Homes& Property Wednesday 5 November 2014 Snuggle up Faux fur: the hot interiors trend Page 17 NINE ELMS: 20,000 NEW HOMES P6 CROSSRAIL’S NEW STATIONS P8 JAZZING UP MAYFAIR P10 SPOTLIGHT ON NEW MALDEN P34 ‘It made me love living in the city again’ DAVID BUTLER Barbican: Page 26 London’s best property search website: homesandproperty.co.uk 4 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property Online homesandproperty.co.uk with This week: homesandproperty.co.uk Decisions, decisions: HSBC is offering a two-year discount mortgage of only 0.99 per cent, but there are more than 12,000 other deals on offer A MORTGAGE war is driving down home loan rates to a record low of less than one per cent as lenders compete for new business. The Bank of England has signalled base rates are unlikely to rise before the general election next May, meaning the era of ultra-low interest rates shows little sign of ending. There are more than 12,000 mortage products on the market — four times as many as five years ago. HSBC has raised the temperature by offering a two-year discount mortgage of 0.99 per cent, while Nationwide has cut its two-year fixed-rate mortgage to 1.84 per cent. Lenders are also dangling cheap long-term fixed rates for borrowers who want protection against sudden interest rate hikes. Property search Trophy buy of the week throw a very posh pool party £8.95 million: a new 12,000sq ft detached house on the exclusive 32-acre gated Coombe Park estate in Kingston upon Thames will appeal to trophy hunters — but it’s the indoor pool that will make your friends jealous. Visitors can also try the gym below the pool, or the media and games rooms, while you enjoy the master bedroom suite with its own sitting room and balcony. Staff quarters and garage space galore complete the deal. Through John D Wood. O Visit homesandproperty.co.uk/trophycoomb London buy of the week high-spec home in tempting shades of grey £1.29 million: a popular tree-lined road in Acton is the location for this four-bedroom house refurbished by Lofty Creations. A pale grey façade and smart tiled path give it the edge among its red-brick neighbours, while inside is high-spec and move-in ready. Each space is beautifully finished, from oak floors in the reception room to marble O Read Ruth Bloomfield’s full story at homesandproperty.co.uk Visit our new online luxury section HomesAndProperty.co.uk/luxury £1.35 million: do you dream of running tea rooms? This 17th-century beauty with wood panelling, exposed stone walls, beams, carved lintels and window shutters, is in the High Street in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, home of Blenheim Palace, so there would be plenty of passing trade. There’s a lovely patio garden, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a drawing room upstairs. Through Savills. 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We uncover the top property discounts on offer across the capital as sellers seek to seal a deal before the festive season gets under way. Visit homesand property.co.uk/pricedrop. Down £200,000 to £5,495,000: a handsome three-bedroom house (above left) near King’s Road, SW3 (homesandproperty.co.uk/kingsrd). Down by £75,000 to £375,000: a two double-bedroom flat (above) with a patio, near the river at Hammersmith, W6 (homesandproperty.co.uk/crisp). 5 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 News Homes & Property homesandproperty.co.uk with By Amira Hashish Got some gossip? Tweet @amiranews For halcyon days É THE Halcyon in Holland Park was, until just a few years ago, a boutique hotel frequented by stars including Mick Jagger, Liam Gallagher, Patsy Kensit, Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, John Cleese, Yoko Ono, Naomi Campbell and Geri Halliwell, below. The Italianate villa now houses 12 apartments including the swanky penthouse, above, with four en suite bedrooms, which is listed with Crayson for £9.25 million. One for luxe lovers, it has its own direct lift access and a full-time porter. The 3,700sq ft apartment includes a very generously sized living and dining room — the ideal space for a starry party. Music legend on the move GRAMMY award-winning musician John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen, right, are selling their Los Angeles home, above, for £1.23 million. The Sixties-built house in the Hollywood Hills has three bedrooms, one of which the singer uses as a studio. It is where he wrote and recorded several of the tracks on his latest album, Love in the Future. There’s a hot tub in the pretty, private garden but Legend wants more space. “We’re ready to expand a bit, and would love the twice-as-big version of this place,” he says. “We love the feel of this home.” The Asian-influenced property, which featured on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show Oprah Prime, is on the market with Sotheby’s International Realty. For more details, visit sothebyshomes.com. REX Homes gossip É THE price of the Sussex waterside retreat where movie megastar Vivien Leigh lived after her divorce from Sir Laurence Olivier has been slashed. Tickerage Mill in Sussex was originally put up for sale in April at £3.5 million but despite its glittering Hollywood heritage, there were no takers. It is now going back on the market for £2.15 million. The acclaimed British stage and screen actress, who died in 1967, will be forever remembered as Scarlett O’Hara to Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind, right, the 1939 romantic screen epic. When Leigh and Olivier wed, they became one of Britain’s most glamorous couples. She bought the 17th-century Grade II-listed hideaway for £20,000 in 1961, a year after their marriage ended. Winston Churchill, O See homesandproperty.co.uk/halcyon Convert to Angel’s quirky church and stained-glass windows, are juxtaposed with eccentric detail including a car and motorbike hanging off the living room wall. A console table, made from one half of the original pulpit, adorns a false wall that hides a storage space. For sale with Chewton Rose, this is a rare find. Price on application. O homesandproperty.co.uk/angel REX É A CONVERTED church, far right, which doubles up as a TV and film set is for sale in Uxbridge. The unusual property has provided a backdrop to programmes such as Lewis, currently airing on ITV on Fridays, starring Laurence Fox, right, and Kevin Whately. Owner Angel Guerra bought the building in 1999 and has spent years turning it into an eclectic, fourbedroom detached house. Original features, such as the pews PA Scarlett’s Sussex retreat falls to £2.15m. . . and frankly my dear, we DO give a damn an Princess Margaret and John Gielgud were regular guests at her fivebedroom home. The current owners moved in and modernised the property in 2005. O See homesandproperty.co.uk/viv 6 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property New homes homesandproperty.co.uk with 20,000 new homes Southside with style The trailblazers this week move into the first homes to be finished in the 500-acre Nine Elms district, reports David Spittles From £449,000: homes at Nine Elms Point, a Barratt scheme launching next week. Near Vauxhall Cross, it will be close to a new Tube station Sought after: apartments within Battersea Power Station itself fetch a premium. Newphase studios start at £495,000 From £495,000: starchitect Frank Gehry’s series of dramatic blocks by the power station, with studios, bigger apartments and townhouses W ITH characteristic bravura, Mayor Boris Johnson has called the renewal under way at Nine Elms in Battersea “the greatest transformational story in the world’s greatest city”. Certainly the pace of change at this former industrial wasteland bounded by the Thames has been faster than anyone dared imagine three years ago when the first diggers rolled into action at Riverlight, the first of the “new-era” apartment schemes to be launched — and now the first to be completed. Next week, buyers who reserved flats off-plan in 2011 take possession of their homes. It was a bold decision for them to invest in a raw, Tube-starved district. The US State Department had already made the extraordinary decision to move to Nine Elms from Mayfair, but Battersea Power Station was derelict, and Malaysian tycoons had not even come near. Yet the power station was key to regenerating the area. Those early buyers are in for a feast of change, both in domestic architecture and cultural collaborations. A new arts venue, StudioRCA, is set to become the main cultural hub for the rapidly maturing Nine Elms district. A partnership between the Royal College of Art and developer St James, it precedes the arrival of Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in nearby Vauxhall. Designed by One Hyde Park architects Rogers Stirk Harbour, Riverlight has six waterfront pavilions with 813 homes, reached via glass-walled lifts on the building’s exterior. Only a few flats remain for sale, priced from £800,000. Call 020 7870 9620. If you want to buy in Nine Elms today you have far more choice than the 2011 pioneers — but don’t get carried away by the dazzling off-plan brochures. Buyers should scrutinise the floor plans and walk the site. It’s not all about price — it’s about exactly what you get for your money, and with so much choice you can compare deals. Look at the design quality, materials and the spec. The relative size of flats may be important but consider the views, the service charges, likely longterm value and easily accessible community extras, such as bookable cinema suites, on-site gyms, parking, security and landscaped space. OPPORTUNITY AREA ONE NINE ELMS This development of 437 flats and a fivestar hotel includes 56-storey City Tower. It is the latest launch and one of 12 projects either under way or imminent. The future shape and character of this neighbourhood is much more defined, though critics say the masterplan lacks architectural cohesion, with individualistic buildings competing with each other rather than working together. By designating Nine Elms an “opportunity area”, the Mayor fast-tracked the planning system. Land swallowed up by factory sheds and gas holders has been reclassified to residential and commercial use, boosting its value and handing developers a Lottery win. O What to expect: 20,000 new homes are coming to a Zone 1 area bigger than Hyde Park and spanning a mile and a half of riverbank. There will be two new Tube stations and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames to Pimlico. THE YANKS ARE COMING THE US EMBASSY This is almost a surreal relocation to place the European HQ for the world’s greatest superpower. Yet other diplomatic missions have been swift to follow suit. The