London is experiencing a surge of regeneration at present, fuelled by the huge infrastructure project, Crossrail.
With the new rail network has arrived a wave of many new property developments, offering investors and homebuyers plenty of choice in the capital.
Not only are these schemes in up-and-coming areas, but they are often joined by community-based projects from planners, who create assets such as riverfront promenades or parks.
Take a look at the developments to look out for this autumn:
The Star and Garter in Richmond Hill is surrounded by the huge Richmond Park, with 2,500 acres of green, plus a river promenade and beautiful views from the hill.
A total of 86 luxury apartments have been built among terraced gardens and grounds, overlooking the River Thames and Petersham Meadows.
The building used to be a convalescent home for soldiers returning from the First World War, dating back to 1916. Formerly, it was a hotel used by royalty, artists and writers, including Charles Dickens.
The marble hall with a grand staircase welcomes residents and the restored King’s Room will be a spa. Apartments are priced from £1.2m.
The redevelopment of the Shell Centre at South Bank brings with it 877 new homes to a five-acre site between the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall.
The first phase, One York Square, is the tallest of seven new buildings surrounding the Shell office tower. The project also includes a new square and improved public spaces.
Architects Squire and Partners were given the task of keeping in with the original design, and have created a clean, stone façade with intricate bronze detailing.
Apartments have full-height glazed windows and most are double-aspect. The new 36-storey tower is topped by a four-storey “lantern”1, which includes four penthouses. Prices start at £540,000.
Blackfriars and Docklands
A wide European-style street running from the Thames to Elephant and Castle has become a property hotspot after years of being rundown. Blackfriars Road is the main section of the new cycle superhighway to King’s Cross, and several new housing projects are being formed alongside the route.
Blackfriars Circus is a Barratt Homes development of 336 homes. Old office blocks are making way for stylish new apartments. This rejuvenated part of SE1 is believed to be a great investment opportunity, cheaper than Borough and Bankside.
The area has an urban mix of residential property, including swish riverside flats, attractive Victorian terraces, charitable housing, looked after council estates, warehouse lofts and live-in offices for creatives. Homes start at £490,000.
The Madison is a 53-storey tower designed by famous architects Make. Inside are 423 apartments at West India Docks, alongside Canary Wharf. The slim skyscraper enables 70% of the site to be public space and gardens. Properties are priced from £460,000.
Highgate and St John’s Wood
Expect competition from other buyers at One Highgate, as the project has just 15 two and three-bedroom apartments in a redbrick mansion block with underground parking, a concierge and swimming pool. Prices start at £1.6m.
St John’s Wood is as village-like as the capital gets. It’s single high street with cafes, boutiques and bistros brings in residents from the surrounding district.
And Regent’s Park is on the doorstep. The local conservation society keeps developers off the area and Lord’s Cricket Ground is nearby.
Within the area is 15 Grove End Road, a small scheme of four elegant apartments, plus a duplex penthouse. If residents arrive by car, they are escorted at the touch of a button to the underground car park. Homes are priced from £3,295,000.
Previously a bohemian spot, Fitzrovia is becoming upmarket as property spreads out of Marylebone.
The Fitzbourne is a tasteful renovation of a classic Victorian redbrick block that now includes two triplex penthouses with terraces and views of the BT Tower. Prices start at £2,995,000 for the large apartments.
Hurlingham Walk has 68 apartments on offer, located between the Thames, Hurlingham Club and Parsons Green in Fulham. Mid-rise, brick-façade blocks are set around landscaped courtyards. The homes are stylish, yet functional, with full-height windows and doors that open out onto large balconies. Also available is a porter, 24-hour security and gated underground parking. Properties start at £695,000.