House prices in Harrow have bucked a national trend by rising in the last 12 months.
Prices have gone up by 0.18 per cent from April 2007 to April 2008, whilst prices in London overall have dropped by 0.03 per cent.
The average price of house in Harrow in April 2008 was £281,800 as opposed to £281,300 in April 2007.
Lee Pottle, a partner at Elliot Lee Estate Agents, which has three offices in Harrow, says that the trend is down to the demand from young professionals.
He said: "We never have any problems selling in Harrow, as there is a great buy to let market and it's easy to get to central London, plus there are more conversions and new builds in Harrow.
"A one bed in Harrow town centre is equivalent in price to a two bed in Northolt, but the better schools and amenities mean that the demand for Harrow is exceptional."
Councillor Camilla Bath, portfolio holder for housing, said: "Prices are rising as there is a shortage of properties in Harrow and we haven't built any in quite a few years, but we will be building in Honeypot Lane, which will provide homes for 100 residents.
"People look on Harrow being a nice area and places like Stanmore and Pinner are near to the countryside, but not too far out for commuters."
The withdrawal of 100 per cent mortgages by high street banks for first time buyers and a loss of confidence in the property market has meant that prices have dropped throughout the country.
However in some London boroughs house prices have increased, the highest increase has been 2.22 per cent in the City of London, while the biggest drop has been in Lambeth with 2.69 per cent decrease in prices.
Tony Raymond, the chairman of the Stanmore Society, said: "I think the rise is down to the nice green belt area and good quality schools.
"I also think the new places like the Hindu temple and the Muslim centre attract different communities."
Philip Alexander Smith, a senior partner at Alexander Watson, in High Street, Pinner, said the changes in prices may also be down to more honest pricing.
He said: "Harrow has always been popular, but we have to be aware of where the statistics are coming from as some estate agents were over pricing their houses.
"That means that instead of house prices falling, they are now just more realistic."