These are the most desirable postcodes in the UK for young professionals
The south coastal town of Hove is the top hotspot for young professionals buying homes across England and Wales for the second year running, a report has found.
Manchester, Reading and numerous areas of London were also among the most desirable places for professionals aged between 25 and 44 years old to buy a property, according to Lloyds Bank.
The BN1 postcode in Brighton was also on the list of hotspots. Brighton and Hove have particular attractions for the young and ambitious, with a diverse population as well as the availability of independent shops, bars, restaurants, music venues and commuter links to London, the report said.
Lloyds Bank mortgage director Mike Songer said: "Our research shows that aspiring young urbanites choose to settle in areas which give them the best of both worlds - attractive suburbs offering good amenities and quality of life, which are within easy reach of a larger city centre - and in many cases they are prepared to pay a premium to live there."
Songer continued: "With a third of London's population in the 25 to 44 age group it is not surprising many of the most popular areas with this group are in the capital."
The research also found young professionals face paying a premium to live in their desired area - paying £88,000 more typically for a home in the postal district hotspots than a property in the wider town or city where they are located.
But among the exceptions is BN3 - the most popular postal district in the survey, where the average house price is £33,972 lower than in the whole of Hove.
Top 20 desirable postcodes for young professionals and their average house prices
1. BN3, Hove, South East: £352,718
2. SW18, Wandsworth, London: £716,217
3. SW19, Wimbledon, London: £669,425
4. SW11, Battersea, London: £861,665
5. SW16, Streatham, London: £434,237
6. SW6, Fulham, London: £1,088,131
7. BN1, Brighton, South East: £358,821
8. SW15, Putney, London: £740,165
9. NW3, Hampstead, London: £1,318,492
10. NW6, Kilburn: London: £877,211
11. SW17, Tooting, London: £624,052
12. W4, Chiswick, London: £866,492
13. W5, Ealing, London: £594,980
14. W2, Paddington, London: £1,220,198
15. SW2, Brixton, London: £543,207
16. SW4, Clapham, London: £828,243
17. SW12, Balham, London: £783,176
18. M20, Didsbury, North West: £266,105
19. N1, Islington, London: £1,007,815
20. RG1, Reading, South East: £261,927