http://www.notaryengland.co.uk/blog/ No prams allowed : where singles rule
Posted on 4:31pm Saturday 26th Mar 2011
NO PRAMS ALLOWED : WHERE SINGLES RULE
One person households are the first to buy in up and coming areas.
According to 2009 statistics from the Office of national Statistics General Household Survey, the number of women has more than doubled over the past three decades.
Singleness is on the rise and London is increasingly being divided into two camps: buzzy, occasionally gritty singleton hotspots stuffed to the rafters with bars – and family areas, where the pram (not the drunken ramble home) rules.
Still, with prices sky – rocketing all over central London and the din of your smug married friends making it feel like a maisonette in Putney or Wandsworth are the only options worth aspiring to, we thought it worth glancing at the best options in London for single buyers.
Islington continues to attract well – off singletons, often funded by the bank of Mum and Dad. It’s no secret that Upper Street and the other areas between Angel and Highbury are heaving with nightspots, boutiques and restaurants. But with prices at a high, Islington is expanding outwards, with the area east of Cannonbury stretching towards Dalston - de Beauvoir in particular – attracting the single person’s pound. Improved transport links – with revamped routes straight to the City – help, as do a preponderance of gastro – pubs. The Alma, the Talbot, the Marquess Tavern, the Wellington and the House are all favourites among a young, hip crowd in the area.
Balham has also come of age as a singleton’s hotspot – replacing the now – expensive ( and family –happy ) Clapham.
Soho is the biggest story in the rise of the singleton – simply because many former offices have now been acquired by developers and turned into flats for sale. A decade ago, only the most hardened gritty City types would have contemplated living in SoHo – now, both the pink and straight pound are trickling in. There’s more stock, but massive gentrification of the area (the number of top – flight restaurants and swanky bars to open in Soho the last few years is staggering), have made it more tempting. That said, it’s far less expensive than Mayfair, so offers a perfect location in the heart of Zone One, with options for boozing, partying and eating 24 hours a day.