Despite London house prices remaining out of reach for many first-timers, London boroughs dominated Zoopla's list of the most popular 2020 property hotspots.
The list, released earlier this month, placed five London areas in the top-10 UK spots first-time buyers are looking to purchase.
But where to buy property in London is still a massively daunting decision for maiden buyers.
Where to buy in London in 2020
It's fair to say you have a lot to consider when you're a first-time buyer in London.
Notwithstanding taking into account the price of the property you're looking to buy, factors like the daily commute, proximity to friends and family and must-have amenities all come into consideration.
It can be difficult to remember everything when buying in London, but our guide on the questions to ask during a viewing can help.
Where to buy in London: Up and coming areas
The best bet as a first-time buyer in London is to focus your search on areas that are considered up and coming.
If you're in the enviable position to be able to buy in zones one or two then ignore this, but the majority of first-timers will realistically be looking at cheaper London fare zones.
Let's look at some top hotspots for first-time buyers in London...
Barking & Dagenham
This East London borough is home to some of London's cheapest properties.
But that doesn't make it any the less desirable - in fact, it's very much an area on the up thanks to a hefty cash injection and ambitious regeneration.
- Average property price: £295,824
- Average price for a flat: £227,285
- Average price for a house: £327,225
- Transport zone: Barking is in zone four and Dagenham is in zone 5
One of the few zone two boroughs where the average first-time buyer has a chance, Tower Hamlets covers most of London's traditional East End and the Isle of Dogs.
With the curry houses of Brick Lane and plenty of cash being ploughed into the area, top Tower Hamlets spots like Bethnal Green are attracting plenty of interest from first-time buyers.
- Average property price: £439,007
- Average price for a flat: £430,730
- Average price for a house: £664,063
- Transport zone: Most of the borough is in zone two, with a handful of stations in zone three
Not only is Enfield home to some amazing properties, you also get a bit of green space thrown in, too, thanks to Trent Park and Forty Hall.
Enfield is well connected, as well. Overground trains from Enfield Town take 34 minutes to Liverpool Street.
- Average property price: £414,502
- Average price for a flat: £279,558
- Average price for a house: £495,623
- Transport zone: Enfield stations are in zone five
So, we've covered East and North London. If west is more your thing as a first-time buyer, you should definitely consider Greenford.
Between Wembley and Southall on the A40, Greenford offers buyers some fine early 20th century houses and conversions.
- Average property price: £408,918
- Average price for a flat: £271,032
- Average price for a house: £454,868
- Transport zone: Greenford is in zone four
Just off the M4 in West London, between Chiswick and Osterley, Brentford offers first-time good connections back into the city.
There's a good mix of property options, too, with period houses and conversions complemented by newer developments of apartments and flats.
- Average property price: £455,741
- Average price for a flat: £399,829
- Average price for a house: £602,680
- Transport zone: Brentford is in zone four
Where to buy a flat in London
Flat hunters with solid budgets could also consider areas out of reach when it comes to buying a house.
Finchley is a hugely popular part of North London, with great period properties, some new developments and great links back into central London.
- Average cost of a flat in Finchley: £393,015
Like Finchley, Willesden Green offers great rail connectivity for young professionals needing to get back to central London for work.
- Average cost of a flat in Willesden Green: £386,434
If you're a particularly flush first-time buyer then you should definitely check out Islington. The N1 postcode is one of the most sought-after in North London and property prices do reflect that, but Islington's best Georgian conversions are simply stunning and well worth the additional money.
- Average cost of a flat in Islington: £627,519
Estate agents in London
If you're a first-time buyer looking for your first property in London, Ellis & Co will be able to help.
We understand conquering the London property market can be daunting, but our branches across the capital are full of experienced and knowledgeable property experts.
Get in touch today and we'll get you on the move.