Lewisham has for too long been overlooked. With affordable new homes for first-time buyers and good-value Victorian houses for families, the Zone 2 area has 15-minute rail links to Canary Wharf and the City, and is close to charming Blackheath and Greenwich.
The proposed Bakerloo line extension through south-east London is on the horizon and, for the second time in 20 years, the town centre is getting a makeover, with hundreds of new homes and a transport interchange.
Two forgotten rivers, the Ravensbourne and Quaggy, will frame a new park called Confluence Place, pictured, while pedestrian-friendly public space is being created where a busy traffic swirl once dominated.
Planners are ensuring development is integrated. There’s even a plan to unite Lewisham with Catford town centre, half a mile away, by improving the streetscape in between.
Portrait, a 24-storey tower next to the station, has 120 homes. Two-bedroom flats, some with panoramic views of central London, are priced from £345,000. Call JLL on 020 7715 9723.