‘Walk­ing is help­ing us save a de­posit to buy’

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

Shored­itch is Europe’s lead­ing dig­i­tal dis­trict. King’s Cross, Padding­ton and Lon­don Bridge are fast-grow­ing com­mer­cial zones. Hol­born has be­come “Le­gal-land”, and creative clus­ters have formed in Clerken­well, Camden, South­wark and Shep­herd’s Bush and are spread­ing to cheaper pock­ets of the cap­i­tal such as Hack­ney Wick, Dept­ford and Ken­sal Green.

It pays to be aware of big cor­po­rate moves, be­cause of the boost to prop­erty val­ues they bring.

Ca­nary Wharf, al­ready a global bank­ing hub, is be­com­ing an east Lon­don off­shoot of White­hall, start­ing with the re­lo­ca­tion there this year of 5,700 civil ser­vants, with more to fol­low. Yet you can still buy into this area for a rea­son­able price with the prospect of fu­ture gains. Flats at Land­mark Pin­na­cle, a smart new de­vel­op­ment mo­ments from the Dock­lands of­fice tow­ers, cost from £475,000. Call 020 3905 6826.

Oil com­pany Shell is cen­tral­is­ing all its UK op­er­a­tions to Water­loo, where a re­de­vel­op­ment of its Shell Cen­tre com­plex has yielded far more workspace plus 877 homes, cur­rently priced from £2,145,000. Call 020 7001 3600.

Ap­ple’s de­ci­sion to set up a Euro­pean HQ at Bat­tersea Power Sta­tion is a game changer for the new Nine Elms river­side dis­trict, where more than 30,000 peo­ple will live and work. This and other re­ju­ve­nated ar­eas such as Vic­to­ria and White City, where Im­pe­rial Col­lege is build­ing a Har­vard- style cam­pus, are not ster­ile of­fice dis­tricts but proper neigh­bour­hoods, with shops and leisure venues, bars and restau­rants. Con|Form tails of Ar­gent, build­ing homes in on­ce­unkempt cor­ners just to the north. King’s Cross Quar­ter in Pen­tonville Road has 118 flats from £978,000. Call Re­gal Homes on 020 7328 7171.

In lively Cale­do­nian Road, N7, a good­look­ing scheme of 150 flats, Lon­don Square Cale­do­nian Road, has prices start­ing at £699,999. Call the de­vel­oper on 0333 666 0109.


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