London Lite Wednesday, 28 October 2009 31 ZONE 2 Spacious two-bedroom flat in Finsbury Park with lots of light and high ceilings. 325,000, foxtons.co.uk ZONE 5 Three-bedroom house with two living rooms and a garden in West Wickham. 325,000, kfh.co.uk BARGAINS IN COOL AREAS THAT WERE OUT OF REACH BEFORE Property Zone 3TOBUY& 3TOLET TO BUY FOR 325,000 TO RENT FOR 325 a week ZONE 1 One-bed garden flat in Earls Court with living room leading to a private patio. 325,000, douglasand gordon.com ZONE 2 Studio flat with access to a communal gym. Nearest Tube is Bayswater. 325pw, bective lesliemarsh. co.uk ZONE 5 Three-bedroom house in Pinner with large garden and conservatory. 323pw, foxtons.co.uk ZONE 1 Studio flat close to South Kensington Tube station in attractive period building. 330pw, winkworth.co.uk MARKETING executive Kim Viser, 27, bought her two- bedroom, two-bathroom flat above Sainsburys in Clapham Junction with her father last August for 305,000. She now lives there with flatmate Fiona Glass. She says: I honestly thought I could never afford Clapham Junction a year ago. There were two-bedroom flats going for 425,000. I was renting here with friends and I thought I would have to move out of the area. But I didnt want to give up the lifestyle. When prices hit rock bottom last year my Dad and I thought wed start looking. The flat was such a good find. It was on the market for 315,000, we offered 295,000 and the seller said, Up it by 10,000 and you can keep all the furniture. It was a good deal as all the furniture was brand-new and we got everything down to the wine glasses. This was the first flat I walked into and I absolutely loved it. IwantedtobuyinanicepartofsouthLondon Theflatwassuchagoodfind veryimportanttous A flat in the same block was sold for 350,000 the year before. Its been great timing, especially with interest rates being low as well. I was living in Highbury and Sarah was in Angel. We took a big step by moving in together but we couldnt afford to buy separately. For both of us, location was very important. We wanted to be near bars, restaurants, shops and a bus stop. The furthest we looked was Finsbury Park. You can get to Shoreditch and Dalston really quickly, which opens up even more possibilities for great nights out. There are lots of couples and young families living in the block -- organic Stoke Newington people. I have gone from living in a messy flatshare with six mates to living in a nice new flat with my girlfriend. Deal: Kim, with flatmate Fiona, bought in Clapham Junction CITY lawyer Catrin Rees, 28, bought a two- bedroom flat in the Gilbert Scott Building in Putney for 395,000 last year. Before that, she had been renting in Clapham. She says: I wanted a conversion and I wanted to live in a nice area of south London, but I couldnt find anything affordable. At the very peak of the market I wouldnt have been able to afford the flat -- it was valued at around 425,000 at that time. The flat is about a thousand times nicer than the house I rented in Clapham, which was infested with mice and erred uncomfortably toward the student end of the market. The Gilbert Scott Building had only been completed a few months before I bought. Its full of young professionals. There is a decent gym in the old dining room, which allowed me to give up my existing 90-per- month gym membership, and I love the area. It has a real villagey feel and is close to the river, but theres a busy high street with genuinely good places to eat, fun bars, and a music venue with loads of gigs. I found the flat after looking for five months and it was perfect as it was a redevelopment of an old building. I made an offer for slightly under the asking price and it was accepted. I was about to be gazumped but then the credit crunch hit and the rival bidder pulled out. Passionate about Putney: Catrin Rees snapped up a flat that had dropped in price by around 30,000 ndfigoodasuchwasatflThe out.pulledbidderrivaltheandhitcrunch Stoke Newington WAS350,000 BOUGHTFOR 280,000 Putney WAS425,000 BOUGHTFOR 395,000 Clapham WAS315,000 BOUGHTFOR 305,000 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