LAMBETH’S A NO-BRAINER
Fashion consultant Lois Morgan, 37, had been renting in north London and wanted to get on the property ladder in Hampstead but found it far too expensive, so widened her search area. “I was struck by how central the riverside districts on the south side of the Thames are,” she says.
“I work in Victoria so Lambeth was a no-brainer and it made sense to buy because the mortgage costs are roughly the same as renting. My flat near Stockwell station cost £550,000 and it takes me about 25 minutes to get to work.”
Across the river from Vauxhall, Pimlico boasts the cheapest homes in central London’s prized SW1 postcode.
The area bears a superficial resemblance to Belgravia, though it has never been as smart, with its character influenced by the hustle and bustle of Victoria station and the sprawling Churchill Gardens council estate. But it has some handsome stucco-fronted terraces and a few small luxury developments such as Ebury Place, 47 apartments priced from £799,000. Call 020 3319 3521.
THE PIMLICO GRID
A small scheme of apartments has been unveiled in Hugh Street, part of the “Pimlico grid” of wide avenues. Prices from £500,000. Call Hamptons International on 020 3451 1544.
These days, Kilburn’s rough reputation is undeserved. Much more cosmopolitan than it used to be, the Zone 2 area, up the road from Marble Arch, straddles the three boroughs of Brent, Westminster and Camden and is crisscrossed by railway lines. Most people judge the area by the traffic-clogged High Road and its bustling shopping parade. However, this is the main artery of Kilburn, not its heart.
Check out Kilburn Quarter, an ongoing council estate regeneration bringing 2,600 new homes to a patch just north of Maida Vale. Call Network Homes on 020 3846 8500.
From £865,000: two-bedroom apartments at Keybridge in Vauxhall, which includes the UK’s tallest brick residential tower at 37 storeys (020 3553 7086)