New-look Burgess Park: flats with roof gardens and play areas in promising first-time buyer home hunting ground

Refurbished Burgess Park in Southwark is a welcome green retreat from densely packed Peckham or Walworth.

The 113-acre linear park has been upgraded with new entrances, pathways and recreational areas including tennis courts plus 90,000 new plants and trees and wildlife gardens.

It has a fishing lake, café, barbecue grills, exercise frames and also boasts a listed Victorian church, library and baths and original artisan cottages. It is an occasional music venue, too.

The district is a promising hunting ground for first-time buyers searching for a good-value home close to central London.

And being bounded by the Old Kent Road “Opportunity Area” — a council-backed regeneration initiative bringing 20,000 new homes and two new Bakerloo line stations — this Zone 2 neighbourhood is a good investment bet.

Leyland Court, moments from the park, is a scheme of 43 flats and maisonettes, one of a trio of buildings that incorporate roof gardens, a play area and a raised landscaped courtyard above a residents’ car park.

Prices from £355,000 to £720,000. Call Hamptons on 020 3451 1544.

From £450,000: homes at Queens Road Apartments in Peckham

Nearby Queens Road Apartments are part of an emerging hipster pocket — check out the Meet District eatery by the local Overground station.

Prices start at £450,000. Call Kalmars on 020 7403 0600.

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