The leafy town only 13 miles from central London

Served by four train stations, with 30-minute services to Victoria and London Bridge, the south-London town of Purley offers a range of properties - with family homes the star attraction - and the regeneration of nearby Croydon that's set to be a game changer.

The average cost of renting in every London borough

A new report reveals the average cost of renting in London’s borough’s is  £1,461 a month. Discover the most affordable boroughs to live in based on private rental costs over a 12-month period throughout the capital, the cheapest areas include Barking and Dagenham (£864 a month), Bexley (£889 a month), Croydon (£916 a month) and Havering (£919 a month).

December auctions under £100,000: bag a bargain

Visit an auction this month and pick up a bargain property. We’ve previewed the catalogues and found a bundle of opportunities including an investment property on Fulham Broadway and a building plot in Catford.

New build-to-rent homes

The first 10,000 homes supported by the Government's Built to Rent fund will be ready in two years, a quarter of them in London

Boris shakes up the suburbs

The Mayor promises young Londoners exciting homes and jobs across the capital's outer boroughs. Now his team is getting to work

2008 hotspots

Where should you buy in 2008? David Spittles offers London's most promising hotspots for the new year

Croydon’s new era

The arrival of designer flats signals a new era for previously unglamorous Croydon. A £5 billion town-centre makeover is in the pipeline aimed at revitalising its commercial core and turning the neglected south London area into a location of choice for homebuyers