Find great value where the laven­der once flour­ished

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

THE ar­rival of the North­ern line in 1926 sparked a de­vel­op­ment boom but Mer­ton, Mor­den and Mitcham in south-west Lon­don are still punc­tu­ated by green­ery and com­mons, and the River Wan­dle runs through them.

In Mitcham, once renowned for its laven­der fields and wa­ter­cress beds, a for­mer fac­tory com­plex has made way for Mill­fields, above and be­low right, a scheme of apart­ments and town­houses with in­te­gral garages on the Wan­dle’s banks.

Mitcham is an odd blend of bustling town, light in­dus­try and coun­try vil­lage. Sit­ting in Zone 4, it has 25-minute trains to Water­loo and Vic­to­ria, and eye­catch­ingly good-value homes. Flats at Mill­fields cost from 310,000, with houses from £415,000. Call Redrow on 020 8712 0594 for more.

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