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Neighbourhood Watch: Battersea

Setting the scene

CONVENIENT for Chelsea and the West End, right by the Thames and with lots of open space and good schools, Battersea is one of London’s most desirable addresses.

Options: Historic semis on Sisters Avenue (above); state-of-the-art flats at Battersea Power Station (main picture)

‘It offers the park and the river — and the views from the south side are so much better,’ says Nina Harrison of Haringtons. The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the £15 billion regeneration of nearby Nine Elms are helping to propel it into the property premier league. Nearly 25,000 homes are being built and the Northern Line extension is delivering new Zone 1 stations at both locations.

What’s new

An incredible 4,364 homes (636 of them affordable) are being created at Battersea Power Station — alongside restaurants, shops, offices and public spaces. The first phase, Circus West Village, is complete and phase II, the Power Station itself, will house Apple’s new campus and 253 apartments.

Only a few remain, but more are available in phase III’s Prospect Place (designed by Gehry Partners) and Battersea Roof Gardens (by Foster + Partners). Prices start at £510,000 for a studio, via batterseapowerstation.co.uk.

Prince of Wales Drive, by St William (pictured above), will consist of 955 light-filled one, two and three-bedroom apartments on a former gasworks site next to Battersea Park. Those in the current phase, Bowden House, start from £700,000 and have a covered private terrace or balcony, princeofwalesdrive.co.uk.One to three-bed apartments are also for sale at Taylor Wimpey Central London’s Battersea Exchange, where facilities include a 24-hour concierge and gym. They start from £600,000, all with a terrace or winter garden, batterseaexchange.com.

Avanton: Battersea (above) on York Road will consist of the Royal Academy of Dance’s new HQ and Coda Residences — a collection of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Prices start from £495,000, codalondon.com. At The Set, on Cabul Road, a film studio has been converted into an eclectic mix of apartments and four new, terraced houses, priced from £650,000 to £1.375million, through savills.co.uk.

Junction House (above), towards Clapham Junction, is the first phase in the regeneration of the 26-acre York Gardens, from £565,000 for a one-bedroom flat, also via savills.co.uk.

And on Queenstown Road, nine contemporary apartments have been carved from a Victorian mews. Two-beds start at £589,950, via johnsand.co.

Snooping around

Sitting pretty: Terraced houses on Eversleigh Road

BUYERS have the pick of mansion flats, Victorian houses, modern riverside apartments and new-builds. ‘The park offers period flats with porters and imposing red-brick townhouses, while smaller pockets of Battersea are hidden jewels, such as The Sisters or the Shaftesbury Conservation Area with its chocolate box cottages,’ says Matt Smith of Knight Frank. ‘It’s a magnet for young professionals and families who have sold north of the river and are looking to upsize,’ adds Charles Streatfield of Marsh & Parsons. ‘On average, a two-bedroom flat in a sought-after road is about £750,000, and a five-bedroom house is around £1.5 million.’

Vital statistics

Council tax Band D: £764.09

Commuting time: 5 mins from Battersea Park to Victoria, 10 mins from Queenstown Road to Waterloo

Annual Travelcard: £1,404

Amenities: ★★★★☆ Shops, pubs and eateries in Northcote Road and Lavender Hill near Clapham Junction, in Battersea Park Road and Battersea Square. Home to Gordon Ramsey’s London House; dog-friendly restaurant Megan’s; Circus West Village; Battersea Arts Centre; Latchmere Leisure Centre

Open space: ★★★★☆ Battersea Park; Latchmere Recreation Ground; new parks planned for Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms

Royally famous: Prince George (right with sister Charlotte) goes to school in the area PICTURE: GETTY

Schools: ★★★★☆ Above average GCSE results; virtually all state primaries judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted; Harris Academy is the go-to state secondary

Crime: ★★★★☆ Below average, apart from vehicle crime

Who lives there? High-earning professionals and senior managers

Famous faces: Prince George is a pupil at Thomas’s, a Battersea prep school

■ Schools and profile supplied by Zoopla.co.uk

Rent report

‘The area continues to prove particularly attractive to young professionals and there’s a fantastic restaurant and bar scene,’ says Alanna Toal of Featherstone Leigh.

‘Two-bedroom apartments are generally around £1,800pcm.’

Property ladder

First rung

£400,000, chestertons.com

A sunny, top-floor studio flat in a Victorian red-brick mansion block across the road from Battersea Park. It has a decent-size dual-aspect studio room, light-filled kitchen, bathroom and separate WC.

Average for Battersea

£930,000, johndwood.co.uk

Situated in the heart of the Shaftesbury Estate, this three-bedroom cottage has been extended into the side return, providing a spacious open-plan kitchen/diner. It also boasts a loft conversion and two bathrooms. The average property pirce for Battersea is £918,882, according to Zoopla.co.uk, which bases its figures on the average price paid over the past 12 months.

Luxury home

£3.35 million, knightfrank.com

This imposing five-bed semi-detached house boasts three reception rooms, three bathrooms, high ceilings, original fireplaces and many other period features. Planning permission is in place to convert the loft and basement.