London Lite Wednesday, 7 October 2009 29 ZONE 2 One- bed second-floor flat on Fulham Road in Chelsea, with wooden flooring. 375,000, marshand parsons.com ZONE 4 Three- bed Victorian house in Beckenham, Kent, with two living rooms, garden and cellar. 375,000, kfh.co.uk AN EYESORE IS NOW BEING TRANSFORMED BY REDEVELOPMENT Property Zone 3TOBUY& 3TOLET TO BUY FOR 375,000 TO RENT FOR 375 a week ZONE 1 One- bed flat within white stucco- fronted property on the desirable Pimlico Grid. 375,000, douglasand gordon.com ZONE 2 Recently refurbished two-bed flat in Brook Green with a terrace on the raised ground floor. 375pw, townends.co.uk ZONE 4 Three- bed house over three floors close to Richmond Park with private garden and garage. 381pw, foxtons.co.uk ZONE 1 One- bed flat in Sohos Lexington Street with high ceilings and large windows. 375pw, greaterlondon properties.co.ukNUTRITIONIST Alison Duker, 33, bought her two-bed flat in Elephant & Castle in 2003 for 129,500. I moved here because it was cheap and central, she says. Its a good flat, spread over two floors. It was the best I could get for my money, and the closest area I could get to town. I cycle most places and there is a huge bus network, meaning I can get pretty much anywhere in London within 20 minutes. A lot of people think of crime when they think of Elephant & Castle, but I can honestly say Ive never felt unsafe. People also associate this area with the ugly shopping centre, but its about to be knocked down. The only problem is its still pretty bereft of places to go out at night, although it is close to some areas with good restaurants and bars, like Borough and Bermondsey. Im sure there will be nice restaurants and bars here soon -- it does feel like a work in progress. My neighbours are getting younger, there are far more City types. Buildings are also being knocked down left, right and centre -- a reminder that the area is on the up. JAMIE CRANE, a 23-year-old business analyst, bought 35 per cent shared owner- ship of a two-bed flat in the myBASE1 development in February for 97,000. He says: Im so close to the City and the West End, and theres a huge number of buses, plus two Tube lines. I also bought here as a good long-term investment. Theres a lot of building work going on to redevelop the area. There is a stigma attached to Elephant & Castle. People often associate it with violent crime, and when I tell friends I live here there is often a sharp intake of breath, but its now got a very different character. I have confidence that the area is going to change massively, though, and can see beyond what it is now. I think most of us tend to wait and believe an area is changing once it has already changed -- the trick is trying to spot it before then. LONDON 2012 employee Craig Beaumont, 35, lives in a two- bed house he bought in February for 499,999. I live in a quiet street -- its an oasis of calm in a hectic city. I used to live in the area before; now Im back Ive noticed the changes. An old hotel near our home has been demolished and a great French restaurant, Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, has opened up. Its got a roof terrace and its pretty swanky. The worst thing is the traffic, but theyll soon demolish the two roundabouts, which will make a big difference. I love the multiculturalism of the area. You go to the local shop and theres a Caribbean and a Bangladeshi section. It feels very cosmopolitan and up-and-coming. There does seem to be a momentum to the area -- as residents we keep up pressure on the council to do the things it says itll do. Its a pretty wonderful area already. The regeneration will just be a bonus. Mystreetisanoasisofcalminthecitycentre King of the Castle: Craig Beaumont in his two-bedroom house Along-terminvestment Trend-spotter: Jamie Crane bought in the up-and-coming SE1 area Regeneration: how Elephant & Castle will look after work is done sharp intake of breath, but its now got a very different character. I dence that the areahave confi is going to change massively, though, and can see beyond what it is now. I think most of us tend to wait and believe an area is changing once it has already changed -- the trick is trying to spot it before then. boughtCraneJamieTrend-spotter: LONDON 2012 employee Craig Beaumont, 35, lives in a two- bed house he bought in February King of the Castle: Craig Beaumont in his two-bedroom house anywhereinLondonin20minutes 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