In our last show, we looked at the popular family area of Herne Hill. A favourite with a continental feel, it has it all - spacious Victorian homes and green spaces. It is sandwiched between posh Dulwich and sharp Brixton.
There are affordable houses (you can get a good four-bedroom house there for £700,000) and a strong sense of community. One mother says: “Once you come here, you stay.”
'Herne Hill is a family favourite with a continental feel, and prices are 20 per cent less than nearby areas'
There is also a railway station, lots of delis and proper village shops, some of the best schools in London and wonderful Brockwell Park with its famous restored lido. Prices are 20 per cent less than neighbouring areas - probably because there isn’t a Tube line.
Amazing spaces: presenter Alistair Appleton discovered the life-changing impact of creating a basement. It is the most expensive conversion you can do, at £300 a square foot, but architect-designed basements can give you uplifting light and masses of space.
Alison Cork did a great job on her bargain hunt finding luxurious furniture and a new, modern oak staircase at a fraction of the price you might expect. The staircase makes the perfect entrance to your new basement and costs only £900 direct from the maker, while some luxurious red-glass worktops come in at less than half-price once you know where to go - the wholesalers and manufacturers rather than glamorous showrooms.
Gardens: a garden is not only lovely to look at but can also save money if you mix flowers with vegetables. Gardener Andy Sturgeon met a woman who has sunflowers and cosmos mixed in among her deliciously sweet tomatoes and plump raspberries.
Don't miss the fifth show in this series on Thursday 20 November, at 7:30pm on ITV1.
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Featured in our last show:
Alistair Appleton discovers the life-changing impact of creating a basement. Architect-designed basements can give you uplifting light and masses of space.
And our bargain-hunter, Alison Cork, finds luxurious furniture and a new, modern oak staircase at a fraction of the price you might expect.
Alistair Appleton has a wealth of property knowledge from his established television career. He will be showing us the best locations to live in the capital and opening the doors to some of London’s most inspirational homes.
Alison Cork: following the success of Alison’s weekly ‘Really useful ideas & bargains’ column in the Evening Standard, Alison teaches us how we can all get homeware for less.
Andy Sturgeon is a Chelsea RHS Gold medal winner and gardening writer for the Guardian newspaper. He is the author of two best-selling books and lectures internationally on garden design.
Jo Eccles is the founder and director of leading property search company, Sourcing Property. She is seen as an area property expert and is frequently asked to comment on all aspects of property from interior design trends to market behaviour and prices.
Cathy Strongman is a freelance architectural journalist and author, contributing to various publications, including Homes & Property, the Architects' Journal, Grand Designs Magazine and House & Garden. Her latest book, The Sustainable Home, was recently published by Merrell.