Canal­side liv­ing in newly vi­brant W2

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streets. A pair of Fifties ware­houses have been re­fur­bished and ex­tended, while a mod­ern block with big, steel-framed win­dows has been built along­side. Each el­e­ment is con­nected by a court­yard with raised and sunken podium gar­dens in­spired by the New York High Line lin­ear park. Loft-style flats with smart in­te­ri­ors to match cost from £675,000. Call Knight Frank on 020 3944 0205. MANY trav­ellers pass­ing through Padding­ton rail­way sta­tion are un­aware of the re­vi­talised canal basin mo­ments away. It may lack the charm of Lit­tle Venice, but this once closed-off in­dus­trial zone is now a con­vivial ur­ban quar­ter of homes, shops, of­fices, wa­ter­front bars and brasseries.

Along­side swish new apart­ment blocks and a re­laxed, al­most Cal­i­for­nia-style of­fice cam­pus with rooftop bas­ket­ball court, are “sculp­tural” bridges across the canal, a float­ing park and water maze plus a splen­did new art in­stal­la­tion called Flotilla — 180 origami boats which, when il­lu­mi­nated, create a se­quence of chang­ing colours.

This month Barge Fio­dra, a float­ing mind­ful­ness project, will be moored at Mer­chant Square, one of the wa­ter­front res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, of­fer­ing on-board events such as yoga classes, film screen­ings and poetry read­ings. Canal­side Walk is the lat­est launch of homes — 51 apart­ments priced from £1,212,500. The clean-cut geo­met­ric ar­chi­tec­ture shows off a ter­ra­cotta façade said to be in­spired by Padding­ton’s lin­ear train tracks, while the glass bal­conies “drift” across the build­ing like boats on the canal. There is also a rooftop ob­ser­va­tory. Call 020 7087 5111.

From £788,000:

flats at One Crown Place, left, where res­i­dents’ fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a gym, top (020 7205 2697). Above: Long & Water­son flats in Shored­itch, from £675,000 (020 3944 0205)

From £1,212,500: apart­ments at Canal­side Walk, the lat­est launch of Padding­ton Basin homes

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