London is a huge, sprawling city, spanning 1572km². From the calm, rural outskirts of Zone 6 to the hustle and bustle of Zone 1, there’s something for everyone in this wonderful metropolis. That being said, we believe that Zones 2 and 3 form a sweet spot that balances quality of life, distance to the city centre, and cost of living. In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the best residential areas in Zones 2 and 3.
Putney – Zone 2/3
The boundary between Zones 2 and 3 runs straight through the heart of Putney. As a place to travel to and from, you can benefit from paying for a ticket that’s valid for either Zone 2 or Zone 3, whichever is cheaper. In the long-run, this can result in significant savings. Check out our blog post to find out just how accessible Putney is.
Putney is also one of the few areas of London that’s lucky enough to be alongside the Thames, and the local community takes full advantage of it. There are plenty of bars and restaurants dotted along the banks, offering excellent views of the river. And the walking route is one of the most picturesque on the Thames Path, more akin to a countryside trek than a walk in London.
With housing options that range from cottages to newly-converted flats and mansions built anywhere from the 1800s to the last decade, Putney can accommodate virtually anybody’s tastes.
Wimbledon – Zone 3
Famous as the home of tennis, Wimbledon is also a great place for city dwellers to settle. Wimbledon is one of London’s havens for wildlife and green space and yet it’s incredibly well-connected with the rest of the city, perhaps surprisingly so given its distance from Central London. Journeys to Waterloo take less than 20 minutes, making for a pleasant commute.
Wimbledon itself has something for everyone. It’s recently undergone significant development and has seen vast improvements to its high streets, local amenities and the quality of housing available. It’s so well-equipped that travelling to other parts of London for food, leisure activities or shops is now just an option, not a necessity.
Enjoy a mix of large family houses to apartments that are perfect for couples. Additionally, there’s an excellent range of schools to choose from, making Wimbledon an excellent choice for families.
Highgate – Zone 3
Highgate is a very unique place to live, with a longstanding charm that’s actively preserved by the Highgate Society. It’s often likened to a village for its quaint, community atmosphere, and its range of shops, pubs, and schools make it feel very separate from the rest of London. In actuality, Highgate is very close to the rest of London. Travelling to the city centre takes approximately 30 mins, and it’s served by numerous transport options including buses, rail options, and the Tube.
The area is also steeped in history. Historically on the border of hunting grounds, Highgate gets its name from having a tall, deer-proof partition that served as the hunting area’s boundary. It’s also the location of one of the country’s most famous cemeteries. Highgate Cemetery is the final resting place of several notable individuals, including Philosopher Karl Marx, Poet George Eliot and singer/songwriter George Michael.
Ladywell – Zone 3
Another entry with a curious name, Ladywell owes its title to being the site of a natural spring (well) with alleged healing properties called Our Lady’s Well. This story goes all the way back to the 15th Century, and the well would be frequented by pilgrims who passed on their way to Canterbury.
Today, Ladywell is dotted with reminders of its history while being. It’s got lots of pubs, restaurants, shops, parks, schools, and transport links, making it popular with young professionals and families alike. It’s especially appealing to young professionals because it takes just 25 minutes to get to the heart of London via the overground. Plus, a short walk away, you’ll find Lewisham’s traditional market stall, shopping centre, and access to the DLR that’s just 15 minutes from Canary Wharf.
Maida Vale – Zone 2
Last, but by no means least, is Maida Vale. It’s perhaps the most romantic area on this list thanks to Little Venice, a canal network with barges and canal-side restaurants, which makes for the perfect walking or running route. Maida Vale is also the closest entry to Central London, taking just 15 minutes to travel there by tube. It’s one of the few areas of Zone 2 that’s still dotted with independent shops and cafes.
As well as the Regent’s Canals, several other famous London landmarks are in very close proximity, including The Regent’s Park, Lord’s Cricket Ground, and Abbey Road Studios. Property in the area is a mix of red brick apartments and Edwardian houses, with tree-lined pavements and many traditional pubs to choose from (in fact, the area gets its name from a pub called The Maida!).
You can expect an ideal combination of ‘big city’ London and a small-town community. In many respects, Maida Vale is a snapshot of London itself.
If you’re interested in living in zone 2 or 3 of London, especially in the South West, then get in touch with us here at James Anderson. Our team are some of the most knowledgeable estate agents in London and have many years’ experience in finding people their perfect home.