10 of the Best Riverside Properties on the Market Right Now
Pack your paddle board and grab your goggles. From floating homes to creek-side cottages, these are the best riverside properties to move to now.
1. King Stephens Mount, Worcester, Worcestershire
For peaceful river views, this elevated house on the banks of the Severn is hard to beat. Tucked away in sleepy Worcestershire with five bedrooms and a modern interior, there are not many rooms in this house which don’t overlook the river. Most spectacular of all is the floor to ceiling glass doors which lead straight from the living space onto an elevated wrap around porch – perfect for dinner parties, lazy Sunday brunches or just enjoying a good book while the river laps at the shore. Available through Knight Frank for £995,000
2. Cadogan Pier, Chelsea, SW3
With no stamp duty or VAT, houseboats are an affordable alternative to landlocked living. Not convinced? This three-bedroom Chelsea yacht will get you on board. Arranged over two floors with high ceilings and loads of natural light, the open plan interior feels more luxury apartment than poky cabin, and the curved glass hull is enough to rival any city penthouse. Outside are several cool decks perfect for languid fish suppers, gazing out over the river or enjoying a bottle of rum – in true sea-faring fashion – before you head to the trendy shops and restaurants of nearby Kings Road. Available through River Homes, price on application.
3. Quarry Lodge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7
Love rowing? This Marlow property will rock your boat. Not only is it on the banks of the Thames, with steps down to the water and a pretty boat house, it’s also only a short trip up the river to Henley. Aside from the enviable waterfront location, there’s also heaps of period charm including a curved turret, a domed portico, limestone fireplaces and bespoke oak fittings throughout. Meanwhile, if you fancy an al fresco dinner after a day on the river, ascend to the spacious roof terrace – perfect for gazing across the water or entertaining. Available through Hamptons for £3,250,000
4. St Katherine Docks, Wapping, E1W
From the ultra-modern kitchen and galleried atrium, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a slick city penthouse. But this East London home is in fact a 1930’s steel barge, enviably renovated and decked out with luxury comforts to create a cool family home. Spread out over two floors with high ceilings and river views throughout, there’s an open plan kitchen and dining area, a cool lounge with a suspended fireplace, five bedrooms, a home office and a sauna. That’s before you’ve even got to the vast outdoor terrace – bigger than most central London gardens and perfect for entertaining friends. Available through River Homes for £3,000,000
5. Lightermans Walk, Wandsworth, SW18
One of the major upsides to living on a boat is that you can simply sail away – furniture and all – whenever the urge takes you. This luxury six-bedroom house boat may be moored in Wandsworth, but if you get bored you can simply hoist anchor and float off down the Thames. The panelled wood interiors are both cosy and classy, while the vast white washed reception room is flooded with natural light. With a blue and white outside deck, its both a slick city pad and the holiday home of dreams. Cruise through Kent, bob down to Berkshire or, if you’re feeling brave, escape to the waterways of Europe and beyond. Available through Waterview for £1,795,000
6. Chauntry Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire
If you’re after river views but prefer to keep your feet on dry land, this Edwardian house on the banks of the Bray reach could be your dream home. First built in 1908, it has been sensitively extended over the years to offer comfortable country living for all the family. Today there are eight bedrooms, multiple reception rooms and a modern kitchen connected by galleried hallways and featuring gorgeous fireplaces. Outdoors, the spacious private lawn and terrace have uninterrupted views of the river; enjoy a spot of croquet, dangle your feet in the river, or head onto the water with a paddle board or canoe. Available through Hamptons for £5,250,000
7. Deodar Road, Putney, London, SW15
Luxury swimming pool; private roof terrace; river views from every bedroom. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a holiday hotel. In fact, it’s a five-bedroom home in Putney, just across the river from Fulham, Chelsea, and the centre of London. Open plan kitchen and living spaces are decorated in fresh, bright colours, and there’s views of the London skyline and, of course, the River Thames, which the garden backs on to. Available through Knight Frank for £4,850,000
8. Via Sottoriva, Verona, Italy
The Thames is nice enough, and the Severn is rather pretty. But if you’re looking for something a little more romantic than UK riverways then why not head to Romeo & Juliet’s home town Verona, where this stunning penthouse in the historic heart of the city overlooks the bustling River Adige. Indoors is classically Italian; simple wooden floors in the three bedrooms and a sweeping central living room with a grand fireplace. But the star of the show are the views over the city, which you can take in from the wide wrought iron balconies while sipping on an Aperol Spritz and waiting – Juliet style – for your own personal Romeo to appear below. Available through Sotherby’s International for €845,000
9. Watergate House, Fordwich, Kent
Originally the Manor House of Fordwich – the smallest town in Kent, with a population of less than 400 – the Grade II* Watergate House is a carefully restored historic gem. As you could expect from a property dating back to medieval times, it houses a wealth of atmospheric period features, including original beams, a 15th century fireplace and immaculately preserved, original Jacobean drawings the guest bedroom. Casting a romantic charm over the property, the exquisite gardens are a draw whatever the season, enclosed by ancient walls and leading down to the riverfront. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2,000,000
10. Battersea Power Station, London
One of the most highly-anticipated developments in London, the historic Battersea Power Station guarantees sublime views over the Thames, as well as an exciting new space for locals and tourists alike to explore this underrated stretch of the riverbank. The stylish, Art Deco-inspired apartments seamlessly incorporate the building’s unique features, such as the original 1930s brick and steelwork. Prices start from £870,000; enquire through batterseapowerstation.co.uk
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