Despite Brexit doom and gloom looming, multi-billion pound regeneration plans and transport upgrades are creating new London hotspots to purchase property in 2018.
Property expert and the Regional Director of London estate agent Portico, Mark Lawrinson, has revealed eight key London hotspots for property investors this year, with the location’s current average house price and typical rental yield:
- Tottenham – £424,000, 3.7%
Lawrinson gives his killer reasons to invest here: “Tottenham is set to become London’s biggest regeneration story, with a £1 billion regeneration schemed called High Road West set to transform the area into a modern and desirable place to live and work. Though the scheme will take up to 15 years to complete, the council plans to deliver at least 10,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs by 2025, as well as a new public square, complete with shops and restaurants.
“Tottenham Hotspur’s new £400m stadium development will also be a catalyst for wider regeneration, breathing new life into the area, creating jobs and boosting property prices.
“Currently, Tottenham Hale is only 16 minutes from Oxford Circus on the Victoria Line, with direct Tube and rail links to King’s Cross, Stratford and Stansted Airport, but it’s also set to become a key interchange station on the Crossrail 2 route.
“If Crossrail 2 gets the green light, Tottenham Hale will become the new King’s Cross, and gentrification and quick commute times will draw more and more people to the area.
“A one-bedroom property in the area currently costs around £300,000, and the highest yields of >4.5% can be found around Tottenham Hale station.”
- Forest Gate – £442,000, 4.1%
“Think you’re too late to cash in on the Crossrail boom in Forest Gate? Think again. Transport-led regeneration is the single most important factor in boosting house prices, and we expect Forest Gate to seriously smarten up when services on the Elizabeth Line start to run in 2018. Residents will be just 19 minutes from Bond Street and 12 minutes from Canary Wharf thanks to the Elizabeth Line, as well as within close proximity to popular Stratford, which has experienced steep property price rises in recent years, thanks to significant regeneration from the Olympic Games,” Lawrinson explains.
“Ultimately, Forest Gate has been an undervalued area for years, so prices still have a lot of room to go up. Currently, property prices are low and rental yields high – landlords will achieve a healthy 4.9% yield around Forest Gate station, or a 5.3-5.5% in Manor Park.”
- White City – £682,000, 3.3%
Lawrinson looks at the area’s appeal: “The former BBC headquarters is at the heart of the multi-billion pound transformation of White City. The London landmark is being reinvented into a working, living and thriving community, complete with up to 950 new homes, new Grade A offices, plus plenty of restaurants and bars. The site will even house a Soho House hotel and private members’ club. Lots of businesses have already moved to the area, and we expect plenty more to follow suit.
“Additionally, Imperial College is building a new research campus in the area, Westfield is currently undergoing a £600m expansion of its White City shopping centre, and Hammersmith and Fulham Council recently granted permission for the railway arches along Wood Lane to be turned into a string of trendy shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. Property prices here are still a lot cheaper than in nearby Notting Hill and Holland Park, so it’s becoming an extremely attractive part of west London to renters, homebuyers and investors.”
- Wembley – £420,000, 4.5%
8 Key London Hotspots to Purchase Property in 2018
Lawrinson gives his reasons to invest in Wembley: “We’ve seen a hike in homebuyer and investor interest in the borough of Brent recently, and this is a direct result of the regeneration that’s sweeping Wembley, including the Masterplan regeneration project for Wembley Park. £140m is being spent on new community infrastructure, including a new primary school and nursery, and a new GP surgery.
“Nearby Brent Cross shopping centre is also undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration, which will see more than 200 new shops open up, plus 60 restaurants, a cinema, hotel accommodation, a new town square, and improved public spaces.”
- Whitechapel – £514,000, 4.6%
He also looks at why you should invest in Whitechapel: “If you’re looking to invest centrally, Whitechapel is primed for regeneration.
“Whitechapel Central is set to transform a former Safestore facility into a new urban quarter, providing 564 new homes, as well as flexible office space, shops, a gym and a café. There are also plans for a £300m life science campus at Queen Mary University London in Whitechapel, which will aim to deliver a long-term health boost to the East End, as well as attracting investment to the UK after Brexit.
“Just five minutes from Shoreditch High Street and a short distance from tech hub Old Street, Whitechapel’s location is also ideal for those looking to be near all the trendy amenities.”
- Lewisham – £454,000, 3.5%
Lawrinson explains why Lewisham is number six: “We’re seeing increased demand for property in Lewisham of late. This is because, instead of purchasing studio flats or apartments, first time buyers are now looking to avoid expensive transaction costs, and skip the first rung of the ladder in favour of larger two or three-bedroom houses in slightly outer areas of the capital. Southeast London’s popularity is already on the rise, and now TfL [Transport for London] are proposing to extend the Bakerloo Line beyond Elephant and Castle to Lewisham, serving Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate. The new route would include four new stations, two on Old Kent Road, another at Lewisham and one more at a key interchange at New Cross Gate. If the scheme is given the green light – and funding is secured – construction could start in 2023, with services aiming to be running by 2028/29 – so there’s a fantastic long-term opportunity for investors here.”
- Tooting Broadway – £662,000, 3.4%
Lawrinson says: “All eyes will be on Tooting if Crossrail 2 gets the green light. A station is proposed for Tooting Broadway, which would make the area much more accessible to the rest of the capital.
“Tooting is already an established and popular place to live, thanks to the Northern Line effect, which has caused patches of gentrification to pop up at all the stops along the line from central London. It’s also cheaper than neighbouring Wandsworth and Clapham, so there’s room for prices to increase.”
- Wood Green – £560,000, 3.1%
Finally, Lawrinson explains why Wood Green makes the list: “Wood Green in Haringey is an area that has been on our radar for a while now, and is certainly worth looking at as a long-term investment. Though it has remained largely untouched in terms of development of its high street and amenities, it’s easily accessible to popular Highbury and Islington, and offers some affordable Victorian property.
“The Crossrail 2 route is set to go via Wood Green and, if this happens, it’s very likely we’ll see significant change to this whole area, which will push up house prices significantly.”
To sum up, Lawrinson gives his thoughts on investing in London hotspots this year: “If you can beat the new, tougher buy-to-let stress tests and have the cash to invest, it’s now more important than ever to select your specific location within London boroughs, right down to a postcode or street level. London is increasingly a capital of micro-markets, each with their own rental dynamics and capital growth potential – and so, while prices in prime central London are continuing to settle, areas like Tottenham and Forest Gate are picking up momentum.”
Where are you planning to invest in 2018? Perhaps one of these London hotspots has caught your eye…