Walking to work
bakery and Nordic café selling the latest healthy snacks.
Monohaus mixes 47 flats with extensive commercial space including a POPfit dance and fitness studio, to provide a new “lifestyle hub” where the boundaries of home and work are blurred. The building’s stark black-and-white architecture suits the plot, while a central glazed atrium acts as a communal courtyard, with seating and shops alongside the residents’ entrance. Loft-style flats with full-height windows and polished concrete floors cost from £585,000. Call 020 7043 8888.
CENTRAL AND SMARTENING UP
Bermondsey, south of the river, is so central that it is in large-print pages of the A-Z. Away from the expensive Shad Thames warehouse enclave, the district’s gritty council estates have kept a lid on property prices, but scruffier pockets are smartening up, especially either side of a long railway viaduct with hundreds of refurbished arches running from London Bridge to Deptford, which cuts through the area.
Maltby Street Market is flourishing and expanding down the tracks, bringing a once- unpromising, off- pitch address in from the cold. Buyers are waking up and smelling the coffee.
Corio, a clean-cut scheme of 167 flats in Grange Walk fits nicely into this neighbourhood. On the site of a former tannery that made Royal Maundy purses and government despatch Boxes, the building’s warm brick façade evokes the area’s traditional warehouses, while flats have generous-sized recessed balconies overlooking communal gardens. Two-bedroom flats cost from £649,950. Call 01883 787 120.