A new train station and the kind of quality you’d find in the heart of the capital. Cheryl Markosky admires Kidbrooke Village in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Development name: Kidbrooke Village
Where is it? Weigall Road (off Kidbrooke Park Road), London, SE3 9YY
What type of properties are available on the development? Berkeley are selling two and three bedroom properties in Blackheath Quarter, with further launches planned later this year.
Asking prices: Prices start from £500,000 for a two bedroom apartment in Blackheath Quarter.
Area stats: According to Zoopla’s Zed-Index, the average price of a property in SE3 is £626,536 and is up £25,674 or 4.27 per cent over the past year. The average value of a flat in the area is £424,269.
What aspects of the development stand out? Kidbrooke Village is one of London’s most significant new housing-led developments. The £1bn regeneration project is London’s newest neighbourhood south of the river, with over 130 acres of parkland and open space. To date, more than 1,000 new homes - both affordable and private - have been delivered alongside a new park, interim village centre, squares and retail space. A new Kidbrooke train station will be created in future phases, with a permanent village centre and new site for Wingfield Primary School.
When will the property and the development be completed? Properties currently under construction are set for completion between late 2015 and 2017. Work is beginning on the final three phases, including the Village Centre, and is set for completion in 15 years.
Are financial incentives available? No.
Why buy one of these homes? Set among acres of open, green parkland and beautifully designed gardens, the homes are perfect for those wanting relaxation, tranquillity and comfort close to the heart of London, with trains whisking residents to London Bridge in only 15 minutes.
What are the best bits about the homes on the development? Every Berkeley property is designed with quality in mind, and the same attention-to-detail is given to everything from floors to door handles. Kitchens are individually designed to complement the layout of each home, while luxury bathrooms and generous balconies mean residents can enjoy superb quality throughout every inch of their home.
Anything else you would like to tell us about this development? There is a range of exclusive residents’ only facilities across the site, including gyms, swimming pools and a business centre. And a concierge service is available 24 hours a day. But there is more than residential property at Kidbrooke Village, with regular events on site - from the summer fête to a Christmas market.
Who will the neighbours be? The development will have over 4,800 properties when completed, so there won’t be one sort of neighbour. Young couples, retired downsizers, families, City workers and first-time buyers are just some of the residents already calling Kidbrooke Village home.
What reputation do the local schools have? Thomas Tallis School - which recently underwent a £50m renovation - neighbours the development. It is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 19 year-olds that is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in a recent inspection. There are two primary schools on site - Wingfield Primary and Holy Family Catholic Primary. As part of the development, a new Wingfield Primary School will be delivered, seven years earlier than previously planned. Local schools also benefit from partnerships with the nearby University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
What is the traffic and transport like in the area? Kidbrooke Station is adjacent to the development and offers rapid access into central London with direct trains to London Bridge in 15 minutes, Charing Cross (23 minutes) and Cannon Street (27 minutes).
What’s a good place for dinner nearby? Chapters on Montpelier Vale is an award-winning restaurant just a short stroll away, as popular for breakfast and brunch as it is for evening meals. Once complete, Kidbrooke Village Centre will be a vibrant hub of restaurants, cafes, shops and community spaces.
What would be an ideal way to spend the day in the area? You don’t have to go far to enjoy Sutcliffe Park -remodelled in 2003 and now comprises areas of grassland, meadow and wetland, home to a rich variety of animals and plant life. Specially created pedestrian and cycle routes run through and from Kidbrooke Village, meaning the local area is safe and easy for families to explore together. Blackheath is just a short wander away, where you can discover the local shops, cafés and eateries. From there, it is a quick walk up the hill to the top of Greenwich Park, with views across London.
What local secret is there in the area that would take a new resident a while to discover? Every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer is the Lewisham Model Market, a night-time food market held in a 1950s marketplace close to the station. A sister event to Dalston’s famous Street Feast, it features street food, bars and music playing late into the night.
If you could change one thing about the properties in the development what would it be? Nothing. All the properties at Kidbrooke Village have been designed with every aspect of modern living in mind, catering for everyone from first-time buyers to families, downsizers and those looking for senior care living.
What items are included in the sale of the property (eg. white goods in the kitchen)? Each home comes fully equipped with high-specification goods, including fridge-freezers, ovens, hobs and extractors, as well as audio or visual entry systems.
Who would be the ideal buyer? With such a range of homes on offer there is no one-buyer profile. Many of the residents who have already made Kidbrooke Village their home are first-time buyers, attracted by the proximity to central London, but without the cost. A range of house and apartment sizes offers options to both downsizers and those looking to grow their family. The wide expanse of green and open space is one of the main attractions for families, as well as the proximity of local schools - two of which are on-site. Kidbrooke Village is also only a short commute from London Bridge and Canary Wharf (via the DLR), making it an ideal base for City workers.