New family homes in Roehampton and Kingston
The Quadrant is the final phase of homes in the listed grounds of Queen Mary's Place, Roehampton, and arguably the best yet. The 14-acre estate has been built on the site of a former hospital, with new streets, squares, crescents and courtyards.
Eight new three-storey, five-bedroom semis in a quiet corner have a ground floor "super-room" for family living, a sun terrace on the upper floor and a utility room with separate external access, a practical solution for children and pets with muddy feet. A rare Palladian mansion has been split into apartments, and there is a private shuttle bus to East Putney Tube station. Prices from £1,675,000. Call 020 8246 6748.
Kingston benefits from two of the capital's greatest assets - the river and Richmond Park - while the shape of the old medieval town can still be seen in the fine old market square and the warren of surrounding streets and passages. Kingston Riverside looms over the Thames and has apartments with big terraces jutting out like the prow of a ship. Floor-to-ceiling glass maximises the splendid views. Prices from £295,000. Call Redrow on 020 3441 7621.
New low-energy and shared-ownership homes in King's Cross
Now that once-seedy King's Cross has become a desirable neighbourhood, a formerly scruffy area just to the north of the station is swinging into fashion.
Lively Caledonian Road is the spine of this area and coming soon is a new "hub" —25 low-energy homes, work studios and shops. Compulsorily purchased as part of the Eurostar tunnelling project, the factory premises had been decaying for several years.
Now Igloo, a regeneration specialist, is building a new courtyard apartment complex plus two semi-detached houses. Visit 400caledonianroad.co.uk.
Market Green is another local development. Butting up against the 10-acre Caledonian Park, this scheme offers shared-ownership flats in smart, low-rise courtyard blocks. Prices start at £302,500, or £90,750 for the minimum 30 per cent share. Call 020 7089 1315.
Stepney Green: 462 new homes for sale and to rent
Family-size three-bedroom flats are for sale at Vivo, part of a "new" neighbourhood at Stepney Green, where a council estate has been bulldozed to make way for 462 private and rented homes.
Thoughtful new architecture is enhancing an inner-city district that is easier on the eye than many newcomers expect.
Upgraded Regent's Canal and Mile End Park, and a Lottery-funded "green lung", are among well-used local amenity spaces. Buyers are also waking up to Stepney's location — close to two Tube stations and equidistant between the City and Canary Wharf. Prices start at £105,000 for a 25 per cent share.
Developers First Base and East Thames Group are also selling a "Rooftop Collection" of penthouse-style apartments with generous 18 square metre terraces. Prices from £420,000. For more information, call Savills on 020 3069 2073.
Circus-themed homes for first-time buyers in Hackney
A marketing suite resembling a big-top circus tent has been created by developer Bellway to tempt homebuyers to a scheme of 260 homes in Hackney where a failing council estate once stood. Pembury Circus launches on September 14 and the fanfare will include entertainers such as fire-eaters, stilt-walkers and acrobats. Show homes have a circus design theme, too, and the government-backed Help to Buy scheme is available. Prices from £244,950. Call 0845 257 6064.
Family homes in Tooting: Langroyd Mews
Tooting is affordable territory for couples trading up to a house because of the patter of tiny feet. The area is on the Northern line Tube, has well-regarded schools, two commons, and the refurbished lido is a terrific local amenity.
Langroyd Mews is an Edwardian-style terrace of 13 bay-fronted houses with a garden plus parking in a gated courtyard five minutes' walk from Tooting Bec station. Each house has four bedrooms, one in the vaulted roof space, and a family kitchen/dining room with glazed roof. Prices from £849,995. For more information, call Bellway on 0845 548 3059.