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

Luxurious riverside apartments in Battersea, London's "South Chelsea".
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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.
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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