Dutch Embassy is coming to Nine Elms and the Chinese government has shortlisted the area. Blue chip corporations are likely to follow, which is boosting local investment appeal. Battersea property values have risen with astonishing speed and in some areas have more than doubled. However, it is feared an oversupply of homes could cause prices to stagnate. Kieran Chalker was one of the first to move across the river with his property company Garton Jones, based in Chelsea and Westminster. They opened a branch on Albert Embankment. “Already there was a flow of buyers crossing the Thames to live in new developments on the south bank, so it seemed a no-brainer,” he says. “Nowhere else in London is there a project of such scale and ambition. It is bringing a new world for residents. “Nine Elms is going to be a giant commercial district too, far bigger than Canary Wharf, with theatres, libraries, hotels, private members clubs and leisure facilities.” HOMES WITHIN A LANDMARK BATTERSEA POWER STATION The power station, positioned at the area’s commercial heart or “town centre”, is capturing the imagination of home buyers who have grown up with this sensational urban landmark. Its £8 billion transformation will provide 3,500,000sq ft of shops, offices and restaurants as well as 4,000 homes, the first of which will be ready in 2016. Two phases of apartments sold instantly and the third phase of homes, a series of dramatic, titanium-clad blocks by LAbased starchitect Frank Gehry, has just been unveiled, with prices starting at £495,000 for a studio and £3.2 million for a four-bedroom townhouse. Call 020 7501 0678. Flats in the iconic power station have sold for premium prices — £800,000 for a studio. “We could have opted for an entirely residential scheme and made three times as much money,” says Rob Tincknell, chief executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company. “But we chose to make it a place with a mix of uses because we believe it should be place-making — a diverse community with authenticity and character.” Nine Elms is not an overnight transformation. Those buying off-plan homes will have to wait, with 15 years to completion. It lies between Vauxhall and Chelsea Bridges, and between the Thames and Wandsworth Road. A railway line cuts through it, giving rise to development on the “wrong side of the tracks”. It takes the best part of 30 minutes to walk along Nine Elms Lane from Vauxhall Cross, currently a chaotic, traffic-clogged swirl, past the power station and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to the western end of the regeneration area, next to Battersea Park. Some people want to be in the power station and nowhere else, while others 7 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 New homes Homes & Property homesandproperty.co.uk with Latest launch: One Nine Elms, with 437 ﬂats, will include a 56-storey tower and is one of a dozen local projects either under way or imminent Prime position: green roofs and spectacular views at Embassy Gardens, which will contain the new US Embassy Ariel view: how the completed Nine Elms Zone is set to look From £800,000: only a few Riverlight apartments remain prefer a smaller site, or a home nearer the Tube. Nine Elms will be a collection of high-rise and low-rise neighbourhoods, and they won’t suit everyone. “Flipping” sales are already appearing, and developers are raising prices with each new phase. Since 2011, the average value of a home here has jumped from about £800 to £1,400 per square foot, or more than £2,000 a square foot for river-facing penthouses. A new linear park linking the river and various developments including the US Embassy will be the pedestrian spine of the new district. Many buyers are likely to be swayed by proximity to one of the two new Northern line stations, one of which will be within the power station complex. Nine Elms Point, a Barratt development of 737 homes launching next week, is being built alongside the other Tube station, a stone’s throw from Vauxhall Cross. Prices start at £449,000, reflecting the grittier location, though the surroundings are set to change here, too. Call CBRE on 020 7182 2477. O Next week: Anatomy of Nine Elms. Where to buy? The lowdown on all the developments. 8 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property Commuting T HE average price of a home in the Tottenham Court Road area 10 years ago was £ 3 1 1 ,0 0 0. To d ay i t i s £1,365,326. This staggering 439 per cent price increase, among the highest in London over the decade, is in no small way due to the new Crossrail station coming to the area. Six new stations being built in central London are all causing property ripples ahead of the line opening in 2018. Unlike more far-flung areas along the route, where the main benefit is reduced journey times to the centre, in central London it is all about the changes and improvements to neighbourhoods close to the stations — and the shorter travelling time to Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf. Crossrail is the first transport project in the UK that sets out to comprehensively dovetail with other developments above and alongside stations. Showpiece stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel will be at the heart of much bigger commercial zones. There is also enormous investment going into the public realm — pedestrianisation, bike docks, better streetscaping, the creation of squares, gardens and parks — within more than half a mile of the new stations, helping to knit them into old areas, to the benefit of both. Property analyst GVA estimates Crossrail will help trigger about 57,000 new homes and 40 million square feet of commercial space along the route. In central London, veteran property companies such as Grosvenor are among those using their “place-making” expertise to give neighbourhoods a facelift. BOND STREET The showpiece Bond Street Crossrail station is part of a 1.3-acre project bringing flats, offices and shops above new ticket halls in Hanover Square and Davies Street. Grosvenor’s North Mayfair focus has already turned the Victorian electricity substation at Brown Hart Gardens into a stunning 50-seat pavilion-style café, with monthly food markets on site. A new glazed lift makes the gardens visible and accessible. Opposite the substation, the new Art Deco-style Beaumont Hotel has been developed by Grosvenor in partnership with top London restaurateurs Corbin homesandproperty.co.uk with PART 4: PADDINGTON TO LIVERPOOL STREET Crossrail New central London showpiece stations will create hotspots for home buyers seeking a good property investment, says David Spittles Court Road, becoming more coveted places to live. Rathbone Square is a new address on the site of a former Royal Mail depot moments from the Crossrail st ation. Designed by renowned architect Ken Shuttleworth, it creates a new garden square for Fitzrovia, with 142 high-quality homes plus offices. Cheaper flats have already sold. Two-bedroom apartments start at £2,975,000. Call 020 7580 1100. Other projects include 81 Dean Street — 18 apartments, two with lavish rooftop terraces, plus concierge services provided by Soho Hotel. Call CBRE on 020 7420 3050. Soho is in danger of becoming posh but is unlikely to lose its distinctive character as a 24-hour district that never closes. Yet there are quiet corners, too, and Soho is a genuine “village”, with a network of small shopkeepers, traders and entrepreneurs. Flats dominate. About £500,000 is the entry price, perhaps less for ex-local authority homes, always in demand. There are only a few freehold houses — check out the early 18th-century gems on Meard Street. A period townhouse in Dean Street is up for sale, price £5 million. Call estate agent GLP on 020 7734 4062. Gardens are scarce, meaning roof terraces add greatly to value. FARRINGDON Integrated: Bond Street Crossrail station, at the heart of a wider commercial zone & King. In adjacent Duke Street, a listed terrace has been refurbished to create 16 rental flats, fashion boutiques and eateries. Call 020 7312 6449. TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD The £1 billion station upgrade is the biggest transport investment in the West End for decades. The number of passengers using the station on a daily basis will jump from 150,000 to 200,000, while the immediate vicinity will be transformed by a public plaza linking the station to Centre Point, the iconic Sixties office tower that is being converted into 82 luxury flats. Another scheme above a new ticket hall in Dean Street will have 92 flats. This eastern end of Oxford Street has been the poor relation, with discount fashion and electronics stores setting the tone, but the patch is smartening up fast, with Soho, Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury, the three neighbourhoods ringing Tottenham Crossrail cements Farringdon’s rise to fashionability. Located between the West End and City, it is currently one of London’s quieter mainline stations. But by 2018 it will be Britain’s busiest, with a sevenfold increase in commuters and 140 trains per hour passing through. Farringdon will be the single London terminus with integrated north-south (of the river) and east-west routes; the only one allowing passengers to board Crossrail, Thameslink and Tube trains. It will provide direct links to Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and London City airports as well as Eurostar serv- HOW CROSSRAIL WILL CUT JOURNEY TIMES (IN MINUTES) TO CANARY WHARF Paddington 23 to 17 Tottenham CourtRoad 20 to 12 Bond Street 16 to 13 Reading Heathrow Shenfield Inner London Abbey Wood Liverpool Street 19 to 6 Farringdon 24 to 8 Source: Hamptons International !$ !! ! !! &$&&! !& #"& ##$!#$' %* )# $+## # + # # *# # " " &+#*" # #$!' ##" #"($! 