10 desirable London boroughs people most want to live in revealed - including Waltham Forest and Bexley

An analysis of current house prices, price rises over five and 10 years, and available properties has ranked London boroughs for "desirability".
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Waltham Forest has been named the "most desirable" place in London to live according to analysis of changing house prices and the number of properties available.

The research carried out by Swift Direct Blinds has Bexley at number two, followed by Barking and Dagenham.

The company's study looked at a borough's average house price in June 2023 - £506,476 in Waltham Forest - as well as how the price has changed in the last five and 10 years, and how many properties are listed on Rightmove.

Using a "desirability score" it put Waltham Forest (9.66) at the top of the London list, above Bexley (8.73). The two boroughs topped the national list as well, putting Glasgow (8.01) in third place.

Waltham Forest - 9.66 desirability score

At the time of the ranking, 1,274 properties were for sale in Waltham Forest on Rightmove, which equates to 458 properties per 100,000 people.

The average price of a property in Waltham Forest stood at £506,476 in June 2023. This was an increase of 101.11% on 0 years ago, when the average house price stood at £251,846.

Bexley - 8.73 desirability score

In June 2023, the average price of a property in Bexley stood at £296,025. This was an increase of 88.24% since June 2013, when the average house price stood at £210,388.

There were 1,181 properties for sale on Rightmove, equating to 479 properties per 100,000 people. In addition, between September 2022 and August 2023, more than 2,000 searches were made on Google throughout the UK for “properties in Bexley”.

Barking & Dagenham - 7.72 desirability score

Barking & Dagenham achieved a desirability score of 7.72. There were 652 properties for sale on Rightmove - 298 properties per 100,000 people.

The average price stood at £347,148 in June 2023, up by 101.07% on 2013, when the average house price stood at £172,652.

London's top 10 most desirable boroughs

The top 10 for London, with average house price in June 2023 and desirability score.

  1. Waltham Forest - £506,476.00 - 9.66
  2. Bexley - £396,025 -8.73
  3. Barking & Dagenham - £347,148 - 7.72
  4. Newham - £419,603 - 6.95
  5. Sutton - £433,241 - 6.91
  6. Bromley - £505,758 - 6.67
  7. Hackney - £626,355 - 6.52
  8. Merton - £588,569 - 6.44
  9. Croydon - £410,784 - 6.1
  10. Enfield - £440,686 - 6.03