10 hot homes: along the Crossrail route

We take a property tour along the new Crossrail route, due to open in 2018, starting from Southall in the west, heading through the city towards Woolwich in the east, and find homes to suit earlybird buyers on a budget
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First-time buyers looking for a wise investment should start their search in up-and-coming areas along the new Crossrail network, due to open in 2018. In London new transport routes always trigger vigorous regeneration that transforms a neighbourhood and boosts property prices.

When the capital’s much-anticipated high-speed railway starts operation, the east-to-west line will dramatically reduce commuting times. Those districts around its main hubs with new stations will benefit from faster access to the City — as well as an increase in demand from young professionals seeking good-value homes.

We take a property tour along the new route, starting from Southall and Hanwell in the west, heading through Paddington and the city towards Whitechapel and Woolwich in the east, and find new-build starter flats and buy-to-let homes to suit earlybird homebuyers on a budget.

£205,995: two-bedroom flat in North Hyde Lane, Southall UB2
A canalside new-build apartment near the Grand Union Canal in Southall, with a modern kitchen and secure parking.

Crossrail map
Crossrail: new stations are being built at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Isle of Dogs and Woolwich

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