The regeneration of London's waterways is creating opportunities for urban sailors. As well as the Thames, there are inland docks, lakes, canal basins and reservoirs where building projects are opening up access to the water for recreational use.
Woodberry Down in Stoke Newington is a redevelopment of a Fifties council estate overlooking two giant reservoirs and the New River. In Zone 2, it is an awesome, unexpected setting where up to 5,500 new homes, including glamorous high-rise flats with spectacular views, are being built alongside the open water.
A sailing club uses 42-acre West Reservoir, while East Reservoir is a vast nature reserve with a "trim trail" for joggers. In addition, there is a listed pumping station, a climbing centre and a café.
Apartment blocks are linked by a series of "linear parks", there is a new school and coming later is a retail hub, with an open street market. Prices from £250,000. Call Berkeley Homes on 020 8985 9918.
Hendon Waterside is being built alongside 30-acre Welsh Harp Reservoir, which has a boating club. Wembley and Seahorse Sailing Clubs are nearby, too. Barratt has launched Lakeview apartments, priced from £397,500. Call 0844 811 4334.