• New research, which tracks the number of enquiries sent to local estate agents, shows that East London’s hipster heartland of Hackney is the most popular location for home-buyers in the capital, alongside Islington in second.After two decades of substantial investment from the public and private sector, Hackney now benefits from improved transport links, first-class schools and great public facilities. Hackney is also infamously known for the variety of hipster hangouts that have sprung up there in recent years.

    A firm favourite with Hackney locals, Broadway Market, is an authentic London food market. Offering affordable produce to residents, you can shop for fresh fruit and vegetables here that easily rivals the supermarkets, not only on price but also taste and colour.Islington, which ranked second, boasts an exceptional art scene, with many theatre venues such as Almeida and Sadler’s Wells showcasing some of the finest examples of British drama and art.

    Central and well-connected, Islington’s commuting population is served by Overground, Underground and the Great Northern train line. There are also very good bus routes throughout the borough both day and night.The boroughs Hackney and Islington still offer great value for money. For example, in Islington a two-bedroom property, finished to an exceptionally high standard, and just a short walk from Old Street station is on the market for £600,000.

    Whilst in Hackney, there is a beautifully presented two bedroom apartment, just minutes from Finsbury Park station and Arsenal station, on the market for just £550,000.Stephen Ludlow, Chairman at ludlowthompson, says: “Islington and Hackney are popular with young professionals due to access to the financial centre, the City and Canary Wharf. In particular, Hackney has also seen the rise of tech businesses and start-up hubs in recent years, with a selection of the UK’s most exciting companies now found in East London.”

    “A wide range of housing options, excellent retail, dining and nightlife opportunities and brilliant commuting links are just a few of the reasons why so many people find themselves drawn to Hackney and Islington.”If you are thinking about making a purchasing decision soon and would like some expert local advice, feel free to pop into your local ludlowthompson branch for an informal chat.

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    “My daughter and I met with Fabio to see 3 properties and I could not have been more pleased with his service. He was extremely helpful and very professional. I really appreciate the fact that he made an effort to get to know us – very friendly.”

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