In good times and bad times the Thames made London what it is. In this early part of the 21st century, it’s become a compelling feature for desirable homes.
On its northern bank Chelsea and Fulham are long established premium areas, and now on the facing south bank Battersea, Vauxhall and Nine Elms have seen large scale prestigious developments, many with direct river views.
Canary Wharf is at the heart of the reinvention of London’s Docklands. The centrepiece might be the offices of the international financial community in the Canary Wharf estate, but the residential developments around it have been at the cutting edge of luxury design and specification. There’s high demand from both private and corporate tenants looking to rent in Canary Wharf, as well as ever-growing interest from owner occupiers.
As so often in London, SE1 has gone from a historic but neglected area to become one of the capital’s most sought-after postcodes. That heritage has produced a richly diverse area, from the cultural landmarks of Bankside, through smart brick-walled warehouse conversions, to the gleaming glass of modern offices and apartments epitomised by the now world-famous Shard tower. Small wonder then that the whole area, nudging the river with views over the neighbouring City, has been catapulted to the top of many wish lists.
Mention the City of London and people think of high rise offices interspersed with interesting old churches. But the fringes of one of the world’s great financial centres offer a different story, with studios and creative spaces occupying older buildings alongside modern luxury high rise residential developments. These are great places to live, atmospheric and with great retail and recreation facilities on their doorsteps, as well as likely proximity to work.
As prices in the most central areas of London skyrocketed, the Surrey Quays and Canada Water districts have gone from a neglected backwater of South East London to one of the most dynamic regeneration zones in the capital. Critically new transport links from the Jubilee Line and rejuvenated London Overground have changed the equation. The area already had good shopping facilities, and an attractive diverse housing stock. New premium developments have widened the choice, and with plenty of potential still to be realised Surrey Quays is one of the most interesting property propositions in London.