First-time buyers get a taste of smart Clapham

Affordable homes designated for first-time buyers are available in the heart of Clapham Old Town
From £245,000: Boreal Gardens, Clapham
From £245,000: flats at Boreal Gardens in Clapham Park, plus threeb-edroom town houses from £495,000. Call 020 3320 8224
Bicycle Mews is a shared-ownership scheme of 44 homes at Clapham Manor Street, right next to a new community leisure centre which will have a six-lane swimming pool, a gym, dance studios and a four-court sports hall.

One-bedroom apartments in a modern five-storey block cost from £250,000 (the minimum share is 25 per cent), available through Notting Hill Housing. A show flat will be open for viewing from March 26, 2011. Call 020 8357 4444, or email sales@nhhg.org.uk.

Hundreds more affordable new homes - a mix of private, shared-ownership and rented accommodation - are becoming available at 150-acre Clapham Park, a former London County Council estate built in the Twenties.

The estate had a bad reputation for social problems but in 2005 ownership was transferred to a community-led housing association. Regeneration is now sweeping away the old blocks.

The first tranche of 50 private homes has been released at Boreal Gardens. Apartments cost from £245,000, and three-bedroom townhouses from £495,000. Call Savills on 020 3320 8224.

Bicycle Mews, Clapham
From £250,000: one-bedroom flats at Bicycle Mews in Clapham Manor Street. Call 020 8357 4444
Avenues and streets surrounding the estate were originally laid out by Thomas Cubitt, the Belgravia developer, and the new homes border fashionable Abbeville Village.

A range of properties from studios to modern townhouses is for sale at the former Freemans catalogue printworks in Clapham Road.

This new 170-home complex is next to a Georgian conservation area and has a new public square. Prices start at £250,000 (townhouses from £725,000). For information, call Galliard Homes on 020 7620 1500, or visit claphamroad.com.

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