Tudor royalty put Richmond on the map, building a palace there in the 16th century and spurring the city to move westwards to meet it.
It has a unique setting, bounded by the Thames with 2,500 acres of parkland, a river promenade and a superb vista from Richmond Hill, protected by an Act of Parliament.
Planners have kept builders at bay, especially in the town centre, but developers have managed to unlock plots.
Merevale House, pictured, is handy for the train station and comprises 11 apartments, including a pair of penthouses with roof terrace views towards Richmond Green. Prices range from £830,000 to £1.2 million. Call Featherstone Leigh on 020 8940 1575.