Guide type: Property Investor
2nd October 2015
An area once synonymous with unemployment, derelict docks and abandoned warehouses, East London has undergone significant regeneration over the past 30 years, transforming itself into one of the capital’s most compelling and sought after residential and commercial addresses. With more people living east of Blackfriars Bridge than in the west and almost a third of all-new London homes set to emerge east of the City, East London’s property market dominance shows no sign of slowing down, and this is great news for investors.
Today’s Shoreditch, with its designer shops, exclusive members’ clubs and upmarket eateries, showcases one of the most visible and financial examples of East End regeneration. Lying just beyond the City of London’s ancient walls, Shoreditch catapulted into success in 2008 following the banking meltdown and dot-com boom when a government-backed initiative turned the area into London’s ‘Tech-City’, a world-famous technology cluster in and around the Old Street Roundabout. Just a few years later in 2010 Shoreditch High Street station opened following the East London line extension, attracting retailers and developers to the area ever since. From shopping at BOXPARK to fine dining at Tramshed by Mark Hix, and buzzing nightlife on Brick Lane, there is Something for Everyone in Shoreditch. For more information on living in Shoreditch, visit our area guide.
The most prominent indication of Shoreditch’s popularity can be demonstrated in the area’s rising house prices which have soared 46% in the past three years according to figures from Knight Frank, outperforming the average Prime Central London prices over the last two years. Shoreditch will go on to benefit from Crossrail links in neighbouring Liverpool Street and Whitechapel in 2018, providing greater opportunity for property investment.
The property spotlight is constantly changing its focus; however, one area which has remained a constant for property investment is the London Docklands including Canary Wharf. From the regeneration of the London Docks into the capital’s leading financial centre, the Docklands continues to grow and prosper. Canary Wharf is now spreading east as the owners of the Docklands banking district want to make Canary Wharf - once notorious for its absence of shops and restaurants - into a vibrant East End “creative quarter.” Part of this continuing transformation of the area is a new four-storey shopping centre which opened this year above the forthcoming Crossrail terminal at Canary Wharf.
Regeneration and the anticipated arrival of Crossrail have together sustained strong capital growth in Canary Wharf through property demand. Knight Frank’s April 2015 figures from their Spring Residential Report highlight a striking 9.2% house price growth in Canary Wharf over the past 12 months; exceeding the average London figures of 2.8% in Prime Central and 4.5% in prime outer London. Figures are set to rocket even further when Crossrail arrives in 2018 bringing an anticipated 44% increase between 2015 and 2020 according to JLL.
Measuring the same size as the area from Hyde Park to Tower Bridge, Royal Docks is undergoing a dramatic investment programme to transform the area into a word-class business centre and leader in technology, green enterprise and international research.
With 13 miles of river frontage (which is more waterfront than Venice), the Royal Docks will also become an attractive residential address thanks to a host of brand new developments in the area including Galliard’s Royal Gateway.