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Croydon is England’s most in-demand place to live

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Croydon is the second most in-demand place to live in the UK according to new research.

And you have to go north of the border to find the first, with Edinburgh the only place receiving more interest from prospective buyers than the south London hot spot according to property website Zoopla.

It found that Croydon properties received more than double the demand of the average listing across Britain over the past 12 months.

Zoopla analysed the volume of email enquiries sent by house hunters to estate agents listing homes for sale on the website over the past year.

Data from the company’s keyword search tool revealed buyers in Croydon are keen on properties with a garage, whiles freehold is the most important keyword criteria for those looking to buy in Central London.

Zoopla spokesman Lawrence Hall said: “It’s no surprise that we see high demand for properties in the outer London suburbs, such as Croydon, as they prove to be an affordable alternative for buyers.”

Volume of enquiries versus national average (100 per cent) and average asking price: 1 Edinburgh 245% (£270,991); 2 Croydon 204% (£375,152); 3 London 177% (£778,530); 4 Glasgow 167% (£180,151); 5 Leicester 156% (£216,230).