Global Living 2019 - London

One of the world’s leading financial centres and the UK’s capital city, London is also home to internationally renowned universities, cultural events and fast-growing fintech and technology sectors. Already well connected, London is set to become even more accessible thanks to some of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe.

London’s housing market experienced a very strong and rapid recovery from the Global Financial Crisis. Subsequent to the downturn in 2009, London’s house prices surpassed their pre-crisis level by early 2012.

This robust growth was driven by the improving global and economic environment, which attracted overseas investors back to London. In addition, the mortgage market became increasingly competitive with lower interest rates, which drove demand from the local population.

The strong recovery means that average property prices are now among the highest of our global cities at $647,000. At almost $1,700psf, London has the third highest prime property values, behind Hong Kong and Sydney.

London also has a large and growing rental population, with private renters currently making up 28% of the city’s households. A combination of high demand and low stock has pushed rents to the fifth highest in our global city ranking and the average monthly rent in the city is now just under $2,400. 

Prices are due to be boosted still further by Crossrail (now called the Elizabeth line) especially in previously underserved areas where new stations are being constructed. The Elizabeth Line will transect London from east to west and greatly improve the connectivity of many districts while reducing journey times significantly.

However, a combination of strong past growth, high prices and UK mortgage regulation is now impacting the market. Sales volumes have gradually declined and house price growth has slowed to just 1% in the last year.

Despite that, London’s economy is predicted to remain strong. House prices are likely to continue to rise, albeit at a slower pace compared with recent years.

What you can buy in London: One Crown Place

Located on the border of City of London and the borough of Hackney, One Crown Place sits right in between London’s core financial district and Tech City, London’s main cluster of tech companies.

Address: Wilson Street, City of London/Shoreditch
Status: Under construction, completion in Q1 2021
Number of units: 246
Average price: $2,100psf
Developer: Alloy
Architect: KPF

One Crown Place is also adjacent to Broadgate Estate, a 30-acre office campus, which is currently undergoing major regeneration.
One Crown Place comprises two new residential towers, 15,500 sq m of office space and a retained Georgian terrace with a boutique hotel and private members’ club (of which One Crown Place residents will be members). Other amenities include a 24-hour concierge, gym and screening room as well as a range of shared spaces and a private garden terrace.
With the introduction of Crossrail at neighbouring Liverpool Street station, residents will have access to a new direct link to London’s west end and Heathrow Airport.