Georgian grandees built their country mansions along the rural reaches of the Thames upstream in places such as Twickenham. It has since evolved into a popular suburb and has a cache of family homes that are a fair bit cheaper than those in Richmond, just a bridge-length away.
Twickenham also offers open space and river scenes, a high street, good state and private schools and fast trains to Waterloo.
Brewery Wharf, pictured, is a rare new development of scale and is being built alongside the River Crane, which joins the Thames here. The scheme of 82 apartments and 28 houses will be part of a new town centre hub, with a 320-seat cultural venue, public piazza, restaurants and bars.
While the architecture of the warehouse-style apartment blocks reflects the site’s origins, the four- and five-bedroom townhouses are inspired by the Georgian period, and have portico entrances, first-floor terraces and rooftop dormers.
Set in a gated mews, the houses will be complete in April next year. Prices from £1.45 million. Call St James on 020 3002 9457.