190 waterside apartments in Angel
Venice it ain't — but City Road Basin in Angel is the setting for Canaletto, a head-turning, 31-storey tower which rises above the water and is designed by celebrated Dutch architects, UNStudio. Homes are now on sale, ahead of the scheduled completion in 2015.
The building has 190 apartments and three storeys of amenity space including a spa and private cinema, plus a Manhattan-style "club lounge" and garden terrace, right, higher up the building. Prices from £650,000. Call 020 7608 1825.
Live above the tube in Aldgate
When Docklands was born in the Eighties, bankers moved from the City to Canary Wharf, leapfrogging Aldgate, but today it is emerging from the shadows as an extension of the Square Mile financial quarter, rather than a fringe address.
Big office developments and a raft of new homes are in the pipeline. Only a 10-minute walk from the Bank of England, Aldgate is popular with City staff who want to be near trendy Spitalfields and Shoreditch.
One Commercial Street is a glass-clad 21-storey tower with 207 flats being built above Aldgate East station. The lower floors are office and retail space. Residents enter via a smart entrance lobby with 24-hour concierge. Prices from £720,000. Call DTZ on 020 3302 3315.
New flats in Ealing will be boosted by five upcoming Crossrail stations
If you bought into Ealing — which will have five Crossrail stations — when the east-west London link was approved five years ago, you will be very happy with your property profit. Transport upgrades drive up the market, but homebuyers often wake up too late to the bonus of better Tube and train links.
Yet with Crossrail still five years from completion, investors are queuing to buy in previously unexciting areas such as Hayes and West Drayton, as well as central London hotspots.
Ealing is in the spotlight because of a town-centre building boom, both retail and residential. Crossrail will slash journey times into central London to 15 minutes and give a 20 per cent boost to house prices in this west London suburb, according to property consultant GVA.
Developers believe fashionable apartment living will attract urbanites who previously shunned this leafy suburb, and Dickens Yard is already making a difference. This scheme of 698 new flats is set around new public squares and pedestrianised lanes which are being brought to life with shops, markets, restaurants and street theatre.
Homes come with hotel-type extras — impressive entrance foyer, 24-hour concierge, underground parking and gym. From £694,950. Call developer St George on 020 8568 1100.