where to find homes near parks and gardens in London's new green districts — from Zones 1 to 4

Estate agents across London are also reporting more enquiries from buyers putting outside space as their top request. “First-time buyers have been prepared to sacrifice space to have the culture and convenience of central London on their doorstep,” says Becky Fatemi of Rokstone. “But the priorities are definitely shifting, especially with the possibility of repeat lockdowns.” Award-winning architect Alison Brooks is passionate about the importance of good internal and external space. Buyers, who are currently limited to searching online only, must beware the marketing of new developments where outdoor space is an afterthought, warns much-respected architect Michael Squire. Large swathes of former industrial sites and run-down housing estates are being transformed into new green districts within Zones 1 to 4. Your budget and your needs will determine your choice but there are surprising opportunities being created to enjoy green space in Zone 1, including a 14-acre linear park coming through Nine Elms from Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station. Developer Lendlease is offering stamp duty savings on selected homes at this 37-storey residential tower and four-storey terrace block. Virtual viewings are available at 1,843-home King’s Road Park which sits between Imperial Wharf station in Chelsea Harbour and Fulham Broadway. “With social distancing in place, parks have never been more important,” says James Lord of HTA Design, the landscape architects at Acton Gardens. With the Greater London Authority demanding more urban greening, an increasing number of plans include podium parks — with homes on top and bike storage, gyms and shops underneath; green courtyards to break up brick and concrete, allotments, or roof terraces. Located on the Supercycle Highway CS3 which runs from Beckton to Hyde Park, The Greenway is a mile from Royal Albert station on Docklands Light Railway. Styles House, a new tower with glazed ceramic tiles, will replace run-down low-rise homes and join an existing block, with a communal garden, allotments, a social seating area and a fishpond around the base. Less than half a mile from Canary Wharf Tube, The Madison is a 53-storey tower with stunning London views. There is a swimming pool and spa on the ground floor and the newly created one-acre Liberty Square gardens.

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