10 houses and flats for sale in London’s changing suburbs, from Art Deco apartments to smart 1930s semis
Retire jokes about twitching net curtains and put pampas grass firmly out of mind – London’s suburbs are (ahem) swinging.
A borough-by-borough analysis of last year’s house price growth showed a boost for the borders, with Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Havering, Sutton and Richmond-upon-Thames taking the top spots.
Many of the capital’s new suburbanites will land in three-bedroom semis – a legacy of the country’s housebuilding boom that was getting into its stride almost exactly a century ago – and others in Art Deco blocks, charmed by Crittall windows and communal green space.
And while a zone-hopping move might not quite capture the interwar idealism of Metroland, homes from this period have good lateral layouts, generous proportions and some of the biggest gardens going. Here are ten of the best on the market now.
New Southgate, N11
This well-maintained family home has a typical layout, with three bedrooms, two reception rooms and a garage. Double doors in the dining area lead onto a good-size garden with mature fruit trees at the far end. There are two local parks within a few minutes’ walk.
Hamptons, 020 3369 4283
Strawberry Hill, TW2
A two bedroom, two bathroom top floor flat in an unusual block, minutes from Strawberry Hill station with its Waterloo connections. The biggest draw here is the huge private roof terrace, which is almost the exact same size at the apartment itself.
Dexters, 020 8744 0074
Located on the first floor of a striking Art Deco building, this two bedroom flat has a sensible layout and a pretty balcony that overlooks the landscaped gardens. All eyes will be on the architecture, but an allocated garage and share of the freehold sweeten the deal.
Rawlinson Gold, 020 3869 5905
Ruislip Manor, HA4
A few minutes from Ruislip Gardens tube station for Central line trips into town, this semi-detached home has three bedrooms, a separate dining room and a large, blank-slate garden. It’s recently been repainted and it’s offered chain-free.
Gibbs Gillespie, 01895 547929
Stamford Brook, W6
A split-level three-bedroom apartment with a smart new kitchen and bathroom – and balconies on both floors – in recently renovated 1930s block Ashlar Court. It’s handy for Stamford Brook tube station and within walking distance of the river.
Winkworth, 020 3869 5572
East Sheen, SW14
This five-bedroom detached 1920s house has uninterrupted views over Palewell Common to the rear and is only a few minutes’ walk from Richmond Park. It comes with a large garden, an integrated garage and some impressive Arts and Crafts-style wood panelling.
Chestertons, 020 8104 0580
This two-bedroom flat with a share of the freehold is on the ground floor of this distinctive Art Deco block, which is well-placed for two tube stations and shops at Snaresbrook and South Woodford. The open green space of Leyton Flats is nearby.
Keller Williams, 020 3892 9627
Winchmore Hill, N21
An appealing 1930s detached home in a 10,000 square foot wraparound plot, with five bedrooms, a conservatory, a double garage and a roof terrace accessed from two of the bedrooms. The bones are there but it might require gentle modernising.
Location Location, 020 3870 2737
Kingston Vale, SW15
This chain-free five-bedroom semi has an integrated garage, conservatory and utility room, plus a well-maintained south-east facing garden. Kingston Vale is a village-like spot sandwiched between Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common.
Carringtons, 0208 549 7788
Muswell Hill, N10
A smartly extended 1920’s home with reclaimed wooden floorboards and a third bedroom in the loft, plus a garden studio kitted out with plumbing and electricity. Coldfall Woods are nearby, as are some of London’s best rated schools.
The Modern House, 020 3795 5920