After a year of tenanting I am ready to move forward on the property ladder and buy my own apartment. For a long time, I was looking at flats in new high rise buildings in Canary Wharf, but now I have different thoughts. My next and own (!) home has to be a proper Victorian or Edwardian house or a maisonette ... or at least raised ground floor. I am not going to live in the basement as so many Londoners do.