Tottenham's the tip for first-time buyers: 20 minutes from the West End and ​flats for less than £250,000

'Priority zone' Tottenham has new homes for young Londoners.
World famous for its football club, Tottenham also has a reputation among London home buyers for being a bit riot prone. This rough image deters many property hunters but the area is undoubtedly good first-time buyer territory, being cheap by the capital’s standards and with good transport links to the centre. Now, crucially, regeneration is beginning to make a difference to this part of north London.

Where else in the capital can you buy a flat for less than £170,000 or a decent three-bedroom Victorian house under £350,000 — and still be in the West End or City in 20 minutes?

Tottenham also benefits from fast connections to King’s Cross and Stratford, which are becoming important commercial and business zones in their own right.

The area evolved with the advent of the railways and was an important manufacturing base. Streets of modest terraces were built up to the Twenties. The Blitz prepared the way for sprawling council estates — including notorious Broadwater Farm Estate — where improvements are under way and new forms of tenure are being introduced.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has designated Tottenham a priority zone to kick-start change. About £1 billion is being invested over 10 years, with up to 10,000 new homes planned and at least 5,000 new jobs.

Handsome municipal buildings such as the former town hall have been given a facelift, with new flats and commercial space created. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s new stadium project will bring flats, shops, a technical college and primary school.

Lawrence Square, close to Seven Sisters Tube, replaces an industrial estate and has 260 flats and townhouses from £249,950. Call Bellway on 0845 676 0261.
Finsbury Park Place: new flats are attracting buyers and renters priced out of Hackney and Stoke Newington

Finsbury Park, which at 115 acres is bigger than St James’s Park and Green Park combined, has undergone a £5 million Lottery-funded restoration. Finsbury Park Place is a recently completed scheme of 42 flats on tree-lined Queen’s Drive, which runs into the park.

Estate agent Currell says the homes have attracted buyers and renters priced out of Stoke Newington and Hackney who want to live where they can feel the beat of the city. Call 020 7241 4111.

Shared-ownership flats priced from £72,250 (full price, £289,000) are on offer at Woodberry Down, a former council estate straddling Seven Sisters Road that is being transformed into a smart new neighbourhood. Call Genesis on 033 3000 4000.

Hale Village: 870 new “green” homes and a 1,200-room student campus
Heading north along the high road a new community called Hale Village is being built at Tottenham Hale next to the train station, which is on the Victoria line and is also a major interchange between Liverpool Street and Stansted. To date there are 870 new “green” homes, a 1,200-room student campus, a supermarket, a Diocese of London community centre and a Royal Free Hospital specialist kidney care unit. Still to come are a residential skyscraper, private rental homes, shops and offices.

The 12-acre site borders protected parkland and the Lea Navigation, a canal route running into Docklands. Landowner Lee Valley Estates is working with developer Bellway and Newlon housing association to deliver homes which are proving popular with key workers and young career professionals — among them junior doctors and nurses — with  44 per cent of residents aged 16-29. The next phase of apartments is scheduled for release later this year.

From the top of the apartment blocks at Hale Village, it is easy to see why the area will function as a decent place to live. The east-west vista takes in Stratford’s Olympic Park, Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the BT Tower and Ally Pally, and emphasises the proximity to the centre. Along the Lea Navigation, derelict factories, mills and warehouses are being redeveloped and integrated with green spaces to form a regional “country park”.

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