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The cres­cent of Kingston, Sut­ton, Croy­don and Brom­ley dom­i­nates the list of the top 10 qui­etest bor­oughs, partly be­cause they all back on to the North Downs. Sut­ton claims to be one of the clean­est and green­est lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, and, in 2002, hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion Pe­abody com­pleted its en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, low-car­bon de­vel­op­ment, BedZED, there. The first of its kind in the UK, it was built on a dis­used part of a sewage plant on the edge of Hack­bridge, and bor­ders a na­ture re­serve that is a sur­pris­ing pocket of wilder­ness within the cap­i­tal. This orig­i­nal de­vel­op­ment is part of an on­go­ing £150mil­lion project to de­liver a sus­tain­able sub­urb.

Sut­ton’s town cen­tre is chang­ing too: there is a tram ex­ten­sion in the off­ing, plus a £50mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tion of the south­ern part of the high street, in­clud­ing the re­fur­bish­ment of the old cinema. Sut­ton Point, a scheme with 332 flats on the high street, built by CNM Es­tates, has been un­veiled this month. It con­sists of three tow­ers with apart­ments, of­fice and re­tail space, a ho­tel and health and fit­ness club, all in a public square. The flats range from stu­dios to three-bed­room apart­ments and pent­houses, and prices start from £310,000.

“Con­ve­nience is the name of the game in Sut­ton, with ex­cel­lent schools, peace­ful fam­ily lo­ca­tions, good shop­ping op­tions and a 26-minute com­mute to Vic­to­ria,” says Wil­liam Camp­bell of Fox­tons. “Cheam Vil­lage and Car­shal­ton Beeches are the most pop­u­lar ar­eas with fam­i­lies look­ing for a qui­eter en­vi­ron­ment, with Non­such Park bor­der­ing Cheam Vil­lage.”

House-hun­ters in the area can find four-bed­room fam­ily homes for £475,000. For those with a bud­get of more than £1mil­lion and who want the vil­lage ex­pe­ri­ence, look at the leafy sur­round­ings of Cheam.

If you can find £3mil­lion more, then there’s an 8,000sqft man­sion on the mar­ket with Hamp­tons In­ter­na­tional, 1.4miles from Cheam sta­tion. The mock-Re­gency house has six bed­rooms, two walk-in wine stores, a cinema and an or­angery. The back gate leads to a golf course.

Another quiet bor­ough in south Lon­don is Kingston upon Thames. While its busy town cen­tre has a hec­tic one-way sys­tem and at­tracts shop­pers from across Lon­don and Sur­rey, the res­i­den­tial roads in north Kingston, next to Rich­mond Park, are se­date. “There are three train sta­tions in the bor­ough, which per­haps de­ters the use of cars,” sug­gests Matt Aboud, of es­tate agency Feather­stone Leigh.

“As well as be­ing a quiet spot, Kingston is very pop­u­lar among fam­i­lies due to the high den­sity of top-per­form­ing schools. With the Thames run­ning through the bor­ough there are lots of river­side ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able, such as a drink at one of the river­side pubs.” A starter home in the bor­ough will cost around £550,000. Hack­ney is a com­bi­na­tion of ur­ban Lon­don at its busiest and a haven of green spa­ces. Through it runs the Blooms­bury to Waltham For­est Qui­et­way – a back­street route for cy­clists. “While the main parks can be ex­tremely busy dur­ing the sum­mer months, you can still find your­self a quiet spot to read or have a pic­nic,” says Chris Man­der­son of Fox­tons. “The ever-in­creas­ing trend for cy­cling and sus­tain­abil­ity means that car use is kept to a min­i­mum.”

The streets sur­round­ing Well Street Com­mon are es­pe­cially serene and, as a re­sult, the large Vic­to­rian houses go for around £2mil­lion. Flats on the peace­ful streets run­ning ad­ja­cent to Chatsworth Road start from £350,000.

Pe­abody’s joint ven­ture with de­vel­oper Hill sees them build­ing a canal­side neigh­bour­hood that is set in the heart of Hack­ney Wick, east Lon­don. Fish Is­land Vil­lage will have around 580 new homes, with prices start­ing from £432,500.

A flat near Vic­to­ria Park, left, £950,000 with Fox­tons; be­low, Sut­ton Point tow­ers

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