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
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)