The eight upand-com­ing Lon­don ar­eas to buy in now

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is a trig­ger for canny in­di­vid­u­als too, who move fast to buy prop­er­ties ei­ther to live in them­selves or to let out to the cap­i­tal’s grow­ing army of renters.

“There is undis­puted de­mand in these ar­eas,” says Char­lie Hart, Knight Frank’s City and east Lon­don de­vel­op­ment chief. He com­pares the 39,560 homes built in 2016/17 across the cap­i­tal with the 66,000 needed an­nu­ally, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Other es­tate agents also have their eyes on cer­tain growth ar­eas of Lon­don, and again it’s the less high-profile sub­urbs of the city that feature most strongly.

Fox­tons says that Nun­head in the south east is the one to watch. “It’s fallen un­der the radar for now,” says the agency’s Daisy Ma­son, who adds that it’s cheaper than more fashionable – and land­lords could get an an­nual rental yield of 4.1 per cent. Thanks to Cross­rail, “this un­der­val­ued area has a healthy rental po­ten­tial with plenty of scope for in­creases in the near fu­ture,” Burns says.

Not to be out­done, even Khan’s draft Lon­don Plan has come up with 30 Op­por­tu­nity Ar­eas – lo­ca­tions that are per­fect, the mayor says, for de­vel­op­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion. These in­clude Colin­dale, Crick­le­wood, Har­row, Ken­sal Canal­side, Catford, New Cross, Park Royal, Wool­wich and Thames­mead.

With such a wide va­ri­ety of rec­om­men­da­tions, shrewd pur­chasers keen to get in on an area be­fore it lifts off are spoilt for choice. There’s a lot at stake, though, be­cause in­vest­ing in an area that isn’t yet a hotspot could mean sev­eral years of slug­gish re­turns – or even turn out to be a dud.

Sav­ills is pre­dict­ing that aver­age prop­erty val­ues in Lon­don will rise by only seven per cent by the end of 2022, a far lower fig­ure than in re­cent years. Winkworth, one of the largest agen­cies in the cap­i­tal, is even more pes­simistic, sug­gest­ing a three per cent drop in prices this year be­fore the mar­ket picks up once the ef­fect of Brexit is known.

This all adds weight to the view of Knight Frank’s head of re­search, Gráinne Gil­more, that Lon­don is now “a multi-speed mar­ket” with some bor­oughs, though not all, still see­ing price growth. The trick, of course, is to iden­tify those hotspots and take the plunge. Here’s where Knight Frank would put their money. Would you?

Green­view Court in Southall, above; Ar­ling­ton Lofts in Cam­den Town, be­low, has homes from £995,000 via Marsh & Par­sons; a flat in Wood Green, bot­tom, is listed at £525,000 with Barnard Mar­cus

Lyons Place in Lis­son Grove, left, has avail­abil­ity from £825,000 via Ch­ester­tons; The Foundry in Hack­ney Wick, right, starts from £399,950 through Sav­ills

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