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The coming transport bonus has triggered corporate relocations, Merrill Lynch among them, and spurred redevelopment of ancient Bart’s Hospital into Barts Square, a new quarter that keeps the medieval street plan intact, with 235 homes priced from £770,000. Call 020 7726 8995. ‘This is the first transport project in the UK to set out to dovetail with other developments above and alongside stations’ LIVERPOOL STREET The station is on the eastern edge of the City, a solidly commercial district where homes are thin on the ground. However, sleek new skyscrapers are rising among the office towers. Principal Tower is the first residential skyscraper to be totally designed, inside and out, by Foster + Partners. It has 243 flats and a big emphasis on high-quality communal space, including a spectacular entrance lobby. There are 24-hour concierge services, private cinema, a club and lounge for business meetings or entertaining, a lap pool, fitness centre and underground parking. Prices from £778,000. Call 020 3130 5101. Liverpool Street: Crossrail station is sparking residential development Paddington’s new Crossrail station will allow bankers and lawyers to live in west London while enjoying a painless 17-minute commute to Canary Wharf. Once undesirable, the Paddington area has turned the corner in terms of residential status. Bustling Praed Street, the main commercial drag, is improving, while seedy B&Bs and backpacker hotels are becoming boutique flats. Many travellers who pass through the station are unaware of revitalised Paddington canal basin, once a closed-off industrial zone but now a convivial “urban quarter” of homes, shops, offices and waterfront bars and brasseries. Some say it lacks the vitality of neighbouring Bayswater or the charm of Little Venice, but it has plenty of devotees. The area is on the periphery of core central London, the boundary of the congestion charge zone, but within comfortable walking distance of Marylebone, Marble Arch and Hyde Park. Paddington Exchange, butting up against busy Harrow Road, is part of the 80-acre canalside district and offers 123 flats in elegant, high-rise blocks with communal roof terraces. Prices from £965,000. Call 020 3376 6409. Resales start at £400,000. Locally, two-bedroom flats are in the £800,000 to £2 million range, and houses typically cost between £2.5 million and £6 million. “There’s been a price correction following an overzealous spring market,” says Tom Folland of estate agents Hamptons International. View homes for sale at every station along the Crossrail route. Visit homesandproperty.co.uk/hothomescrossrail !!!!! !! &&&!!&!&!&!&&$! - &!-&"&(*- &) !$&!+& ) -+-&##! "&$ ! '!& !"$+- !$+# !)!#&( &$&-)&$ &+-" -&#" +&!$&!!' #!&-&&#& - #&&$"!( %&!&' #!" &#! & +&-& -&&$ '-& -&-!$&& "&!-+ )-&!--& &! 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The point of Grosvenor’s plan, however, is not necessarily to shoehorn homes in, but to restore the neighbourhood’s DANIEL LYNCH homesandproperty.co.uk/luxury C OUTURE milliner Laura Apsit Livens, 25, is astonished. “I never thought I would be so busy,” she says of her Mayfair shop, a surreal, tiny half-staircase in Duke Street, North Mayfair. It’s a riot of colour, original shapes, bowlers, feather creations, panamas and helmets. Her clients include singers Paloma Faith, Rita Ora and Jessie J, along with the Duchess of Westminster. London College of Fashion graduate Livens is one of the new-look retailers jazzing up North Mayfair, as major local landlord, Grosvenor, shakes up what was once a dull, anonymous part of its estate with a £785 million regeneration programme. The move has been prompted by Crossrail, which is building a new Bond Street station nearby. Founded in 1677, Grosvenor controls about 30 per cent of the wider Mayfair area. When the new station opens in 2018, trimming 13 minutes off the journey to Canary Wharf, the estate hopes to have established a strong identity for North Mayfair. Up to 220,000 passengers a day are expected to use the station, and there will be 24 trains an hour at peak times in each direction. A total 300,000sq ft of retail, commercial and residential space has been approved above the eastern ticket hall in Hanover Street, while Craig McWilliam, executive director of Grosvenor’s London estate, says it is creating more rental flats because “we want people to live and work in the area”. There are 28 flats at 65 Duke Street and 62 Green Street homesandproperty.co.uk with Dazzling: The Beaumont Hotel, opened recently by renowned restaurateurs Corbin & King, with its Antony Gormley “habitable sculpture” vitality. It likes to say that out of 700 shops across the estate, only 17 per cent are chain stores. Now Duke Street, on the other side of Oxford Street from Selfridges, wants to be part of the campaign to steal the crown from Knightsbridge and turn North Mayfair into the highest-performing enclave of prime central London. The transformation has begun. Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the duo behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay and Brasserie Zédel, recently opened the wowfactor Art Deco-style Beaumont Hotel, with 75 rooms created from a converted garage. The eye-catching Antony Gormley habitable sculpture sitting atop the entrance houses the £2,500-a-night master suite. New-style independent brands are very much encouraged. The Duke Street Emporium, a two-storey concept store by Jigsaw and The Shop at Bluebird, offers international womenswear, menswear, beauty and lifestyle brands, plus an in-store Fernandez & Wells café. Down the street is bespoke menswear brand, Rake, soon to be joined by a new Private White VC menswear shop — the original is on arty Lamb’s Conduit Street. And Goodman Restaurants, which launched the successful Burger & Lobster chain, has opened Lobster Roll, a two-storey deli-cafe concept. Opposite Duke Street is Brown Hart Gardens, where you can bring sandwiches or buy your lunch at The Garden Café. The gardens were originally opened above the old Duke Street electricity substation in 1906, with a 10,000sq ft roof, a domed gazebo and steps at either end. Grosvenor transformed the site into a public rooftop garden, adding an Andrew Ewing water feature last year. There’s also a monthly food market. The first stage of Grosvenor’s investment focused around Mount Street, restoring the heritage and élan of old Mayfair with a contemporary twist. The project saw £4 million spent on roads, pavements and public spaces, as well as a wider range of shops, while keeping treasures including The Mount Street Deli and Allens of Mayfair, the butchers’ shop established for 120 years. Grosvenor Hill is turning into an arts quarter, with the new Gagosian Gallery opening at number 20, while bronze sculptures in the street, by Neal French, depict the late Terence Donovan, whose studio was nearby, photographing Sixties fashion model Twiggy. However, Grosvenor isn’t a lone moderniser. Howard de Walden Est ates sexed up Marylebone’s Chiltern Street, The Crown Estate worked wonders in Regent Street, and the Portman Estate is behind the £12 million regeneration of Portman Village on the other side of Oxford Street. Could all this galvanise Kensington’s council into action? It’s no small irony that the borough with Europe’s wealthiest residents has a dreary High Street full of empty stores and mobile phone shops. Three Lauras: milliner Laura Apsit Livens, centre, with models Laura McLoughlin, left, and Laura Jones 12 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property Affordable homes homesandproperty.co.uk with NEXT STOP: CANNING TOWN Setting out the stall for shared ownership Flats start at £106,000 at Rathbone Market in a once-grim East End patch only two miles from Canary Wharf, says Ruth Bloomfield O NE of the country’s largest courier companies reportedly refused to deliver to Canning Town not so very long ago — blaming specifically its grim postwar housing estates and their obligatory loitering gangs and mumbling junkies. However, Canning Town’s climb out of its deprivation ditch has been speedy, mainly due to its hot location less than two miles from Canary Wharf, with enough empty land to build new homes on an impressivescale. Its transformation into a shiny new regeneration zone has seen developers lining up to fling £3.7 billion at a series of housing projects that will create 10,000 new homes and rebrand this area as a new suburb of trendy east London. The latest convert to the delights of Canning Town is Mayor Boris Johnson. In September he committed to building 1,000 rental homes there for young Londoners. The average price of a property in Canning Town is £342,435, well below the £500,000 London average but still Start with part: 40 per cent shares are available in ﬂats at Rathbone Market, above and cafés and at its heart is an open square which will provide a new home for the area’s eponymous market. It will also have a community centre and a library on the site, which is on the busy Barking Road but is also close to several small parks including East Ham Nature Reserve and the tennis courts at Hermit Road Recreation Ground. THAT’S THAT FOR TAT Whole new neighbourhood: shops, cafés and a library are planned around an open square, a new home for the market stalls more than seven times the city’s average annual household income of just over £45,000. A third-way option between renting and buying is shared ownership, and Notting Hill Home Ownership has 42 such properties available at its Rathbone Market development. Prices start at £106,000, which will buy a 40 per cent share of a one-bedroom flat with a full market value of £265,000. Two-bedroom flats start at £136,000 for a 40 per cent share. “We are alreadywitnessing great changes in this part of town,” says Katie Bond, director of Notting Hill Home Ownership. “Being so close to Canary Wharf, Rathbone Market offers great starter homes for young professionals looking to start a new career in the business market but priced out of the financial district.” The Rathbone Market project is big, and, when complete, will include about 650 homes. The area has good transport links but has suffered from a dearth of facilities. However, Rathbone Market will have 35,000sq ft of shops Canning Town is a long-term work in progress but its Zone 2 station, on the Jubilee line for the Tube, and on the Docklands Light Railway, provides fast links to Canary Wharf and Stratford. Some diehard locals fear that with the changes, their original East End Rathbone Market will become a mini Spitalfields/Borough Market. Early indications are that stalls selling “cultural cuisine, retro goods, vintage clothing and ladies’ fashion” are in, while knockoff designer handbags and second-hand tat are out. O Visit nottinghillhousing.org.uk/ rathbone # ! #" 13 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 Events Homes & Property homesandproperty.co.uk with 1 2 5 Five things to do in November By Barbara Chandler 1 GO MIDCENTURY MODERN 3 AT HOME WITH CECIL BEATON November 23 at Dulwich College, SE21 (modernshows.com) Cecil Beaton at Home: Town & Country, November 18 to December 5 at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, Brook Street, W1 (sibylcolefax.com) DOMESTIC design fiends love this regular shopping spree which combines authentic “midcentury” furniture, ceramics, lights and more from 65 dealers with modern stuff from 25 contemporary designers. Star buys this time include a desk and chair by Pierre Jeanneret, rare Arne Jacobsen Grand Prix chairs, and a metal table and chair by Ringo Starr. Also browse Danish treasures such as the monkey, above, by Kay Bojesen, US collectables, Dutch design, Finnish ceramics, restored clocks, limitededition posters, and vintage fabrics. Go “industrial” with lockers, metal desks, lights and cabinets from ships, shops and hospitals. Entry for trade/ serious collectors at 9am costs £15 and from 10am it’s £9. Buy tickets online for £8. 