Crystal Palace

Discover the hidden gem in this hilly south-London town

Family homes are the star attraction in Purley - from solid, well-priced Victorian, Edwardian, Twenties and Thirties houses to millionaire mansions on the Webb Estate, where Status Quo rocker Francis Rossi has lived in two properties, and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha owns one that featured in TV's Footballers' Wives. VIEW FULL ARTICLE HERE

Take a tour of south-east London's property hotspots

South-east London is emerging as one of the capital's top hunting grounds for first-time buyers, with 15,000 starter homes bought there in the last year, according to new research by Hamptons International.

Good-value areas furthest from central London have seen the highest levels of demand - such as Beckenham, Crystal Palace and Bromley, where homes with two or more bedrooms can still be found priced under £300,000.

One-bedroom flats are more popular with first-timers who are considering postcodes closer to the centre, such as Brixton or Surrey Quays.

"For some first-time buyers it's simply a case of finding a home that they can afford," says Johnny Morris, head of research at Hamptons International. "But an increasing number are choosing to skip a step in their housing journey, looking for a bigger home they can stay in for longer."

Join us as we take a property tour across south-east London to discover the best-value areas to buy, average prices and much more...

Crystal Palace spotlight

The news that Crystal Palace is being rebuilt has put the south-east London borough in the spotlight recently. But it's the area's converted Victorian mansions, lively high street and open space that is attracting young buyers.

Crystal Palace spotlight

Our property expert Anthea Masey takes the new Overground train to Crystal Palace to enjoy the views from the dinosaur park