London Lite Wednesday, 11 November 2009 37 Zone 2 Two-bedroom flat with river views and private balcony in Surrey Quays. 375,000, Zone 3 Two-bedroom Victorian terrace home with garden in South Ealing. 375,000, THANKSTOredevelOpmeNT,69flATSAreUpfOrGrABS Property Zone 3TOBUY& 3TOLET to Buy for 375,000 to rent for 375 a week Zone 1 One-bed lower ground- floor flat found in a redbrick mansion block opposite Hyde Park. 375,000, chesterton Zone 2 Two-bed flat in Belsize Park with communal garden and open-plan kitchen and living room. 375pw, Zone 3 Two-bedroom, two-bathroom Chiswick riverside flat with south-facing balcony. 375pw, Zone 1 One-bed flat on the first floor of a Mayfair period block. Wooden flooring throughout. 375pw, chesterton ThisistheoneplaceIcanlivehappilyinLondon Flatsaresospacious KATE HILLS, 38, lives in an 800sq ft two- bed flat in Andrews House with her husband David, an architect, her four- year-old daughter Florence and eight- week-old son Hector and her husband. She brought the flat in 2002 for 285,000. Lot of architects live here, I guess because they love the architecture, she said. I moved here because I went to the girls school in the complex and always loved the area. There is a fantastic sense of community, and you can get to work so quickly: it takes me 20 minutes to cycle to the West End. There are two big gardens we share, a lovely meeting place for picnics and a chat. Another bonus of living here is that the flats are all spacious -- which is how four of us live in a two-bed home. BRANDON FLETCHER, 40, an IT manager, lives in a studio flat he bought through Hamilton Brooks agency six months ago for 315,000. Ive been living within the estate for five years now, says Brandon. I used to live in Zone 3 but wanted to be closer to work -- now it takes me just 25 minutes to walk to work in Temple. Another thing I love about the Barbican is its architecture. Its a very green place and everything is well-maintained and clean. When I go out at weekends I generally head for Clerkenwell and Farringdon, which are a five- to 10-minute walk away. Im spoilt for choice for good pubs and restaurants. The community here is close-knit, but private at the same time. I have tried living in a number of different places in London but didnt really like them. Ive come to the conclusion that there is only one place in the capital I can live happily, and thats here. There is a cinema and theatre on my doorstep. You also feel very safe living here, as it has one of the lowest crime rates in London.ELLIE McArDLE, a 27-year- old artist, lives in a one- bedroom flat in the Barbican with her boyfriend, architect John rixon, 28. The couple bought their flat in July last year for 315,000. We chose to live here because we both work in the City and didnt want to commute, says Ellie. We also wanted a good quality of life after work. The major bonus of living here is that you can walk everywhere -- I walk to Oxford Circus, to the Tate in under half an hour, and to work in St Pauls in six minutes. I can even see my flat from my office window. Before, I used to live in Stoke Newington and it took forever getting anywhere -- easily 45 minutes to get into the City; sometimes over an hour. I also spent a fortune on getting cabs home later in the evenings. I also love all the activities on our doorstep. The Barbican Centre is amazing and we go to see films, plays and concerts there regularly. My parents actually moved here -- they rent a one-bedroom flat -- after we did, having seen what a good quality of life we have. They also have a house in the country. It can be quite busy during the week, but come the weekend its completely empty and really peaceful. I love the weekends here best -- it feels like an oasis. There is also a real community feel. Its the first place in London where Ive known my neighbours. Clean and green: Brandon Fletcher has enjoyed living in the Barbican for the past five years Real community: Kate Hills and daughter Florence Ilovealltheactivitiesonourdoorstep 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.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html