With the current government guidance remaining consistent, – the property market remains open, with buyers still able to view properties and move home. And despite the fact that we have been plunged in to lockdown number 3, – the first quarter of 2021 is expected to see a property uplift, with 100,000 additional sales expected to complete before the end of March stamp duty holiday headline.

Whilst it is true that we have certainly witnessed trends of migration from the capital during the pandemic, – they are not quite as extreme as some would have you believe, and are generally expected to reverse rapidly as the vaccine is rolled out. So if you’re a landlord or property investor, you’ll be taking a serious look at the prospects for property in London in 2021. But where best to invest? Here are the 5 London neighbourhoods set for price growth…

1.Vauxhall, Battersea, Wandsworth

Why it’s on the list

Nearly 500 new homes are expected to be built above Nine Elms Station, which is part of the new Northern Line Extension. The extension to the Tube line from Kennington is expected to open in autumn this year and will include two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station. On top of this, there are extensive plans for redevelopment projects – and so many blue chip companies already setting up here, that this area is predicted to become an extension of central London.

2. Merton

Why it’s on the list

This is one of London’s greenest boroughs, with an abundance of greenspace. It’s also has one of the lowest house price to earnings ratio in London at 10.4. It was the leading London location for price rises – up 3.2 percent on a July to July basis – with an average price of £820,000, more than 33 percent above the London average. In contrast, average rental of £448 per week is more than 20 percent below the London average. You’d be wise to invest here in 2021.

3. Camden

Why it’s on the list

This area is set to be one of the ‘stand out’ London boroughs in 2021 for property transactions. One of the capital’s most varied boroughs, Camden has many property hotspots from its borders with the West End in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, to the perennial favourites of Hampstead and Highgate. Having certainly earned its reputation as a major hub for hipsters, it is predicted to remain one of the best places to invest in central London in 2021, and especially attractive for creatives and young professionals.

4. Barking and Dagenham

Why it’s on the list

This is already one of the cheapest places to buy in London, – and despite the lockdowns, – prices here have continued to increase. Average yields here in 2020 increased to 5.4 percent, – and prices were up too (3 %) with average house prices at £315,000 and 3 or 4 bedroom properties selling for around £800,000.

New developments are attracting even more buyers and investors with reported plans to build 50,000 new homes in the next 20 years.

5. Islington

Why it’s on the list

New data from Halifax has revealed that this area of London saw the biggest property price jump in 2020 at an average of 13.4 per cent or £85,918, more than double the average percentage growth in the Greater London area (6%) with an average sale price of £727,922.

According to Knight Frank’s Edward Robinson the area is now looking even better and is expected to maintain it’s status as one of the best places to invest in 2021.


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