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Keep one step ahead of the game - 20 properties for sale in up-and-coming areas

There’s a boom in construction and infrastructure projects across Britain. And with them comes a surge in house prices to many areas. Crossrail, HS2, industry investment – all these will turn many parts of Britain into property hotspots. Here are 20 properties for sale in up-and-coming areas to watch.

There’s a boom in construction and infrastructure projects across Britain. And with them comes a surge in house prices to many areas. Crossrail, HS2, industry investment – all these will turn many parts of Britain into property hotspots. Here are 20 properties for sale in up-and-coming areas to watch. 

Knights Hill, London SE27 £329,950 

West Norwood is catching up fast with its more salubrious neighbours: Dulwich, Crystal Palace and Streatham. People are realising that it has great transport links and a good choice of schools. Many houses still offer an opportunity to add value as they haven’t been extended. This one-bedroom house is newly renovated and close to the action. West Norwood station has frequent trains to London Bridge and Victoria.

Call Winkworth West Norwood on 020 8670 0035 or visit winkworth.co.uk/west-norwood

Ealing, London W5 £550,000

This area is famous for the Ealing Studios, renowned for classics from “Kind Hearts and Coronets” and “Passport to Pimlico” to the “Lavender Hill Mob”. Many TV types lived around here. It was convenient for the BBC, of course, too. And the area is half an hour from central London by Tube. Crossrail will connect it directly with the West End, the City and Canary Wharf, making it better than Chiswick, as well as cheaper. This cute one-bedroom end terrace cottage sits in a quiet area just off the common.

Call Winkworth Ealing on 020 8896 0123 or visit winkworth.co.uk/ealing-and-acton

Cheam, Surrey £3.8m

A large suburban village on the edge of Greater London, Cheam has reasonable transport links already. With the news that Crossrail 2 will come to Epsom, just three miles away, property prices may rise. This modern family home has five bedrooms and a leisure suite, including a heated outdoor pool. It has lots of high-tech wizardry and gadgets galore. But it’s the contemporary layout that really give this architect-designed building the wow factor.

Call Winkworth Cheam on 020 8770 7766 or visit winkworth.co.uk/cheam

Brondesbury Park, London NW2 £2.695

Brondesbury Park will benefit from the changes coming to Old Oak Common over the next decade, and this contemporary property will continue to stand out from the crowd. Finished to a high standard, it has five bedrooms and modern, open-plan living areas. Nearby Willesden Green station gives access to the Jubilee line and buses are frequent.

Call Winkworth Willesden on 020 8451 1000 or visit winkworth.co.uk/willesden-green

Harlesden, London NW10 £385,000

Queen’s Park, Willesden Green and Kensal Rise are on the up. Harlesden will be next in line. This two-bedroom flat on the top floor has been recently modernised. It’s above a row of shops, so is right in the thick of things. Harlesden station and Willesden Junction are within easy walking distance.

Call Winkworth Kensal Rise on 020 8960 4947 or visit winkworth.co.uk/kensal-queens-park

Woolwich, London SE18 £885,000

Crossrail isn’t due to run until 2018, but its effect is already being felt in the areas along its route. Woolwich Crossrail station is being built within the 88-acre Royal Arsenal Riverside development. This seven-bedroom Victorian town house is one of the rare period gems left in this area. It is currently arranged as two flats and could be of interest to a developer. But maybe it would be worth it, in the longer term, making this property into a beautiful family home.

Call Winkworth Greenwich on 020 3053 3033 or visit winkworth.co.uk/greenwich

Golders Green, London NW11 £350,000

Old Oak Common is destined to become a transport superhub by 2026 – where Crossrail meets HS2. For years an area of industrial wasteland and railway sidings, it is now earmarked for a vast regeneration scheme that includes 24,000 new homes. All these new facilities will boost nearby districts and this one-bedroom studio flat is likely to feel the benefit. It’s on the ground floor and has a walk-in wet room. 

Call Winkworth Golders Green on 020 8458 8313 or visit winkworth.co.uk/golders-green

Colney Heath, Hertfordshire £1.65m

St Albans has always been a property hotspot. Good train links to London, excellent schools, an attractive town centre and a stunning cathedral all add up to increasing house prices in the area. Colney Heath is a village near the main road to the A1 and M25, not far away, is this secluded country house in about two acres. A slice of rural life, but with good transport links to London and the north. It has four bedrooms and the potential for a separate annexe.

Call Winkworth St Albans on 01727 844330 or visit winkworth.co.uk/st-albans

Pangbourne, Reading £2.6m

Already a popular part of the country, Pangbourne will benefit from the growth in jobs and infrastructure planned for nearby Didcot. It has been given “garden town” status and will see 15,000 houses and 20,000 high-tech jobs. This five-bedroom house was built in 2010 to a high standard, with provision for an interior lift if required. It has an annexe and is a seven minute walk from the village station.

Call Winkworth Reading on 0118 402 2300 or visit winkworth.co.uk/reading

Hove, East Sussex £550,000

Trendy boutiques, the quirky Lanes, cafes, the beach: what’s not to like about Brighton? Prices have been booming here for years. But Hove, Brighton’s neighbouring sibling, offers good, solid family homes, decent schools and quieter beaches. Prices may rise here further as Brighton property prices are expected to increase. This four-bedroom house is situated within walking distance of Portslade railway station which has direct trains to London.

