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Should you buy the worst house on the best street? Ten London homes for sale that are all about location

Plenty of potential: homes for sale on some of London’s best streets  (ES)
Plenty of potential: homes for sale on some of London’s best streets (ES)

So established is this estate agent adage that it spawned a Channel 4 show of the same name.

Buying ‘the worst house on the street’ is not always a case of needs-must, but a strategy that industry insiders suggest can be a smart way to build equity.

The logic is that location trumps almost all other factors. A home can be radically transformed or even razed to the ground; you cannot, however, pick up your perfect house and plonk it down somewhere else.

Our round up includes properties boosted by proximity to grander neighbours (think a single bungalow in a stretch of large family homes) and refurb projects in prime streets that are priced accordingly.

St John’s Wood, NW8

£2.75 million

Abbey Road, NW8 (Beauchamp Estates)
Abbey Road, NW8 (Beauchamp Estates)

This family home in need of a total overhaul is on the iconic Abbey Road in St John’s Wood. It offers four bedrooms, an integrated garage and a generous, blank-slate garden. The Jubilee line is within walking distance.

Beauchamp Estates, 020 7722 9793

Clerkenwell, EC1V

£900,000

Wynyatt Street, EC1V (Savills)
Wynyatt Street, EC1V (Savills)

An unmodernised Grade II-listed Georgian house has wooden floors, a garden at the rear and a large utility room on the lower ground floor that could be turned into a third bedroom. It’s chain-free.

Savills, 020 7253 2533

Enfield, EN2

£625,000

The Grove, EN2 (Enfield)
The Grove, EN2 (Enfield)

This spacious detached bungalow is within walking distance of two train stations. It has two bedrooms, a garage and a south-facing garden, but requires some internal refurbishment.

Barnfields, 020 8363 3394

Chiswick, W4

£1.5 million

Park Road, W4 (Hamptons)
Park Road, W4 (Hamptons)

A three-bedroom home on a substantial plot, with over 1,700 sq ft of living space and a well-maintained garden. Chiswick station is close by, and there are views over the grounds of Chiswick House from the upstairs windows.

Hamptons, 020 3369 4370

Pimlico, SW1V

£700,000

Warwick Square Mews, SW1V (Douglas & Gordon)
Warwick Square Mews, SW1V (Douglas & Gordon)

This compact, one-of-a-kind home sits on a quiet mews within walking distance of Victoria and Pimlico stations. Downstairs is divided into a reception room and separate kitchen, while the bedroom and bathroom are upstairs.

Douglas & Gordon, 020 3918 2136

West Kilburn, W10

£750,000

First Avenue, W10 (Noahs)
First Avenue, W10 (Noahs)

A two-bedroom project house on First Avenue, which is minutes from Maida Vale and the Grand Union Canal. It has well-proportioned rooms and a rear garden, plus potential to extend.

Noahs, 020 7971 1474

Wimbledon, SW20

£800,000

Dennis Park Crescent, SW20 (Goodfellows)
Dennis Park Crescent, SW20 (Goodfellows)

This semi-detached three-bedroom home sits within a conservation area. It features two reception rooms and a good-size garden with mature trees, but is in need of modernisation throughout.

Goodfellows, 020 8640 3330

Teddington, TW11

£575,000

Waldegrave Road, TW11 (Laurels)
Waldegrave Road, TW11 (Laurels)

Situated between the Thames and Bushy Park, this bright semi-detached home has two bedrooms, an appealing garden with decking and no chain. Teddington Station is within walking distance.

Laurels, 020 8033 8767

Blackheath, SE13

£900,000

Quentin Road, SE13 (JDM)
Quentin Road, SE13 (JDM)

An unmodernised Victorian home split over four levels on a leafy street close to Blackheath Village and the common. There are four bedrooms, two reception rooms and a cellar on the lower ground floor.

JDM, 020 8463 0091

Islington, N1

£785,000

Arlington Square, N1 (Savills)
Arlington Square, N1 (Savills)

This attractive but compact one-bedroom home faces a smart Islington square. It has its own private roof terrace and offers swift access to the Regents Canal towpath. Grade II-listed.

Savills, 020 7354 6713