Away from the busy commercial centre and bypass, Kingston benefits from two of London's best assets - the Thames and the great green tract of Richmond Park. The Office for National Statistics predicts it will be in the top 10 UK towns for population growth over the next eight years, and buyers across the price spectrum are looking for homes.
River Walk, right, is part of a waterfront scheme of flats with big terraces that project out like a ship's prow. The development boasts an eco-friendly heating system that extracts 13 million litres of river water a day and re-uses it for hot water and underfloor heating, and there are splendid views from communal rooftop terraces. Prices from £375,000. Call Redrow on 020 3358 2516.