Between soaring prices and endless choice, finding the ideal property in London can be difficult enough without having to factor little ones into the equation. On top of reasonable prices and great transport links, most families are after a bit of outdoor space and good local schools.

If it’s time to hand over the keys to your East London pad, don’t worry – here are three of our favourite places in London where you can enjoy family life without feeling frumpy.

Battersea, SW11

Just south of the river and brushing shoulders with Clapham, Battersea has long been a favourite of growing families. It’s undergone significant renovation in the last 20 years, culminating in the exciting redevelopment of the iconic (and Grade II listed) Battersea Power Station.

Although the majority of homes are flats, Battersea Park, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common are near enough that a lack of garden is manageable. If it helps, decent 2-beds start at around £375,000 and nice 3-beds are currently on the market for just under £500,000.

The Children’s Zoo is a big draw for families, and parents can enjoy a bustling food and drink scene once the little ones go to bed. Battersea is also home to a number of good schools. Chesterton state primary school is deemed “outstanding” by Ofsted, while Newton Prep and Thomas’s Battersea are very good co-ed private schools.

Transport to Battersea is easy thanks to the proximity of Clapham Junction, reportedly the busiest station in Europe, and Battersea Park Overground station. Southern rail and South Western whips people into Waterloo or Victoria in just a handful of minutes, making it easy to leave work in the City and make it back for bedtime. There are plans to extend the Northern line out here too, which will be an even bigger bonus.

Maida Vale, W9

Nestled between the well-heeled areas of St John’s Wood and Kilburn, the quiet, leafy streets of Maida Vale are often overlooked by those looking for a peaceful, central place to live. This is at least somewhat deliberate, with residents hoping to keep Maida Vale’s elegant charms out of the spotlight.

The area is appealing by anyone’s standards, with tranquil streets and plenty of green space provided by Paddington Recreation Ground just around the corner, and Hyde Park and Regent’s Park both around a 30-minute walk away. Shopping hubs like Westfield and Notting Hill are just a stone’s throw away, and the area is teeming with excellent restaurants and cafés. A selection of excellent primary schools makes Maida Vale attractive to young families, with St Joseph’s (RC) being deemed ‘good’ and St Saviour’s (CofE) given an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted.

Maida Vale is served by the Bakerloo line, which takes passengers to Waterloo in under half an hour. From there, commuters can hop on the Waterloo and City line to reach Bank, or change at Oxford Circus to reach the Central or Victoria lines.

There is a huge variety of property in the area, with mansion blocks making up the majority of homes. This diversity means that average prices are high (in the region of £780,000), but nice homes can be found for a lot less. A 2-bedroom flat will generally start at £450,000 and you’ll need £650,000 for a 3-bed in the area.

Dulwich, SE21

Dulwich Village is about the closest you can get to traditional rural life while still being in Zone 2. Quaint cottages, acres of green open space and rural ambience are thanks to the area’s conservation status, while the friendly atmosphere and bustling independent shops are down to the genuine community spirit.

There are plenty of ways to spend an afternoon with (or without) the children, such as Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Park and the Horniman Museum. If retail therapy is more your thing, there are plenty of local boutiques and eclectic homeware shops to keep you busy. Schools-wise, Dulwich has an enviable reputation. St Antony’s Catholic Primary School and Heber Primary School have received “good” grades from Ofsted, while Harris Primary Academy and Heathfield Academy are both judged to be “outstanding”.

As a reward for living just slightly further out than the other two places on our list, the average price of a flat in Dulwich is only around £460,000. Attractive 2-beds start at around £350,000 and you can find some perfectly polished 3-bed properties for less than £500,000.

The only drawback to Dulwich is the very thing that retains the rural charm – transport is a bit tricky. With no tube station within a 2-mile radius, locals rely on national rail services into London Bridge and Victoria. Luckily these are available from East Dulwich, North Dulwich and West Dulwich, and take less than 15 minutes. Bus routes are also plentiful, running into Brixton and Piccadilly.

Before you make your move across London, get in touch with our team here at Daily Move to see how we could help. With experienced, qualified conveyancers and RICS surveyors under one roof, we’re dedicated to making sure every client has the smoothest journey possible. Simply call us to discuss your requirements or book an appointment.