Estate agent Knight Frank has identified eight property hotspots in London. And the good news for those keen to buy in the capital is that affordability is high among the reasons for those areas being chosen.
In its third Hotspots report, Knight Frank looked at several factors that make an area a target for buyers. They include upgrades to transport infrastructure, regeneration and areas where prices are lower than nearby neighbourhoods.
The eight hotspots are: Southall/Hayes; Camden Town; Wood Green; Lisson Grove; Canada Water; West Ham; Leyton; and Hackney Wick.
According to Knight Frank, London’s development landscape has changed in the two years since its last report, adding: “These changes have been triggered by political, economic and policy events – not least the vote to leave the EU and additional stamp duty.
“The new development hotspots identified feature a wider geographical spread than previous reports.
“In terms of values, the majority are localities where new-build developments are priced at sub-£800 psf [price per square foot] and most are also outside zone 1. This emphasises the changing landscape for development in London, with a greater focus on affordability.”
The timeframe for the areas to become hotspots is 2018-21, which will cover the opening of Crossrail, the high-speed rail link that will improve London’s link with the south-east.
In Southall and Hayes, the current price per square foot is £600, forecast to be £750 psf by 2021. Crossrail trains will be running there by next year and developments are in the pipeline to take advantage of the new rail link.
Wood Green‘s current psf is £650, forecast to be £800 by 2021. More than £3 billion has been set aside for development in the area by Haringey council, including 7,700 new homes.
One of London’s hippest areas, Camden Town‘s current psf of £1,100 reflects its popularity. That psf is forecast to reach £1,500 in three years’ time. Redevelopment plans there include the Camden Lock Village, boosted by investment from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund and Camden Council.
Lisson Grove‘s proximity to Regent’s Park and St John’s Wood has marked it out as a property hotspot. Currently its psf is £1,400, potentially rising to £1,850 by 2021. Westminster Council is investing £1.2 billion over 20 years as part of its regeneration blueprint.
South of the river, Canada Water will be boosted by the £2 billion Canada Water Masterplan that will include 3,500 new homes. The psf is £900 at the moment, rising to £1,250 in 2021 say Knight Frank.
In West Ham, the psf is present £700, estimated to hit £950 in the next three years. West Ham has been rezoned by Transport for London to Zone 2, saving commuters hundreds of pounds annually on fares. Its transport options include the Underground, Overground and DLR, while Crossrail will run from Stratford from next year.
Nearby Leyton has a psf of £675, forecast to rise to £800 by 2021. Its proximity to areas that have already been regenerated, including Westfield and the Olympic Park, make it the next area to be prioritised for population growth in Waltham Forest.
Also close to the Olympic Park, Hackney Wick is currently being regenerated as part of the London Legacy Development Corporation’s work. Its £700 psf in 2018 is predicted to be £850 in 2021. Its overground train station, connecting the area to Canary Wharf and the West End, will be transformed by a £25 million facelift.
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