One of the capital’s most picturesque boroughs, Richmond on Thames has developed far fewer homes than its London counterparts in recent years. Due in part to the considerable amount of land protected under conservation status, Richmond also simply does not have enough vacant land upon which to build.
Founded in the 1500s following Henry VII's building of Richmond Palace, Richmond was formerly part of the ancient parish of Kingston upon Thames in the county of Surrey.
The construction of Richmond Bridge in the 18th century, and the direct route to London it provided, drew wealthy landowners and families of note to the area. This in turn saw the building of handsome Georgian terraces and stately homes – many of which remain well preserved today and have listed building architectural or heritage status.
Throughout the ages, Richmond’s housing has been designed for the wealthy. The area’s grand detached family homes reflect this; ranging in style from Queen Anne to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian.
Despite being bombed during World War II, Richmond’s housing stock was left relatively unscathed. This lack of opportunity to replace existing homes explains the very few 1920-30s or post war housing in the borough.
21st century development
Home to London's largest park and some of the capital's most breathtaking views, the borough has very few hish-rise developments. However, the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian villas, contemporary new build and riverside homes ensure that Richmond's housing stock is diverse.
High density developments have taken place in existing buildings, such as The Star and Garter, or have replaced more institutional buildings; evident in The Richmond Bridge development on the Twickenham side of the river. Have a look at these beautiful properties and more on our property listing page.