New homes in London: Valentine Place

One to three-bedroom homes nestled around a courtyard garden in SE1.
Two decades of regeneration along the South Bank has shifted the capital’s centre of gravity and catapulted the SE1 postcode into property’s premier league. The riverside strip is a waterfront “string of pearls”, adorned with world-famous landmarks and attractions such as Tate Modern as well as head-turning new homes that are, alas, too expensive for many buyers. 

So the development focus is switching to the less-glamorous hinterland, a triangular wedge of land between Waterloo, Elephant & Castle and Borough. Part of this neighbourhood’s charm is its unvarnished urban residential mix. Away from the swish river-facing flats are delightful Victorian terraces, charitable and church housing, factory lofts, live-work units for creatives, well-maintained public housing and niche private developments.
 
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Up and coming: Snowfields Yard, is a new boutique development yet to be unveiled

Valentine Place is a low-rise scheme of 42 apartments and mews houses tucked away moments from the Old Vic and Young Vic theatres. Set around a tranquil central courtyard garden, the restrained architecture blends brick and warehouse-style windows, and retains the original façade of the former bakery and dairy that occupied the site. Offices are part of the mix. Prices from £730,000. 

Developer Crest Nicholson is soon to unveil two other SE1 schemes — Snowsfields Yard and Brandon House. Call 020 3640 7577.

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