Map your house hunting future: new homes hotspots along the London Overground route, from Richmond to Stratford and Barking

Tired districts are being reborn with hot new homes on the orbital route from Richmond to Stratford and Barking.

Tudor royals put Richmond on the map when they built a palace there in the 16th century, spurring the capital to move westwards to meet it. To this day, the Thames-side town remains one of London’s most coveted addresses, counting rock stars and business tycoons among its well-heeled residents.

Richmond is less a suburb, more an entity in itself, blessed with a truly lovely setting. Bounded by an enormous park with 2,500 acres of primeval English landscape including oaks and deer-dotted grasslands, it also has a river promenade and a superb vista from Richmond Hill, the only view in England protected by an Act of Parliament. Travel links to central London include the Tube, and now the new orbital Overground service.

All this makes Richmond a top choice for commuters wanting the respective advantages of both town and country living. Perfect for families, it has an unfair number of splendid and expensive period houses, plus a good many new-build trophy mansions. Zealous local planners have kept developers at bay in the town centre and most new housing is the result of refurbishments. One such scheme is The Quadrant, with 10 flats priced from £450,000. Call Savills on 020 8614 9100.

Bag a view of Kew
For more affordable yet spacious family homes and apartments, you need to head to Kew or cross the river to St Margarets or Teddington.

Kew Gardens’ leafy, inviolate acres are the outlook from Quayside House, part of the Kew Bridge apartment complex on the riverbank. Prices from £699,995. Call St George on 020 8995 6669.

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Gunnersbury’s starchitect
Gunnersbury is something of a no-man’s land between Ealing and Acton but has a nature reserve, while its old bus depot has been transformed into an impressive new business estate designed by world-renowned architect Richard Rogers.

Chiswick and Acton
Corner Haus in nearby Chiswick High Road is a scheme of 14 apartments being built above street-level shops and an underground car park. Two-bedroom flats are priced from £870,000. Call Linden Homes on 0844 488 1041.


From £870,000: two-bedroom apartments at Corner Haus, in Chiswick High Road, with underground parking. Call 0844 488 1041

Being in Zone 3,  Acton is packed with young renters and is attracting a  growing number of buyers priced out of Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith.Liberty Quarter is part of an  ambitious regeneration project bringing 2,500 homes around a series of squares, courtyards, parks and play areas. Apartments here, including  four-bedroom duplexes, are priced from £450,000. Call Countryside  Properties on 020 8993 6923 for more information.

Take the line North-West
From Acton, the Overground heads north-west to Willesden, bypassing central London, and on to Highbury and Hackney hotspots before terminating at Stratford. A spur from Gospel Oak takes you to east London outposts.

West Hampstead is an “area of hidden value”, says property consultancy Savills. The area grew fast once the railways made it commutable from 1860. Victorian builders blanketed the fields with terraces, the next generation added large blocks of mansion flats, while the 20th century demolished what it could and put up council homes. A process of renewal is happening again. The local train station is one of London’s main transport hubs, with Thameslink and the Tube as well as Overground services, and the area is buzzing and cosmopolitan.

West Hampstead Square is a redevelopment of a former business estate in West End Lane. Apartment blocks are grouped around courtyard gardens and a new public square with cafés and restaurants. The scheme also has a gym, dance studio, spa, hotel-style reception and concierge. An M&S branch is  coming. Prices from £625,000. Call  Ballymore on 0808 1182027.

Up and coming
Bordered by Hampstead and Kentish Town, Gospel Oak is tipped as a spot to watch. The district is a mishmash of Sixties towers and low-rise local authority blocks, but there some are good value right-to-buy resales. Camden council is revamping the Bacton Estate and 176 of the new homes will be for private sale.

Lively Caledonian Road, just north of King’s Cross, is another area on the up. Coming soon is Four Hundred Caledonian Road, where Igloo, a regeneration specialist, is restoring the handsome Victorian frontage and a rear stable block to create 25 low-energy homes, work studios and shops. Contact Currell on 020 7226 6611.

If your budget is bigger than £800,000, check out Barnsbury, a pretty, early 19th-century enclave of garden squares, cottages and ivy-clad pubs. Though affluent, there are several developments around the edges where cheaper homes are on offer.

Not only is the orbital network making it easier and quicker to get to and from work, the areas around new and upgraded stations are getting a boost. Vibe, the latest apartment scheme launched in hip Dalston, is two minutes’ walk from the new Overground train station. Prices from £395,000. Call Telford Homes on 020 3538 5619.

A new station at Hackney Central, a stop on the proposed Crossrail 2 route, has helped turn a gritty east London outpost into a property hotspot. Only posh central London postcodes have seen bigger price rises than fast-gentrifying Hackney neighbourhoods.

A little city in itself 
Stratford, a mini city in the making, has more flats coming to the market than at any time since it was chosen as the venue for the 2012 Games. The most expensive ones ring the Olympic Park but outside this halo, homes are affordable by London standards. Capital Towers has two-bedroom flats with winter gardens, from £440,000. Call Galliard on 020 7620 1500.

Chobham Manor, one of four new neighbourhoods within the Olympic Park, will have 850 homes, including duplexes, maisonettes  and modern-design townhouses. Prices range from £299,995 to £849,995. Call Taylor Wimpey on 020 3435 9269.

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