Its playing fields, country parks and avenues lined with interwar semis are popular with middle-class families who commute to the City or West End. Recently designated a housing growth zone by Mayor Boris Johnson, and on the Northern line in Zone 4, Colindale is an obvious location for young Londoners priced out of the centre.
Nordic Quarter is a scheme of 108 Scandi-style apartments with up to four bedrooms in sleek, white-rendered blocks. Prices are from £252,000, with shared-ownership options available. Call Network Living on 020 3376 6455.
Edgware Green is a Barratt development of 937 homes and includes big four-bedroom townhouses — the smallest is 1,845 sqft — priced from £650,000. Their design is sound, with private gardens, open-plan kitchen and family rooms, plus underground parking with direct access to each property. Apartments cost from £290,000. Call 0844 811 4334.