A green and friendly place made for families
SO WHAT gives Richmond residents that warm and fuzzy feeling? In its Happy at Home study, Rightmove based happiness on 12 key factors. Important among these were how safe people feel in their local area, the friendliness of their neighbours and the quality of local services.
With an abundance of green spaces — including Richmond Park with its famous herds of deer — plus great transport links, picturesque river views, thoughtful neighbours, good restaurants and fabulous pubs and shops, Richmond was always going to score highly across the board out of the capital’s 32 boroughs.
There has not been much new-build development in this attractive borough. However, Richmond has reworked many of its historic buildings, creating smart new apartments.
“Boutique schemes include Richmond Brewery, with prices starting from £1.5 million for a two-bedroom apartment,” says Daniel Hutchins, head of sales at Savills in Richmond. “It’s an early 20th-century red-brick building that was also once a toy factory and a Royal British Legion poppy factory and now comprises seven duplex apartments with views across the Thames.”
Full of the joys of autumn: not only does Richmond boast London’s largest Royal Park, Richmond Hill offers the borough one of the finest views in England