Our new feature – it works so well, it must be magic

There are lots of horrible properties for rent in London. We’re sick of wading through pages and pages of yuck before finding somewhere nice to live – and you probably are too!

We are super excited to announce Find Properly’s newest feature: magic sort.

Magic sort makes it quicker and easier for you to see the best properties. We’re so happy with it, we’ve made it our default sort option.

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Where to live if you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous

Sarah Thum-Bonanno is back for her weekly area guides. Her previous posts were about Chelsea and Hackney.

Primrose Hill

Popular with the rich, famous and beautiful. After spending an afternoon here, you’ll see why!

I would describe Primrose Hill as a ‘quiet gem within a busy city’.

As soon as you walk over the bridge at Chalk Farm underground, you enter a quiet village-like area with many independent restaurants and shops. Last year the first chain shop, Space NK, opened in Primrose Hill, much to the residents’ disapproval!

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Time to close London’s public transport system and buy everyone a bike?

I don’t like commuting. Readers of this blog may have already noticed this. So strong was my desire to reduce everyone’s commute, I even founded a commute-time-reducing property search engine.

Cyclists can now use Find Properly to minimise their commute (previously only public transport users could).

However when we shared the good news with cyclists on Facebook, we were surprised by the reaction – cyclists seem to love commuting! Continue reading

Is Hackney the coolest place to live in London?

Sarah Thum-Bonanno returns with the second post in her series of great places to live in London. This week – Hackney.

East London is THE cool place to be right now. If you love art, music and food, this is the place to be. For these reasons, it’s become a popular place for graduates and professionals. I lived in Hackney for a few years and here are some of my favourite places.

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Clerkenwell (EC1): the London home of coffee, fixie bikes and loft-living

This article is by Stephanie Wilkins, who has lived in and near Clerkenwell for nearly 3 years:

If you are young and fortunate enough to afford the high rent of property in EC1, I envy you. If you are young but unable to afford the rent, I feel your pain. In either case, however, read on if you’d like to discover more about my favourite London postcode.

What contributes to Clerkenwell’s unique character is its architecture: mainly former industrial buildings constructed from brick, steel and glass, with large openings and beautiful proportions. The buildings were originally used as breweries, distilleries or in the printing industry, but have proven to be equally suitable for residences, with their lofty and light-filled interiors. Continue reading

Made of money? Live in Chelsea

Another week, another guest blog post! Sarah Thum-Bonanno has lived in five areas of London over the past thirty years. She has kindly agreed (with only a modicum of arm twisting) to write a few words about each area.

To start, Chelsea. Check back over the next few weeks for her insider’s guides to Holborn, Kentish Town, Primrose Hill and Hackney. 

Chelsea is where I spent my teenage years.  The Kings Road is the main street weaving its way through Chelsea.  It’s packed full of shops and bars – however if you don’t have an oligarch’s disposable income, you may find some shops off-limits! Continue reading

Becoming a (Southwest) Londoner

Thinking of moving to the area in the southern third of the Northern line, between Clapham North to Tooting Broadway? Rachel Smith recently made the move to this area (Tooting Bec) from Watford. In this post she shares her observations about how awesome Southwest London is!

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I moved to the area earlier this year. I was initially looking anywhere between Clapham North and Tooting Broadway. All of these stations are on the Northern Line; which follows a pretty straight road all the way from Elephant and Castle down to Morden. The area itself is green (more on that later); feels safe and has a pretty relaxed graduate-y feel to it.

Wimbledon, Putney, Wandsworth, Streatham and Richmond are all within a short train ride – either directly from Balham or via Clapham Junction.

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