Map your house hunting future: new homes hotspots along the District line
Demonstrating the capital’s east-west property price gap along the way, the District line runs from Upminster to Ealing, with branches south of the river to Richmond and Wimbledon.
Richmond, at the end of the District line, remains a sought-after place to live. Newly refurbished apartments at The Quadrant in central Richmond start at £450,000
Homes along the western section of the District Tube line are typically two or three times more expensive than those on the eastern section of the line. Yet areas such as Plaistow and East Ham - in Zone 3 and among the cheapest in the capital - are closer to the Square Mile financial district than either Chiswick or Acton.
This explains why younger, lower-budget buyers continue to head for the east where it may be gritty in parts, but they can feel the beat of the City. And a ripple of regeneration is already spreading from Aldgate on the City fringe to Stepney - walkable from the nightlife and restaurants of Shoreditch and Spitalfields - and on to affordable Bow and beyond.
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Perfect for upsizers: West Kensington
While fictitious Walford East Tube station in BBC soap EastEnders is supposed be on the District line, a west London anomaly is West Kensington, where the average house price is less than £500,000. Sandwiched between Earl’s Court and Barons Court, the district lacks charm but is “ripe for regeneration gains” according to Lucian Cook, Savills director of residential research.
The area is sliced in two by Talgarth Road, the traffic-choked A4 heading to Heathrow. Flats prevail, mainly conversions but purpose-built ones in mansion blocks, too. For houses, check out Gunterstone Road and the grid bordered by Gledstanes Road and Perham Road, the original Barons Court Estate, where you will also find a scattering of shops.
Three-bedroom townhouses at Octavo Mews in Tasso Road, West Kensington
Just south of the tennis mecca that is The Queen’s Club, a delightful attraction amid the densely packed streets, lies Tasso Road, where a new-build scheme of eight townhouses is targeting couples with children upsizing from flats. Called Octavo Mews, the modern-design homes have three bedrooms and are spread over four floors, with open-plan living areas linked via glazed walls to the garden and three decked terraces. Prices from £1,575,000. Call 020 7758 8488.
A giant apartment complex on Warwick Road is bringing a sense of place to a prominent corner once dominated by ugly office buildings, and is dragging this patch upmarket with more than 1,000 new homes across seven blocks set around landscaped courtyards and formal garden squares.
Wolfe House, the first completed phase, includes duplexes and penthouses with large terraces and panoramic views. Classy interiors are a grade above what might be expected, with high ceilings, oversize doors, bespoke joinery, custom-made contemporary-design staircases and marble-walled bathrooms.
An on-site primary school is due to open in 2016, while residents have access to a spa, business suites, a private cinema and a Harrods-run concierge service. Prices from £930,000. Kensington Row, the next phase, will launch later this year. Call St Edward Homes on 020 7118 0375.
Family-friendly havens: Richmond and Wimbledon
With 60 stations along 40 miles of track, the District line is the Tube network’s only route to cross the Thames on bridges rather than through tunnels. The Victorians extended the line south of the river to serve the prestigious Georgian town of Richmond and the prosperous settlement of Wimbledon.
Both remain highly covetable places to live to this day, not least because of the huge expanse of semi-rural open land and the family-friendly infrastructure of independent schools and sporting amenities. Yet both areas are virtually “inner London” in terms of convenience, thanks to the Tube, and allow frazzled commuters to shake off the city dust.
The Quadrant, in Richmond centre, is a scheme of 10 apartments in a refurbishment rather than a glitzy new block. Prices from £450,000. Call Savills on 020 8614 9100 for more information.
Wimbledon Hill Park is a new address, a 25-acre walled estate where there was once a hospital. Developer Berkeley is building 94 homes, a mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
First up are eight family houses with lavish entertaining space, games room, cinema, library, sunroom and roof terrace. Huge interiors range from 3,350sq ft to 6,500sq ft. Prices from £3.95 million. The original hospital is being converted into 26 apartments, to be released later. Call 020 8226 2126.
Nearby Marryat Place is another select scheme of imposing houses, set in a private cul-de-sac and handy for the All England Club and Wimbledon Village. Prices from £2.65 million. Call 020 3697 9330.
Apartments at St Dunstan's Court in Fetter Lane, EC4. Call 020 7355 8150
Pads for professionals: Holborn
Back in Zone 1, the Holborn commercial district between Temple and Blackfriars is becoming a place to live as well as work. Experts expect this area to take off during the next five years as office-to-homes projects accelerate.
Inner and Middle Temple, near the Royal Courts of Justice, form London’s oldest live/work estate. For centuries, barristers and lawyers have lived over the shop in chambers, but with the arrival of global law and accountancy firms, modern apartments are being built for the area’s high-earning career professionals.
St Dunstan’s Court in Fetter Lane is a redevelopment of an outdated office block and provides 76 apartments, a residents’ club and access to private gardens. Homes also have a rare view of listed Maughan Library, part of King’s College, and its cloistered courtyard. Prices from £1.65 million. Call 020 7355 8150 for more information.
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