2 BUY AN ANTIQUE Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, from today until Sunday at National Hall, Hammersmith Road, Olympia, W14 (0114 223 9811; olympia-antiques.com) THIS is a cracker, glamorous and on trend, with 120 exhibitors, 22,000 visitors, and an estimated 30,000 objects for sale. Gawp at Agatha Christie’s silver and Humphrey Bogart’s drinking glasses, along with works by Cartier. At exhibiting art galleries, works by Andy Warhol (above) and Banksy jostle with Picassos. Buy fine furniture, or bag an unusual Christmas present from around £75. All items are vetted by industry experts. Join a free daily tour, and/or talks. Interiors expert Alidad will share design secrets, and gilders and woodcarvers are showing off their craft skills. Take a break in Mosimann’s Winter Brasserie. Tickets are £15 — show this paper and get two for the price of one on the door. SEE cameos from the three homes of the celebrated photographer, theatre and costume designer, recreated by Andrew Ginger, curator of an acclaimed show on Beaton at Salisbury Museum. Star turn is a new version of Beaton’s Circus bed, pictured, which was designed by Rex Whistler in 1931, handmade by specialist bed makers Beaudesert (beaudesert.co.uk). Admission free. Lecture evenings, on November 19 & 26 and December 2 & 4, are £25. 4 SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS FAIR Until Sunday at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 (0871 230 1089; spiritof christmasfair.co.uk) AT THIS annual fair, 700 specialists are selling fashion, beauty, homewares, food and drink, plus goodies for children — and even for pets. Experts from Jo Malone, The Biscuiteers, The Dorchester, and more will host free workshops. Enjoy a seasonal menu at Mosimann’s popup restaurant overlooking the fair. Adults from £18.50; 13 to 16-yearolds, £11; under-12s free. 5 SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE November 11 to January 11, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2 (020 7836 8686; somersethouse.org.uk) ALONGSIDE the famous ice rink, Fortnum & Mason will fill 15 rooms in Somerset House with its Christmas goodies, from hampers — the one pictured is £50 — to chocs, tea caddies and other speciality foods in gorgeous packaging, to decorations, candles, games, fashion accessories, and stocking fillers. “Meet the makers” evenings, with carols from celebrated choirs, are on Tuesdays. Skating sessions start at £7.50. 3 4 16 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property Homes abroad T HE small central Swiss town of Andermatt, 90 minutes from Zurich, aims to join the elite Alpine ski resorts club this winter and has St Moritz, Verbier and Zermatt in its sights. Andermatt Swiss Alps, the single largest residential building project ever undertaken in the Alps, is also Switzerland’s most ambitious new ski project. Unusually, the Swiss government will let anyone buy a home there, bypassing the usual strict permit system. Andermatt has form as a holiday favourite. German poet Goethe described it in 1779 as “the most interesting and beautiful place” and Queen Victoria visited several times. However, its role as a military base for the Swiss army from the Fifties meant tourism took a back seat. Hard-core skiers still liked its devilishly difficult, cold slopes but the town relied — successfully — on the 80,000 troops stationed there. Andermatt, new Swiss big cheese A tiny Alpine backwater is about to join skiing’s super league, says Cathy Hawker &#&& #& $-&&%& 1,&(&0,&0,(&.& )(&+"&101&(431/& +1(*,&.&(4&(+& *3,44&(1&.&413& &(3&(+&0,&$,&+&101&'&51 ,2 '&),+&((5, &),+&((5, &),+"&&)(0&((5, By 2000, with the military base sharply reduced, affluent Andermatt needed a new focus. It has come in the shape of £1.3 billion investment in Andermatt Swiss Alps. The ambitious plan includes building seven hotels, an 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Player, and 500 apartments in 42 buildings with easy access to the central lift station. There will be large indoor sports and swimming centres, a revamped train station and 17 new lifts, with a new family-friendly ski area on the sunnier, south-facing slopes. If all goes to plan, Andermatt in 15 years will look very different to today’s sleepy town. It took four years before the plans were passed but now the golf course is complete and early flat owners have moved in. The first hotel, the magnificent five-star Chedi Andermatt, opened last December, immediately winning a place on Condé Nast Traveller’s best new hotels list. (+5(3&,/,,(1& *0,5, PROPERTY FOR SALE 1,*&(3&1,&&5,&05, Apartments are all freehold, and are either linked to the Chedi Andermatt or in separate buildings nearby. Abercrombie & Kent International Estates is selling 495 newly built one- to fivebedroom flats in 42 contemporary, chalet-style buildings priced from £323,270. The first apartments are 1/0& (41&*,5(&,*1*(1 1(,&)(4*&&,(*,&&,,&((5, 15(,+&*54,1&,*,5),&' ALAMY A NEW PLAN Little treasure with a big future: sleepy Andermatt town in central Switzerland complete and occupied, some with wooden walls and cosy fireplaces, and all with contemporary bathrooms and kitchens. The “modern Alpine” architecture is attractive, with pale wooden cladding. The Chedi Residences, with full access to the hotel’s completed facilities — such as the slick spa complex with a swimming pool and gym — include one- and two-bedroom apartments from £1.15 million through Savills Alpine Homes. The apartments From £2.69 million: Chedi Andermatt penthouses, with wide terraces, fabulous views and full use of ﬁve-star Chedi hotel facilities including spa CONTACTS AND FACT FILE ,(4&0/(0&0&!0,&,4) ,& 14+1/2&,(4&0/(0&0&0,& 0&((5,2 start from 1,022sq ft and are fully furnished with all the style of the hotel. Chedi Andermatt penthouses with up to 6,630sq ft of living space and wide terraces start from £2.69 million through Abercrombie & Kent International Estates. These have high ceilings, good views and can be finished as buyers choose. Four of the 13 penthouses and half of the apartments have been sold so far to buyers from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Three of 25 bespoke chalets have also sold. “Andermatt Swiss Alps is a wonderful year-round alternative to the popular but expensive resorts of Verbier and St Moritz,” says Robert Green of Abercrombie & Kent International Estates. “But those looking to invest need to share the vision of what Andermatt will become in five or six years’ time as the project grows and more facilities become available.” From £335,000: ﬂats at the Andermatt Gemse building, part of the Andermatt Swiss Alps development O Savills Alpine Homes: alpine homesintl.com (020 7016 3740). O Abercrombie & Kent International Estates: akinternationalestates.com (020 3667 7016). O The Chedi Andermatt: thechediandermatt.com (0041 43 344 6252). O Chedi Residences apartments can be put in an optional rental pool which is managed by the hotel. O Annual service charges start from £1,800. Visit our new online luxury section HomesAndProperty.co.uk/luxury 17 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 Design Homes & Property homesandproperty.co.uk with 2 1 3 A soft, cuddly pop of colour HELEN MOORE, who has been making fashion and furnishings for three decades, says fake fur has improved greatly in recent years. Her business in Devon employs 50 people, and she and her husband are both Goldsmiths College art graduates, as is daughter Hester. “We’ve moved on from those first harsh acrylics to a fibre called modacrylic,” Moore explains, “The fur is now so much more luxurious and feels amazing. Everybody wants to stroke it, just like they want to stroke a cat.” And what makes a good throw? “It is all about the look and feel. Examine the seams and edges. Check the lining is good quality and well stitched — you don’t want a synthetic-looking backing. We use suede-like or velvet fabrics.’’ Liberty, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason stock the Helen Moore brand, and it is available online at helenmoore.com. Top: Helen Moore British-made magenta throw, £275 for 140cm x 180cm, with king size at £675. Magenta hot water bottle, £58 (helenmoore.com; 01884 860900) 4 Design Desig ign trend ig trends tre re end nds s By B B Barbara b Chandler Ch dl F AUX FUR is everywhere. Top fashion brands are producing jackets, scarves, bags and slippers, while all the home shops are flaunting faux. Crucially, “modacrylics” have replaced the older fake fibres, which makes new furs softer, finer and silkier, with authentic-looking fakes available of Arctic fox, brown bear, wolf, lynx, and, nearer to home, rabbit and mole. For the more adventurous, bright pops of colour now include furs in cerise, flame, and turquoise. On a cold night a voluptuous throw with a soft suede or brushed cotton back makes you feel cosseted. NEW for autumn is a huge range of faux fur throws at Oka. Shown here on the chair is a faux rabbit fur and velvet throw, £169, then from left 1 faux fur to right, faux mink and velvet throw, £159; faux desert fox, £149; faux ermine and velvet throw, £169; faux leopard print and fleece, £149; faux lynx, £156; faux mole, £156; faux Arctic fox, £149, and faux desert fox throw, small, £125. The stag head coat hooks are £35 each. Oka’s flagship store is in Fulham Road, SW3 (020 7581 2574). Branches in Lancaster Road, W11 (020 7792 1425), New King’s Rd, SW6 (020 7751 9874), and Sunningdale, Berkshire. Enquiries to okadirect.com (0844 815 7380). “WE HAVE a new UK supplier for luxury faux fur and the trend has really taken off,” says Sherry Roberts, of online lifestyle brand thelongeststay.com. “Most importantly for our customers, faux fur avoids animal cruelty.” Shown here is a UK-made faux fox throw with faux suede back. Medium size (140cm x 180cm) is £129; large (140cm x 240cm) is £179. Visit thelongeststay. com (020 7349 9057). “FAKE fur will add texture, depth and luxury to your interiors,” says Georgia Metcalfe, founder of The French 3 2 LOAFINGLY LOVELY FURNITURE 5 Bedroom Company. White, soft, cool and silky, the Ice Queen throw, pictured (145cm x 180cm), costs £99. Visit frenchbedroomcompany. co.uk (01444 415430). BREEZING in just in time for Christmas at The White Company are a big, luxurious faux fur beanbag, £285, and white faux fur Ralph Polar Bears with embroidered eyes. “Giant” Ralph is 45cm high x 70cm x 80cm and costs £140. The medium size (20cm high x 22cm x 24cm) is £20, and the little bear is £9 (11cm x 11cm x 11cm). There are 13 stores within the M25, including Brent Cross, Canary Wharf, Covent Garden, Marylebone High Street, Kingston, St Pancras station and Westfield, or buy online at thewhite company. com (020 3758 9222). 