St Peter's Place, Hammersmith: 33 new flats and townhouses
Hammersmith is a convenient place to live if proximity to both Heathrow and the West End loom large in your life.
St Peter's Square is one of the area's most coveted addresses, with its grand, stucco-fronted Regency houses alongside an imposing domed church from the same era and listed public gardens.
Moments from the square, Crest Nicholson is building 33 one- and two-bedroom apartments and eight three- and five-bedroom townhouses in Georgian style. Called St Peter's Place, prices start at £670,000. Call 020 3667 5113.
City Mills, Haggerston: 350 new apartments
Haggerston, once the home patch of the infamous Kray twins, has a different profile these days. Rejuvenated by the East London line extension through Hackney, the area is attracting fashionistas priced out of Shoreditch.
City Mills is the district's largest new development with 350 apartments, many with splendid views of the City skyline. Prices from £350,000. Call 0844 406 9289.
The Old Vinyl Factory: 630 new homes
Once home to the headquarters of EMI and a factory that turned out millions of LPs, the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes is set on an 18-acre site.
Redevelopment is creating a "quarter", with 630 homes being built alongside restored Art Deco buildings to become shops, studios, bars and cafés, a cinema and museum.
Gatefold is the first of the residential blocks, with 132 apartments, including shared-ownership flats, launching in September. Nearby Hayes and Harlington station will be on the new Crossrail route when it opens in 2018. To register, contact Cathedral Group on 020 7939 0812.
Former Royal Masonic Hospital nurses' accomodation, Ravenscourt Park: 68 new homes
Ravenscourt Park is a leafy conservation area and is home to the former Royal Masonic Hospital nurses' accommodation, a listed Art Deco building being refurbished into 68 homes with a four-storey extension with rooftop pavilions. Prices at Ashlar Court start at £750,000 for two-bedroom apartments. Call Linden Homes on 01883 334443.
Streetscaping improvements in nearby Hammersmith include the doubling in size of Lyric Square, a project linked to a redevelopment of the Lyric Theatre. On King Street, a car park site is to become Sovereign Court — 418 new homes, plus offices, shops and restaurants. Contact St George on 0800 008 6977.
Rare new-build homes in Barnes: Royal Swiss Apartments
Barnes, just across the river from Hammersmith, is a family favourite. It not only boasts good schools and a commitment to its community, it also has handsome houses, many of them listed and in conservation areas, interesting shops, delightful pubs and even a village green with its very own duck pond.
It is six miles from Trafalgar Square and sits within an inverted U-bend of the Thames, with a 120-acre nature reserve belonging to the London Wetland Centre.
Royal Swiss Apartments is one of the the area's rare new builds — 14 spacious flats (up to 1,517 sq ft) with balconies and views across Barnes Common. Prices from £730,000. Call Hamptons International on 020 8618 2011.
A Westminster home with a luxury basement extension
A crackdown on basement excavations in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is perhaps one reason to move across the border to Westminster borough, where digging down is still permitted.
A "reconfigured" listed mews house at Belgrave Mews North, SW1, has been extended at the bottom and the top to provide 2,720 sq ft of space over five levels. The new subterranean level has a family kitchen and dining area plus media lounge, while at the top is a glass-encased roof terrace. Price £7.5 million. Visit landmass.co.uk or call 020 7235 8345.