London's last affordable areas first-time buyers

Aspiring first-time buyers need to load up their Oyster cards, because strong annual price rises mean that key areas affordable to those on an average budget are in the depths of Zones 4, 5 and 6.

Top 25: up-and-coming Zone 3 areas to watch

London buyers are heading for Zone 3, where homes are 41 per cent cheaper on average than in Zone 2 - at £474,569 compared with £797,410. 

Zone 3 buyers can still feel they are in the heart of the capital as a transport revolution slashes journey times to central London and the City.

A new Thameslink station will serve the new district of Brent Cross Cricklewood, the Overground is being extended east to Barking, the proposed Bakerloo line extension will cut through south-east London to Beckenham -  and the Crossrail buzz is making hotspots of Zone 3 districts such as Ealing. 

Developers are in step, building homes complete with “lifestyle” packages and creating new town centres. We reveal the average house prices and best areas of Zone 3 to start your property search… VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE

Revealed: the cost of buying a home in every London borough

The latest Land Registry data reveals the average cost of buying a London home has risen by 16.3 per cent in the past year to £464,936. Waltham Forest is the London borough with the largest annual price growth of 25.1 per cent, while Barking and Dagenham has emerged as the most affordable borough to buy a home, with an average price of £265,912. We take a look at the average cost of buying a home in every London borough...