There’s something very satisfying about having a range of travel options at your fingertips to get to work or out to play – and as the capital’s new 21st century transport hubs develop, well-connected homes are in high demand…
Words: Fiona Brandhorst
Abell and Cleland, one of Berkeley Homes’ flagship developments, is a few minutes from Victoria’s soon to be unveiled regenerated mainline station and three different interconnecting Tube lines. Millbank or Embankment Piers are a short walk away where the MBNA Thames Clipper river buses run to Bankside and Canary Wharf. For cyclists, several Santander bike stations are on hand, perfect for accessing the East-West Cycle Superhighway close by. The range of two and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes feature 24-hour Rendall & Rittner concierge service and in-room dining available from the Double Tree Hilton located next door. Prices start from £1.82m.
Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops & Staff, confirms the Victoria area is quickly becoming a big hit with investors, both domestic and overseas, and young professionals looking for the most well-connected and vibrant base in London.
The improvement in infrastructure will increase average property prices in these areas, so early investment is crucial
‘Buyers are increasingly spoilt for choice in central London as the new transport hubs develop. Crossrail will better connect 40 stations, with new stations being built at key commuter destinations including Liverpool Street, Bond Street and Canary Wharf. The improvement in infrastructure will cause an increase in average property prices in these areas, so early investment is crucial if buyers want to benefit from strong capital growth.’
Jackson-Stops & Staff is selling an interior-designed, contemporary fourth floor one-bedroom apartment within a Grade II mansion block in Belgrave Road. Priced at £1m, the property has access to a roof terrace with far-reaching views.
VI Castle Lane is a boutique development of just 31 apartments and townhouses by Sons & Co in the Birdcage Walk Conservation area, due for completion this summer and also close to Victoria’s transport hub and burgeoning store, restaurant and cinema culture. Prices are from £825,000 for a one-bedroom ground floor apartment through Strutt & Parker.
Alex Stocker, Founder Chief Executive Officer of Sons & Co, says Castle Lane is one of the most enviable London locations on the market. ‘It’s attracted strong demand from buyers as the area is poised to become the next prime central hotspot.’
Castle Lane, Victoria, has attracted strong demand from buyers as the area is poised to become the next prime central hotspot
The Barbican is already a short walk from the city, but its proximity to Farringdon, the only station with access to Thameslink trains, Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line and three major Tubes, means it’s fast becoming a major hub.
Blake Tower, the former YMCA hostel in the midst of the Barbican development, is now a collection of 74 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and studios being created by Redrow London. Residents will have the Barbican Centre on their doorstep as well as the botanical garden, water fountains, restaurants and great views from the 17 storey tower. Prices from £675,000 with Hamptons International.
The arrival in December 2018 of the Elizabeth Line at Whitechapel Station and Liverpool Street Station near Berkeley Homes’ Neroli House, the penultimate phase at the Goodman’s Fields development in Aldgate, will reduce journey times to Canary Wharf to six minutes, Bond Street to seven minutes and Heathrow Airport to 35 minutes. Aldgate East and Aldgate Underground Stations, also nearby, reach Liverpool Street in five minutes and St Pancras International in 14 minutes.
Neroli House offers 123 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses set within the 21-storey tower with panoramic views of the city. An opulent health club with a heated indoor swimming pool and spa, state-of-the-art gym, dedicated spin studio, private screening room, business lounge and 24-hour concierge are reserved for the exclusive use of residents.
The emergence of Aldgate as a premium urban quarter has been enhanced by the arrival of Crossrail at Whitechapel
Piers Clanford, Managing Director at Berkeley Homes, North East London, comments: ‘The emergence of Aldgate as a premium urban quarter has been enhanced by the arrival of Crossrail at Whitechapel, making Goodman’s Fields a secure investment for investors and owner occupiers alike.’ Prices start from £700,000 for a studio apartment, via Knight Frank and JLL. First completions are scheduled for early 2020.
The Elephant & Castle is one of the last remaining major regeneration areas in Zone 1 with excellent public transport so developments such as Oakmayne’s Two Fifty One in Southwark Bridge Road have proved popular. The 335 apartments over 41 storeys are designed to maximise space, light and views with over 70 per cent already sold off-plan. Prices for one bedroom apartments start from £675,000.
In west London, White City Living by St James is just two minutes’ walk from three Tube lines – the Central, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. The development of 1,465 homes is the highly-anticipated final chapter of the White City regeneration area, an emerging new community.