4/5 26 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property My home homesandproperty “This is a really nice way to live”: Charles Holland says his Barbican ﬂat is “so well designed — and you couldn’t be any more in London” A PEREGRINE FALCON lands at the far end of the balcony of architect Charles Holland’s 33rd-floor Barbican flat some mornings and calmly eats its breakfast, contemplating the vast sweep of the capital. Up here, where rare gale-force winds can make the wooden doors and windows creak eerily as the brutalist concrete tower shifts to and fro, all London is laid out like a glittering carpet, taking in the Shard in one direction and the Eye in the other: as magnificent and breathtaking a sight as you are ever likely to see. The Barbican estate is rightly recognised today as one of Britain’s most exciting and ambitious housing projects, which is why the entire place was listed Grade II in 2001. This area, just outside the city wall, is steeped in history. The word Barbecana, meaning guarded gatehouse, is Latin. The area was flattened during the Blitz, leaving Cripplegate with only 48 residents. In 1957, the Corporation of London commissioned modernist architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon to design a new part of town on the 40-acre plot, “with everything people need”, says Holland. In a Utopian vision, the pedestrian site was set far above the traffic. As well as housing blocks, there would be three towers, eight acres of gardens, and the largest arts complex in Europe. Built between 1965 and 1976, Barbican has 2,014 flats and about 4,000 residents. At first only to rent through the corporation, in the Eighties many flats were sold under right-to-buy, and are now privately owned. Holland, 45, who designed interiors with artist Grayson Perry for A House for Essex, a holiday rental property built as part of philosopher Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project, is currently working on several housing projects in and around London. He and his writer wife, Jenny, moved to Barbican two years ago with their children, Baxter, five, and three-year-old Nancy. But they hadn’t planned to live in what was once the tallest residential tower in Europe. “We were in a flat in Stoke Newington and looking for a three-bedroom house to buy,” says Holland, who has a 12-yearold daughter from a previous relationship. “But there were none we could afford. “I had a friend living in this flat and when he said he was leaving, my wife wrestled him to the floor and removed the keys from his pocket.” T HE three-bedroom flat, which has a balcony running round two sides, was one of the few still let by the Corporation, and the Hollands were able to lease it. Like the majority of Barbican flats, most of the interior, including door handles and the two plain white bathrooms, is original. The galley kitchen, however, once all white melamine, was redone in stained timber, probably as a LIVING WITH FALCONS Architect Charles Holland says his 33rd-floor Barbican flat is a great place to raise his young family. They love the space — and the view, he tells Philippa Stockley DIY job in the late Seventies, and there are “three too many doors”, Holland says. These are the only things he wants to change, including putting a bright yellow rubber floor in the kitchen — although, he explains, most things removed from Barbican flats have to go into storage, under English Heritage’s keen eye. The Hollands’ interior design concentrates on an eclectic mix of bright, modern collectables, from a giant French yellow floor lamp to an amazing mirror, to the “PY” half of a lit-up sign that once graced Faversham’s Wimpy bar, and a retro-looking bookcase with yellow Perspex door slides, made by a joiner friend. The Seventies classic wallpaper in the hall, printed in bright orange, is a perfect foil for framed posters of the same epoch. The flat is colourful, cheery, and full of ever-changing light. “It’s nice being somewhere so well designed. We’ve all lived in poorly converted Victorian houses, where everything is as cheap as chips and then you spend your life running up and down stairs. Very few flats compare with this in terms of quality — it is refreshing. “It’s incredibly well made, and we never hear anything from next door. It is a lot more difficult to annoy your neighbours here than anywhere else I have lived. You 27 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 My home Homes & Property y.co.uk with Fries with that?: one half of a Wimpey bar sign is a sitting room conversation piece Be bold: strong colours and a gilded modern-retro mirror, enhanced by natural light Galley kitchen: one of the ﬂat’s few non-original areas, probably a Seventies DIY job couldn’t be any more in London. It has made me love being in the city again. It’s easy to walk everywhere. In places like Stoke Newington, when it takes three hours to get anywhere, it becomes your bit of London. But from here we can stroll to St Paul’s or Smithfield, or wherever. The City is a lovely place to walk around at weekends, it is empty, and has really good architecture. John Soane, Rem Koolhaas, Edwin Lutyens, James Stirling — they’re all just a few metres away, and there is a nice park. “The Barbican should be revisited. In the UK we have become unambitious and incredibly conservative about what a house actually is. The Barbican is an amazing place to bring up a family, there’s lots of freedom and space — this is a really nice way to live.” Photographs: David Butler Get the look O CHARLES HOLLAND is partner, with Elly Ward, at ordinaryarchitecture.co.uk O The strong blue paint used in the flat, Rock-a-Billy Blue from the Crown Vintage range, is discontinued. Check crownpaints.co.uk for an alternative O Yellow Signal floor lamp by Jieldé in breakfast room: from madeindesign.co. uk or hollowaysofludlow.com O Tulip Eero Saarinen chairs, and table in breakfast room: from conranshop. co.uk — or try eBay O Cast aluminium head, a maquette for A House for Essex: cast by millimetre.uk.net O Gilded MDF fractured mirror: from the Decora range at deknudtmirrors. com O Table, sprayed pink: bought on eBay O Shelving unit: made by joiner/builder Paul Rigo (07980 235239) O Anni Albers “De Stijl” reissue carpet: twentytwentyone.com O Lavaliers (1975) wallpaper in hall: by littlegreene.com O Any “WIM” sign enquiries to Charles Holland, as before 28 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property Design Left: head chef Kamil Oseka at The Pig near Bath. Inset, the gorgeous Grade II-listed Georgian hotel, cut from mellow Bath stone Steal the style Pig chic trained wife, who, in her fifties, retains the youthful enthusiasm of a student. The Hutsons’ CV includes spells at Soho House and Chewton Glen in Hampshire. Robin created and sold the Hotel du Vin chain, and now focuses on “The Pigs” and on Lime Wood, the couple’s five-star hotel in the New Forest. “We like to use textures in our furnishings,” says Judy. “We are more likely to do rusty than shiny. Yes, it’s shabby chic but we think of it as more old and new mixed, eclectic and homely.” The Hutsons’ personal touch is everywhere in the Bath hotel, from the sage and buttercream panelling to the French script wallpaper. Two plump, cast-iron pigs guard the entrance. A decadent private dining room, seating 24 and inspired by the artwork for the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet album, is one of Judy’s favourite rooms. “It is the antithesis of every private dining room in the country, with stone floors that we added, walls decorated to look like decaying plaster and a huge, bare-topped table with mismatched gothic dining chairs.” Hotel director Tom Ross describes The Pig as essentially a restaurant with rooms, and the kitchen garden is central. Food is grown on site or sourced from within a 25-mile radius. There’s an apple orchard, a neat herb and vegetable garden, chickens and three miniature pigs. The Pig near Bath is Londoners’ cosy country house retreat, the latest in a litter of four with the feel-good formula, says Cathy Hawker GET THE LOOK *# (/*#()*#&#(/*(3 /#40*###(&44# ##.#.#$$ $#5005 5#*)2#,,*#*)#$/#*5'*#$.2#,,*#(&#'*# *)#&4-0)*#/*#,,*2#**#&)&)#)*40*##&44#)*# 04#$/#*5'*#$.2#0(*#&)#)*&04#&*#(*(#&#/*#05*#,#-0-##02# '1*(##&&04&'0402 T HE Pig is a rare breed, a group of four intimate, design-conscious restaurant-hotels scattered across southern England that have been a runaway success among London foodies and weekenders. Quirky and eclectic with a truly individual shabby-chic signature, The Pig near Bath opened this year in the Mendip Hills — joining The Pig on the Beach in Dorset and Southampton’s Pig in the Wall — and has quickly become as popular as the original Pig in the New Forest. Redefining the country house hotel experience, there is no room for floral chintz, ankle-thick carpets or stuffy formality at Bath. Instead, expect light-touch décor with hints of old-world charm. Nostalgia starts at the brass front door knocker and continues past the boot rack to the giant fire irons in the log-filled grate next to the leather club chairs. The Pig is in a Grade II-listed Georgian mansion cut from mellow Bath stone. In the Seventies and Eighties this was Hunstrete House, one of Britain’s top five-star hotels, but neglect in the intervening years had taken its toll. Judy and Robin Hutson stroked the tatty old pile into a 29-room hotel of understated luxury. There are claret velvet sofas, stripped wooden floors and a mirrored display of artfully mismatched glasses — a modern take on the traditional country house look carefully curated by master hotelier Robin, and Judy, his art school- homesandproperty.co.uk with Judy’s address book includes, in Chelsea, George Smith for sofas and Core One for statement one-off pieces of furniture, with The Old Cinema in Chiswick and Lassco in Southwark for decorative artefacts. Wells Reclamation in Somerset and Victoria Antiques in Cornwall are also productive hunting grounds. “I use paint from Paint Library and Little Greene. Hungerford Arcade provides bric-a-brac and antiques and I like young British fabric designers such as Sarah Hardaker, Rachael Mitas and Emily Bond.” CONTACTS: Shade, top: from £100 at lampshades. uk.com. Above, glass tumblers, from £5 each at primroseandplum.co.uk O The Pig near Bath: thepighotel.com (0845 077 9494). Rooms from £139 a night O Hungerford Arcade: hungerford arcade.co.uk O Emily Bond: emilybond.co.uk O Sarah Hardaker: sarahhardaker.co.uk O Rachael Mitas: mitasandco.com O Victoria Antiques: vicantiques.co.uk For more pictures, visit our new online luxury section HomesAndProperty.co.uk/luxury *04&# ,,*#'#0&#&5'*44!