New mews houses in the heart of Georgian Bath
A derelict stable block in the heart of Georgian Bath has been turned into six mews houses set around a cobbled courtyard. The listed complex is hidden away and a short walk from the city’s Royal Crescent.
Charlie Smith of London Real Estate Advisers describes it as a “time-capsule brought to life”. Original buildings include a hayloft, a coachman’s cottage and ostlers’ accommodation, all crafted into modern-design spaces of up to 1,250 sq ft. Prices at Rivers Street Mews start at £575,000. Call on 020 3327 2750.
Family homes in Beaconsfield
Well-heeled Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire has a dual personality and a dual population — a genteel old town grew at the crossroads of the coaching routes to Windsor and Oxford, and a new town dates from the arrival of the railway in the Twenties.
Offering a 35-minute commute to Marylebone station, it is “the ideal place for people who want to be in the country without feeling remote”, says Shelley West, the sales director of Banner Homes, which is offering five-bedroom detached family houses at its Callingham Place scheme. Prices start at £1.425 million. Call on 01628 536200.
Top schools, including state girls’ grammar Beaconsfield High School, is another key attraction for families migrating from London.
A new neighbourhood for West Hampstead
Apartments are popping up on the more urban fringes of Hampstead’s moneyed heights. West Hampstead is an “area of hidden value waiting to be unlocked”, according to research by property consultancy Savills.
The local train station is one of London’s main transport hubs (Thameslink, Tube and London orbital, with a direct link to Stratford and Stansted Airport) and the area is buzzy and cosmopolitan.
An inspired piece of urban planning is transforming a former business estate on West End Lane, the area’s spine, into a new neighbourhood, with apartment blocks grouped around courtyard gardens and a new public square with cafés and restaurants.
Called West Hampstead Square, the scheme also has a gym, dance studio, spa and hotel-style reception with concierge. Show flats are open for viewing from mid-September and completion is due in 2015. Prices start at £405,000. Call developer Ballymore on 0800 4049595.
Stylish apartments on the grounds of The Racecourse Newbury
The UK’s first apartments within the grounds of a racecourse are now for sale. Properties at The Racecourse Newbury include “grandstand” apartments with uninterrupted views of the straight mile towards the finishing line.
Up to 1,500 homes are being built on three sites covering 50 acres of land. Coming later are traditional-looking family houses in tree-lined boulevards with panoramic views of the course. Prices in the first phase range from £185,000 to £750,000.
Upgraded hospitality facilities are part of the £300 million project. A bonus for London commuters is that the racecourse’s dedicated train station is getting an upgrade too, plus there will be a new footbridge linking the course to the station and town centre. Call David Wilson Homes on 0844 8114333.
New houses and loft-style flats in Kennington
Kennington is a place where iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and The Shard break the skyline, reminding locals that they live in the heart of London. Charming Duchy of Cornwall Estate, a network of terraced houses built just before the First World War, is one of the area’s most coveted addresses.
A former sea cadets’ hall dating from Edwardian times has been turned into a courtyard complex of houses and loft-style flats. Called Courtney Mews, it offers homes starting at £500,000, rising to £895,000. Call Daniel Cobb on 020 7735 9510.
Nearby Beaufoy Institute is an impressive century-old building, once a school and recently bought by a local charity. Under way on land at the rear is a residential scheme by developer Bellway. To register, visit bellway.co.uk.