We asked property experts which popular areas in and around London do they suggest are worth serious consideration this autumn.
Blackheath by Ashley Wilsdon of Middleton Advisors
With links into London Bridge only taking 15 minutes and Canon Street taking only 19 minutes, Blackheath is the perfect area for a family that is looking for large open green spaces, a village-like feel but with the city centre within easy reach.
Blackheath is one of London’s hidden gems that seems to be growing in popularity day by day.
- Fantastic schools, a real sense of community and not to mention the annual fireworks display.
- Blackheath also works well for people with ties to the South East, making an escape to the country an easy option.
- Prices have yet to really break through the £1000/sqft barrier and offers a better value option to say Richmond or Barnes.
- Greenwich is just a stone’s throw away which offers a slightly busier ‘town centre’.
- A real mix of property from the private and secluded Cator Estate to the grand buildings that line the Heath itself.
Englefield Park by Rory McGougan of Hanover Private Office
Englefield Park in Surrey is a charming country estate with uninterrupted views to various landmarks across the iconic London skyline. On a clear day, you can see Canary Wharf, The Shard, The Gherkin and other iconic buildings in the City.
Situated near the beautiful village of Englefield Green, off Kingswood Rise – Englefield Park is entered via large wrought iron entrance gates and a lime tree lined drive. The drive meanders through the estate, protecting the privacy of the house which is situated on the top of the hill.
Englefield Green is consistently rated by the world’s royal families and business elite, as the favoured address to own a country estate due to its close proximity to central London – just twenty two miles away and Heathrow airport – just five and a half miles away. The Wentworth golf club is just a three and a half miles away. Virginia Water, Sunningdale and Ascot offer local shopping amenities, whilst schools such as Eton College, ACS Egham, St George’s Ascot and Bishopsgate are all within easy reach.
Queens Park Place by Simon Deen of Aston Chase
Queens Park Place has all of the elements that make an area attractive to young families, a wonderful open space, a high street which benefits from great boutiques, cafes and restaurants, and plenty of wide streets for the yummy mummies to drive their unnecessarily large 4×4’s down!
On a serious note, Queens Park itself benefits from a petting zoo, a really terrific kids play area, tennis courts, a café, large open spaces and even a mini ‘Lido’ for kids to cool off in during the summer months. In terms of the local amenities offered there’s a wide range of coffee shops, independent restaurants and boutiques and it really feels very much like a village.
The housing stock itself is characterised by both Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses, varying in size from 1500 square feet to 2500 square feet, which makes them, on a capital value basis, about as affordable as Zone 2 gets. All of this means that families are drawn here in their numbers, especially those selling more expensive (on a £’s per square foot basis) apartments in nearby Notting Hill and North Kensington.
Cirencester by Adam Buxton of Middleton Advisors
Cirencester remains as popular as ever for buyers, especially those looking at schools such as Hatherop, Beaudesert even St Hughes. The market town has a bustling centre with a wide selection of shops, both mainstream and boutiques as well as the usual array of supermarkets required and a thriving WI and local farmers market – everything easily within reach.
The Kemble train with direct services to London unlocks that south west side to the town between it and Tetbury, with some very sought after villages and rural locations. The challenge as always is lack of stock of good quality houses offering the complete package. Everyone wants the ‘four-square’ well-proportioned house with a court, pool, stables and at least 10 acres!