Unglamourous Woolwich has been up and coming for many years without really taking off. But the new Crossrail station being built at the Royal Arsenal Riverside estate is changing all that. When it opens in 2018, journeys to Canary Wharf will take eight minutes, while the commute to Bond Street will be 20 minutes and to Heathrow, 50 minutes.
Now launched are the first of 3,700 flats due over the next decade at the former munitions factory, an 88-acre enclave of prized Georgian and Victorian buildings. Apartments are being built above and alongside the Crossrail station. Nouvel 1, pictured, is the first of these waterfront schemes — 92 homes priced from £277,500. Call Berkeley Homes on 020 8331 7130. A Thames Clipper rivertaxi service is another transport option, plus Woolwich town centre has a DLR link and direct overground trains to London Bridge.
Kingston, where the station could be part of Crossrail 2, also has new waterfront flats, at River Walk, with communal roof terraces. Prices from £285,000. Call 020 3358 2516.
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