Nadia Sawalha’s quiet life in south London’s trendy hotspot – house prices are £439,000

Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha is married to TV producer Mark Adderley, and the couple has been married for 19 years. The pair married in June 2002, and have since welcomed two daughters Maddy, 19, and Kiki, 15. Nadia and her family have lived in the five-bedroom home in the South London area of Crystal Palace for over 18 years, buying the property when she first started out in showbiz. 

In fact, the Loose Women star still lives next door to her parents. She bought the home after her neighbours revealed they were selling up – and has been there ever since.

Crowned as the best place to live in London by The Sunday Times this year, Crystal Palace is an increasingly trendy part of South East London, popular with families as well as young professionals.

Under 30 minutes from central London, Crystal Palace is a south London district jam-packed full of nonchalant vintage boutiques, upmarket antique dealers and tasty food markets. 

Sitting at around 112 metres above sea level, moving to Crystal Palace guarantees residents stellar views over London and, on a good day, beyond. 

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Perched high above the sprawling metropolis, Crystal Palace is located in Zones three and four and around seven miles south-east of Charing Cross. 

Straddling five London boroughs, namely Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, and three postal districts (SE19, SE20, and SE26), the neighbourhood is bordered by Anerley, Dulwich, Gipsy Hill, Penge, South Norwood, Sydenham and Upper Norwood.

As with most areas in London, Crystal Palace offers a wide variety of properties for rent. From beautiful Victorian townhouses to sixties apartment blocks, the unique selling point of this area is that each home fits into the urban vibe that Crystal Palace has to offer. 

Housing in Crystal Palace remains a relative bargain compared to some neighbouring places, like Dulwich, but the prices of the area’s property are rising.

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According to Rightmove, properties in Crystal Palace had an overall average house price of £439,010 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Crystal Palace during the last year were flats, selling for an average price of £344,795. Terraced properties sold for an average of £580,508, with semi-detached properties fetching £669,623.

Overall, sold prices in Crystal Palace over the last year were eight percent down on the previous year and similar to the 2019 peak of £441,930.

For those who have a taste for excellent and exciting food, Crystal Palace certainly won’t disappoint. With a cosmopolitan food scene, the restaurants here offer varied and tasty food and drinks, alongside immaculate vibes to bring in the weekend.

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When shopping in Crystal Palace, think of antique furniture shops and independent vintage stores crammed full of character and unique flair.

Aside from the numerous bars and shops scattered throughout Crystal Palace, there are many green spaces.

Head up to Anerley Hill where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the endless hills of Kent and Sussex, or make your way to Gipsy Hill to gaze upon city icons like St Paul’s, the Gherkin and the Shard. 

Tea and coffee have become a huge part of Crystal Palace culture, and the artisanal cafes which house them make for perfect hangout spots. 

Socialising in Crystal Palace would not be complete without a mention of Crystal Palace Park. The perfect area for kids and adults alike, The park houses a boating lake, farm, maze and skatepark, topped off with the dinosaur statues of ‘Dinosaur Court’.

These iconic dinosaurs have been in the park here for more than 100 years and are currently undergoing some major renovations to keep them looking their best.

This Victorian park also homes to its own maze, a giant chess board, the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, beautiful flower gardens and the remains of the glass palace walls.

The sheer volume of bars, pubs, varying restaurants and green areas make the south London neighbourhood the perfect area for young people craving the city life without the enormous crowds and overpacked tourist attractions of central.

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