First-time buyer home of the week: Greenwich, SE10
There’s no stamp duty to pay, plus prime views of Canary Wharf and the City skyline from this bright, spacious split-level apartment a few minutes’ walk from Westcombe Park train station in Greenwich.
Three bedrooms (one used as a home office) and a newly renovated bathroom are on the first level, while the top floor has been opened up to incorporate living/dining and kitchen areas — fabulously bright and airy from large windows and two skylights.
Greenwich Pleasaunce – a lovely green space with a naval cemetry and a great little café sits just behind.
For sale for £425,000, through JLL (020 8012 5122).
Waterside home of the week: Inchconnachan Island, Loch Lomond
Isolate in the most idyllic way possible on your own island — some 103 acres of it and almost 4000 metres of shoreline in Scotland — just off the shores of Loch Lomond close to the village of Luss.
There is planning permission in place to replace an existing derelict bungalow (built in the 1920s and once the holiday home of Lady Arran — a powerboating enthusiast) for an amazing new lodge, boathouse and pier, all surrounded by views across the lock, lush vegetation and historic woodland along with being a habitat for otters, deer and nesting ospreys among wildlife.
Helensburgh Upper is the nearest train station, with trains reaching London in just under seven hours.
For sale for £500,000, through Knight Frank (0131 291 0076).
Commuter home of the week: Saffron Walden, Essex
Here’s a period project to leave town for: a gorgeous, 14th century wreck right on Saffron Walden High Street, Essex.
The Grade II-listed home needs complete renovation to its character proportions of more than 3,100sq ft where you’ll find plenty of beams, wood panelled walls, open fires and exposed floorboards in generous dining, drawing and family rooms, along with terracotta tiles in a kitchen opening to a walled garden with two separate store rooms prime for conversion.
There are five bedrooms to put your stamp on upstairs — either with views of the rural market town or St Mary’s Church spire and a lovely public garden.
Trains from nearby Audley End reach London in just under an hour.
For sale for £695,000, through Cheffins (01799 795012).