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The five west London Crossrail areas with the lowest house prices

House-hunters wanting to live on the Crossrail route should target their search in these west London hotspots

Jun 24, 2022
Where to live
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Why this north-east London neighbourhood is the land Crossrail forgot

There might not be huge change on the horizon, but this north-east London suburb has much for homebuyers to like.

Jun 24, 2022
Interiors

Our extension was craned in turning a poky studio into an airy one-bed

Building their new extension off-site shaved weeks off Christian Brailey and Faye Johnson’s mammoth renovation — and kept the new neighbours on side

Jun 22, 2022
Property News

Five east London Elizabeth line areas with house prices below £500k

There are still areas along the shiny new Crossrail route where house-hunters can find a property for under £500,000.

Jun 20, 2022
Property News

‘Years into the cladding crisis, our flat may still be dangerous’

Stuck in an unsellable one-bedroom home, Zoe Bartley tells Ruth Bloomfield how her family of five and two pets are coping.

Jun 15, 2022
Interiors

‘We turned a rabbit warren into our dream home with a pink kitchen’

Richard Sorger and Gareth Williams waited 12 years to renovate their Dalston house, turning a rabbit warren of rooms into an open plan home

Jun 15, 2022
Where to live

‘We left London to rent in Zone 6 — now we have the best of both’

Candice and Barry Quinn swapped their West Hampstead flat to rent at the far end of the Metropolitan Line.

Jun 14, 2022
Buying & Mortgages

How this couple bought their own London home before turning 30

Location and WFH space were key for first-time buyers Sajini Kuruppu and Nisal Karunadhara.

Jun 13, 2022
Property News

Water mill home listed for sale for the first time in 180 years

In addition to the converted water mill, the Bucks estate for sale has a two-bedroom windmill in the garden

Jun 10, 2022
Where to live

Four pretty, countryside locations for exiting London homebuyers

Exchanging the capital for a breath of fresh air doesn’t have to be dull. Ruth Bloomfield hears from the ex-Londoners who have cracked the countryside code

Jun 8, 2022
Where to live

‘We sold our London home for a seaside doer-upper four times the size’

When Leanne Fraser was made redundant during the pandemic, it was the catalyst she needed to retrain and move her family to live by the sea.

Jun 6, 2022
Property News

The Elizabeth line stops with greatest house price growth

Londoners who bought on Crossrail’s top stops are enjoying record price growth as the Elizabeth line finally opens.

Jun 1, 2022
Property News

The cheapest places to buy a house or a flat along the Elizabeth line

The cheapest locations are all on the east and south-east London sections of the Elizabeth line, in key areas with average houses under £500,000 and flats under £250,000. Here’s where to start your search.

Jun 1, 2022
Where to live

Where to live in the county with everything London leavers need

Just over an hour from London and with a choice of charming cities or beautiful villages — Hampshire’s the perfect country escape. But be prepared for top prices

Jun 1, 2022
Where to live

Top commuter towns across Hampshire, Surrey, Kent and Essex

Picturesque country and seaside locations for 2022 house-hunters who still want to live within reach of the capital.

Jun 1, 2022
Homes & Property

‘Getting my vaccine was the surprise catalyst to buying my first flat’

Getting a Covid vaccine led Anastasia Gurnell to buy her first home years earlier than she’d anticipated

Jun 1, 2022
Property News

Sixties concrete water tower listed for sale for £325,000 in Essex

Decommissioned Felsted water tower is back on the market.

May 31, 2022
Where to live

‘I was scared to leave Mile End for Oxford but I don’t miss it at all’

Committed Londoner Allana Clear loved her ‘forever home’ in the east, but then an opportunity presented itself that she simply couldn’t turn down.

May 30, 2022
Where to live

Five hipster-friendly seaside towns for London commuters

Spend weekends paddleboarding without sacrificing on London comforts in these hipster-friendly commutable coastal towns with flats for about £200k

May 27, 2022
Where to live

Huge cash injection bringing thousands of homes to this Crossrail area

During the pandemic, a new breed of Crossrail hotspots has emerged led by Southall, in west London, which has seen 14 per cent house price growth in the last two years.

May 26, 2022
Property News

800-year-old riverside area is Crossrail’s 10-year house price winner

Crossrail’s 10-year house price growth winner. Here’s what you should know about the south-east London neighbourhood undergoing a £1 billion transformation.

May 25, 2022