Map your house hunting future: new homes hotspots along the Victoria line

We uncover homes hotspots and pockets of hidden value along the 'Blue Bullet' line, from Walthamstow to Brixton.
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Brixton is one of the homes hotspots along the Victoria line, and the arcade-style market in Electric Avenue has a fantastic range of high-quality food outlets

When it was built in the Sixties, the Victoria line was the first entirely new Tube route in London for 50 years. It covers only Zones 1, 2 and  3, and in terms of the average number of journeys per mile it is by far the most intensely used line in the network, with 200 million passengers each year. It is also the only major Tube line to run entirely underground.

Gemma Shah, who lives in Brixton and works for a West End property company, is a big Victoria line fan. “I call it the Blue Bullet and consider myself to have the nicest of all commutes. It takes me only 13 minutes to get to Oxford Circus and I always get a seat.” 

She says the quick hop was a big reason for buying her two-bedroom garden flat. “I have lots of friends living north of the river who I can get to from Brixton in 25 minutes. I can’t imagine trading that convenience for another area of London.”

Brixton was once a sedate Victorian suburb, but later fell on hard times. The riots of the Eighties turned it into a no-go residential zone for many but its renaissance is under way, cemented by a new generation of young and more affluent buyers adding to the cosmopolitan mix. It is a truly urban place — the nearest thing in London to the downtown districts common in American cities, with all that implies.

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Switched-on Brixton
One of the newer attractions is Brixton Village — a lively arcade-style market in Electric Avenue winning plaudits for its diverse range of high-quality food outlets.

The lure of the period home is strong but new builds such as 107-home Brixton Square in Coldharbour Lane have come to the area. Two-bedroom flats cost from £525,000. Call Winkworth on 020 3324 7427.
Stockwell struck lucky in the early 19th century when an estate of Regency villas arrived. Just enough survive to provide some gracious streets, though not enough to make Stockwell a paid-up gentrified inner suburb. The area has an edgy feel and is about 20 per cent cheaper than its near neighbour Clapham, despite being that bit closer to the West End action. 

contemporary space-efficient homes at Tagus Apartments in Stockwell. Call 0207 664 6649
Tagus Apartments in Lingham Street are moments from the Tube and named after the river that runs through Lisbon, as this part of south-west London is known as Little Portugal. The eight space-efficient flats in this contemporary-design block include a penthouse with a big terrace, and are priced from £495,000. Call Jackson-Stops and Staff on 0207 664 6649.

Vauxhall, the Victoria line’s next stop on the south side of the river, is at the heart of London’s biggest and most dramatic construction project — the 450-acre Nine Elms zone, where a new riverside district is being built.
Prices are rising on the back of the regeneration but it is still early days, with the project likely to take at least 10 years. Cheaper homes are sprouting up in the hinterland back from the river. Spacious, loft-style apartments in original Sixties classroom blocks at former Lilian Baylis School are priced from £610,000. Call Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward on 020 7740 2640.

Property values jump once the line crosses the Thames, before falling again as the train heads north-east from King’s Cross to Walthamstow.

Victoria is another central London district getting a big, splashy makeover, with outdated office blocks being bulldozed to make way for gleaming mixed-use developments such as Nova, a 5.5-acre island site right opposite the station that includes 170 apartments. Call Savills on 020 7409 8701.
Back streets close to Millbank are something of a residential secret — a Division Bell address for MPs, with a mix of well-kept private, council and charitable housing and a growing number of new apartment schemes, often redevelopments of former ministry buildings such as Abell & Cleland, where prices start at £1.81 million. Call Berkeley Homes on 020 7720 4000.


From £1.4 million: homes at Riverwalk in Millbank. Call 020 7861 5499
Waterfront apartments are for sale at Riverwalk, close to Tate Britain. Prices from £1.4 million. Call Knight Frank on 020 7861 5499.
Plimsoll Building, with 178 apartments, is the latest phase of King’s Cross Central, the epic redevelopment of once-blighted railway land behind the station. The homes sit alongside Regent’s Canal and, uniquely, above two new schools, while the building boasts an internal podium garden and a rooftop conservatory, art gallery and communal terraces. Completion is due next year. Prices start at £765,000. Call 020 3691 3969.
Finsbury Park is one of the cheaper well-connected north London districts, with a varied stock of period houses crying out for young families to colonise. New-build flats are enticing singles and couples who want to live where they can feel the city’s beat. 

From £1.5 million:
City North, in Finsbury Park, has direct access to local restaurants and amenities. Call 020 7087 5536
City North, with 308 homes, is being built right next to the station, and will include a Waitrose branch, restaurants, bars, cinema and gym. It launches in June, with prices from £300,000 to £1.5 million. Call 020 7087 5536.

Tottenham, despite its rough image, is a place to watch. Regeneration is beginning to make a difference and it remains one of the cheapest Zone 3 locations. Where else in London can you buy a studio apartment for less than £150,000, or a decent, three-bedroom Victorian house for less than £350,000 — and still be in the West End or the City in 20 minutes?

Hale Village, next to Tottenham Hale station, is Haringey borough’s biggest development project since the Sixties, with 1,200 new homes, a student campus, a primary school, hotel, retail and office space. The 12-acre site borders protected parkland and the Lea Navigation, a once-vital canal route running into Docklands, meaning there will be waterfront homes.
The station is a major transport interchange between Liverpool Street and Stansted airport, and has a useful black cab rank, too, plus a direct link to Stratford. Bellway Homes has a new phase coming soon. Call 0845 257 9246.

Worth a wager
Investment-wise, Walthamstow looks a decent bet. Values are relatively low, with pockets of sensibly priced Victorian and Edwardian housing with gardens — those on the Warner Estate are sought-after — and town centre improvements, including new bars and eateries. 
Three-bedroom terraces cost from £260,000 to £500,000, according to estate agent Strettons, on 020 8509 4457, while redevelopment of the famous greyhound stadium into a 294-home estate is under way.

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