From redeveloped industrial docklands to traditional London villages, living on The River Thames offers something for everyone. Second in our Riverside Living series, we talk to Patricia Irwin-Brown, sales manager of KFH’s Blackheath branch about the many charms of Blackheath and Greenwich.
Bricks and mortar
Most of the properties on the riverside are new build apartments in developments such as Greenwich Peninsula and Woolwich Docklands. Developments such as these offer luxurious onsite facilities, such as gyms, restaurants and bars. They’re also popular with commuters, as many are built on top of stations.
Typically, we see a lot of first time buyers who are attracted to the lifestyle the area offers, as well as the quick links into the City. For this reason, we also see landlords keen to invest and attract the young professionals renting in the area. More recently, we have received a lot of enquiries from downsizers wanting pieds a terre with riverside views.
Blackheath and Greenwich are home to myriad of high achieving primary schools, with All Saints’ Church of England Primary School, John Ball, Brooklands and Brindishe Manor all rated Outstanding by Ofsted. Secondary schools include St. Ursula’s Convent School, The John Roan and Thomas Tallis.
Greenwich Park, one of London’s eight Royal Parks, is home to the Prime Meridian Line and The Royal Observatory. With wild deer roaming around the grassland, you’ll also find The National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College on the periphery of the park.
A Green Flag space, the Heath offers spectacular views over central London. It is home to OnBlackheath, an annual music festival whose previous acts include the illustrious Grace Jones, Elbow and Massive Attack, amongst many others.
Blackheath Lawn Tennis Club in Rectory Fields has seven floodlit courts, four glass courts and a courtside pavilion. Just down the road in Eltham, Blackheath Golf Club is a private members club which boasts an eighteen hole parkland course.
As well as being well placed for underground, overground and DLR services, Greenwich also offers commuters the chance to journey to work on The Thames Clipper.
Where to go
There are also plenty of independent eateries and boutiques to enjoy. Some of the best include Boulangerie Jade, a French artisan bakery and patisserie Hand Made Food, a shop, restaurant and cafe, which serves local, free range and seasonal produce. Other highlights include Ottie and the Bea, a children’s shop and The Fabric Shop on Tranquil Passage.
Looking to the future
The south east of London still offers great value for money in comparison with other pockets of London, and as interest rates have just been cut, competitive mortgages are sure to attract buyers to Blackheath and Greenwich.
Contact your local branch for more information.