The upmarket area of Teddington, which stretches inland from the Thames to Bushy Park, is much sought-after, with no dual carriageways or high-rise blocks nearby.
Its high street reaches down to the river and the former television studios. A few boutiques, art shops and cafés have brightened its humdrum centre, while some imaginative new-builds are raising the architectural bar.
Developer London Square adopts the traditional garden square as its template. Its latest project is a scheme of 18 townhouses opening directly on to a landscaped square — a relaxing space for neighbours to socialise.
Each four-storey home has a ground-floor “super-room” with a kitchen, dining area and lounge, opening on to a rear garden. At the top of each house is a master bedroom suite with a terrace. The car park is underground.
Noël Square, pictured, named after playwright Noël Coward, who grew up in nearby Waldegrave Road, is being unveiled on January 23 by a member of the Noël Coward Society, with the square hosting a pop-up Italian artisan food fair. Prices from £1,295,000. Call 0333 666 2434.