Walk­ing to work

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

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.


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.

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