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Neighbourhood Watch: Angel

Strolling spot: Houses on the Regent’s Canal

Setting the scene

SHARING the news that you live in Angel is bound to arouse feelings of envy in others, as this part of Islington is often regarded as one of the capital’s most lively and exciting spots.

Shopping is excellent, while foodies and revellers will never get bored as the choice of restaurants and the nightlife is second to none. Locals can walk to work in Clerkenwell or Old Street or take the Northern Line to the City, via the Tube network’s longest escalator — with a rise of 27 metres — at Angel station.

There are peaceful pockets too, and a leisurely stroll along the Regent’s Canal is the perfect way to wind down at weekends.

What’s new

Modern: Packington Square

Packington Square, London’s newest garden square and a minute’s walk from the Regent’s Canal, is now in its final phase. Just 15 one and two-bed flats remain, with underfloor heating, floor-to-ceiling windows, fitted wardrobes and outside space. One-beds start at £525,000, two-beds from £700,000, via JLL,

White Horse Yard (above) is a striking art deco former office building, now converted into six luxury apartments. The original Crittall windows have been retained and some have double-height ceilings. Three, two and three-bed homes start at £1.1million, Noble House Estates,

High spec: The Claremont

The Claremont, by Roca Investments, consists of nine high-spec one, two and three-bed flats, each with full-height windows, a terrace and integrated Siemens appliances. Prices from £895,000, through Currell,, and Dexters,

Shared ownership style: A living room at The City Angel

Housing association Peabody has 70 shared-ownership homes at The City Angel on Berkeley’s 250 City Road development, ten minutes’ walk from Angel Tube. The studio and one-bed flats are expected to start from £127,500 for a 30 per cent share of £425,000. Peabody is also launching one and two-bed shared-ownership flats and one, two and three-bed homes for private sale at nearby Wharf Road. Prices TBC,

Snooping around

Like most of Islington, Angel is renowned for its fine Georgian and Victorian terraces and townhouses, but buyers with more modern tastes can take their pick from a wide selection of low-maintenance 1980s, 1990s and new-build homes.

‘There has been a lot of development in the area, with plenty of activity at present down by City Road, around the canal basin,’ says Graham Stubbs of Chestertons. ‘Prices start from £450,000 to £500,000 for a one-bed flat and can go right up to around £6million for a beautiful house in one of Angel’s prime locations, such as Duncan Terrace.’

Vital statistics

Council tax: (Band D) £1,429.45

Commuting time: In Zone 1

Annual Travelcard (Zone 1): £1,364

Amenities: ★★★★★ Excellent pubs and bars; designer labels, edgy boutiques; chains in Angel Central; Almeida theatre

Open space: ★★☆☆☆ Regent’s Canal and New River towpaths; Culpeper Community Garden

Schools: ★★★★☆ Above average results

Crime: ★★☆☆☆ Bit above average

Who lives there? Well-paid professionals

Comedy visitor: Rob Delaney PICTURE: GETTY

Famous faces: Rob Delaney and James Acaster performed at Angel Comedy Club

Rent report: ‘The typical tenant is a professional — often legal, financial or tech-based — needing access to the City. An average two-bed flat is £575pw, stretching up to £795pw for a new build with views and amenities,’ says George Ioannou of Hamptons International.

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Property ladder

First rung

£450,000, Portico,

A freshly decorated first floor flat with separate kitchen and living rooms, situated in a purpose-built block near Angel Tube station. It is rear-facing, so very quiet.

Average for Angel

£900,000, Hamptons International,

This lateral flat spans the second floor of what was once two terraced houses. Filled with natural light, it boasts two double bedrooms and a communal garden. The average property in Angel is currently valued at £903,579 according to

Luxury home

£3.5million, Chestertons,

This is a beautifully restored five-bedroom, five-storey house. With a through reception room, first-floor master bedroom suite and south-facing garden.