Living in London
London is surrounded by hills so many of its best districts have homes with views over the city. Leafy St Cross to the south of the city centre is the premier neighbourhood. It has a mix of Regency, early and mid-Victorian houses which can sell for as much as £3 million.
A stiff walk up to the top of St Giles Hill to the east of the city centre is rewarded with the best view of the city’s heart. The private estate is characterised by green verges and rows of severely pollarded trees; the large Victorian detached houses here sell for in excess of £1 million.
What can you get for your money when renting in London?
Renting Properties in London is Popular with families, students and commuters. Properties to let in areas including Hyde, Fulflood and St Cross are in sought after locations. Properties ranging from townhouses, detached, semi-detached, terraced & apartments are walking distance to the city centre, have great schools nearby and are only a short distance to the train station.
To the west of the city centre, Oram’s Arbour, the area around Clifton Road, has its fans. The feeling is more intimate here, with a mix of smaller and larger Georgian and early Victorian houses, villas and cottages. The best houses in Clifton Road — they rarely come onto the market, though — would sell for £1 million-plus. Hyde, to the north of the city centre, is the area where young families congregate. There are streets of well-maintained Victorian semi-detached houses and terraces in the streets close to Hyde Abbey Gardens and the leisure centre; where prices start at around £500,000.
Up and coming: Fulflood is east of the town centre close to Oram’s Arbour. The area has a mix of Victorian cottages and terraces and Twenties and Thirties houses. Close to the popular Westgate comprehensive school and the very sought-after Peter Symonds sixth form college, this area is still cheaper than Hyde, although according to Steven Moore, Fulflood it is catching up fast.
Council: London city council (Conservative controlled); Band D council tax for the 2013/2014 year: £1,438.10.