# $+#*&(/#%# '0(3#"0-#&(3#5(/&0!# + Glow: log ﬁres complete the cosy picture 29 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 Outdoors Homes & Property homesandproperty.co.uk with Pattie Barron W HAT better reason to get outdoors in cold weather than to enjoy the fragrance of winter flowers? The roses might be over until next summer, but there are shrubs that will deliver winter perfume better than any scented candle to enhance your outdoor room. Bees will benefit, too, from the rare food source. Give yourself a good reason to be led up the garden path by planting a fragrant winter-flowering shrub at the far end of your plot. The spicy scents of exotic witch hazels are worth the trek, and the showy blooms on bare twigs resemble chenille spiders. Two of the finest are coral-flowered Jelena and deep red Diane. Viburnum bodnantense Dawn is a can’t-kill shrub that makes another great winter choice. The large pink flowers smell of honey and almonds, and keep on coming from late autumn until spring. Perfumed beauty: Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill Mahonia is the perfect shrub to plant by the front door, or as a focal point in ground or container. It thrives in shady London gardens. Large cartwheels of evergreen leaf sprays give mahonias a handsome architectural presence all year round, and from early winter, they produce extravagant, rich yellow flower sprays that smell just like lily of the valley. As a bonus, the flowers are followed by bunches of navy blue berries that birds adore. Winter Sun is the compact variety for small spaces. Honeysuckle’s reputation for wonderful scent is upheld with the winter version, shrubby honeysuckle Lonicera purpusii. Winter Beauty is the gardenfriendly variety to look for, and will give you the sweetest scent from clusters of creamy flowers on the bare branches which can be clipped to give you jugfuls of scented garden flower stems. With just green leaves in summer, it needs to be planted as part of a crowd scene in the border. Park something deliciously fragrant right by the patio or terrace. Christmas Box is a great choice for a small garden. It forms a compact evergreen dome PICTURES: MARIANNE MAJERUS RICH SCENT AND PRETTY FRUIT Aroma therapy: give the garden a dash of spice with a witch hazel such as Hamamelis Feuerzauber Lemon air freshener: Chimonanthus praecox Luteus Make perfect scents all winter Fill your winter garden with fragrant shrubs that will flower right through to spring that from late winter is covered with sprays of tufted white flowers. You don’t need to bend down to smell the luscious honey scent because it is carried on the air. Just a few twigs of wintersweet, Chimonanthus praecox, will scent a whole room with spicy lemon perfume, so it can be forgiven for being slow to bloom after planting, and being a little ungainly. The gorgeous waxy, butter-yellow flowers stud the bare branches from January. See it buy it See it: try this snappy app Buy it: garden style DOWNLOAD a free new app that identifies garden plants, tells you how to grow them and where to buy them. PlantSnapp is the idea of botanist George Williams, who says many of us know the common names of garden plants, but not the Latin names needed to locate them. “I wanted to do away with clunky manuals and make it as easy and cheap as possible,” he says. To use PlantSnapp, take a picture of the plant, upload it, and within 24 hours one of 10 on-tap horticultural experts provides an identification and cultivation details. You can order the plant through the app and have it sent to you. You get three free IDs and then it’s 33p a time. Visit plantsnapp.com DO YOU favour a Zen-style garden, all serenity, cobblestones and contemplative pool, or do you prefer a clean-edged minimal feel, with white plaster walls and colourblock planting? Whether you fancy enchanted Bohemian, urban upcycling or grassy prairie on your patch, landscape designer Rochelle Greayer, in her richly illustrated book Cultivating Garden Style, helps define your individual look, suggesting plants, furniture and accessory ideas. Cultivating Garden Style (Timber Press) costs £25, but Homes & Property readers can buy the book for £23 including p&p by calling 01872 562327 and quoting code HP11. DON’T FORGET DAPHNE Follow your nose to the garden centre for Daphne odora Aureomarginata, the popular evergreen shrub with pointed, bright green leaves that are finely edged in lemon, and rounded soft pink or white winter blooms that have an exceptionally full-bodied, fruity perfume. Just right for a pot on the patio or terrace table, compact Daphne A favours moist soil or compost, a spot in the sun or light shade, and merits the extra attention. The most desirable daphne however, is the fabulous and costly Jacqueline Postill, which is an investment shrub for a sheltered, sunny spot or frontdoor porch, where you can revel in highly fragrant, deep pink flowers from late December. G IVEN a blast of winter sunshine, the volatile oils of lavender and rosemary foliage are just as potent as in high summer. Large pots on the patio of culinary Mediterranean herbs that also include sage and thyme — try lemon thyme for a sharp citrus punch — are lovely for a soothing aromatherapy hit when stroked, and make great container evergreens that can withstand prolonged weather extremes. Prostrate rosemary looks especially good if you leave it to tumble down the sides of a tall container or window box, and in a sunny spot it will produce a profusion of blue blossom that will keep going until spring. 34 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property Property searching U For the family: Jurassic Encounter Adventure Golf at the World of Golf, which also has an academy and driving range New Malden High Street: long-established local shops, offices, a branch of Waitrose, and those Korean restaurants NESCO recently awarded the status of an “Intangible C u l t u r a l H e r i t a ge o f Humanity” to Kimjang, the communal act of making Kimchi, Korea’s sour and spicy national dish. Perhaps the best place in Britain to taste this fermented vegetable meal, traditionally made using napa cabbage, is in one of the Korean restaurants that line New Malden High Street. About 20,000 Koreans live in New Malden — the largest Korean community in Europe. However, no one seems to know for certain how this south-west London suburb became “Little Korea”. Was it because the South Korean ambassador’s residence was once in Lord Chancellor Walk? Perhaps it’s because Korean electronics giant Samsung had its European headquarters here until nine years ago. Or does the story trace back to the Fifties, when locally based aerospace company Racal Avionics had a joint venture with a Korean conglomerate? Of course, New Malden, forever in the shadow of better-known neighbours Wimbledon and Kingston, has a range of relatively affordable family houses, good schools and an easy commute into central London, which could have attracted the community. Or perhaps Koreans love their golf — there are three local courses — and cricket? Malden Wanderers in Cambridge Avenue, a cricket club with tennis and badminton courts, was voted one of the 12 most beautiful grounds in England by The Wisden Cricketer magazine, now known simply as The Cricketer. New Malden is cut in half by the busy A3 road. Ten miles south-west of central London, it sits south of affluent Coombe, west of Raynes Park, north of Worcester Park and east of Tolworth. Two Thames tributaries run close by — Beverley Brook to the east and the Hogsmill to the west. WHAT THERE IS TO BUY Landmark: Burlington Road, where the tower of B&Q Extra has the largest building-mounted wind turbine in Britain After the arrival of the railway in 1846, New Malden started to develop and there are Victorian semi-detached and terrace houses in the roads off the High Street. They are found in particular in The Groves conservation area which features Lime Grove, Poplar Grove, Chestnut Grove and Sycamore Grove. Elsewhere, New Malden has mainly Twenties and Thirties detached, semidetached and terrace houses. It is a good place to look for family homes and there are nearly five times more houses for sale than flats. The most expensive house currently for sale homesandproperty.co.uk with Spotlight NEW MALDEN Perfect for Kimchi — and keep-fit enthusiasts Three golf courses, tennis, cricket, badminton — and a wide range of well-priced homes — keep kids of all ages happy. By Anthea Masey It’s a good place to look for family houses, great schools — and the commute to central London is easy Photographs:: Graham Hussey is in Traps Lane in the Coombeside area, a six-bedroom detached property with an outdoor pool and an asking price of £2.65 million (see homesandproperty. co.uk/traps). In Lynton Road, another street of detached homes, halfway between New Malden and Berrylands stations, a five-bedroom double-fronted Twenties house is on the market for £1.15 million (homesandproperty. co.uk/lynt). There are large detached and semidetached Victorian houses in Presburg Road, also a conservation area, where the last detached house sold for £882,500 in April 2008, and the last semi went for £955,000 in November 2011. A renovated five-bedroom detached Victorian house in Elm Road in The Groves conservation area is for sale for £1.15 million (see homesandproperty. co.uk/elm). The Christchurch conservation area, east of Coombe Road and East Asian ﬂavours: at Yami Korean restaurant in New Malden High Street, John Deng, three, is in good company close to Malden Golf Club is another popular area within easy reach of the station. A four-bedroom semi-detached house here, in Cambridge Avenue, is on the market for £975,000 (visit homesandproperty.co.uk/camb). The so-called painters’ roads, south of the A3, are close to Malden Manor station and are named after artists including Romney, Turner, Gainsborough, Lawrence, Reynolds and Van Dyck. An extensively refurbished fivebedroom house in Van Dyck Avenue is for sale, priced £659,950 (homesandproperty.co.uk/vandyck). Two-bedroom garden flats currently on the market range from £260,000 for one in Beresford Road (homesandproper t y.co.uk/ beresford) to £389,950 for one in West Barnes Road To find a home in New Malden, visit: homesandproperty.co.uk/newmalden £1.5 MILLION £290,000 £600,000 £525,000 THIS six-bedroom