North London estate agents say neighbourly spirit is alive and well
Aug. 13, 2014
-- Unless you live in an isolated detached property, most of us will be conscious of our neighbours. No more so that those living in flats or apartments. There are many flats for sale and flats to rent in north London, leading to some cosy check-by-jowl living - which can actually work to an occupiers' advantage.
Those just leaving the family home will find themselves in the new situation of being a neighbour and with flats commonly chosen by novice homeowners and tenants , neighbourly etiquette will be on new ground. Of course, there are publicised disputes over loud music, leylandii hedges and raucous children but having neighbours above, below and either side of a property isn't as fraught as it sounds.
The good news is neighbourly relations are in rude health, despite the image of London being an unfriendly, 'too busy to care' city. New research by Allianz Insurance asked 2,000 people about neighbourly relationships and nearly three quarters said the chatted to their neighbours at least once a week. There's also a positive inclination among people to keep an eye on their neighbour's property if there are away or take in a parcel for them if they're out. In addition, many are so comfortable with their neighbour's that they'd leave a spare key with them and 44% thought their neighbour was trustworthy.
Winkworth north London estate agents (http://www.winkworth.co.uk/regions/north-london
) say younger generations are keen to foster a positive community spirit that has been lost among some people, and this effort often starts with their neighbours. They say buyers of flats for sale in north London, as well as tenants in the area, are actively seeking apartment developments with communal facilities just for the social aspect. Flats for sale in Finchley at Imperial Square, where there are five communal gardens, and at First Central in Royal Park, which boasts a residents' gym, are indicative of the types of developments where neighbours regularly cross paths in a social context. House and flat shares among professionals are also on the rise as personal and financial circumstances alter the traditional complex of the London property market.
One train of thought behind the re-emergence of neighbourly spirit points to current property market conditions. With house prices in London outpacing the rest of the country by some distance, more flats to rent and flats for sale in north London are being secured and inhabited for longer periods as they offer a more affordable entry point into the market. With close living proximity, many residents see purpose-built blocks, new developments and house shares as a way of meeting new friends, making useful connections and generally improving their daily life.