Smart schools, oversized terraces with views of London’s skyscape and a quick hop to Waterloo. Cheryl Markosky appreciates one of Putney’s best new housing developments.
Development name: London Square Putney
Where is it? Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 2TL
What type of properties are available on the development? A selection of contemporary one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses, designed by signature architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM).
Asking prices: Two bedroom apartments start at £755,000
Area stats: The average price of property in Putney is £780,086
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What aspects of the development stand out? Along with the apartments, London Square has just launched The Terrace Collection, a selection of 11 two and three bedroom premium apartments, offering the ultimate in open-plan luxury living. Arranged over the upper floors of this iconic building, the elite apartments feature beautifully crafted terraces with dual-aspect panoramic views of the London skyline. Oversized terraces are the prized feature in the apartments with a seamless link to the outdoors via bi-fold doors that open out for al fresco entertaining.
When will the property and development be completed? The development should be finished in 2016.
Why buy one of these homes? Exclusive apartments at London Square Putney are in one of the most desirable areas of the capital. With Land Registry figures indicating a 21 per cent growth in property prices in Putney, the development is an excellent choice for savvy buyers looking to secure a good investment.
London Square Putney is also perfectly positioned for a great lifestyle. Centrally located between mainline and underground stations - with services into central London only a couple of minutes’ walk away - the shopping and lively café culture of Putney High Street is close at hand, blending upmarket brands with quirky, independent retailers. Putney caters to all tastes, with over 30 restaurants and bars.
For sporty types, there are a number of open spaces nearby, including riverside walks, Wandsworth and Richmond Parks, Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common.
What are the best bits about homes on the development? A new public plaza by AHMM offers a ‘break-out’ space along the Upper Richmond Road and acts as a backdrop for new shops and offices. Seating sections and planting zones will be installed and a special surface treatment - known as ‘art paving’ - applied to the square’s pavement, highlighting the square to draw visitors into the space.
The scheme will incorporate a south-facing, private landscaped garden for residents, and a separate reception and concierge lobby area. Communal roof gardens provide additional shared outside space where residents can enjoy views of the London cityscape. Residents can also purchase an underground car parking space.
Anything else you would like to tell us about this development? Homes at London Square Putney provide a luxury lifestyle. Each apartment - with a balcony or winter garden - has been designed to maximise light and space.
Who will the neighbours be? London Square has a wide range of buyers of all ages at London Square Putney, including professionals, families, downsizers and investors.
What reputation do the local schools have? Putney High’s one of the UK’s leading girls’ schools. Other excellent, private educational establishments are Lion House, Hurlingham and Merlin schools. There are also a number of state schools with good reputations, such as St Mary’s, Brandle House and All Saints.
What is traffic and transport like in the area? London Waterloo’s only 17 minutes from nearby Putney overground station. You can easily reach Chelsea and Knightsbridge - on the District Line - and the rail hubs of Victoria and Paddington. Commuter riverboat services run to Blackfriars and the A3 runs straight into central London. A short drive over Putney Bridge takes you to Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea. Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports are all accessible in about 50 minutes.
What’s a good place for dinner nearby? There are plenty of good eateries in Putney. Two favourites are Emile’s Restaurant - sample dishes are rillettes of venison and breast of Magret duck - on Felsham Road; and Italian Enoteca Turi on Putney High Street, with seared scallops, spaghettini with fresh crab, and roast rabbit filled with pistachio and rosemary on the menu.
What local secret is there in the area that would take a new resident a while to discover? Putney Beer Boutique - a specialist beer shop housing many varieties of ales - that holds sell-out tasting events on Thursday evenings. London Square Putney is hosting a tasting event with the Beer Boutique on July 8. The Boathouse pub - with a balcony overlooking the river - is another great local secret. It’s perfect for a summer evening.
If you could change one thing about properties in the development what would it be? There’s nothing London Square would change at this luxurious development in Putney.
What items are included in the sale of the property (eg. white goods in the kitchen)? The Terrace Collection includes: Siematic kitchen units and Miele appliances, comfort cooling, under-floor heating, oversized bamboo veneered doors and parking spaces in the underground car park.
Who would be the ideal buyer? An investor, professional, downsizer or family looking to purchase a luxurious new build apartment in London.