Living in Battersea
London is an exciting place to go travelling, so it's no wonder that people fall in love with this vibrant capital city and decide to stay. But while you may have chosen your hotel due to its proximity to tourist attractions, when it comes to making a more permanent choice, that's probably not a viable option. Unless you have an unlimited amount of money, you will have to leave the central tourist zones.
London is a huge city, so it can be hard to decide which area to live in, but Battersea could be the perfect choice. Situated along the south bank of the River Thames, it offers an easy commute to central London. Jump on the tube at Battersea Park and you will arrive at Oxford Circus in less than 10 minutes. Sound perfect? Then keep reading!
Things to Do
Battersea has loads of cafes, restaurants and pubs, so it's great if you're looking for somewhere to unwind after the stressful process of applying for your National Insurance Number. Whether you're in the mood for Thai or Korean food, there's always a restaurant in Battersea to tempt your taste buds. Or if you're in dire need of a pint, try one of Battersea's many pubs.
If you're looking for a day out, then enjoy a picnic in Battersea Park. Or if you're a fan of art then you can visit the Pump House Gallery. Alternatively, splash the cash and explore London in style from the Battersea Heliport.
Battersea may not be the most 'happening' London borough, but it still has a lot of things to do. Plus, with close proximity to Chelsea, Balham and Brixton, you'll never be short of entertainment.
Being so close to central London, Battersea property can carry a premium price tag. For example, the average rental price here is over £2000. You may be thinking, 'Woah! Are you crazy?!' but there are deals to be had. Bear in mind that this price includes properties of all sizes, from studio apartments to large detached homes. You can find a one bedroom property for around £1000 per month, or two bedrooms for only a few hundred more. If you split the rent between two, then that's a pretty good price by London standards!
If you live here, love it and decide to settle permanently, then you may worry when you see house prices. Over the past year, the average apartment price sold at around £600,000 while the typical terraced house would set you back a cool £1.2 million! Again, there are bargains if you know where to look. You can find a flat for around £300,000, or a house for a lot less than £1m.
To find a bargain whether you're renting or buying, visit Featherstone Leigh estate agency.
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