It’s not where you live on the map, but the Zone that matters. We take a look at the core six London Zones and the people they attract.
As any true Londoner knows, it’s not where you live on the map, but the Zone that matters. We take a look at the core six London Zones and the people they attract, as life slowly gets back to normal.
The epicentre of London, Zone One is a playground for the wealthy. Whether you’re after cultural pursuits, the latest restaurant openings or a serious spending spree, Zone One offers it all. One such area that encapsulates it all is Knightsbridge. Home to seriously swanky restaurants, the iconic Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores, it’s also down the road from the world-famous Victoria & Albert Museum. Living in Zone One comes with a hefty price tag, with property prices last year averaging £3,296,548. The property types you’ll find here are mainly period, with a range of mansion blocks and mews houses available.
Rutland Gate, SW7 - £2,995,000
A recently refurbished three bedroom Penthouse apartment that is laterally arranged on the fourth floor of this well maintained period conversion. Rutland Gate is located moments walk away from the open spaces of Hyde Park as well as the excellent transport links and world class shopping of Knightsbridge underground and the Brompton Road.
Contact Winkworth Knightsbridge & Chelsea or call 020 7589 6616.
While still very close to the action, those looking for slightly less pomp head into Zone Two, which has traditionally attracted more artistic types. Camden has long been a draw for the artistic, with everyone from Charles Dickens to Amy Winehouse making it their home, while Hackney has become increasingly popular with creatives in recent years, with Dalston in particular offering up a slew of independent eateries, workplaces and the brilliant Geffrye Museum. St Johns Wood continues to attract actors, models and musicians and is home to Abbey Road studios made famous by the Beatles. St Johns Wood is made up of leafy streets and an abundance of good quality, local shops. There is a reason these areas attract such very successful creatives, with the average property price in St Johns Wood standing at £1,842,526.
Prince Albert Road, NW8 - £2,195,000 Leasehold
A delightful second floor,three bedroom apartment set within this prestigious Art Deco purpose built building on the much sought after Prince Albert Road. Both St John's Wood High Street with its array of shops and restaurants as well as St Johns Wood tube station are within approximately 0.7 miles.
Contact Winkworth St Johns Wood or call 020 7586 7001 for more information.
Areas in Zone Three offer up plenty of the typical London villages, such as Wimbledon, Chiswick and Highgate that are perfect for couples who are more interested in a good meal than a night out on the town. Still located near tubes they provide professionals with easy access into the centre of London, while being a self-contained hub with all amenities one needs. Wimbledon, for example, has a local theatre, a good mix of local and chain restaurants, as well as the common and a selection of fine pubs. The overall average property price in Wimbledon is £780,849, with flats selling at an average of £452,029.
Melrose Avenue, SW19 - £1,100,000 Freehold
A spacious four bedroom period home located in the highly regarded Wimbledon Park Grid and in close proximity to the green open space of Wimbledon Park. Wimbledon Station is nearby with access to both mainline and Underground (District Line) services into central London.
Contact Winkworth Southfields or call 020 8877 1000.
For those not quite ready to take the leap into more suburban areas, Zone Four offers couples with young children thriving hubs with property that is generally more affordable than what is available in the inner zones. Areas such as Kingsbury in North London and Crystal Palace and its neighbour South Norwood in the south offer younger parents shorter commuting times with plenty of activities to keep mothers and their little ones occupied. Crystal Palace offers post-natal yoga classes and HIIT classes for new mums, as well as a good selection of cafes. The majority of properties sold in Crystal Palace last year were flats with an average selling price of £365,127.
Beulah Hill, SE19 - £425,000 Leasehold
A charming and well-presented 701 sq ft three bedroom garden flat for sale, situated on this popular street conveniently located between the amenities and green spaces of Streatham Common, West Norwood and Crystal Palace.
Contact Winkworth Crystal Palace or call 20 8655 9530 for more information.
Zone Five draws a lot of suburban families, offering easy commuting links into London via national rail and the underground, with excellent schools and open spaces. Places such as Enfield and Finchley draw families with their convenience and child-friendly leisure activities. Enfield is home to a myriad of sports teams and clubs, leisure centres, a few theatres and a multiplex cinema, perfect for keeping children of all ages entertained. The most popular property type to sell last year were terraced properties, which sold for on average £458,927, roughly £24,000 less than the average overall selling price for the area.
Harman Road, Enfield, EN1 - £425,000 Freehold
A stunning two/three bedroom Victorian cottage boasting a light and airy architect designed interior. The property is conveniently located just over quarter of a mile to Bush Hill Park BR station (to Liverpool Street) and easy reach of Enfield Town shopping centre.
Contact Winkworth Palmers Green or call 020 8920 9900.
For those looking for a taste of the country, Zone Six is the perfect fit. The commute into London is still easily accessible, with tubes and trains providing direct access to the city, yet the pace of life is undeniably slower. One such area typical of all Zone Six has to offer is Banstead, a town located in the North Downs. For those looking to enjoy the great outdoors, there is a weekly parkrun in Banstead Woods, as well as a cricket club and golf course that is situated on the Banstead Downs. Banstead has an overall average house price of £578,980, with the detached houses making up the majority of sales.
Winkworth Road, Banstead, SM7 - £849,950 Freehold
This beautifully presented detached house has been thoughtfully extended and completely refurbished throughout to high specification, thus creating an ideal family home. Well regarded local schools, and Banstead Station are close by, as is Banstead Village High Street, which offers a comprehensive range of shops.
Contact Winkworth Banstead or call 01737 362 362