Set beside the Thames, new Riverside Quarter combines a healthy lifestyle and beautiful vistas.
Living within sight of open space can change your life. A series of academic studies published over the past three decades strongly suggests that a great view isn’t just pretty to look at. Being able to throw open your windows to enjoy a lovely vista can actually make people feel physically healthier, less stressed and generally happier and more content.
So it makes sense that anyone looking for a home in central London ought to be considering the outside of their property as carefully as they do the inside.
Housebuilders are increasingly upping their game when it comes to outside space.
, a new development of more than 550 homes set by the River Thames in Wandsworth, comfortably passes the green space test. Each of its individual low- or mid-rise buildings is positioned overlooking private estate gardens which can be enjoyed from the balcony, terrace or winter garden of each home. There is also a new tree-lined square.
Almost next door is the small but perfectly formed Wandsworth Park, right on the river, and a 40-minute waterfront stroll along Putney Embankment, past several of this area’s rowing clubs, is the peerless London Wetland Centre at Barnes, one of the most peaceful spots you will find in Zone 2.
Each new home will have a terrace, balcony or winter garden
Riverside Quarter also has its own fitness suite, with a glamorous pool overlooking the Thames and Hurlingham Park, just over the river in Fulham. For those who prefer to take things a little easier there is a Jacuzzi, as well as a fully equipped gym with running and cycling machines, and weight and exercise machines.
The feel-good factor of this location continues well beyond the gym. Simply watching life on the Thames is fascinating. You will have a front-row seat for the Boat Race and if you want to take to the water yourself, there is a pier at Riverside Quarter from where Thames Clippers operates hourly services to the West End — a far more tranquil commuting option than the Tube.
Another way to avoid the Underground, and get fit, is to ride the Wandsworth to Westminster Cycle Superhighway through Battersea and Nine Elms and on into central London.
If you want to eat healthily, too, both Wandsworth and Putney are within easy walking distance with some great options for the virtuous diner. In Garratt Lane, for example, you can enjoy vegan soul food at Amrutha Lounge, and pay what you think your meal was worth. This critically acclaimed venue was recently named London’s favourite restaurant by TripAdvisor.
In Putney you can tuck into a full vegan breakfast, or an amazing choice of salads, at Foodilic — which also caters, healthily, for meat eaters.
Thames Clippers runs hourly services from Riverside Quarter to the West End. Fitness fans can also ride the Wandsworth to Westminster Cycle Superhighway, via Battersea.
For getting away from it all, Heathrow airport is just 11 miles to the west, while you can pick up the M3 or M4 for escapes to the West Country. And remember, the presence of a 24-hour concierge service means there is no need to worry about your home while you are away.
The regeneration of this stretch of previously unlovely riverside, where the Thames meets the River Wandle, is now well advanced. Until developer Frasers Property got to work, there was an oil terminal on the site and before that a Victorian milliner’s factory.
Today it is a thriving little neighbourhood with houseboats, waterfront restaurants and a walkway along the river.
Two-bedroom apartments are currently on sale priced from £755,000, while homes at the final building at the site, Nine Eastfields, will go on sale in late spring.
For more information see riversidequarter.com
First reported in The Evening Standard, Homes & Property