Lap up Putney's bar-and-bistro, riverside lifestyle

Traditionally a family area, Putney is now attracting far more singles and couples who value the riverside setting, the bars and bistros and the open acres of Richmond Park.

As with all London's inner suburbs, Putney is bursting at the edges, swollen with home buyers and renters priced out of the centre. Traditionally a family area, it is now attracting far more singles and couples, mainly City career professionals and discerning downsizers who value the riverside setting, the bars and bistros and the open acres of Richmond Park.

The high street sweeps down the hill to Putney Bridge, where a wedge-shaped neighbourhood lies between the river and Upper Richmond Road. On to this busy patch has arrived a cache of new flats, mainly office-to-residential redevelopments, a smart alternative to Putney's postwar, purpose-built mansion blocks.

Carlton Gate in Putney Hill is a low-rise, Art Deco-style block of 24 two-bedroom flats priced from £875,000. Penthouses cost from £1.42 million. Call estate agent Lauristons on 020 8879 9099.



Putney Plaza, across the road from East Putney Tube station, promises to be a new hub with four contemporary-design blocks of flats grouped around street-level shops and landscaped open spaces. Prices from £515,000. Call Hamptons International on 020 8788 5217.

London Square Putney is another scheme of architectural note, with interlocking buildings clad in warm, textured bricks — 113 flats, including penthouses with big terraces. The flats have underfloor heating and winter gardens with access from both bedroom and lounge, and there are communal gardens, underground parking and 24-hour concierge. Prices from £545,000. Call 0333 666 2838.


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