Messingabout on the RIVER

Le Sommelier pushes the boat and celebrates the best views in town
2015-07-01
Property

Battersea Power Station

Pigs ARE flying at Battersea Power Station! It has featured on Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ album cover and American Apparel’s babygros, but now this international icon is enjoying a residential resurrection. The £8 billion mixed-use project will create a new town centre for London with 4,000 homes, more than 250 shops, cafés and restaurants, extensive office space and a six-acre riverside park. Prices currently start at £1 million for apartments on Electric Boulevard – a new high street designed by Foster and Gehry whose completion is on track to coincide with the opening of an on-site tube station in 2020.

An architect’s penthouse

Richard Rogers’ ‘glass mountain’ was completed in 2000 beside Battersea’s Grade I-listed St Mary’s. Originally designed for RR himself, this three-bedroom penthouse on Montevetro’s seventh/eighth floors costs £7.5 million through Savills (020 3402 1900). Three terraces and huge windows are teamed with triple-height ceilings and an open-plan design that displays Rogers’ signature use of steel and glass.

Fulham riverside

Ever so handy for the Hurlingham Club, this four-bedroom duplex is situated on the fourth and fifth floors of the Victorian mansion block at Hurlingham Court, Ranelagh Gardens, SW6. Featuring Thames-side balconies at both levels and access to the communal gardens and river walkway, it is on the market for £2.75 million through John D Wood (020 7731 4223).

Views of Albert Bridge

Cheyne Walk, SW3, remains one of London’s most elegant riverside addresses with its predominantly Georgian and Victorian houses. Designed by Arts & Crafts architect CR Ashbee, this Grade II-listed four-bedroom house has open views across the Thames and Albert Bridge. Complete with a garden and one-bedroom cottage, Knight Frank (020 7349 4300) and Savills (020 7581 5234) are seeking £10.5 million.

Greenwich Peninsula

The man behind The Knightsbridge Apartments is now masterminding London’s largest regeneration scheme. Greenwich Peninsula has 1.6 miles of Thames frontage, neighbours the O2 and is 15 minutes from Green Park underground. But how to create exclusivity on a 150-acre site where five districts will provide 15,000 homes? Developer Knight Dragon’s Sammy Lee is identifying different designers who appeal to different audiences within the fashion-conscious context of limited editions. First up is Tom Dixon whose collection of 40 ‘playful’ apartments marks the launch of Upper Riverside where prices start at £400,000.

One Tower Bridge

Berkeley Homes has certainly pushed the boat out at One Tower Bridge. The 373-unit development boasts the group’s best-ever spa and health club which is ‘residents only’… whether you own a penthouse or pied-à-terre. The latest release of studios, one- and two-bedroom flats all have large river-fronting balconies with terrific views of Tower Bridge and are priced from £975,000. If you want a hot tub on your terrace, put your name down for the September launch of three four-bedroom duplex penthouses that start from £13 million.

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