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More than meets the eye in Greenwich

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and a Royal Borough since 2012, Greenwich is an area steeped in maritime history. However, it doesn’t rests on its historical laurels; a massive building boom has seen a plethora of modern riverside developments pop up, offering residents the chance to experience high-end living and exciting amenities.  The area’s close proximity to the O2 Arena, excellent transport links around London, large open spaces and vibrant town centre means the area is currently thriving, with plenty of families and young professionals looking for property here.

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2 bedroom flat at New Capital Quay

Thanks to significant redevelopment over the last few years, potential residents have a choice of housing that ranges between charming period buildings and modern developments. The period properties come in the form of Georgian houses, cottages and terraces which is largely thanks to the area’s position as a popular rural retreat in the 18th century.

Attracting a lot of attention is the modern development, New Capital Quay. There are a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments at the development, offering well-designed interiors with neutral tones. The exterior of the building pays homage to Greenwich’s maritime past with curved lines and mixed materials invoking images of the imperial ships that used to dock in the area. Rentals start from £330 per week.

City Peninsula is another popular development in Greenwich featuring apartments that enjoy views over the River Thames and the O2 Arena. This spacious two bedroom apartment (£425 per week) provides a good example of the type of properties you can find in the development.

Average rental prices in Greenwich range from £1,390 per week for one bed apartments to £1,790 per week for two beds to £2,390 per week for three bedroom apartments.

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Greenwich enjoys excellent travel connections around London, with several stations offering direct services to the West End, Canary Wharf and the City, making the area particularly appealing for professionals who want no fuss routes into work. Zone 2’s Cutty Sark and Greenwich DLR stations offer direct services to Canary Wharf in just 10 minutes, North Greenwich underground station’s position on the Jubilee Line means residents can be in Bond Street in less than 20 minutes, while Greenwich (Zone 2) and Maze Hill (Zone 3) National Rail stations offer direct services to Cannon Street.

There’s also a river bus service from Greenwich and North Greenwich Piers and a cable car that goes from North Greenwich to East India Dock. A local bus service completes an array of travel options which offer plenty of choice.

Prepare to be entertained

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O2 Arena

Whether you’re strolling around the market, enjoying modern European cuisine in one of the many restaurants, exploring the maritime history in a museum, or visiting the O2 Arena, there are plenty of things to do and see in Greenwich.

The O2 Arena is one of London’s most popular attractions, famed for hosting some of the biggest music concerts on the planet, from Adelle to the Rolling Stones. It’s also the place to catch NBA basketball matches and Tennis tournaments, dine at a selection of eateries that will leave you spoilt for choice, visit exhibitions and even enjoy an evening at a night club.

Located in the heart of the town centre, the Greenwich Market offers the chance to find off-beat presents, charming antiques, or if you’re hungry, you can enjoy a quick meal at one of the many food stalls. The town centre itself offers a good selection of independent boutiques such as Dao, which specialises in gifts from China and Tibet, and Greenwich Book Time, and independent bookstore.

There are plenty of restaurants, with Goddards at Greenwich, located on King William Walk, a family run pie and mash shop that has been established since the late 19th century and is particularly popular with tourists. Plumtree Café, on Greenwich High Road, offers a nice selection of home baked cakes and pastries, while The Varnbrugh is a charming gastro pub on Colomb Street, just a short walk from Greenwich centre. We recommend the fillet steak or pan fired seabass.

The town centre has become a hotspot for professionals to enjoy a well-earned drink at one of the many bars after a long, hard week at work, before moving onto a night of dancing at the O2 Arena.

There’s some real history in here

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Cutty Sark

Greenwich’s most appealing attractions are the Royal Museums Greenwich, which are a top-10 UK visitor attraction. Made up of the iconic sailing ship, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, and the Queen’s House Art gallery, are all within easy walking distance of one another and are UNESCO WORLD HERTIAGE sites. Trips to these will teach you about all the maritime history that is so deeply rooted into Greenwich. They are a real bonus to have on your doorstep if you’re living in the area.

Smells like fresh air

Greenwich Park is one of the eight Royal Parks in London and is visited by millions of people every year. A trip to the park affords the chance to see deer at The Wilderness, scenic gardens including the Rose, Herb and Flower gardens, take part in sports and leisure activities, and visit the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum which are located in the park.

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It’s not hard to see why Greenwich is so in demand: excellent travel connection bring it within easy reach to some of London’s most important areas; a mix of history and modern amenities give residents an excellent choice, and local green spaces add a touch of tranquillity. If you’re interested in moving into this SE10 postcode contact a member of our Greenwich team and we’ll be happy to help.

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About the Author

Mark has worked in property for nearly 20 years, initially in estate agency and then moving on to work for a corporate serviced apartment provider. He has been based in the City and Docklands for 14 years and joined Benham and Reeves in 2003 as manager of the City office, going on to set up the Canary Wharf office in 2009 and now he also heads the Greenwich office which opened in 2013. ARLA qualified, Mark has the NAEA (NFOPP) qualification.

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