Putney homes for discerning types

Families are choosing Putney over Parsons Green for its bigger, cheaper houses and good schools.
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Families put down roots in Putney because schools are good, gardens are large and houses are cheaper than in Parsons Green, across the Thames.

It is a quintessential London suburb, more genteel than neighbouring Wandsworth and Clapham, with quick train links to the centre, a convivial riverside, the landscaped gorgeousness of Richmond Park and its own bar and brasserie scene. New apartments are attracting singles and couples, mainly City professionals and discerning downsizers.

The high street sweeps down the hill to Putney Bridge, where a wedge- shaped neighbourhood lies between the river and Upper Richmond Road. On to this busy patch has arrived an apartment scheme of architectural note, interlocking buildings clad in warm bricks — 113 flats, including penthouses with huge terraces. Smart interiors feature winter gardens with access from both bedroom and lounge and underfloor heating. Plus communal gardens, underground parking and 24-hour concierge. Prices from £545,000. Call developer London Square on 0333 666 2838.

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