightsbridge recommend the following as key factors to consider: whether you would like to live in a house or flat, whether location or the size of the home is more important to you, if you need to be in close proximity to good schools and transport links, and whether you prefer more leafy, green surroundings or a buzzing city atmosphere.
The beauty of London’s diversity is that it has everything a property seeker could wish for.
South of the river often offers better value for money than property on the north side. It also represents a good purchase opportunity for young professionals with an SW postcode one of the most desirable for young, ambitious property seekers. The vast majority of property sales involve flats with RightMove research showing an average of £394,401 sold price and an overall average sold price for houses and flats of £481,797.
RightMove also reported a positive growth trend with a 9% increase on sold prices in South London from 2014 to 2015.
Wimbledon is the ideal choice for those seeking a peaceful, suburban-style area with trendy young professionals and families of all ages. Local estate agent Robert Holmes & Co describes how, despite its traditional British image, the area is actually extremely multicultural and offers accommodation to suit all budgets.
Wimbledon Village is at the higher end of the price range while central and south Wimbledon offers more affordable rentals and buys. The average price of a home in this exclusive part of London is £669,425 compared to the average in buzzy Brixton of £543,207.
Brixton has changed significantly over the past few years with the introduction of new, swanky restaurants, cafes and bars, says letting agent Denhan Guaranteed Rent. Thanks to its rapid gentrification, Brixton is enjoying lower crime rates and increased property values: the average house price in Brixton is currently £604,445, up almost £190,000 in the past five years.
Property seekers are attracted to the area for its handy transport links to the overground and Victoria line, as well as a range of bus routes.
For those seeking to secure a property that will increase in value over the next few years, Battersea is the ideal choice. It has remained in the shadow of neighbouring Chelsea and Fulham until recent years. However, with the development of Battersea Power Station, estate agents have seen an increase in savvy renters and buyers who recognise its potential.
Battersea feels almost like its own community away from London with great local shops and a chic ambience. It is predominantly made up of young families and has a range of good schools. The average rent for a two-bed flat is £2551 per month.
Living here means being surrounded by traditional Victorian architecture, the green, open spaces of Battersea Park and a refreshing riverside location. The transport links are also great, with Clapham Junction, Battersea Park and Queenstown Road stations within easy reach.