Buying a Home in the South West

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From Southgate to Stanmore and Ealing to Bromley, purchasing a house in the South West is characterised by street after street of 1930’s houses. These buildings may not be packed with period features like their Victorian and Edwardian predecessors. They tend to have large practical features such as large light rooms, bigger plots, off street parking and garages that can easily be converted into additional living spaces. For these few reasons they are in as much in demand now as when they were first built.

Worchester Park is a case in point. Situated between Sutton and Kingston it contains the whole spectrum of 1930’s properties, from compact terraces upwards. Although the town is fairly small and has a single KT4 postcode, it actually spans three boroughs, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames and Epsom and Ewell. Some boroughs boundaries fall in the middle of residential roads, which can lead to strange anomalies – for example, rubbish collections on different days and higher costs for dropped kerbs depending on which side of the street you live.

The speedy rail link to Waterloo is a major pull for first time property buyers to the area, with journeys taking up to 24 minutes. Worcester Park is in zone 4 and an annual travel card covering zone 1 costs £1,672. The station is at the northern end of the local high street Central Road, with its mix of shops and eateries. With well-known names such as Waitrose and Costa Coffee both showing signs that this is an area on the up.

There are some modern blocks and older buildings and maisonettes for sale tucked behind both ends of the high street, in Donnington, Moreton, Longfellow and Washington Roads, convenient for shops and stations. No large-scale developments are underway but demand is high for resale at The Hamptons, a scheme of New England Style Homes of various sizes from St James.

Prices in this area are competitive in comparison to their surroundings, enabling home buyers with a flat to sell to trade up to a house. One bedroom flats costs around £160,000 to £180,000, although The Hamptons is more expensive with prices starting at £225,000. Two beds flats are up to £220,000 and three bed terraced housed £340,000. Rental demand is high and investors can let a one bedroom for about £850 a month. So why not try exploring this South London area – there are heaps of surprises inshore.

If you need professional help finding your desired property type in your chosen area you should employ the services of a professional buying agent to do the work for you. These types of companies can substantially increase your chances of finding your dream property and also remove the hassle, cost and risk of going it alone.

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