New homes in a former Victorian factory in Clapham
Moments from Clapham Common, on the western edge of Clapham Old Town, the Macaulay Walk development has been created from a former Victorian factory in a much-admired conservation area. And, in a perfect touch for busy Londoners, there are refrigerators in the basement for internet-ordered food and wine deliveries.
The former Ross Optical Works, makers of camera lenses, is now a courtyard scheme of 97 homes in a leafy avenue. It offers loft-style apartments in converted warehouses plus new-build blocks, penthouses, and a pair of new houses that mimic neighbouring Victorian villas, together with in-keeping office studios aimed at local small businesses such as architects and graphic designers.
Contemporary architecture dovetails nicely with the refurbished heritage buildings. Grainger, the developer, has resisted carving up the interiors into small spaces, instead retaining the original high ceilings and windows, brick and ironwork features. Prices from £295,000. Call Savills on 020 7795 4600.
Clapham Old Town is the original Georgian quarter between the high street and the common. Left behind during the Eighties wave of gentrification that turned the wider area into Nappy Valley, it is making up for lost time. Gastropubs, gourmet food stores, galleries and fashion boutiques have opened, while run-down heritage architecture is getting a facelift and swish new homes have sprouted up on derelict sites. Twentysomethings like the gyms, the cinema and the Tube links, while the child-friendly cafés, the pond and gift shops attract yummy mummies from the Northcote Road side of the common.
New flats overlooking Lord's Cricket Ground
After a seven-year planning battle, a residential tower block overlooking Lord's Cricket Ground has been given the go-ahead.
KSR Architects' contemporarydesign scheme of stone, glass and steel features double-height lateral apartments, some with vast terraces and views into the ground and across Regent's Park. Construction will start in 2014. Contact developer Marcus Cooper Group on 020 7586 5060.
The scheme of 84 private flats and 47 affordable homes in a separate low-rise block comes as Regent's Park homes are regaining parity with those in neighbourhoods ringing Hyde Park, according to James Simpson of estate agent Knight Frank. Values have doubled during the last three years and now reach £3,000 and £4,000 a square foot.
Riverside flats in Fulham
Fulham is a development hot spot, with builders snapping up riverbank commercial sites and back-street plots for smart new housing.
Imperial Wharf, the giant waterfront estate built on the site of an old gas works, started the ball rolling. Following on is Fulham Riverside between the green acres of polo-playing Hurlingham Park and sought-after Peterborough Estate. The 8.25-acre scheme replaces a supermarket depot and will have 463 homes either side of a central piazza and boulevard leading to the river. Prices from £525,000. Call Barratt on 0844 8114334.
Coming soon is Hurlingham Gate, with 13 four-bedroom houses and 68 apartments. Call St James Homes on 020 8246 4199.
New flats in Fulham on the site of an old stables
Developer London Square's Farm Lane scheme on the site of an old stables in Fulham is set to become a traffic-free retreat with 40 homes. Residents will be able to park in an underground private garage with direct access to their homes. Building is under way. Call 01895 627 300 for details.
Ten flats at 120 Broughton Road (pictured) between the river and fashionable Parsons Green, are priced from £500,000. Call Haus Properties on 020 7751 0400.
Boutique apartment schemes are a Clerkenwell staple and the latest is The Yard, a dozen homes on the site of a former timber merchant's on Warner Street, close to the Mount Pleasant postal depot, where a masterplan is being drawn up for a new urban quarter. Prices from £850,000. Call Stirling Ackroyd on 020 7749 3810.
Apartments overlooking the Royal Mews
A penthouse with a bird's-eye view of the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace may not please the Queen's security staff — but it will delight those who want the cachet of being the monarch's nearest neighbour.
Part of a new development of 14 apartments, the 1,750sq ft penthouse has three terraces and is priced at £3.25 million.
Call Jones Lang LaSalle on 020 7201 6699.