7 Great Areas in London for Property Hunting in 2017
Buying property in London is often an overwhelming experience. If you’re looking for a property that meets an extensive list of requirements whilst still ensuring your life is running smoothly, whether it’s getting that promotion at work, a busy family life or you’re jet-setting around the world. Our London property finders keep up to date with everything happening in the London property market at all levels, ensuring that we can bring you the best selection of properties that meet and exceed your expectations, whilst staying within your budget.
Part of that process is making sure we stay up to date with the best areas of London to look at when buying property in 2017. Property is one of the safest investments you can make, and in a city as vibrant and attractive as London, you’re extremely likely to see a significant return on investment in the long run. As we fast approach the New Year, the team at Jane Wood have assembled some of the best places to buy residential property in London in 2017.
2016 has indicated that south of the river is the place to go, with the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station, two new Tube stations and the relocation of the American Embassy to the area. Nine Elms currently hosts the biggest housing development with almost 20,000 properties being constructed, and you can expect to be living amongst young professionals and families enjoying all the new leisure parks, schools and shopping opportunities.
If you need more to convince you to consider Nine Elms, we assume you haven’t seen property developers, Ballymore’s Sky Pool, a swimming pool connecting two 10 storey buildings in the Embassy Gardens area. The experience of floating in the central London skyline is exclusive to residents, and we think it’s definitely a great option if you enjoy entertaining.
Tooting is a great place for young families looking to get onto the property ladder, and is also the home of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Tooting has already seen gentrification, so you’ll find a wealth of restaurants, cafes, pubs and beer gardens waiting for you to explore.
Tooting is perfect if you’re looking for easy access into central London. It takes less than 40 minutes on the main line to reach St Pancras, and you’ll reach Tottenham Court Road or Bank on the Northern Line in less than 25 minutes. You’ll also have Tooting Bec Lido to enjoy on hot summers days, one of the largest and oldest pools in Britain.
Islington is expensive, but if you can afford it, you’ll enjoy living in this beautiful part of the city, close to central London. Highbury Fields at the end of Upper Street is the largest park in Islington, with a water play feature, orchard and wildlife area it’s perfect for runners, dog owners and anyone looking for green, open spaces to enjoy.
With four theatres in Islington: the Almeida, the King’s Head Theatre pub, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Tower Theatre, you can expect a wealth of culture and entertainment, along with a wide range of bars, shops and restaurants to enjoy. Islington is conveniently close to Camden markets and has its own farmers’ market on Sundays and another market on Wednesdays.
We would recommend buying in Hayes if you want a healthy return on investment due to the Crossrail boom. 2018 will see as many as 10 services in each direction leaving Hayes & Harlington station per hour, as well as being just 5 minutes away from Heathrow Airport and 16 minutes away from Paddington station.
The Old Vinyl Factory is currently being redeveloped to bring an extra 4,000 jobs to the area and this once industrial area is fast becoming a hub for business and cutting-edge technology. The lively high street and sports and leisure centre ensures you’ll have everything you need to raise a family in the capital, as well as providing a great buy to let opportunity.
With Crossrail nearing completion, we envisage prices will continue to rise.
An understated and calm alternative to more central areas, Queen’s Park is known for its wide selection of Victorian and Edwardian terraced and semi-detached houses and period conversions, chic cafes and independent shops on the two high streets of Chamberlayne Road and Salusbury Road. The green space of Queen’s Park is perfect for morning jogs, walking the dog or for simply getting some fresh air in the heart of London.
Queen’s Park has amazing transport links, with the Tube taking just 20 minutes to get from Queen’s Park Station to Oxford Circus, and both underground and over-ground direct rail connections to Euston station.
Between the demand for properties in Newham at an all time high, being just a 30 minute Tube ride to central London and West Ham Football Club moving to the Olympic Stadium, East Ham will be providing plenty of opportunities for you to find a wonderful home to settle in or sound investment property.
East Ham’s vibrant multi-culturalism means you’re in the best place to enjoy cuisine from across the world when you’re looking for somewhere to eat on its vibrant high street. If you want some fresh air, simply spend some time at the East Ham Nature Reserve. The resident birds, lizards and insects make the nature reserve a popular place to take young children. You also have the choice of nearby Brampton Park, with its paddling pool, trim trail, table tennis and multi-use games area.
With the numerous amenities and opportunities of the Olympic legacy, and with East Ham and Upton Park on both the Hammersmith & City and District lines, East Ham won’t stay affordable for long!
You may be surprised to find Woolwich on this list, but Crossrail and the Royal Arsenal Riverside development will see more than 5,000 new homes constructed in the area, new public spaces and a library, as well as redeveloping old, run-down estates to create new housing opportunities.
The new housing construction, Crossrail and gentrification will soon send prices in Woolwich sky-rocketing, which is why those looking for affordable family accommodation or those looking for buy-to-let properties need to be looking at Woolwich now.
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