New homes in London: Parkgate House, Ransome's Dock

Luxurious riverside apartments in Battersea, London's "South Chelsea".
Battersea's aspiration to become “South Chelsea” is gaining momentum with the opening of luxurious riverside apartments.

An expanding community of creatives includes Victoria Beckham’s design studio, a Vivienne Westwood outlet, architect Will Alsop’s TestBed1 experimental design space, fashion designer Paul Smith’s live/work abode and the headquarters of media mogul Simon Fuller.

Meanwhile, new restaurants, such as Gordon Ramsay’s London House, have opened in a fast-gentrifying patch around Battersea Square — a cobbled hub at the top of the high street that butts up against a mix of high-rise council estates and conservation areas.

Parkgate House is a handsome converted Victorian bakery split into large lateral apartments. It features meticulously designed, open-plan spaces with frameless floor-to-ceiling glazing, marble-walled bathrooms, copious concealed storage, underfloor heating and herringbone-pattern oak floors. Starting from £3 million, prices are on a par with some parts of Chelsea. Call 020 7225 3866.
 
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From £3.5 million: Ransome's Dock development features a pair of lavish apartments and is close to Battersea Park. Call 020 7720 8077

Coming soon is another project by the same developer, Banda — eight apartments in nearby Radstock Street — while a pair of lavishly designed, 2,000sq ft warehouse apartments have been created at Ransome’s Dock, another neighbourhood hub. Prices from £3.5 million. Call Douglas & Gordon on 020 7720 8077.

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