JOURNALIST Lucy ODoherty, 30, bought her studio flat in the purpose-built Tudor Mansions in Brixton for 130,000 in 2007. The outdoor pool, shown on page 19, which is not heated, is open from May until September. Lucy is selling the flat through Haart estate agents for 139,950. She says: Its a well-known place in Brixton and when this came on the market I snapped it up. For a property that was relatively cheap, to have a pool is a bonus. Ive never been someone who goes to the gym, so its good to have this facility. There is a high service charge -- about 900 every six months -- so it balances out what would be the gym membership. Last year I swam pretty much every morning before work. 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I use London as my training base, running around Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Wormwood Scrubs. Im away eight months of the year so usually crave a nice pint in a pub such as The Cow, or a pizza at The Oak. The huge variety of restaurants is one of the aspects that keeps me in London. Race To The Pole by Ben Fogle and James Cracknell available now (Macmillan, 18.99) Two-bed first-floor flat with balcony off the living room. Separate kitchen and living room. 499,950, Bective Leslie Marsh (020 7221 4805) One-bed flat in a purpose-built block with communal garden, living room, parking space and loft storage. 249,950, Foxtons (020 7616 7000) Property Zone 3TOBUY& 3TOLET TO BUY FOR 450,000 TO RENT FOR 450 a week ZONE 1 Studio flat close to Pimlico Tube. Concierge and gym in block. 450pw, johndwood.co.uk ZONE 2 Two-bed flat in Notting Hill with storage space. 450pw, marshandparsons.co.uk ZONE 4 Two-bed ground-floor flat in Richmond with communal gardens. 450pw, foxtons.co.uk ZONE 1 Two-bed flat near Edgware Road Tube in a 24-hour portered block. 450,000, kfh.co.uk ZONE 2 Two-bed flat in Victorian terrace near Westfield. 455,000, bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk ZONE 4 End-of-terrace house in Beckenham with four bedrooms and garden. 445,950, kfh.co.uk Mylittlegirllovesit Its like Im in some kind of holiday villageItfeelslikebeingbackhomeinAustralia Splashing out: Mary Agius enjoys the pool with her Hendon studio, right MARY AGIUS, 26, and fianc John Wright, 29, bought a studio in a Seventies block in Hendon with an outdoor swimming pool for 125,000 in 2003. Now needing a bigger place, the couple are selling it through Gumtree for 165,000. The annual service charge is 1,200. She says: I miss Australia where I come from, but the pool feels like a little bit of home. Its heated so you can go early in the morning, though its closed from October to April. Its nice because you go down there in your flip-flops and towel and dont have to travel anywhere. Most evenings we go for a swim and not many people are in at the same time. Considering its communal, its really quite private. Liquid asset: Vanessa Ho Van and daughter Mika swim at least once a week at their St Davids Square home. Inset, the duplexs interior VANESSA HO VAN, 36, optometrist and director of 2020 opticians in central London, lives in St Davids Square -- a large riverside development in Canary Wharf with pool, games room, sauna and steam room -- with her husband and four-year-old daughter Mika. They bought their two-bedroom duplex in 1999 for 250,000. They now want a bigger place with a garden and have put it on the market for 535,000 with Knight Frank. Vanessa says: We bought it for the double-height ceilings and the space. It is really high up with great views. Perhaps best of all is the amazing leisure complex, along with having a 24-hour concierge. My little girl wouldnt be swimming now if we didnt have a pool. We go at least once a week and sometimes more, especially in the summer. Its open from six in the morning until 11pm. Luckily its reasonably empty and its a good size for proper laps. The annual service charge is 3,400 which may seem a lot, but its much lower than some other large blocks that dont even have pools. Maybe thats because its a new-build, so you dont have the problem of replacing period features. 139,950. She says: Its a well-known place in Brixton and when this came on the market I snapped it up. For a property that was relatively cheap, to have a pool is a bonus. Ive never been someone who goes to the gym, so its good to have this facility. There is a high service charge -- about 900 every six theenjoysAgiusMaryout:Splashing John Wright, 29, bought a studio Its nice because you go down weekends and in the evenings. You arent allowed to bring more than two guests to the pool but on a nice sunny day, the picnic benches at the front are full. When I first moved in I felt like I was in some kind of holiday village. There are lots of young people here, too, so its a bit like halls of residence at University. Cosy: Lucy relaxes by the pool at her Brixton flat index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html