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London areas - where to buy?

edited 5 February 2014 at 6:52PM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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I don't know how many Londoners are on this site, but I was wondering if people could post replies to message regarding areas that they consider good / safe to live / bad / avoid it if you can.

I would help me choose an area (I am currently look all over and at all areas in Zone 2 & 3 and I dont know London very well).

Please help me get an idea of the areas I should concentrate on and avoid.

Thanks in advance
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  • Depends what your budget is and whether you are after a house/flat/ mansion etc..... there are some lovely parts of London and some really hellish and 3rd world looking ones. Also where do you need to be near to for work/relatives/friends etc.

    As a rough suggestion not knowing your situation and what your needs are, I'd suggest Islington, Fulham, Battersea, Dulwich, Tuffnell Park and Clapham as nice generally safe areas but they are also pricey, but then most of London is these days. If you have a bigger budget then go for Hampstead, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Richmond, Maida Vale, South Kensington. Personally I'm not a big fan of East or north-east London and anywhere south or south-east of Clapham, but that's just me...

    There is a book available at bookshops/amazone etc that gives you an idea of areas, called The New London Property Guide, ed. Carrie Segrave. And https://www.upmystreet.co.uk also gives you info such as population/schools/crime stats etc for areas.
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    Some parts of Greenwich is nice, Maze Hill is ok as well
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    Peckham Rye is an up and coming area. I've a friend whose parents live there and it's really getting better and better. It's even got some "trendy" bars! Never used to when my friend was growing up there................
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  • theGrinchtheGrinch Forumite
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    london is really so vast and the question so general.

    the first thing to consider are travelling arrangements from home to where. this will usually dictate the corridor you will live in. then you need to break that corridor down. as a rule of thumb the further you move out the cheaper the property becomes (though not always true).

    if you give us a guide to the area you work or study, how long you are prepared to travel, and your budget then I could suggest some areas.
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  • Dan29Dan29 Forumite
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    West/south west:

    Chiswick
    Ealing
    Richmond
    Putney
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    itgirlinuk wrote:
    I don't know how many Londoners are on this site, but I was wondering if people could post replies to message regarding areas that they consider good / safe to live / bad / avoid it if you can.

    I would help me choose an area (I am currently look all over and at all areas in Zone 2 & 3 and I dont know London very well).

    Please help me get an idea of the areas I should concentrate on and avoid.

    Thanks in advance

    You don't want to be south of the river. South Laandon is a grotty provincial town with poor transport links that just happens, by an accident of geography, to abut London proper, which starts on the north bank.

    Budget is everything. How much do you want to spend? Are you buying or renting?
  • I've lived north west and south west and have to say I prefer the south west. I wouldn't live in the n east, east or south or se at all. I found NW ok, but didn't really feel that safe in some place and they drive worse there too.

    I think london is different things to different people and everyone has a favourite place.

    I love richmond and sheen but its on the flight path and expensive. PUtney is nice. If you move further west there are some really nice villages (well, they call themselves that) such as weybridge, walton, mosely, hampton, sunbury.

    good luck in your hunt.
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  • jat100jat100 Forumite
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    While some areas of East London are not wonderful places to live (i.e not like Hampstead, Islington or Greenwich), they are not bad and prices are pretty cheap at the moment compared to the rest of London. East London also has the added advantage of its' proximity to Canary Wharf and The Square Mile for anyone who works there. Transport links have improved over recent years ((with the Jubilee Line, etc) and are continuing to expand. Also, there is a lot of regeneration at present (e.g. the Channel Tunnel link at Stratford) and more so if the 2012 Olympic bid is successful. New shopping areas and bars, etc have been opened over the last couple of years. Most (but not all) of Leyton, Leytonstone and Stratford are safe places to live (as much as anywhere in London is) and with the regeneration going on, any property bought in this area is likely to significantly increase in value over the coming years. I have lived in this area for 20 years and have always considered it safe. In most cases, it's a question of what you're used to - I never liked South London and thought it unsafe until I spent years working there without any problems.
  • ..check where the new transport links are going to be, and buy there.

    Lighteater

  • I have always been a north london person, but I did visit Peckam and areas around there and I like it.

    Any suggestions in South East London, within Zone 2? And my budget is around £200K and I am looking for a 2/2.5/3 bed.
    The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket. :rolleyes:
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