Stockwell, on the cusp of Zone 1, has some elegant buildings, such as pretty Durand Gardens — a pear-shaped Victorian “square” with a green — and handsome 19th-century Regency villas.
Not enough of these quiet conservation areas survive to make Stockwell a full-fledged gentrified inner suburb, and the area lacks a centre, but it is about 20 per cent cheaper than nearby Clapham and Brixton, despite being closer to the West End and City, with a Tube station serving the Victoria and Northern lines.
Park Heights, a 20-storey tower, is being built on the site of former Stockwell Park council estate and lies next to a conservation quarter. Generous-size one- and two-bedroom flats come with big wraparound balconies. Prices from £420,000. Call housing association Network Living on 0344 809 2026.