Limehouse, Bethnal Green, Haggerston, Mile End and Bow are all colourful, rough-and-tumble inner-city areas — but cool, too. Local charitable housing roots run deep and it is no surprise that housing associations and trusts are the main providers.
Lock Keepers, a scheme of 46 apartments alongside Limehouse Cut, the capital’s oldest canal, brings the extra attraction of waterside living. Built on the site of the former Sunflower Mill, there are three new warehouse-style blocks overlooking a lock basin.
Peabody, which recently set up a private sales division, is launching the flats next week, with prices from £395,000 and shared-ownership options available. Call 020 7021 4842.
Coming later to nearby Old Ford Road are rented flats in a new-build extension of a listed terrace in the Victoria Park conservation area. Call 020 7922 7211.
From £110,000: for 25 per cent of a one-bedroom apartment at Mondrian, a new development on the old Mildmay Hospital site in Shoreditch. Call 0808 118 3131
Grand Regent Tower is another canalside scheme, built on the site of a huge cash-and-carry warehouse and backing on to Queen Mary’s University. Prices start at £325,000 for one-bedroom apartments. Call estate agent Stirling Ackroyd on 020 7749 3810.
Circle, another housing association with a long history in the area, has unveiled Tredegar Place, which takes its name from the splendid Georgian conservation area in Bow. Studios and flats with up to three bedrooms are priced from £230,000 — below the stamp duty threshold, meaning significant savings. Call 0845 223 0000.
New Festival Quarter shares the E14 postcode with Canary Wharf and has one-bedroom flats priced from £299,950. Set across four buildings, the scheme has a private gym, 24-hour concierge and residents’ roof garden. Call Bellway on 0845 459 5020.
The same developer has launched Pembury Circus, 260 homes on the site of a once-notorious council estate in Hackney. Nearby Ridley Road street market is now a trendy local hangout. Prices from £244,950. Call 0845 257 6064.
St Clements, a listed Victorian workhouse in Mile End, is at the heart of a community trust housing project backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson. This will bring 252 homes, a mix of private, shared-ownership and rental properties. To register, call Linden Homes on 0844 488 3192.
Barts’ five-acre Whitechapel Estate next to Royal London Hospital has also been bought for development into a mixed residential and retail scheme with up to 550 homes.
Mondrian is a new development on the site of the former Mildmay Mission Hospital in Shoreditch. One-bedroom flats start at £110,000 for a quarter share (full price, £440,000). Call Genesis on 0808 118 3131.
Essential Living builds rental flats for young professionals who do not qualify for social housing yet cannot afford to get on the property ladder. Coming soon is a purpose-built scheme of 149 homes at Three Colts Lane, Bethnal Green. Call 020 7340 0300.