Get in quick: the new London homes you need to know about this autumn

Crossrail has triggered a construction boom across the capital, bringing househunting Londoners more choice in up-and-coming areas.
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Regeneration creates plenty of opportunities for new homes — and London’s biggest infrastructure project, Crossrail, has triggered a construction boom. This autumn heralds the launch of many new developments, offering househunting Londoners more choice and a chance to put down roots in revamped and up-and-coming areas of the city.

“Placemaking” schemes are also increasingly popular, where builders and planners create community-based assets that benefit everyone living and working in the area, such as riverfront promenades or parks. Some developers are even building in appealing extras such as valet parking, private cinemas, gyms and meeting rooms.

Richmond Hill
A scheme that encompasses this artform is The Star and Garter in Richmond Hill. It is surrounded by enormous Richmond Park with 2,500 acres of primeval English landscape, plus a river promenade and the superb vista from the hill.


A total of 86 luxurious apartments have been created in a spectacular position amid terrace gardens and grounds overlooking the Thames and Petersham Meadows.

The prized building, formerly a convalescent home for soldiers returning from the First World War, dates back  to 1916, when it replaced a famous hotel used by royalty, artists and writers, including Charles Dickens, who celebrated the publication of David Copperfield there in 1851. A marble hall with a grand staircase welcomes residents and guests, while the restored King’s Room will be a spa. Prices from £1.2 million. Call London Square on 0333 666 0102.

South Bank
Over at South Bank, the eagerly awaited redevelopment of the Shell Centre is bringing 877 new homes to a five-acre site sandwiched between the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall. One York Square, the first phase, is the tallest of seven new buildings clustered around the retained Shell office tower, a new square and improved public spaces. 

In keeping with the original design, architects Squire and Partners have created a crisp, stone façade with intricate bronze detailing. Apartments have full-height glazed windows to maximise light and views, and most are double-aspect. The new 36-storey tower is crowned by a dramatic four-storey glazed “lantern”, which houses four penthouses. Prices from £540,000. Call 020 7278 5555.

Blackfriars and docklands
Meanwhile, a wide European-style street running from the Thames to Elephant & Castle has become a new homes hotspot after years in the doldrums. Blackfriars Road forms the main section of the new cycle superhighway to King’s Cross, and several new housing schemes are being built alongside the route.

Blackfriars Circus is a Barratt development of 336 homes looming over a listed obelisk built in 1771, which forms the focal point of a grand avenue that was devastated during the Blitz. A later generation of office buildings is making way for swish new apartments. This fast-changing part of buzzing SE1 looks a good investment bet, being cheaper than Borough and Bankside.

Part of the area’s charm is its urban residential mix — smart riverside flats, handsome Victorian terraces, charitable housing, well-cared-for council estates, warehouse lofts, and live-work homes for creatives. Prices from £490,000. Call 0844 811 4321.

The Madison, a svelte 53-storey tower designed by renowned architects Make, brings 423 apartments to West India Docks, alongside Canary Wharf. The slender form of the glass skyscraper enables 70 per cent of the overall site to be public space and  gardens. Prices from £460,000. Call JLL on 020 7205 4516.

15 Grove End Road in St John's Wood is in close proximity to Lord's Cricket Ground and Regent's Park

Highgate and St John's Wood
Meanwhile, over at One Highgate, it isn’t hard to guess the location of this development on the prime leafy slopes of north London — the clue is in the name.

Buyers can take their pick of 15 big two- and three-bedroom apartments in a handsome red-brick mansion  block with underground parking, concierge and swimming pool. Prices from £1.6 million. Call Glentree Estates on 020 8458 7311. St John’s Wood offers the nearest thing to village-like urban bliss in the capital. It has a single high street with cafés, boutiques and bistros surrounded by an unblighted residential district. 

Regent’s Park is a giant garden on the doorstep. The local conservation society keeps “vulgar” developers at bay, and Lord’s Cricket Ground adds a certain English eccentricity to the area.

At its heart is 15 Grove End Road, a small scheme of four tasteful apartments plus a duplex penthouse. 

Arrive by car and, at the press of a button, the ground opens up to transport the vehicle to a subterranean car park. Prices from £3,295,000. Call Harrods Estates on 020 7409 9001.

Once louche and bohemian, Fitzrovia is becoming posh as the property ripple spreads from Marylebone.

The Fitzbourne is an elegant refurbishment of a classic Victorian red-brick block that now incorporates two triplex penthouses with terraces and close views of the BT Tower. Prices start at £2,995,000 for these luxurious, generous-size apartments. Call CBRE on 020 7420 3050.

Hurlingham Walk is a scheme of 68 apartments located between the Thames, Hurlingham Club and Parsons Green in Fulham. 

Mid-rise, brick-façade blocks are set around landscaped courtyards and offer stylish and functional homes with full-height windows and doors opening on to large balconies. Porterage, 24-hour security and gated underground parking is available. Prices start at £695,000. Call 020 3582 0366.

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