Area guides: London Zone 2

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A north-east London spot with countryside on the doorstep

After TV reality show Towie raised its profile, Crossrail is set to boost Brentwood’s commuter cred. There's a wide range of property on the market and the open countryside is just on the doorstep, so it's easy to see why families and buy-to-let investors are snapping up homes in this north-east London spot.

The Zone 2 commuter spot with green spaces and a range of homes

Five miles south-west of central London, smart new flats are attracting young professionals while great schools are keeping this popular commuter suburb firmly on the family map. With pretty riverside walks, green space and a wide choice of Victorian and Edwardian homes, it's no wonder that buyers tend to stay within the area...

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