Best Web Sites for Finding Housing in London

What are the good web sites for finding housing in London?  Several people have emailed us asking this question recently. We performed an informal inquiry. Here's our list of the top six UK-based web sites for finding a place to live in London. 

  1. Globrix.com - With Web 2.0-ish user experience, Globrix, claims to be the largest search engine for "property, flats and houses for sale, rental property, flat shares and new homes". Large inventory of for sale and rentals.
     
  2. Primelocation.com -  Search for for sale or rental properties.  This is "estate-agent" service" which means what the British call realtors. In fact, Primelocation service feels a lot like the UK's version of Realtor.com.  Lots of properties, downside is you have to register. They also have an iPad app

  3. Nestoria.com - Very simple user interface.  Search tool for properties for sale and rent. The search box uses auto-suggest which is helpful if you're not exactly sure how you want to search.
     
  4. Zoopla.co.uk - This service reminds us of some of the features you'll see on U.S.-based property search sites Trulia & Zillow.  A little more data focused than the other sites. Seems to be a property listing aggregator.
     
  5. Gumtree.com -  Works a lot like Craigslist. Started in 2000 as a local London-based classified ads and community site. Acquired in 2005 by eBay's Kijiji (renamed Ebay Classifieds) service, Kijiji is Ebay's answer to Craigslist. Find room shares, etc.
     
  6. London.Craigslist - Not to be outdone, Craigslist always makes a strong option. When we visited, there were plenty of listings. Downside was the inability to sort results by neighborhood.
     
  7. Rightmove.com -Just launched an iPad app. Nothing very distinctive about this site. But it does seem to have a lot of inventory. 

     
    Please drop us a line if you have any suggestions on additions we should make to our list.

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