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Finding the Right London Home for You

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
5th October 2016 (Last updated on Tuesday 25th September 2018)

London is a bustling capital that caters to any profession, interest and lifestyle you can imagine. Looking for a property here can be stressful due to the high prices and often limited space, but whether you're a banker or an artist, and as long as you know what area to look at, you will find something!

The following guide will tell you what to consider when looking for the best house to suit you, and then list the ideal areas to consider based on your lifestyle and needs.

Stick to your Budget

This sounds obvious, but you need to make sure that you stick to your budget and can afford not only the house, but the additional costs involved with buying a house as well. You need to decide on what kind of property you want, how many bedrooms and the area, as this will impact the price.

Make sure you compare the price of the property you want with others in the area, to confirm they are of similar value and you aren't paying too much.

Is it Available?

Once you have decided on the type of property you can afford, you need to see if it's available in the area you want.

Keep in mind you will probably have to be flexible – not everyone finds their dream house in the ideal location, so be prepared to make some compromises! Property sites like Zoopla can give you some insight into what properties are available in specific areas.

How Suitable is the Location?

You might have found the ideal property and area, but there are still more factors you need to consider before making the final decision:

  • Access – Do you have family and friends living near the area you are thinking of living in? It may not be a deal breaker for you, but the comfort of having family and friends near can make it easier to settle in.
  • Amenities – Is the property near to shops, parks, leisure centres, parking areas, restaurants and cinemas? You will need these things for your daily life and to keep you busy with a social life.
  • Noise – The amount of noise in the area you live in can impact how much you enjoy living there if it does not suit what you are used to. Some people find they are unaffected by a lot of noise at all hours, while others need a lot of quiet to relax and unwind.
  • Schools – You might be moving with your family, so you will need to find a property with schools in the area for your children to attend.
  • Space - Try and plan ahead when you buy a house – are you expecting to live there for the next few years to start a family? You will need enough rooms and garden space or at least nearby parks for children to run around.

There are also certain factors to consider that could impact the price of your property.

New Developments

If you have noticed new apartment blocks being built in the area you are moving to, it could indicate that it's expected to become a popular area and drive up house prices.

Transport Links

Having the rail or tube station near to your new home would be ideal for traveling around the city, but easy access could also increase the value of the property you want.

Restaurants, Bars, Shops

If you notice new restaurants, bars and shops opening in the area, it's another indication that the area's popularity is set to increase which could then bring house prices up.

After taking all of these factors into account, these are some suggestions of areas to move to based on your budget, the size of your family, profession and lifestyle.

Moving on a Budget

London is an expensive city, so if you're on a budget and want to save as much as possible, some more affordable areas include:

  • Croydon
  • Peckham
  • Brixton
  • Clapham
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Streatham Hill
  • Hoxton
  • Enfield

Moving with Family

If you are moving with family, you will want a house near schools and in a safe area. Some places to consider include:

  • Greenwich
  • Walthamstow
  • Richmond
  • Clapham
  • Islington
  • Chiswick

For Young Professionals

If you're a young professional, you might prefer living somewhere in London that blends employment opportunities with a vibrant social life. Some areas to consider include:

  • Kentish Town
  • Camden
  • Angel
  • Shoreditch
  • Battersea
  • Fulham

What Job Sector are you in?

If you are in the financial sector, London has several hubs for you to choose from:

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Canary Wharf
  • Limehouse
  • Tower Bridge
  • Wapping

You may also work in the media, design or fashion industry, in which case you should look towards:

  • Stoke Newington
  • Dalston
  • Bethnal Green
  • Hackney Central
  • Hoxton
  • Soho

Prefer the Traditional London Look?

If you're attracted to classic architecture and living somewhere more similar to a village than a city, some areas to consider are:

  • Richmond
  • Primrose Hill
  • Hampstead
  • Greenwich
  • Westminster

Diverse and Rich in Culture

If you want to live in a diverse area with a mix of cultures, why not consider:

  • Bethnal Green
  • Brixton
  • Camden
  • Hackney
  • Hoxton
  • Peckham

To summarise, when looking for your perfect London home, remember to:

  • Set a budget
  • Check for availability
  • Explore the area and make sure it's suitable (parks, schools, safety)
  • Look at areas that suit your lifestyle and profession

We hope this guide has been helpful and you are one step closer to finding your dream home. Make sure you do your research when you find a house and look at what amenities the area has to offer and whether you can commute or find a job in the area. Once you know your moving date, contact Comparemymove.com to receive free quotes on removals and save up to 70% on your moving costs.

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