Super-stylish homes in EC1 for City workers seeking to put down roots
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to gleaming office towers and Wren spires, used to boil down to a Barbican apartment or a crash pad conversion in an outdated commercial building.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