It's nearly time for the London Marathon, and the excitement is beginning to build. The marathon route includes lots of attractive locations for people looking for a new home – whether they’re running enthusiasts or not. Here are our top five up-and-coming places on the capital’s running route, and what aspects to highlight if you're selling in these locations.
The riverside district of Woolwich is rich in culture and history thanks to its military and naval past, but it’s also undergoing a series of exciting new developments, like the £6.6 million redesign of the town square. There's plenty to see and do for families, professionals and retired buyers, from historic attractions like the Royal Artillery Museum, to the food and goods on offer at Beresford Square Market. What’s more, the property market in Woolwich is rising in strength – and the Crossrail is set to open up this area to even more buyers.
Greenwich has a booming property market and plenty of green spaces, character and transport links, making it an attractive location for professionals. The borough is a World Heritage Site and boasts a wealth of activities, from stargazing at the Royal Observatory to catching a concert at the O2. It’s also home to the oldest Royal Park in the capital, and more baroque architecture than anywhere else in London.
Charlton is part of the borough of Greenwich, but has a charm all of its own thanks to the old town centre which gives residents a taste of village life in London. If you’re selling a home in Charlton, make sure to mention if you have a view of the Thames, as well as the abundance of local outdoor spaces like Maryon Park and Charlton Park.
Bermondsey’s more affordable house prices have made it a popular location with first-time buyers – which is good news if you’re vendor in this area hoping for a quick sale. If you live in Bermondsey, you'll know how lively it is, with plenty of bars and restaurants to attract young professionals. The high street is full of independent shops, as well as an arthouse cinema and farmers' market.
Since Wapping station reopened six years ago, a community atmosphere has grown along with the waterside dock restaurants and shops at St Katharine Docks. By the end of 2016, Wapping will be the home of a the new London Dock development – 15 acres of apartments and penthouses as well as low-cost homes.
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