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).
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