house in Orchard Avenue in the Christchurch area of New Malden has a substantial rear garden. Through Curchods. O Visit homesandproperty.co.uk/orch A WELL-EQUIPPED, two double-bedroom maisonette in Errol Gardens, New Malden, with a large private garden. Through Barnard Marcus. O Visit homesandproperty.co.uk/errol A FLEXIBLE, four-bedroom, semi-detached family house in Glebe Gardens, Worcester Park, with a superb garden for entertaining. Through Haart. O Visit homesandproperty.co.uk/glebe REFURBISHED to a “designer finish” this period house in Beresford Road, New Malden, has two bedrooms and original features (Hawes & Co). O Visit homesandproperty.co.uk/beres 35 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 homesandproperty.co.uk with Property searching Homes & Property shop since 1919. There are also Korean restaurants and supermarkets, but cheap clothing brands and charity shops do not indicate a high street in the rudest of health. However, locals are pinning their hopes on the arrival of chain restaurants Nando’s and Pizza Express to add to local offerings The Glasshouse, Chicco Caffè and Al Forno. In Burlington Road there is a B&Q Extra with the largest buildingmounted wind turbine in the UK, while in Beverley Way there is a branch of Tesco Extra. OPEN SPACE Beverley Park in Park View has a playground, tennis courts, and football and cricket pitches. There is a small local park in Blagdon Road, while there are waterside walks along the Hogsmill River and Beverley Brook, and Wimbledon Common and the vast green acres of Richmond Park are close by. LEISURE AND THE ARTS (see homesandproperty.co.uk/westbarnes). Staying power: according to estate agent Daniel Miller from Curchods, a strong sense of community keeps people in the area. SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS New Malden High Street runs south from the station to the Fountain roundabout and is dominated by two 16-storey office tower blocks — major local employer BAE Systems has a base here. There is a branch of Waitrose, along with the Tudor Williams department store, which has been in the area since 1913, plus a branch of local chain Johnsons Shoes, and charming little Pengilly’s, a luggage and shoe repair Imposing: detached trophy homes are found in Traps Lane and surrounding roads More sporty than arty, New Malden boasts three golf clubs. The Malden Golf Club is in Traps Lane, with Coombe Hill Golf Club off Coombe Lane West and Coombe Wood Golf Club in George Road. The New Malden Bowls Club in Lime Grove has been going since 1904, and the Graham Spicer Table Tennis Club in Dukes Avenue is a top indoor venue for the sport. The nearest councilowned swimming pool is at the Malden Centre in Blagdon Road, and there’s cricket, tennis and badminton at Malden Wanderers Cricket Club in Cambridge Avenue. Kingston and Wimbledon have both theatres and cinemas. Travel: trains from New Malden station take 22 minutes to Waterloo with the possibility of changing at Clapham Junction or Vauxhall. Other stations serving local residents are Berrylands, Motspur Park, Malden Manor and Norbiton, with journeys that take a few minutes longer. New Malden, Motspur Park and Malden Manor are in Zone 4 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,800. Berrylands and Norbiton are in Zone 5 and an annual travel card costs £2,136. Council: Kingston council is Conservative controlled and Band D council tax is £1,678.03 CHECK THE STATS ■WHAT HOMES COST BUYING IN NEW MALDEN (Average prices) One-bedroom flat £258,000 Two-bedroom flat £317,000 Two-bedroom house £404,000 Three-bedroom house £546,000 Four-bedroom house £765,000 Source: Zoopla RENTING IN NEW MALDEN (Average rates) One-bedroom flat £988 a month Two-bedroom flat £1,253 a month Two-bedroom house £1,421 a month Three-bedroom house £1,880 a month Four-bedroom house £3,182 a month Source: Zoopla GO ONLINE FOR MORE O The best schools in and around New Malden O The best streets, and the up-andcoming spots to watch O The latest housing developments O The lowdown on the rental scene O How New Malden compares with the rest of the UK on house prices For all this and more, visit homesand property.co.uk/ spotlightnewmalden NEXT WEEK: Barnet. Do you live there? Tell us what you think @HomesProperty TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE Where in New Malden did this young chap discover greasepaint? Find the answer at homesandproperty.co.uk/ spotlightnewmalden 40 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property Ask the expert homesandproperty.co.uk with She left a load of junk — can we give it away? Fiona McNulty WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? OUR LAWYER ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS Q OUR recent house purchase went through in 13 weeks from our offer being accepted to completion. The previous owner left an attic and shed full of things, plus other items throughout the house. Unfortunately, we were stuck in a chain and the seller’s daughter, who acted on her mother’s behalf, feels we delayed the sale. As a result she is refusing to accept responsibility for her mother’s items. What is our legal standing if we give all these things to a local charity? A THIRTEEN weeks from your offer being accepted to completion was not an unduly long period of time when a chain of buyers and sellers was involved. Even if you were responsible for any delay, that would not give the seller or her daughter grounds to act unreasonably. When you bought the property the seller should have completed a property information form. This includes a section asking the seller to confirm they will remove rubbish from the property and specifically mentions the loft, garden, outbuildings, garages and sheds. Contact the solicitor who acted for you to see how the seller dealt with this point in the form, or look at your own copy of the form, if you have it. Assuming that the seller answered saying that she would remove all contents, by leaving items in the house, shed and attic she has failed to do what she agreed. Ask your solicitor to inform her solicitor of their client’s failure to empty the property of all contents. You can ask your solicitor to give notice that if the removal of the items is not arranged by a given date, you will arrange their removal yourselves, but you will be looking to the seller to meet your costs. Such an approach will often have the desired result. IF YOU have a question for Fiona McNulty, please email [email protected] standard.co.uk or write to Legal Solutions, Homes & Property, London Evening Standard, 2 Derry Street, W8 5EE. We regret that questions cannot be answered individually but we will try to feature them here. Fiona McNulty is a partner in the residential property, farms and estates team at Withy King LLP (withyking.co.uk). More legal Q&As Visit: homesand property.co.uk Q WE ARE first-time buyers in London who have found our dream house, a refurbished Victorian property. The survey has revealed a crack in the outside load-bearing wall which the current owners say they know nothing about. It is clear from the brickwork that there has been a poor attempt at repair at some stage. We also know the sellers removed a large tree from the garden, and their insurance premium is really high but they haven’t given a reason why. Should we walk away or continue with the purchase? Our conveyancer says there could be a problem insuring the property. A YOU must find out as much as possible about the cracking and its cause, and what the sellers or their predecessors have done about it. As part of the conveyancing process the sellers should complete a property information form, giving full details regarding high premiums, excesses and claims. There is section which also asks if there are warranties or guarantees for underpinning which may be relevant if the cracking is due to the property suffering subsidence. Your solicitor should be raising specific enquires of the sellers’ solicitors to find out about the cause of the cracking and why the sellers’ insurance is expensive. The cracking may have been due to the roots of the tree that was removed, or to something else, but if you are aware of the issues you can decide whether to take them on. It would be wise to have a structural engineer’s report, which could help with regard to buildings insurance. Do make sure that you can get insurance on normal terms. O These answers can only be a very brief commentary on the issues raised and should not be relied on as legal advice. No liability is accepted for such reliance. If you have similar issues, you should obtain advice from a solicitor. 41 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 Letting on Homes & Property homesandproperty.co.uk with A FEW DAYS after a tenant moved in she emailed to complain that her bedroom was too small and there wasn’t enough storage. She even attached a photo of stuff piled on her bed, as proof that she didn’t have enough space. What did she want me to do, build her an extension? What she wanted was a rent reduction, of course. She suggested I called her “to discuss a rate that more accurately reflects the size of the room, so we can come to a mutually satisfactory agreement”. I did ring her, to suggest she put up some shelves, at her own expense. Yes, her bedroom was small, but it hadn’t shrunk since she viewed it and we agreed the rent. I hadn’t removed or added any furniture, everything was exactly the same, so no way was I going to drop the price because she had too many clothes. I am always straight with tenants when I advertise a property. I make sure they are aware of any shortcomings to avoid them moaning when they move in, but still I get the odd complaint from those who expect to find perfection. A couple of Canadian girls who rented rooms in a cheap flat complained the morning after they moved in that there was no tumble dryer which, they said, was a “basic amenity” in North America. I could tell they were marathon whingers so I offered to release them from the contract they had signed if they Flat to let — serial whingers need not apply Victoria Whitlock says landlords must fix genuine property problems quickly, but has to admit some tenants are never satisfied The accidental landlord wanted to move out. I decided I would rather have a few days without rent than put up with a steady stream of complaints. One of my first tenants was impossible to please, she complained about everything and I bent over backwards to accommodate her, but she was never satisfied. I learned then that it’s better not to give in to every unreasonable demand, or tenants will walk all over you. If a tenant complains that something is not to their liking after they have