Old Battersea is a welcoming alternative to the shiny new district being built around the power station. Lying back from the river, the village is just discernible around pretty Battersea Square, a cobbled hub at the top of the high street that butts up against a typical London mix of high-rise council estates and conservation areas.
Among the latter is the “Little India” enclave, with Cabul, Afghan, Khyber and Candahar Roads, while Shaftsbury Estate, built in the 1870s as housing for the working classes, has neat cottages now popular with young lawyers and bankers.
Battersea Square Mews (pictured) is a boutique scheme of new homes set around a cobbled courtyard tucked away from the traffic. Architecturally, the emphasis is on clean, crisp lines, and light spaces.
Townhouses extend to more than 3,000sq ft and feature glazed rooftop rooms that open on to terracing, while two- and three-bedroom flats have an internal glass-walled atrium and roof terrace.
All homes have underfloor heating and comfort cooling, and there is off-street gated parking. Prices from £2.55 million to £3,375,000. Call Savills on 020 3430 6926.
Royal College of Art’s new campus on this patch has given momentum to a “creative quarter” that includes a Vivienne Westwood design outlet, while the opening of a River Bus pier at Plantation Wharf, on the Putney to Blackfriars route, is another reason to buy into this improving neighbourhood.