FOCUS ON: BOW, E3

PACIFIC COURT, CASPIAN WHARF
Price: Three-beds from £404,950.
Due for completion in 2012, these apartments are now for sale. They include a concierge service and underground parking. Contact: Berkeley Homes on 0844 800 1152, www. berkeleyhomes.co.uk

PARNELL ROAD
Price: £575,000
Close to Victoria Park, this three-bed modern house has an open-plan living area and kitchen downstairs. There is a private back garden and extra storage in the loft. Contact: Stirling Ackroyd on 020 7749 3807, www.
stirlingackroyd.com

WEALDEN HOUSE
Price: £199,950
Ideal for first-time buyers, this one-bedroom flat on the second floor has a modern kitchen, a reception room with balcony and access to the communal gardens. Close to Bow Tube. Contact: Winkworth on 020 8981 6776, www. winkworth.co.uk

NEED TO KNOW | AREA INSIGHT

Commuting: Bow Road Tube is 15 minutes from Monument while Bow Church station is 10 minutes from Canary Wharf by DLR.

Schools: Guardian Angels Catholic Primary has a good record at Key Stage 2 as does Old Palace Primary School. At the Central Foundation Girls’ School, 77 per cent of students achieve A*-C at GCSE and 82 per cent got A*-C at A-Level.

Crime: Bow is less safe than the national average.
Restaurants & Pubs: The Morgan Arms gastropub, just off Tredegar Square, is now part of the Geronimo Inns group and comes highly recommended. The Eleanor Arms, which serves Shepherd Neame, is in the Good Beer Guide 2010 and hosts live music and quiz nights on a regular basis.

Parks & Leisure: Victoria Park, which holds an annual festival, is close by and you can stroll along the Regent’s Canal. In Mile End Park there is one of London’s few climbing walls.