Su­per-stylish homes in EC1 for City work­ers seek­ing to put down roots

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

LIV­ING in the Square Mile, next to gleam­ing of­fice tow­ers and Wren spires, used to boil down to a Bar­bican apart­ment or a crash pad con­ver­sion in an out­dated com­mer­cial build­ing. Now a fresh wave of de­vel­op­ment is bring­ing much more va­ri­ety and wow-fac­tor main homes for peo­ple who want to put down roots in the area.

The Denizen is a new scheme of 99 apart­ments in Golden Lane, which also boasts a prized listed coun­cil es­tate dat­ing back to the Fifties, a fore­run­ner of the Bar­bican. Prices start at £695,000. Call Tay­lor Wim­pey on 020 3866 0901.

Tight sup­ply means City of Lon­don homes nor­mally make sound in­vest­ments. Yet val­ues are still quite a bit lower than the best ad­dresses in West­min­ster bor­ough, Kens­ing­ton or Chelsea.

Lo­cal plan­ners con­tinue to push for new high-rise of­fice build­ings to halt the de­fec­tion to Ca­nary Wharf, but they are also en­cour­ag­ing more homes out­side the core bank­ing zone, to­wards Spi­tal­fields in the east and Chancery Lane in the west.

Pinks Mews is a scheme of 35 hand­some apart­ments be­hind re­tained Vic­to­rian façades lin­ing ei­ther side of a hid­den cob­bled mews in Hol­born. The gated cul-de-sac is a con­ser­va­tion area in its own right. Prices from £995,000. Call CBRE on 020 7240 2255.

From £695,000: left, flats at The Denizen, Golden Lane, EC1; be­low, Pinks Mews flats, in the heart of Hol­born, priced from £995,000

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