■ MORNINGTON Crescent is Camden Town’s older sibling — quieter and more grown up but architecturally very similar. It contains elegant period townhouses, purpose-built blocks and some quirky conversions. Its Northern Line station inspired a surreal game on BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue comedy show. ‘It’s very central and offers great transport links. You can walk into the West End, Camden is next door with shops and restaurants and Regent’s Park is very close by,’ says Emlyn Parks of Chestertons. Prices are from £400,000 for a one-bed flat. Two to three beds are £750,000 to £1million.’
2-bed flat, £775,000
Commute time (Zone 1): 2 mins to Euston
Commute cost: Annual Travelcard £1,364
Price per sq ft: £882
■ THIS west Hertfordshire village is well connected. It’s by the M25 and 20 miles from London. Watford and St Albans are a 20-minute drive. ‘Kings Langley is a quaint village that’s becoming more recognised as it benefits from the ongoing improvements in Watford,’ says Steve Sibley of Hamptons International. ‘The high street is becoming more vibrant and schools are good.’ Properties range from 16th-century cottages to modern developments. Most are Victorian. Two-bed cottages from £400,000. Three to four-bed houses from £700,000 to £1million.
3-bed house, £750,000
Full of character: A detached house with a through living room, kitchen and dining room. Family room with adjoining utility and shower room, which could be used as a fourth bedroom. Proffitt & Holt, proffitt-holt.co.uk
Commute time (Zone 1): 25 mins to Euston
Commute cost: Annual season ticket £4,144
Price per sq ft: £505
…or why not get 2 for the price of 1?
This light-filled first-floor flat dates from 1861 and was a pub — The Parr’s Head — which was converted in 2012. It’s round the corner from the Tube, with an open-plan kitchen and living room, timber floors and a balcony.
Two-bed flat, £279,950, Hamptons International, hamptons.co.uk
Views of the canal and convenience for the station are plus points of this third-floor flat. It’s on the site of the old Ovaltine factory, with its art deco façade. There’s an open-plan living area with a balcony, two bathrooms, communal garden and parking.