I vividly recall a conversation I had with a work colleague in early 2013 about buying a property in Tooting. He at the time was trying to convince me that it was a good idea because in his opinion Tooting would be the next place on the Northern Line to see a big rise in prices, but after a few brief visits I just couldn’t imagine myself living there. I don’t very much like telling him that he’s right, but on this occasion I have to admit he was! Oh how I wish I could turn back time!
Still in the early stages of gentrification, the proximity to Crystal Palace and West Dulwich makes West Norwood very appealing to young professionals seeking well priced property. We had passed through on many occasions to shop at B&Q and with each trip we had noticed that change was definitely afoot so it was time to check it out in further detail. Read more
It was August 2012 when I had my first foray into the London housing market, my then boyfriend announced that he would start a new job at the end of September so the race was on to find somewhere to live. Websites were searched, lists were written and pavements pounded. We had no knowledge of London outside the usual tourist traps of Zone 1 and so the painstaking search began. Over two weekends we viewed around thirty properties in a variety of areas, West Hampstead, Kilburn, Barnes, Putney, Southfields, Clapham, Battersea, Earlsfield, Wimbledon and Wandsworth. Eventually we chose a two bed flat in Putney, it was very well presented and within budget. Most importantly, we liked the vibe of the area. Read more