New modern townhouses at Shaftesbury Gate in Battersea

A new generation of townhouses for buyers wanting free-flowing, multi-use family space for living, dining and relaxing.

A new generation of townhouses — unmistakably modern, with light-filled interiors — is enticing London buyers fed up with the constraints of a Victorian terrace or semi.

Shaftesbury Gate in Battersea is one such scheme, aimed at those who crave a ground-floor, free-flowing, multi-use family space for living, dining and relaxing that dovetails neatly with the garden.

“A lot of younger families want a house that has the hallmarks of a factory loft — open, dramatic, exciting and flexible, with contemporary design finishes and creature comforts,” says Julia Reynolds, director of developer Crest Nicholson.

As with most modern townhouses, the architecture is less fussy, with sharper lines. They are bigger than average, too, up to 1,600sq ft, with tall windows and private parking space. Prices from £1.2 million. Call 020 3640 7555.

The development’s name is inspired by nearby Shaftesbury Estate, a charming Victorian conservation area of tree-lined streets with small cottage-style houses built for railway workers.

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