Kentish Town, postcode NW5, has a real sense of freshness — with a new French lycée school, a restored listed Victorian baths and pool and a growing buzz created by a fresh generation of artsy Londoners.
Zabludowicz Collection, one of the capital's best contemporary-design galleries, is housed in a former Methodist chapel, close to the studio of celebrity photographer Rankin, while Kentish Canteen is one of several cool restaurants. Yet the area remains defiantly urban and is still affordable for many.
Into this mix has dropped The Town Apartments — 15 homes that are well placed for the shops and Tube station. Prices from £432,500. Call Telford Homes on 01992 809 800.
In 1873, Sainsbury's opened its second grocery shop at nearby Queen's Crescent, and a fortnightly food market has been flourishing since then. Redevelopment of a local butcher's shop has spawned a scheme of five flats in the upper parts, priced from £405,000. Call Linton on 020 3402 5102.