Ten of the best ‘second stepper’ London homes on the market now — all under the average £583,450 price tag

London ‘second stepper’ homes for sale (ES)

Londoners paid £583,450 to take their second step on the housing ladder last year — a figure that has doubled in 12 years.

According to data from Hamptons, second-time buyers trying to move on from their first London homes may fall foul of a widening gap driven largely by the limited price growth of flats compared to houses.

By the end of 2022, the price difference between the typical first- and second-time buyer home stood at 32 per cent or £141,580, which is up from 11 per cent or £27,470 in 2007.

The gap was widest in Kensington and Chelsea, at 134 per cent, and narrowest in Newham, where would-be upsizers will need to make up a 21 per cent increase – or £78,720 on average – to secure their next home.

Given the saving efforts required, second steppers should be resolute in their mission for more space and a better standard of living.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the best upgrade homes on the market now.

South Woodford, E18


Fieldhouse Close, E18 (Churchill Estates)

A three-bedroom end-of-terrace home on a quiet no-through road with an integrated garage and a large ‘blank-slate’ garden. Two local parks, Elmhurst Gardens and Churchfields Gardens, are within walking distance, as is the Central line at South Woodford station.

Churchill Estates, 020 8530 3333

East Dulwich, SE22


Dunstans Road, SE22 (Pedder)

A stylish architect-renovated garden flat within a Victorian conversion facing Dawson’s Hill. There are two bedrooms — one created with a moveable partition wall — and a living room with a wood-burning stove. The flat also benefits from a share of the freehold.

Pedder, 020 8702 8222

Forest Gate, E7


Strone Road, E7 (Stonebridge)

This three-bedroom, two bathroom family home is within walking distance of Upton Park tube and Forest Gate overground. It has two bright receptions rooms with high ceilings, a generous garden

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