Map your house hunting future: new homes hotspots along the London Overground route, from Surrey Quays to Willesden Junction

The London orbital has opened up prime areas in west and south-west London. City and Canary Wharf workers, especially, can find quick commutes and good-value homes here.
The opening in 2012 of the East London line spur from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction addressed a long-standing gripe about the Tube network — the dearth of stations in south London.

It is still the case that only 29 of London’s 239 Tube stations are south of the river, but the new spur plugged a major gap in the Overground, making it a truly orbital train service.

The route north from Clapham Junction and across the Thames to Willesden Junction, another major interchange, joined up with a new station at Imperial Wharf built specifically to serve smart new riverside estates in Fulham.

By creating a new east-west/north-south axis, it has become far easier for west and south-west London residents to reach the major employment centres of the City and Canary Wharf.

Getting a train from, say, Shepherd’s Bush to Dulwich or to Camberwell’s Denmark Hill station used to be a convoluted journey, involving travel into central London first, whereas now it is a direct seven-stop hop.

Many routes from Waterloo and Victoria, London’s two busiest terminuses, funnel through Clapham Junction, making it one of the busiest stations in Europe. The Overground has widened the transport options for passengers, and there are ambitions to connect Clapham Junction to the Northern line by a further — logical — extension of the planned spur from Kennington to Battersea Power Station.


Coming soon: 
Ashchurch Villas, 15 new four-bedroom homes by First Base in Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush. Call 020 7318 4677
From Imperial Wharf to Shepherd's Bush
Property values along this section of the route are moving ahead due to an overspill of buyers priced out of bordering central London districts, and there is more upside as certain postcodes — particularly SW5 — are designated for a lot of new housing including complete new neighbourhoods, such as the one planned around Earls Court exhibition centre. Another is earmarked for the Olympia site, though plans are still on the drawing board.
Transport for London is a major landowner and is working with private developers such as Capco, which has designed homes for Lillie Square, being built on a former car park next to Brompton Cemetery and West Brompton station. However, the homes will not be ready until 2019. Prices start at £595,000. Call 020 7381 9800.

For characterful flats — £795,000 for two bedrooms is the going rate, according to estate agent Farrar — and period family houses, check out neighbouring Eardley Crescent conservation area.

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Imperial Wharf, built on the site of a Victorian gas works at Sands End, Fulham, has created a fashionable new waterfront address to rival Chelsea Harbour across the railway tracks.

Back from the river, on the fringe of the estate, the area still has depots and sheds, remarkable given the close proximity to King’s Road. Here, the former Loud & Western laundry, a handsome Edwardian factory, has been turned into huge loft shells, from 2,323sq ft to 6,525sq ft, with ceiling heights of more than 16ft. Homes start at £2 million. For further information, call Savills on 020 7731 9400. More shells will be released in a later phase next year. 
Boosted by Westfield and White City regeneration, Shepherd’s Bush has the wind in its sails. It used to be a place where people rented or bought a flat or small house before children came along and pushed gardens, extra space and secondary schools up the priority list. The next stop was generally Chiswick or Ealing.

However, “over the last three years, the area has become much more desirable for families”, according to the local branch of estate agent Douglas & Gordon. Council planners are keen to revive Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road, the two main drags, with new pavements and shop frontages.

Coming soon to Goldhawk Road is Ashchurch Villas, 15 new four-bedroom homes of up to 2,500sq ft. “The aim is to satisfy unfulfilled demand from families who want a central and spacious family home,” says developer First Base. Call Strutt & Parker on 020 7318 4677.

£300,000 or £1,300 a month to rent:
one-bedroom flats at This Space in Wandsworth Road, SW8. Call 020 3318 8295
Queens Road Peckham to Clapham Junction
Wandsworth Road, a long thoroughfare running from Vauxhall to Clapham Junction, backs on to the Nine Elms regeneration zone and is a place to watch — an improving inner-city area with homes that are less than half the price of the new waterfront flats at nearby Battersea Power Station.

This Space is a redevelopment of a Sixties technical college, split into 231 flats. One-bedroom flats cost from £300,000, or £1,300 a month to rent. Call 020 3318 8295.
Camberwell’s leafy slopes are the first high point reached when travelling south from central London. All in all, it’s a pleasant inner suburb, barely four miles from Charing Cross.

The absence of a Tube station kept the area under the radar but with the arrival of the Overground the secret is out. Denmark Hill train station also has direct rail services to Farringdon, which is poised to become a mega transport hub once Crossrail is up and running in 2018.

£2.5 million: a lovely five-bedroom Regency house in Champion Grove, Camberwell. Call 020 3324 6563
A splendid five-bedroom Regency house in Champion Grove costs £2.5 million — if it were in Highgate or Primrose Hill, north of the river, the same property would fetch at least £4 million. Call Wooster & Stock on 020 7708 6700. Victorian terrace houses drop to about £700,000, while purpose-built flats and conversions cost from £295,000. Call Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward on 020 3324 6563.

The network of modest Victorian terraces behind Queens Road (Peckham) station is a good starting point for young buyers, with three-bedroom houses for under £500,000 and flats for less than £250,000.

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