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Types of Property in North Kingston
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Dysart Avenue
North Kingston is effectively the area of Kingston to the north of the station and town centre, which is bordered to the west by the river and to the east by Richmond Park and Kingston Hill. The term ‘North Kingston’ though is often used to refer particularly to the most northerly portion of this area, which is closest to the border with Richmond Borough. The border between the south of Richmond Borough and the northern part of Kingston Borough meets at the crossroads at Ham. A finger of Kingston Borough goes beyond the crossroads up Dukes Avenue and Dysart Avenue towards the river. These begin with 1930s semis in Dukes Avenue followed by 1930s terraced houses further along the road. The turn into Dysart Avenue then sees a return to mainly semi detached properties. These houses are popular for their extension possibilities and their closeness to the river which is at the end of Dysart Avenue where it turns and then becomes Burnell Avenue.
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Townhouses in Royal Park Gate
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The Royal Park Gate Estate is at the northern end of Kingston on the river side of the Richmond Road and was constructed in the mid 1990s on the site of the former British Aerospace works, - hence the street names which refer to Britain’s aviation heritage such as Biggin Hill Close, Sopwith Close, and Camel Grove. This estate was developed by three builders, - Bryant, Barratt and Laing Homes. It comprises a relatively small number of flats in Camel Grove, Wittering Close and Biggin Hill Close, with 2 and 3 bedroom houses in Hornchurch Close, Debden Close, Tangmere Grove and Yeovilton Place and a greater proportion of larger 3 storey townhouses and detached houses in North Weald Lane, Horsley Drive, Manston Grove, Chivenor Grove and Wittering Close.
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Riverside Apartments at
The Albany
The houses on the Richmond Road itself are largely Victorian at the Kingston end, but as one moves further north along it, the housing stock dates from the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the most expensive houses in the area are the substantial properties in Albany Park Road. On the river side of this road are the 3 blocks which comprise the gated development of ‘The Albany’ - 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with lift service, underground car park and a communal swimming pool. Many of the Albany apartments have balconies and terraces with stunning river views. Off Albany Park Road are modern townhouse style properties in Albany Mews, also with ready access to the river. Along the North Kingston riverside itself runs Lower Ham Road which has an eclectic mix of property sizes, styles and dates but which are all coveted for their setting on a sweeping stretch of river with proximity to rowing clubs, the Boaters Inn and Canbury Park Gardens. Running between Lower Ham Road and
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Apartments in Lower Kings Road
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Richmond Road are streets of mainly period detached and semi detached houses in Woodside Road, Chestnut Road, Eastbury Road and Kings Road. At the lower end of Kings Road, - where it meets Lower Ham Road, - are recent George Wimpey built 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Turning the corner here toward the town centre, the riverside becomes the site of recent gated developments in Samuel Gray Gardens and Maybate Avenue. This area also hosts a recently built Sainsbury’s store with an Esporta gym above it.
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Apartments at the side of Richmond Park in Park Gardens
On the other side of Richmond Road, Kings Road runs north easterly till it reaches Kingston Gate into Richmond Park. It crosses Park Road which forms a route from the bottom of Kingston Hill towards North Kingston. Park Road in Kingston comprises a mixed stock of types and periods of houses, as does the side turnings of Wingfield Road and Kelvedon Close which effectively form a crescent between Richmond Road and the wall of Richmond Park. There is a block of one bedroom apartments here at Parkside Court, but otherwise its a combination of houses, townhouses and maisonettes, - plus the only notable collection of bungalows in the whole area. Some of these properties back onto the wall of the Park and typically the final few yards of the gardens abutting the Park wall actually belong to the Crown and are effectively rented at a minimal charge as a ‘deers leap’ . As Park Road reaches the top of Tudor Drive, it carries on into a cul de sac section with another eclectic mix of properties. It hosts a number of 1930s privately built maisonettes with gardens which also are found in Woodcote Close together with some ex-local authority houses. On the right side, - again skirting the wall of Richmond Park, - are 1930s built flats and maisonettes in Park Gardens, Wilmer Close and Wilmer Crescent. Some of these apartments enjoy views over the Wall into the Park and some benefit from balconies. At the very cul de sac end of Park Road are some recently built 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 2 bedroom houses on Park Road itself and in Sopwith Close. At the final right hand end is a 1989 built development of 2 and 3 bedroom houses with integral garages which the builder Wates called Hatch Place, recalling the former medieval name of this whole area which in some old documents is called Ham-with-Hatch. Hatch is thought to derive from an older word for a gate.
