Scandinavians know how to keep warm in winter, and in a stylish way. Nordic Quarter, pictured, in Colindale, has Scandi-inspired design and architecture, in crisp, white-rendered and timber-clad blocks with 108 energy-efficient homes. The apartments have sleek interiors and large, recessed balconies, offering protection from the elements.
The development has landscaped courtyards and communal children’s play areas. Prices start at £330,000, with shared-ownership options available from Network Living, the developer. Call 020 3376 6455.
This north London suburb is where “Metro-Land” begins. It is an area of playing fields, country parks and avenues but it is well-connected, too, being close to the M1 and with a station on the Northern line, in Zone 4. The area has been designated as a housing growth zone by Mayor Boris Johnson, so expect more homes in the pipeline.