Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Smart Moves; A Blessed Trinity: Nuns, Vicars and You

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Smart Moves; A Blessed Trinity: Nuns, Vicars and You

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Byline: David Spittles

NOT many parts of London are bounded by green belt and yet still on the Tube map. Mill Hill is one such place, making it a destination for home buyers who like the country feel.

With its pond and pubs, the old village sits on the top of the hill, part of an ancient route called The Ridgeway, off which are the area's best addresses.

The newly landscaped grounds of a Victorian school formerly run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul are the leafy setting for The Village Green, a scheme of eight Arts & Crafts-style houses, ranging from a charming two-bedroom lodge to an imposing six-bedroom home called the Laundry House. Prices from PS875,000 to PS4,125,000. Call Glentree Estates on 020 8731 9500.

Nearby St Joseph's Gate is another local development with a religious link. The listed former seminary on Lawrence Street looms into view as you head north out of London. Standing in seven acres, the building was recently used as a film set for the BBC drama Call the Midwife. It is being converted into 49 apartments priced from PS915,000. Call Berkeley Homes on 01753 784417.

Carmel Gate, at Temple Fortune, completes a redevelopment trinity in this prosperous part of north-west London. Tucked away behind a gated entrance, it is a former Carmelite monastery, with a mix of new and refurbished apartments, mews houses, cottages, the original gatekeeper's house and sevenbedroom new-build villas. Most of the homes are set around an original cloistered courtyard.

Prices from PS700,000 to PS5.5 million. Call 020 8731 9500.

Dickens of a vista from huge Ealing penthouse terraces WITH 698 flats set around new public squares and pedestrianised lanes, brought to life with shops, restaurants, markets and street theatre, Dickens Yard in Ealing has created a new town centre hub.

Vista Apartments, above, the latest phase, includes penthouses with enormous 3,391sq ft terraces, below. Homes come with a package of hotel-type extras -- a smart entrance foyer with 24-hour concierge, underground parking and residents' spa. …

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