City Living: it’s a family affair

Written by Tina Evans | Posted in Company news |

THE phrase ‘City living’ can conjure up slightly stereotypical images of a fast-paced, 24/7 urban lifestyle.

The young professional rising early for a 6.30am spin class before walking to work via the juice bar; afterwards heading to an uber-cool, crowded bar with colleagues and eventually catching the Tube back home to crash in a contemporary, minimalist apartment, before doing it all again the next day.

But there is a different, more settled side of London that exists for many and which is fast becoming the ‘next big thing’ in the City: family life. While many of those young City slickers might start to tire of their relentless schedules, they most certainly do not tire of London.

As they enter their 30s and 40s and family life beckons, it turns out that the appeal of relocating to a suburban backwater is – well, not quite so appealing after all.


Whilst every parent would agree that children are life changing, not all parents want everything they loved about pre-parenting life to change. Consider the realities of family life for busy working parents and the attraction of City living becomes clear: a free, 10-minute walk from home to the office – now via the nursery – versus a lengthy, costly and bleary-eyed train commute in from the  suburbs, having driven to the nursery to drop a pre-schooler off, who then requires picking up by 6pm sharp before those hefty fines-by-the-minute kick in. London offers some of the best educational provision around for every stage. Our Frank Harris City branch is currently marketing three fabulous family houses.

Our beautiful Monkwell Square property is tucked away in a quiet location, yet within striking distance of Deutsche Bank, Linklaters, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. And whilst there’s already a discounted congestion charge here, there’s really no need to drive at all – Crossrail’s Elizabeth line is on its way, parents can walk to two local nurseries and would be hard pushed to better the City of London School for Girls, based in the Barbican, or the City of London School for Boys at St Paul’s. Barbican’s communal gardens provide fabulous children’s play areas and a wonderful haven of greenery and wildlife – from herons to bats – whilst numerous family-friendly eateries, River walks, museums and cultural attractions including the Barbican Arts Centre, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, St Katherine’s Dock, Monument, the Golden Hind, and HMS Belfast are all within walking distance. Tired of London? Not when you’re living right in the heart of it!

Do get in touch with your local office to find out about all the properties we are marketing which provide fantastic lifestyle opportunities for families, we would be delighted to help.

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