Call Winkworth Brighton and Hove on 01273 772175 or visit winkworth.co.uk/brighton-hove

Reading, Berkshire £268,000

House prices in the town rose by 12% last year and the arrival of Crossrail, not to mention the regeneration of the town centre, is expected to further boost its popularity in the next few years. Pharmaceutical firm Bayer is moving its operations to Reading and more big coups are expected. It is certainly an area to watch. Here is a two-bedroom flat a mile from the centre of town. It has a private garden and allocated parking.

Call Winkworth Reading on 0118 402 2300 or visit winkworth.co.uk/reading

Lambourn, Berkshire £285,000

Swindon attractions are growing. Its economy ranks among the top five UK centres for performance, yet its property prices have lagged behind some other hotspots. The town centre is being regenerated and the countryside around it is lovely. This two-bedroom flint cottage is about half an hour away in the chalk downs. Enjoy its lovely period features, a west-facing garden catching the evening sun and the open fire indoors when dusk falls.

Call Winkworth Newbury on 01635 552552 or visit winkworth.co.uk/newbury

Stamford, Lincolnshire £360,000

This little medieval market town sits on the border with Rutland, which came out on top last year in a survey on national well-being. It’s England’s smallest county and was reinstated as such in 1997, having been absorbed into Leicestershire in 1974. At its centre is Rutland Water, the UK’s largest man-made lake, which attracts locals and tourists with its wide variety of water sports. Stamford is just 90 minutes by train to London via Peterborough. This pretty stone cottage has a sunny courtyard garden and two bedrooms.

Call Winkworth Bourne on 01778 392807 or visit winkworth.co.uk/bourne

Earls Barton, Northants £749,950

People continue to look further afield for commutable homes. Northamptonshire, long overlooked, is now becoming more fashionable. The train journey from Northampton or Wellingborough to London, is 50 minutes. This collection of properties include the main Mill House, with three bedrooms; the ancient Millbarn Cottage, currently split into two units with a further four bedrooms; the Annexe, a self-contained studio, plus several outbuildings.

Call Winkworth Northampton on 01604 824854 or visit winkworth.co.uk/northampton

Farnham Common, Bucks £1.85m

When Crossrail comes to nearby Burnham station, it will shave 29 minutes off the commuting time to London. This Edwardian family home is full of period features and just the place to escape the bustle of the city. It has half an acre of beautiful gardens and an outdoor pool. If that’s not enough, the ancient woodland of Burnham Beeches is nearby for countryside walks with the family.

Call Winkworth Beaconsfield on 01494 677978 or visit winkworth.co.uk/beaconsfield

Hale Village, London N17 £395,000

Tottenham Hale is undergoing major regeneration. It borders the Walthamstow Reservoirs and the River Lea which provide green open spaces for miles. This is an area to watch as it makes its first tentative steps towards Crossrail 2. But given that prices at the other end of the line are outstripping neighbouring areas, you might expect them to rise here, too. This two-bedroom flat on the sixth floor of the Bellway development has luxury fittings and a private balcony. 

Call Winkworth Harringay on 020 8800 5151 or visit winkworth.co.uk/harringay

Eltham, London SE9 £575,000

Historical Eltham, home to royals who lived at Eltham Palace, gave way to Eltham. Kate Bush lived here for 20 years, too. And now, buyers are starting to appreciate its transport links and open spaces, so prices are starting to rise. This bungalow has a third bedroom built into the roof, with a large landing and storage area. There’s also a bright garden room with bi-fold doors and large skylight.

Call Winkworth Chislehurst on 020 8285 5099 or visit winkworth.co.uk/chislehurst

West Cliff, Bournemouth £550,000

Once a place for pottering around, Bournemouth is fast becoming the UK’s Silicon Beach. As blue chip companies and digital hubs move in, the pace is quickening and café society is blooming. Start-ups, driven by talent from the two local universities, have sprung up here and reflect the relaxed lifestyle. This two-bedroom flat has superb sea views, a large wraparound balcony and two luxury bathrooms. Perfect for young entrepreneurs on the brink of the big time.

Call Winkworth Westbourne on 01202 767633 or visit winkworth.co.uk/westbourne


Guildford, Surrey £260,000

Here is an attractive town with lots of independent retailers as well as upmarket chains. Rail and road links are good and there’s a research park which is booming. This one-bedroom flat in the town centre is close to the station and has its own parking space.

Call Winkworth Guildford on 01483 339977 or visit winkworth.co.uk/guildford

New Eltham, London SE9 £825,000

Not only does this area have excellent transport links into the city centre, it’s handy for the M25. When the new Thames Crossing comes into being, the traffic at the Dartford Crossing should be much reduced and may flow much more freely. This traditional four-bedroom inter-war semi has been given a modern-makeover and has views over Avery Hill Park.

Call Winkworth Chislehurst on 020 8285 5099 or visit winkworth.co.uk/chislehurst

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