There is a reason why London is the place to be in the UK and that’s because it has so much to offer. From the latest theatre productions at majestic venues and some of the world’s greatest sporting events, to fabulous art exhibitions and the draw of Buckingham Palace and the Royal Family, the UK capital offers many things to do and see.
It is also a great place to set up home and offers a vibrant way of life. However, what some fail to realise is that London is actually a collection of smaller areas and villages, which come together to create one unified city of diverse cultures and qualities, so you have a number of areas to choose from when buying a home in London. For that reason, we thought we’d take a look at what many consider to be the top 5 area in London to buy property:
We’ll start with one of the most fashionable areas in London, and with the Notting Hill Carnival just round the corner it’s not hard to see why. You will find an eclectic collection of residents living in Notting Hill, including artists, writers and musicians, in addition to a fair few bankers and celebrities. This is a prime residential area and the plethora of restaurants, shops and bars are a great source of entertainment. In the area, you can find modern new-build apartments, grand large houses and flats in converted Victorian buildings. You will no doubt love the open green spaces of Hyde Park, while the rugged landscape of Holland Park offers a unique charm all of its own. Transport links including the bus and underground are very good and have made it a firm favourite among working professionals.
Finchley is located in a central, yet suburban area of London and offers affordable house prices. Many intellectual and artistic residents have stayed in what a less crowded neighbourhood in comparison to nearby counterparts. There is a calming vibe in the area and it offers a relaxing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the area, you will find a mix of professional couples, families and young singles, with a strong Jewish community and a number of synagogues to be found locally. There are many good leisure facilities to keep you on your toes, one of the oldest picture houses in The Phoenix Cinema, and many educational establishments to choose from for families.
Highgate consists of a host of Georgian buildings and there are many pubs and restaurants to enjoy in the centre of the village. The historic charm and integrity of the area has been well preserved by the Highgate Society and recently complemented by innovative modern designs. This is an area that is popular with professionals working in the city, due to the good transport links and presence of many excellent schools. To get away from things there is the appeal of Hampstead Heath, which is one of the most popular parks in London. The hilltop location of the area gives a great view of the city, and if you love your green and village features, then Highgate is the perfection location to set up home.
With easy access to Twickenham, Hyde Park and Kew, Richmond is a suburban town that has formed part of Greater London since 1965. For residents, there are many highly established restaurants and riverside bars, in addition to specialist shops that retain their period character. You will also find the largest Royal Park in London when you get to Richmond Park, while to the north is the Old Deer Park running down to the River Thames. There are riverside apartments, period townhouses and modern architectural masterpieces, and transport is very good with connections to the underground and overground. This has led to a low number of car owners in the region because the public transport connections are just so good.
This is not only the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes, as Marylebone also has a rich cultural heritage which makes it a delight to buy or rent property. You will find a mix of city workers, celebrities and international house hunters walking down the streets of Marylebone, and the area has become well-known for its selection of independent shops; the 10 minute walk to Oxford Street for its shopping delights is another appealing feature of the area. Much of London’s finest period architecture is to be found in Marylebone, including Victorian terraces and Georgian houses, making it a great location for the property connoisseur.
This article is provided by Jason Scott-Lee from Anscombe & Ringland which forms part of the Chancellors Group of Estate Agents.