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Traditional 1930s semi detached houses in Tudor Drive
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Much of the North Kingston area is known as the ‘Tudor Estate’ which was built by the builder G T Crouch in the 1930s. Crouch bought the land off Buckminster Estates which was effectively the Dysart family and it was marketed at the time as the ‘Richmond Park Estate’ (with prices from £675 ! ) The work mainly commenced in 1935 and the mock Tudor east side of Ham Parade which concludes the Kingston postcode district was also built at the same time. The Tudor development comprises terraced 3 bedroom houses and some semis in Cardinal Avenue, Wolsey Drive, Aragon Road, Hollybush Road, Latchmere Lane and the top end of Durlston Road. There are larger semi detached examples in Tudor Drive, Garth Road, Garth Close and Latchmere Lane. There are only a handful of detached houses on the development which will attract a premium price but Crouch did build some purpose built Tudor style maisonettes near the junction of Tudor Drive and Latchmere Lane. These each have their own gardens.
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Fernhill Court
There are larger styles of 1930s properties, mainly semis, in Grosvenor Gardens, Fernhill Gardens and Lancaster Gardens. Together with the 1930s houses on the Richmond Road, these houses offer potential for extensions to the side, rear and loft. Many of them have particularly substantial gardens. Grosvenor Gardens also benefits from a cut through to the riverside. Lancaster Gardens also provides a small number of purpose built 1930s maisonettes with their own gardens, as does the side road of Lancaster Close together with 3 blocks of 2 and 3 bedroom 1930s flats, most of which enjoy a share of the freehold. Nearby on the Richmond Road is another block of spacious 2 double bedroom 1930s apartments at Fernhill Court. Just along from there is a contemporary block of 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartments at Grantham Court with allocated parking behind.
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Detached North Kingston Villas
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On the other side of the Tudor development, towards central Kingston, there is more a mix of 1920s, 1930s and older period housing. Moving towards the town centre from the Tudor Estate, the Victorian houses begin at Durlston Road and continue through St Albans Road and Latchmere Road. The higher numbers in Latchmere Road, together with the offshoot at Cranleigh Gardens, were developed later from the 1920s onwards, mainly with traditional semis, though Cranleigh Gardens has been extended in recent years to provide more contemporary houses. Another later offshoot from Latchmere Road is the 1960s close at Earle Gardens which offers a combination of 2 and 3 storey terraced housing. From Latchmere Road towards Kingston centre, there are 3 and 4 bedroom villas and houses in Chesfield Rd, Burton Road, Staunton Road and on into Kings Road. There is an attractive enclave of smaller style Victorian semis comprising Thorpe Road, Osborne Road, Bearfield Road and Windsor Road. On the town side of Kings Road, the stock becomes more mixed and even in the mainly Victorian roads there are often isolated infills of later properties. Other recent developments have seen the replacement of older residential and commercial premises by new apartments such as Kings Penny House on the Richmond Road and a new large development at Trinity Reach and Montague Place.
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So properties in North Kingston come in all shapes and sizes with something to suit all types of buyer. As the centre and riverside of Kingston have seen a remarkable amount of renovation and development in recent years, so North Kingston in particular has become an increasingly sought after residential location, with its property values on a marked upward curve. Since it’s also blessed with particularly good schools and the twin attractions of the river and Richmond Park on either side, there’s every reason to suppose property in North Kingston will represent a very sound investment for the future.
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