Act fast and grab yourself a bargain through the nation’s most stylish estate agent.

The pandemic forced many of us to rethink where we live and the way we live there. There was an exodus to the suburbs and the countryside, in the pursuit of greenery and space. But as life in London opens up again, it’s impossible to deny the splendours on offer.

‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,’ said Samuel Johnson in the 18th-century – and it remains true to this day.

If you are after a property in the capital, look no further than the design-led agency, The Modern House.

The team there says: ‘The Modern House is an estate agency that helps people live in more thoughtful and beautiful ways. We believe in design as a powerful force for good. Inspired by the principles of modernism, we represent design-led homes across the UK that pay attention to space, light, materials, nature and decoration.’

Here, we have identified the best London properties on their books (at a bearable price point).

Canonbury Road, NW1


A dinky one-bedroom flat in a Grade II listed townhouse in Islington, this property is pretty on the inside and out. The expression “small but perfectly formed” could have been coined for it. Overlooking Canonbury Park, the first-floor flat is beautifully done and retains several pleasing period features – but the full-height sash windows and original shutters were what really caught our eye. View the details here.

Newman House, Garden Row, SE1


The jewel in the crown of this two-bedroom maisonette, arranged over the ground and first floors, near Elephant and Castle is its secluded courtyard garden. In a clever design trick that is typical of properties for sale through The Modern House, the flooring in the sitting room continues out to the garden, creating a crucial sense of space and flow. It may not have the majesty of a listed townhouse but Newman House wins points for having been built as part of the post-war reconstruction programme in 1967. View the details here.

Exmouth Market, EC1


This Georgian-style building was constructed in 2014. It has all the good looks of that beautiful period but it also boasts the eco-credentials that are so crucial today. Handsome and sympathetic to its surroundings outside, the one-bedroom flat is sleek, modern and peaceful inside. The storage solutions are a sight for sore eyes. The thriving pedestrianised street on which it sits is a perfect example of the buzz in London that Covid threatened for so long. View the details here.

Walerand Road, SE13


This two-bedroom ground-floor flat in Lewisham has been decorated to maximise the astonishing amount of natural light that floods it. Situated in a glorious Victorian house on a tree-lined street, it is in exquisite condition.

The communal garden at the back, with its built-in BBQ, is the icing on a top-notch cake. As an area, Lewisham is undergoing massive redevelopment, too, which makes this happy little pad an even better buy. View the details here.

Falcon Works, Copperfield Road, E3


Exposed brick, raw concrete and Crittall windows give this one-bedroom place pleasing New York-loft vibes. But with magnificent views of Canary Wharf and Mile End Park, you never forget that you are actually in a particular pocket of the Big Smoke.

The immaculate flat is housed in a cool old warehouse that, until the 1930s, had flag and tent makers in it. Renovated with humour and great taste, this apartment is the sum of all young professionals’ dreams. View the details here.

Repton House, Charlwood Street, SW1


This three-bedroom flat sits proudly in the award-winning Lillington Gardens Estate in Pimlico, which English Heritage called ‘epoch making’. The estate was constructed in three phases between 1961 and 1972 and the current owners have been careful to maximise, restore and preserve its mid-century features (not least with a generous use of cork and ply throughout). The bespoke kitchen by Uncommon Projects is worth buying the flat for alone. If that doesn’t seduce, the landscaped gardens will. There’s a fairly hefty service charge but it includes unlimited hot water. View the details here.

Upper Richmond Road, SW15


The lateral layout of this two-bedroom flat, in a converted pub in Putney, is the greatest of its many selling points. Generous proportions, masses of light and fabulous modern interiors ensure that it won’t linger on the market for long. Practical buyers will love the utility space, with its excellent storage, and the fact that the first-floor property sits above a Sainbury’s Local, so there is no need ever to run out of milk again. View the details here.

By Becky Ladenburg
March 2022

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Becky Ladenburg

Features Editor

As the GWG's features editor, Becky has her discerning finger on the cultural pulse. She's also our go-to expert on the property market.