Sleek modern homes give Caledonian Road a boost

Four Hundred Caledonian Road has low-energy homes around a courtyard and XY apartments has 273 new flats on a former council estate.

Now that once-seedy King’s Cross has become a new and desirable “neighbourhood” with the transformation of derelict railway lands, an area just north of the station is also swinging into fashion.

Lively Caledonian Road, or “The Cally”, is the spine of this area. Here, an imaginative redevelopment of a factory workshop and stable block has created a courtyard scheme of 23 low-energy homes plus office studios, called Four Hundred Caledonian Road. The project is the first in London to receive a top rating in the government-backed “Building for Life” assessment that seeks to improve the quality of homes and amenities at new developments.

A retro-design show flat is open for viewing. Prices start at £400,000. Call Currell on 020 7226 6611. The patch butts up against Barnsbury conservation area, a pretty enclave of garden squares, cottages and ivy-clad pubs that is blessed by a traffic system that excludes outsiders.

Also check out XY Apartments, pictured, a collection of 273 sleek Scandi-style homes on the site of the former Maiden Lane council estate. Prices from £472,500. Call Savills on 020 3320 8220.

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