London Lite Wednesday, 9 September 2009 29 ZONE 2 Two- bed maisonette in Islington with high ceilings in a Victorian conversion. 499,950, chesterton humberts.com IN EUROPE, BUT YOU CAN STILL AFFORD TO BUY IN THE AREA Property Zone 3TOBUY& 3TOLET TO BUY FOR 500,000 TO RENT FOR 500 a week ZONE 1 One- bedroom flat with access to a communal garden in South Kensington. 500,000, faronsutaria. co.uk ZONE 2 A two-bed flat near Warwick Avenue Tube in a gated development. 500pw, chesterton humberts.com ZONE 4 Penthouse two- bedroom flat in Brentford, over two floors, with views of the Thames. 495pw, foxtons.co.uk ZONE 1 This flat in Holland Park has two bedrooms and communal gardens 500pw, johndwood. co.uk Itoffersusanamazinglifestyle KATHRYN APPLETON, 37, runs a soft furnishings business and lives in a five- bedroom house which she bought in 2004 for 395,000. Its massively convenient living here, she says. It takes about 20 minutes to get into town on the Tube, Portobello Road is just a 20-minute walk away and you can get to the M25 by car quickly. But its the shops and restaurants that make this area so special -- I go for dinner at The Chamberlayne or the William IV, which has amazing tapas, or I see a film at the Lexi cinema. I feel that the area has so much more than your usual high street offerings -- not that many areas outside of central London have a cinema, for example. There are also lots of interior design shops, clothes boutiques and places to go with the kids. Its also Deli Central -- I take my daughter to ballet each Saturday and we stop off at Minkies for a coffee and a slice of cake afterwards, which we both love. Theres also a Tesco that has just opened, which is very convenient. You can be very self- contained living here -- I cant imagine anywhere better in London. When we bought, we got amazing value for our money, and our house price has gone up considerably -- but more than that, living here offers us an amazing lifestyle. Its getting better: Kathryn Appleton, left, with her children in the sitting room of her five-bed house, above, in Kensal Rise Hot in the city: Chamberlayne Road in Kensal Rise, where famous neighbours include Thandie Newton and Jade Jagger, pictured ZONE 4 Five- bedroom Victorian semi-detached house in Hounslow with large garden. 499,950, foxtons.co.uk MANAGEMENT consultant Zoe Guilford, 32, lives in Kensal Rise with her flatmate Becky Jones, a 32-year-old beauty PR, in Zoes four-bedroom apartment. Five years ago I went for dinner at a friends in Kensal Rise, fell in love with her home and bought mine in the same new-build development. Originally I was looking at Kentish Town, but I got a lot more for my money around here. I loved the great transport links, yet it still had a villagey feel to it. A lot of the people in Kensal Rise are creative types -- one neighbours a DJ, and theres also a designer and a few musicians. Weve all grown up a bit now, so we dont party every night, but theres still a lovely social aspect to living here. Another major plus is having some wonderful pubs -- lots are gastropubs and the food is amazing. There are also lots of delis popping up. Im fiercely proud of the area: when I first moved in Id tell everyone that I lived on the outskirts of Notting Hill -- but nowadays I tell people proudly that I live in Kensal Rise. Zoes apartment is now on sale for 750,000 through Foxtons. I used to say I lived near Notting Hill -- but now Im proudtotellpeopleImfromKensalRise DANIELHAMBURY 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html