Chase a bar­gain along

Put on your run­ning shoes and head off to house hunt in new ar­eas with prized lo­ca­tions near Cross­rail links, says David Spit­tles

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

RE­SEARCH by emoov found the av­er­age home along Sun­day’s marathon route costs £695,225 — rang­ing from less than £329,000 in Wool­wich in the east to £1.66m around St James’s Park in the prime West End. forg­ing the two places to­gether. The Gramercy, in Creek Road, is a new scheme of flats and town­houses on the bound­ary near the Cutty Sark ship, whose metal and wood struc­ture is the de­sign in­spi­ra­tion for the show flat. Prices start at £630,000 for a two-bed­room flat. Call 020 3320 8220. Kent Wharf is an­other Creek­side scheme, be­side the Trin­ity La­ban mu­sic and dance con­ser­va­toire. From £369,995. Call Bell­way on 01689 886400.

Cer­tainly Dept­ford is ap­peal­ing to a wider au­di­ence. It has a cre­ative vibe rip­pling out from Gold­smiths Col­lege, a fast-im­prov­ing high street, cool cafés and mu­sic venues and en­vi­ably quick trans­port con­nec­tions — just six min- utes on the train to Lon­don Bridge and a short Dock­lands Light Rail­way hop to Dock­lands. Molten Court is the lat­est phase of Dept­ford Foundry, a former iron­works turned into 316 homes and 70 artists’ stu­dios. Prices from £395,000. Call 020 7526 9229.

ROTHER­HITHE 10 MILES

This is a handy half­way point on the Ju­bilee line be­tween Ca­nary Wharf and the West End. But the former docks dis­trict is start­ing to of­fer more than just one of the eas­i­est com­mutes to work.

A sec­ond-wave of re­gen­er­a­tion is cre­at­ing a new wa­ter­front zone next to Canada Wa­ter Tube sta­tion, where work is un­der way on the first of sev­eral thou­sand new homes by de­vel­op­ers Not­ting Hill Hous­ing and Bri­tish Land.

His­toric St Marychurch Street, a cob­bled con­ser­va­tion area from where the Pil­grim Fa­thers set sail to North Amer­ica in 1620, is ar­guably the dis­trict’s best ad­dress, with sev­eral wharves and ware­houses con­verted into loft apart­ments. A hid­den gem is South Dock Ma­rina, Lon­don’s largest, with 200 berths and a wa­ter­sports cen­tre.

For­merly frag­mented bits of Ber­mond­sey and Rother­hithe are join­ing up, too, with devel­op­ment spread­ing from smart Shad Thames along Ja­maica

From £630,000: two-bed­room flats at The Gramercy, a new scheme that also has town­houses, near Cutty Sark in SE10

From £560,000: flats at Que­bec Quar­ter, 151 apart­ments in Rother­hithe, some with shared own­er­ship (0844 406 9800)

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