Vauxhall: Zone 1's cheapest area to buy a home is set for a boost

The launch of a new cultural quarter in Vauxhall aims to give soul to an area full of new developments and is attracting young buyers...

Vauxhall’s back streets, sprinkled with council tenements and housing charity schemes, including the Duchy of Cornwall estate — a charming enclave of terrace cottages built in the early 20th century — are likely to be big beneficiaries  of the new investment and cultural  connections coming to the wider district.

The railway line’s arches used to act as a bulky boundary wall, blocking the alluring riverfront at Albert Embankment. But those once-derelict arches are being reincarnated as retail spaces and restaurants, while green pedestrian routes through to the Thames are finally opening up.

By Zone 1 standards, property in the area is cheap, which attracts younger buyers as well as people with bigger budgets trading more expensive parts of London to be closer to the West End action. For many decades Embassy Works, next to Vauxhall Park, was a laundry factory that housed clients such as The Savoy and The Ritz. 


The complex of warehouses is  now being converted into 39 loft  apartments with exposed beams and brickwork. A giant penthouse has already been snapped up by a Soho entrepreneur.

From £495,000: there are 39 loft apartments at Embassy Works, next to Vauxhall Park. Call 020 7664 6649.

“For people who want to live in a glass tower, there are plenty of options at Nine Elms. We’re offering something different,” says Jason Tracey of Bmor. Prices from £495,000. Call Jackson-Stops & Staff on 020 7664 6649.

A lot of families choose to live in Vauxhall, as there are pockets of relatively affordable period housing. Bonnington Square, a secluded space near Kia Oval cricket ground, has a close-knit community, with an award-winning garden square and organic café run by a collective. The group rescued the square when it was under threat of demolition in the Eighties.

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