moved in, then tough. They can’t expect you to make changes after they have agreed and signed the contract. That said, if something is broken, I think landlords or their agents should carry out repairs as soon as possible. However, even when I do, some tenants still whine. Over the summer an old boiler in a rental flat broke down on a Sunday morning. I managed to get hold of my regular heating engineer but the boiler was beyond repair. He agreed to rearrange his diary, bless him, so he could install a new boiler four £750 a week: in North Eyot Gardens, Chiswick, John D Wood has this spectacular three-bedroom apartment available to rent (homesandproperty.co.uk/renteyot) days later, which I thought was pretty darned good. The tenant disagreed. He yelled that four days was far too long to be left without hot water and he wanted a new boiler within 24 hours. When I told him that with the best will in the world I couldn’t get a boiler installed the next day he swore a bit, then he swore a bit more. I was tempted to tell him to take a cold shower to calm down. Look, I know it’s unpleasant to be left without hot water for a few days, even in summer, but bad things sometimes happen and even a great landlord — that’s me, by the way — can’t prevent the odd mishap. In the end I told this guy that if he couldn’t cope without hot water for four days he could move out and I would refund his rent. He stayed and stopped moaning. Tenants usually do, as long as the landlord remains fair but firm. O Victoria Whitlock lets three properties in south London. To contact Victoria with your ideas and views, tweet @vicwhitlock. Find many more homes to rent at homesandproperty.co.uk/lettings ! !!! ! !! (!(!!! #"##!#'&!$%') 44 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property Inside story homesandproperty.co.uk with Diary of an estate agent THURSDAY A distressed tenant telephones to tell me her lavatory is blocked. Fortunately, our very own resident Superwoman — Hannah, our property manager — gets on the case immediately and arranges an emergency drain team to attend the property. I rush out of the office to show an apartment to a politician. As I arrive there, he jumps out of a taxi, telling me he has only a few minutes to see the place. We view it in record time, just four minutes. MONDAY I am always up early on a Monday. I fuel up with a good breakfast and arrive at the office to prepare for our meeting. We review last week’s performance and share information about new places that have opened up in the area so we can update our customers — and often uncover another choice of somewhere to go for lunch. I take the opportunity to mention Señor Ceviche in Kingly Court, Soho, a new restaurant that serves Peruvian specialities . FRIDAY We’re plunging in to help a tenant TUESDAY My first appointment is in Soho. I check out the building ready for the viewing and meet a lovely young lady looking to rent a one-bedroom flat. She has just landed her first job in London, working for a media company around the corner, and is looking to live in a convenient and buzzing area. Like me, she is from France, so I tell her about all the French bakeries in the area to make her feel at home. London has been called “France’s sixth-biggest city” and increasingly I am looking after French clients, who feel more comfortable and reassured to be able to speak their own language when moving here. One of my aims for the day is to organise a tour of suitable flats tomorrow for a South American couple coming to London who need to secure something by the weekend. I was recommended to them by one of their friends, who was one of my previous clients. I have a clear idea of what they are looking for and I am confident of finding them something. WEDNESDAY Sophie, the French lady I met on Monday, contacts me with an offer for the Soho flat. Having worked with the landlord of that particular flat for nearly six years now, I know exactly what he is looking for and the kind of questions he will ask. All goes well on the call and the offer is accepted — a happy landlord and an excited tenant. My Chilean couple arrive, and they are really keen about starting their new life in London. However, the first flat visit doesn’t go well. It’s on the fifth floor and the lift is broken today. I take them to another mansion block where the lift is stuck on the third floor and the apartment is on the fourth floor. This is not my day. Things get better after a few more inspections and I think I have found them the perfect home. We discuss local amenities and head back to the office to prepare an offer. My last viewing is a lovely, refurbished two-bedroom flat above a casino but again, it is on the fourth floor — and there’s no lift. My legs will know tomorrow about all the stairs I’ve climbed. A coffee from Lantana in Charlotte Place helps me prepare for a busy day. I arrive in the office for a quick meeting with my commercial colleague. He has received some interest in a building in Old Compton Street and needs some likely rental yields should the property be turned into flats. I love these brainstorming sessions. Friday is usually when most people make a decision on a flat, or move into their new home, so efficiency and speed are crucial. I manage to get everything agreed for my South American couple for a movein tomorrow. They are happy, so we are happy at the end of a busy week. I stop off at Vagabond wine shop opposite for a nice bottle of Bordeaux to take home. O Sandrine Locatelli is a senior lettings negotiator at Hudsons in the West End (020 7631 8705). 46 WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 EVENING STANDARD Homes & Property New homes homesandproperty.co.uk with By David Spittles Victoria’s secret penthouse gardens Lateral flats in a chic, historic city just an hour from London THE ancient Hampshire cathedral city of Winchester falls within the crucial 60-minute commuting time of London, so Connaught Square, above, could appeal. Trains to Waterloo take just under an hour, plus — for weekend yachties — there is quick access to the south coast and Channel ports. Close proximity to good schools and a quick dash to the station are also must-haves for most commuters, and this rare new-build development ticks those boxes. It lies on the western edge of the city next to historic Royal Winchester Golf Club, yet is only a few minutes away from the centre, with its cobbled streets and chic boutiques. At first sight, the scheme appears to be a collection of Georgian-style villas but in fact comprises 14 large lateral apartments, each with two bedrooms, a terrace, a couple of parking spaces and storage lockers. The homes may also appeal to weekenders from London who want country walks in the New Forest and the South Downs National Park. Prices from £775,000. Call Jackson-Stops & Staff on 01962 844299. L Read more: visit our new online luxury section HomesAndProperty.co.uk/luxury ARGE, luxurious penthouses with roof terraces are a novelty in Victoria, which is only just getting into its stride as a fashionable address after years of being “Civil Service land”, with a dreary, windswept high street lined by grey-slab office blocks. Now the area is being reborn with humanscale developments, better shops and lots more flats. Victoria’s secret is its location at the dead centre of London. Kings Gate is the latest new apartment block, halfway between the train station and Parliament Square. Triplex penthouses have been unveiled. They are among the most expensive flats to arrive on the market in this revitalised SW1 neighbourhood. Each has four bedrooms and up to 3,337sq ft of space. Interiors are sleek and modern with floor-to-ceiling windows, and there are views of Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park from the 920sq ft roof terrace. 47 EVENING STANDARD WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014 New homes Homes & Property homesandproperty.co.uk with Big future beckons for Beckenham ARTY ALDGATE CULTURE COMES TO NEW QUARTER Handsome, red-brick Edwardian mansion blocks alongside Westminster Cathedral — the equal of anything in Kensington or Chelsea — are a reminder that Victoria was once a top address. Though values are Stunning vista: Kings Gate roof terrace views take in the Palace and St James’s Park rising with the new wave of development, the area is still at least a third cheaper than neighbouring Belgravia. Remaining Kings Gate apartments start at £3.4 million. Call Strutt & Parker on 020 7225 3866. ALDGATE on the City fringe might be described as an address where location is more important than lifestyle. However, a new “quarter” is injecting life at seven-acre Goodman’s Fields, where 920 homes are being built alongside hotels, shops and restaurants. A public park is also being created, along with squares and landscaped courtyard gardens. A new art space is being added to the mix, with developer Berkeley forging a partnership with Whitechapel Gallery, which is credited with launching the careers of renowned artists from David Hockney to Gilbert & George. This piece of “cultural place-making” is intended to entice prospective buyers to apartments at Kingswood Gardens, above, the latest phase, where home owners will be able to hang limitededition prints offered through the gallery. Prices for the homes start at £687,500. Call 020 3217 1000. A MOVE to extend the Bakerloo line to the south London suburbs is boosting Beckenham, already wellserved by trains from London Bridge and Victoria. Beckenham Junction could one day be part of the Tube network, and there is also talk of a spur to Bromley town centre, which will open up the area to young firsttime buyers who work in London. For now though, Beckenham’s a family favourite, with independent schools, playing fields, riding stables, golf courses and quick escape routes to the Kent countryside. Century Gate, below, is a Linden Homes scheme of detached, traditional-style family houses with spacious interiors, next to Kent County Cricket Club and moments from the town centre. Prices from £719,995 to £1.2 million Call KFH on 020 7740 2640. FINAL PHASE NOW RELEASED. 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS FROM £220,000* - Generous living space - On-site Estate Manager - Contemporary speciﬁcation - Shops on your doorstep - Private outside space - Secure allocated parking - Direct trains to London Victoria in less than 25 minutes** HELP TO BUY AVAILABLE MARKETING SUITE AND NEW SHOW APARTMENT OPEN BY APPOINTMENT 0845 6000 787 [email protected] Image of show apartment www.theridgebr5.com *Prices and details correct at time of going to press. **Travel times cannot be guaranteed.
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