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fair­ness rates are al­ways higher around shop­ping cen­tres where bag snatch­ers and shoplifters are about.

WORTH A LOOK: WEST KILBURN

This area has also strug­gled to throw off a slightly grimy rep­u­ta­tion, but buy­ing agent Jo Ec­cles, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sourc­ing Property, be­lieves its lo­ca­tion be­tween two much more ex­pen­sive ar­eas means prices will rise. “There is still an ap­prox­i­mate 20 per cent price dif­fer­ence be­tween West Kilburn’s price per square foot val­ues ver­sus neigh­bour­ing Queen’s Park to the north and Maida Vale to the south.

“Four years ago, when we first started buy­ing there for clients, that price gap was closer to 40 per cent. You can buy a two-bed­room flat for about £550,000 but we ex­pect the price gap to close com­pletely over the next three to five years.” Ec­cles al­ready sees key gen­tri­fi­ca­tion hall­marks in West Kilburn, with new cof­fee shops in Shirland Road and skips out­side houses.

SOUTH: KINGSTON UPON THAMES

There’s noth­ing wrong with this out­post of south-west Lon­don but com­pared with other “on Thames” ri­vals, such as Rich­mond and Walton, it has al­ways lacked va-va-voom. Nei­ther pretty nor vil­lagey, Kingston does have good shops, trains to Water­loo in just over half an hour, and some of the coun­try’s best state schools, wiht “ou­s­tand­ing” Tif­fin School the par­tic­u­lar prize.

The river­side, and some pock­ets of the town cen­tre, are charm­ing, and a £400 mil­lion plan to re­vamp the Six­ties-built Eden Walk Shop­ping cen­tre is set to bring new shops, restau­rants, a cinema and 400 flats. Work is due to start in 2019.

In the mean­time, property ranges from huge mod­ern tro­phy homes on the Coombe Es­tate to mod­est starter flats. A three- bed­room pe­riod semi would cost £700,000-£750,000, and a two-bed­room flat from £500,000£600,000. At swish Queen­shurst, be­ing built by Berke­ley Homes on the site of an old gas­works, one-bed­room flats start at £470,000 with twobed­room flats from £610,000 (queen­shurst.co.uk).

From £750,000: ex­plore the lat­est tranche of flats at Tele­vi­sion Cen­tre, White City

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