Long considered the beating heart of London, the River Thames caters for everyone. Once utilised for trade, the river now provides the city with modes of transport, water sport activities and recreation. As Londoners continue to flock to the river, we take you through the different types of available riverside property, from warehouse apartments perfect for young professionals, through to family homes along the banks of the Thames.
Found in many Thameside locations, converted warehouses such as this two bedroom flat in Rotherhithe seamlessly blend edgy interiors with buildings bursting with historical importance.
Popular with young professionals and arty types, converted warehouses offer modern, sleek interiors in buildings steeped with history. Most boast high ceilings, large windows and an abundance of space and, therefore, command a premium.
New build apartments
Nowadays, new build apartments can be found along the entire length of the river, from Kingston upon Thames through to Charlton. Historically however, many could be found in east London. Chris Early, Sales Manager of KFH in Canada Water explains why:
“Having been redeveloped in 1980’s, Surrey Docks offers large, purpose built modern buildings, which is at odds with a lot of London’s pre-war architecture. Offering a good alternative to warehouse conversions, newer apartments build on the existing benefits of riverside living with great views and outside space.”
In demand with both young professionals and downsizers, new build apartments boast low running costs and energy bills, and usually need little in the way of redecoration or repair.
Pieds à terre
As most pieds à terre will be hosting their owners Monday-Friday, you’ll usually find them in a central location in order to provide easy access in to the office. This purpose built apartment in Cheyne Walk is a perfect example of this, closely located to the station, with the multiple upmarket amenities of the King’s Road only minutes away.
Pieds à terre tend to be good long-term investments, as attractive riverside apartments in good locations continue to be perennially popular. According to Chris, direct views of the river can add 10-15% to a property’s value.
Those looking for a quieter pace of life can find family homes near the riverside in suburbs such as Kingston. Homes such as this four bedroom townhouse can be found only moments from the river.
Others who crave a bit more excitement as well as space for their family are well catered for if they head east along the river. Traditional dockside areas such as Canada Water and Rotherhithe offer family homes with views across the water.
For those with a sense of adventure, riverboats can be found along the stretch of the River Thames. With prices ranging from less than £100,000 into the millions, all budgets are catered for. Houseboats offer the same advantages of typical riverside properties, with the added advantage of no SDLT charges.
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