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on 21 March 2006
This book is an excellent resource for any home buyers who either have no pre-conception of where they wish to live, or are searching for their prospective new home by criteria (be that budget / parks / schools / transport etc).
The book is organised by areas, and includes a summary of the larger area (e.g. Merton), and then a few paragraphs focusing on the more specific towns within that area (e.g. Wimbledon, Wimbledon Village, Raynes Park etc). The general overview provides a good introduction, whilst the town view includes examples of desirable roads and actual house sales which have taken place in these roads recently. At the end of each area there is an overview of prices for renting and buying, arranged by home size.
As somebody that has lived in a number of areas North and South of the river, but did not grow up in London, this guidebook was valuable in widening my horizons as to which areas might suit my lifestyle and my budget, without the need to visit all of the areas.
Buyers should note that whilst fairly comprehensive in zones 1 and 2, the outer zones coverage becomes somewhat hit and miss. So whilst some outer areas are covered it is by no means comprehensive - e.g. in SW London, Teddington and Twickenham are covered, as are Merton, but not the areas in between. Not necessarily a criticism as the volume is already quite weighty, but something to consider if your search concentrates on the outer zones or beyond.
Overall, a good book aimed at a certain type of buyer. If you live in an area and are only going to move within that area, then this book will not be for you as the level of detail will not add anything to your existing knowledge. However, if you are not constrained by needing to be in a certain area, then this book is ideal starting point to identify areas for more detailed research yourself.
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