Whether or not you are already a city dweller, there comes a time when you will want to move. London is one of the most exciting and vibrant city in the world bar none, and living here can be one of the greatest experiences of your life. It is, however, also one of the most expensive cities in the world as far as property prices and the cost of living is concerned, but that still doesn’t deter the thousands who flock to the capital every year from the 4 corners of the globe looking to live their London dream.
There are so many lists online which tell you where to live, where not to live, and why. When we decided to collate a list pertaining to the top 10 places to move to in London we considered not only property prices but what you would benefit from by living there, and the combination of data regarding health, deprivation and education. After we did all this we produced our list, and here it is.
10. St. Margaret’s and North Twickenham
This glorious area of Richmond upon Thames, which crops up an awful lot in this list, is one of the best possible places to consider for those who are looking to move into London or upgrade from where they live already. The majority of residents in this area are aged 30-44 making it a family orientated area that is quiet and offers the nearest thing to country living within a short commute of the city centre.
9. South Twickenham
Staying in Richmond upon Thames we are now in South Twickenham. Another lovely area much like its neighbour above, but with a wider spectrum of residents with no one age group standing out from the rest. There is a drop at the top end of the scale, however, with only 16% of residents being over the age of 60, giving the impression it is quite a lively place to live without being rowdy. With a much lower crime rate than the London average, it is little wonder that house viewings in South Twickenham are at an all time high.
8. Wimbledon Village
Situated in Merton in South London, Wimbledon Village offers a totally relaxed way of life within easy distance of the madness of the city. Another area with its highest number of residents falling into the 30-44 bracket, there really is nothing not to like about Wimbledon Village. The crime level is below the national average, the exam results from local schools is excellent, it has excellent facilities for all ages and is one of the prettiest parts of London you will find.
The Thamesfield neighbourhood is located in Wandworth, and the high percentage of singletons or couples without children in the area, coupled with the fact the majority of the population is 30-44 make it a popular area for established professionals who have passed the young, go-getter stage. There are some excellent properties in this area, both homes and luxury apartments, and the popularity of Thamesfield looks set to soar in coming years if the current stats are anything to go by.
6. Twickenham Riverside
A return trip to Richmond brings us to Twickenham Riverside. There seems to be mass appeal in this area for those aged 30-44 as once again they account for the largest portion of the population. As the name suggests, this is the area of Twickenham which sits on one of the most scenic stretches of the Thames, giving it massive kerb and aesthetic appeal. The low crime rate, excellent schools and lazy summer days spent by the river makes it easy to see why so many are looking to move here.
5. Wimbledon Park
Just 5 minutes drive away from the most famous tennis club in the world is Wimbledon Park. An enormous space complete with running tracks, boating lake and all manner of facilities, this park is an attractive as the houses surrounding it. These are top notch houses in one of the most sought after postcodes in the England and you won’t see much change out of £400k for a flat and as there is no top price for a house. The residents here are affluent, proud of their area, and a fair few of them make themselves a pretty penny every summer by renting their homes out to the world’s top tennis players.
4. East Sheen
Our penultimate visit to Richmond takes us to East Sheen, an aesthetically pleasing suburb with charming housing, plenty of parks and open spaces and an excellent selection of shops and restaurants. The majority of the population of East Sheen are 30-44 and married according to the statistics, which ties in with the fact that East Sheen has everything you could ever want in terms of an ideal place to raise your family.
Kingston upon Thames is a long term favourite for those who want the best of both worlds, and the neighbourhood known as Tudor has really come into its own in recent years. This is actually the area surrounding Tudor Road, known for its stunning Tudor style architecture and artisan shops. It is a beautiful area with good transport links, school, entertainment and low crime rate, what’s not to like?
2. South Richmond
Back we go for our last trip to Richmond. Apologies for the amount of times we have been here but this is where the data and stats sent us. South Richmond is posh, there’s no other way of describing an area that has everything going for it in the way this suburb does. Scenic and picturesque, particularly around the river, the housing is pricey as you would expect but is still attracting a lot of interest.
The last place on list sees us taking a return trip to Kingston upon Thames. Canbury is a beautiful suburb with a good mix of houses and apartments, professionals and families. Crime is low, school results are high, and you have acres of park space, as well as the river, to choose from on balmy summer days. This is the place for you if ‘chocolate box’ is your idea of heaven.