Property news digest 4-10 November 2013

Investment in Britain’s infrastructure in the context of increased export targets The government’s accelerated investment in Britain’s infrastructure encapsulates 118 kilometres of Crossrail, 400kph high speed rail link, £6 billion poured into the road networks, and a super-fast broadband network.…

Property news digest 28 Oct-3 Nov 2013

Winds of change sweeping through the London property market That being a Londoner makes you live longer, is just one of the many reasons why exceptionally high and booming house prices haven’t scared us away from the capital, yet. Instead,…

London house prices: evolution over 13 years

Best places to live in england

This is an animated map of London, showing the increase in average property value between 2000 and 2013. Also, the chart on the left shows the evolution of average house prices in a borough of your choice, compared against London’s overall.

Just pick a borough, press the play button, and watch! By default, the chart shows the average house prices for Islington vs. London. You can use the selector at the top of the map to change the borough. Since this is a map, you can zoom and pan as usual, but I would recommend to do that when the animation is not running.

Some more notes on using the map, as well as on the data used, are available below the map. If you like this app, then you should definitely check our location explorer…

Property news digest 21-27 October 2013

£1 properties A trend that started in Liverpool, and now landed in Stoke-on-Trent is a government scheme targeting Britain’s struggling areas in hope of revival. Run down properties owned by the local council are offered for sale at an appealing…

One month of illustreets

At illustreets, we are celebrating a month of existence. And what a month it was… We are literally overwhelmed by all the positive feedback received via social channels such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as directly by email. About…

England crime map: annual crime rates

Advanced crime map

Here is an interactive crime map of England. It lets you search for any address or city, for instance London or SW19, change the category of crime displayed on the map, and hover over / click on any area. The charts will show the total crime rate and the annual rates for each category of crime, as recorded in 2012.

When clicking on the charts, the click will go ‘trough’ the chart straight on the map; the same happens when hovering over them. This is a feature, not a bug, to make the map easier to use on smaller screens. For more information continue reading below. If you like it, then you should definitely check the explorer.

There are over 30,000 neighbourhoods on the map. The green to red colour palette represents the crime rate in each neighbourhood, from low to high…

Property news digest 14-20 October 2013

Fracking. Licenses have been granted for shale gas exploration in Southport, Leeds, Hull, Edinburgh, Swansea, Weymouth, Bath and Brighton amongst others. Meanwhile Greenpeace do not give up the battle against fracking and encourage residents whose land is likely to be…

St Albans – modern lifestyle meets history

St Albans aerial view

St Albans is a district and city located in Hertfordshire, in the East of England, lying 22 miles North of London. It has many links to London, primarily through the multiple commuter train lines, as well as multiple connections by road via the M1.

It has, in recent years, become a much sought after dormitory town, and it is famous for its historic market. With a population of over 140,000, it was created after several separate districts merged in 1974.

It is said that the first ever British martyr, the aptly named Saint Alban, lent his name to the City after he was beheaded by the Romans in 300 AD. Whether or not this is true, the fact remains that…