Top 4 Areas Of The Capital
The best areas of North, East, South and West London are revealed for 2017. Learn what makes these places so special for Londoners.
Any list of the best areas of London to live in tends to fluctuate somewhat due to market conditions, new up-and-coming neighbourhoods and improved transport links suddenly putting areas on the map. Whether you’re interested in living as near to the centre as possible, or would prefer more of a compromise between rural and urban living, there are many areas across London’s 33 boroughs to choose from in 2017. Here are the top picks from North, South, East and West.
Highbury and Arsenal, North London
Located at the north end of Islington, this area has it all. For leisure, locals love Highbury Fields, the largest park in the neighbourhood, as well as Highbury swimming pool. Transport links are plentiful with Arsenal situated on the Piccadilly line, while there is further choice available at Highbury & Islington which is on the Victoria, London Overground lines as well as providing National Rail services.
Estate agents in Arsenal love the fact that there is a property style to suit everyone in this neighbourhood. At the lower end of the scale, ex-council homes are available as rentals, whereas high-earners will love the range of exclusive town houses that make excellent family homes. Wander down Upper Street and enjoy the bustle of shops, eateries and pubs and you’ll understand why this area is so sought-after.
Crystal Palace, South London
This area has been on the map since 2010 when it joined the London Overground map. Gone are the days of the actual palace, which burned down in 1936, but in recent history this area has enjoyed a huge upswing in popularity due in part to the historic remnants which are still visible in the vast Crystal Palace park – a fantastic family hotspot. Young professionals and families alike have flooded to this area which offers a large variety of Victorian and Edwardian properties but at a fraction of the price of Clapham and Balham alternatives.
Walthamstow, East London
At the top of the Victoria line, in transport zone 3 is E17’s Walthamstow which is a great spot for commuters who want a quick and easy ride into the centre of town. However, this area isn’t just about convenient transport links. The Walthamstow Village area which is based around Orford Road offers a fantastic range of entertainment options including gastro pubs, tapas bars and independent restaurants – everything a gastronome needs.
This is still a reasonably affordable area compared to other stops on the Victoria line, but get in there quickly as prices are climbing. An average 3 bed home costs roughly £625,000 at the moment.
Chiswick, West London
This has long been a favoured area for Londoners to live in, and it’s not going to go out of fashion any time soon. The quiet pace of life down by the river appeals to the affluent city workers and families who reside there. A stroll out on a Saturday afternoon enjoying the coffee shop culture, perhaps a quick pint and popping into the many boutiques will seal the deal for you.
For those that need to commute into central London, the District line service will get you there in less than half an hour.
While there are many interesting suburbs of London to live in, these four represent some of the finest at the moment. Why not check them out today?