Hay's Galleria: 28 new warehouse flats in Southwark
Hay’s Galleria (right) on the Southwark waterfront was a popular hangout long before the arrival of City Hall and later the awesome Shard thrust the London Bridge area into the spotlight.
The historic cargo wharf, once the main point for tea deliveries to the Pool of London, was transformed in the late Eighties when the dock was filled in and a spectacular glass canopy added, creating an arcade-like public space alongside apartments, bars, boutiques, offices and restaurants.
Now, for the first time since its opening, 28 warehouse flats in the original 17th-century building have been released to the rental market starting at £450 a week. Call Madley Property Services on 020 7378 0644.
The Arc: new duplex penthouses in Bermondsey
A Bustling weekend market in warehouses and railway arches along Maltby Street, Bermondsey, has given a lift to a previously off-pitch location edging train tracks. Lasco, the architectural salvage firm, has a yard there and is collaborating with traders to present their wares.
The market is giving momentum to the creep of gentrification from nearby Borough — and developers are waking up to smell the coffee.
The Arc on Tanner Street includes duplex penthouses with large terraces and views of Tower Bridge and City skyscrapers. Prices from £735,000 to £1.35 million. Call Hamptons International on 020 7758 8413.
Park Apartments: from £250,000 overlooking Victoria Park, Hackney
Victoria Park in east London has acquired “village” status due to the cluster of independent shops, bars and eateries that have sprouted around Lauriston Road. Who would have guessed it — a Ginger Pig butcher and a Burberry outlet store in Hackney’s heartland?
The area does have some of the borough’s finest houses, however, and its best primary schools, which is why it has always been popular with families. For many, it remains a leafy secret, just far enough away from the hard urban face of Stratford but close enough to benefit from all the new amenities and infrastructure resulting from the Olympics.
Park Apartments at Cadogan Terrace is a new-build block directly overlooking the park. The less enticing rear of the building faces the roaring Blackwell Tunnel Approach Road but these homes have up to four bedrooms. Prices from £250,000. Call Thomson Currie on 020 7226 0000.
New flats on Chiswick High Road
Chiswick High Road, from Hammersmith to Kew Bridge, is a rare example of a major thoroughfare that successfully mixes familiar chain stores, independent boutiques, bookshops, bars and brasseries to create a genuine “urban village” feel.
The western stretch, closer to Heathrow, used to be the business end, but apartment schemes are rising on former office sites. The two-bedroom flats at 520 Chiswick High Road have floor-to-ceiling windows, open-plan kitchens and a good-size terrace or balcony. The rear of the building overlooks Gunnersbury nature reserve. Prices from £520,000. Call Chesterton Humberts on 020 8995 3443.
And at 29 Chiswick High Road a really handsome Victorian Dutch-style corner building has been redeveloped into two townhouses and seven apartments, designed by architect Conran & Partners. The houses retain the original red-brick exterior and have spacious, modern, light-filled interiors. Prices from £1.65 million. Call Q Developments on 020 7223 1200 for more information.
West Hampstead - a hidden area of good value
Apartment schemes are popping up on the more urban fringes of Hampstead’s moneyed heights. West Hampstead is an “area of hidden value waiting to be unlocked”, according to research by property consultancy Savills.
It’s railway station is one of London’s busiest transport hubs (Thameslink, Tube and Overground services) and the area is buzzy and mixed. Mill Apartments, with 39 new flats in Mill Lane, borders a nature reserve, a welcome if incongruous presence in this built-up area.
Just released are three penthouses, each with about 1,550sq ft of well-equipped space plus a generous-size wraparound terrace with sweeping views. There is a smart entrance foyer staffed by a 24-hour concierge, plus underground parking. Prices from £1.4 million. Call Hamptons International on 0845 676 2377.
Mill Hill Place: Golders Green
The first affordable suburb you get to when driving north from the West End is Golders Green. It is a leafy, settled place where families (Jewish ones in particular) put down roots, and has a large stock of Edwardian houses plus purpose-built apartment blocks for downsizers and young singles who like the quick Northern line links to Theatreland and the City.
Being a cheaper alternative to neighbouring Hampstead Garden Suburb, developers have spotted a gap in the market for good-value new homes with character, mod cons and a concierge. One such scheme is Mill Hill Place — 38 apartments in the heart of the conservation area. Prices from £900,000. Call 020 8954 8626.