Baker Street's Beatles-inspired Apple Apartments
Even property developers are cashing in on the enduring Beatles "brand". Apple Apartments, at 94 Baker Street, are named after the Fab Four's former Apple record label HQ that was on the site, and the legendary fashion boutique that occupied the ground floor of the Georgian premises.
In 1967, George Harrison controversially commissioned a psychedelic-style mural to adorn the building's façade but it had to be painted over following Westminster city council's refusal to grant planning permission for it.
The property launch includes a spectacular light projection depicting the original mural, while the show flat includes artwork by Keith Haynes, whose inspiration is Beatles album covers. A blue plaque commemorates the band's association with the building, which was demolished in 1974 and replaced by a Georgian lookalike, now itself listed.
The Apple shop was a financial disaster and it closed less than a year after opening. Above the estate agents that now trades from the street-level space, there are five cool new apartments priced from £1.25 million to £1.75 million. Call Kay & Co (020 7486 6338).
The house of the future — in High Weald, Surrey
Redevelopment of the former Marie Curie Research Institute near Oxted in Surrey's High Weald, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, includes a rare and boldly contemporary new house, priced at £4 million.
Millgate Homes is converting the listed institute, renamed Trevereux, into six apartments and is building three detached houses in the nine-acre grounds. The ultra-modern house has a double-height lobby and a two-storey glazed wall with views across the South Downs. Call 01189 343 344.
The Old Dairy, Norwood Green: eight new houses
The chance to buy a freehold plot at The Old Dairy in Norwood Green, Ealing, will excite anyone who fancies a project. Eight houses come with detailed consent covering the external appearance, but buyers can do what they want inside.
Plot prices from £375,000 to £495,000. Call agent Anthony James Manser on 020 8568 2020 or visit norwoodgreenplots.co.uk
Kidbrooke Village near Blackheath: 'new garden suburb' for 10,000 residents
A transformation has occurred down the hill from Blackheath. There is no longer a trace of the former Ferrier council estate. Its asbestos-ridden concrete towers and houses have been bulldozed to make way for Kidbrooke Village, Berkeley Homes's "new garden suburb", with shops, a school, health centre, leisure facilities, a hotel and a transport interchange at Kidbrooke station, offering a 15-minute commute to London Bridge.
The new homes are impressive: smart, space-efficient interiors that would not be out of place in trendy parts of Islington. Prices start at £212,500, low enough to pull in first-time buyers.
Intelligently designed houses have up to five bedrooms and a ground-floor kitchen/family room with full-width, bi-fold glass doors opening on to a walled patio garden with direct access to underground garages. Eventually, there will be 4,000 homes and more than 10,000 residents living at Kidbrooke Village. Call 020 8150 5151.
Live in a house that was made by John Lewis in Cambridge
A 45-minute commute to London combined with well-regarded schools and a lively cultural scene make cosmopolitan Cambridge a popular choice for young families looking to move out of the capital.
New homes are sprouting up on former green belt land to the south of the city, at new "settlements" such as Great Kneighton, where developer Countryside Properties has launched three-bedroom townhouses at a scheme called Abode.
A John Lewis-designed show home is open for viewing and buyers can "get the look" with up to £10,000 in free vouchers to spend at the department store. Call 01233 846650.