LAM­BETH’S A NO-BRAINER

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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)

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