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Thames-side stunners to make waves in your heart

The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race dates back to 1829. It’s rowed over a 4.2 miles course from Putney to Mortlake. This part of the river is tidal so, although the crews are rowing upstream, the race is timed to coincide with the incoming flow. Grab your spot along the route or splash out and move to a riverside property. Here’s your starter for 10 – our top Thames-side stunners that will make waves in your heart.

The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race dates back to 1829. It’s rowed over a 4.2 miles course from Putney to Mortlake. This part of the river is tidal so, although the crews are rowing upstream, the race is timed to coincide with the incoming flow. This year the start is at 4.10pm on March 27. Grab your spot along the route or splash out and move to a riverside property. Here’s your starter for 10 – our top Thames-side stunners that will make waves in your heart.

William Hunt Mansions, Barnes SW13 £2.1m

The Harrods Furniture Depository building is a key marker in the race, just before Hammersmith Bridge. At this point the deepest water is on the Surrey side and that crew will have the advantage for the next eight or nine minutes. William Hunt Mansions is the iconic salmon pink edifice on the river frontage of what is now known as Harrods Village. This three-bedroom apartment on the second floor has panoramic river views, so you wouldn’t even need to leave home to watch the action.

Call Winkworth Barnes on 020 8255 0088 winkworth.co.uk/barnes

Bridge View, Hammersmith W6 £815,000

The crew that is ahead at Hammersmith Bridge very often goes on to win. As the river turns west, any westerly wind makes the water very choppy. In 1912 the race was abandoned after the Oxford crew sank just after the bridge. This three-bedroom maisonette in Bridge View is moments from the river. It’s on the upper two storeys of an attractive Victorian villa in a tree-lined road.

Call Winkworth Hammersmith on 020 7371 4466 winkworth.co.uk/hammersmith

Bourne End, Bucks £1,999,950

Enid Blyton lived at Bourne End and this six-bedroom house would give you a perfect Famous Five lifestyle. The elegant Edwardian country home has period features and the garden runs down to a brook with a mooring, giving you river access to the Thames. There’s a heated outdoor pool and a sauna if you’re not quite up to wild swimming. All you need is lashings of ginger beer!

Call Winkworth Beaconsfield on 01494 677978 winkworth.co.uk/beaconsfield

Cowley Mansions, Mortlake, SW14 £775,000

Pundits expect 300,000 to line the route on the day, and one of the favourite places is opposite Duke’s Meadow, just before Barnes Railway Bridge. By this stage in the race, the boat that is leading is most likely to win. This three-bedroom, first floor apartment has some lovely period features and the use of the communal garden. Just stroll down to Dovecote Gardens, off Mortlake High Street, to watch the final stretch of the race.

Call Winkworth Barnes on 020 8255 0088 winkworth.co.uk/barnes

Sonning, Reading £2.95m

The village grew up around a crossing point on the Thames. It was described by Jerome K Jerome in Three Men in a Boat as the “most fairy-like little nook on the whole river”. George Clooney is the latest A-lister to fall for its charms. If you love messing about on the water, there are moorings above and below Sonning Lock and several rowing clubs use this stretch of the river. This four-bedroom house was built in 1999 and sits in nearly an acre of land.

Call Winkworth Reading on 0118 402 2300 winkworth.co.uk/reading

Mortlake, London SW14 £1.35m

The final stretch of the race passes the old Mortlake Brewery and finishes just before Chiswick Bridge. Most people gather on the south side of the river – probably because there are several pubs along this stretch. From this split-level penthouse opposite the brewery site, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the action. However, your 36ft reception room with floor to ceiling windows and large terrace will no doubt make your home into party central for the day.

Call Winkworth Barnes on 020 8255 0088 winkworth.co.uk/barnes

Whitcome Mews, Kew, TW9 £535,000

The race doesn’t take very long. The action can be over in as little 16 minutes, although the women’s race takes place on the same day this year for the first time. It starts at 3.10pm. The boats come ashore at the boat club just beyond the bridge and it’s traditional for the winning crew to throw their cox into the river. A dip in the Thames in March? If you buy this one-bedroom flat almost opposite the dunking spot, you can enjoy the heated pool and gym that’s part of this development.

Call Winkworth Richmond on 020 8940 9986 winkworth.co.uk/richmond

Gunnersbury Mews, Chiswick W4 £1,750,000

Chiswick Eyot is a small, wooded island that becomes fully submerged at high tide. During the 2012 race, an Australian swam from the island into the path of the boats. This disrupted the race for half an hour and the perpetrator was sent to prison for six months. A little way away from Chiswick Eyot is this three-bedroom house in a gated development.

Call Winkworth Chiswick on 020 8994 7096 winkworth.co.uk/chiswick

Carrara Wharf, London SW6 £485,000

The race starts at Putney Bridge. The clubs’ presidents will have tossed a coin to decide who starts on which side of the river – Middlesex station is the north side and Surrey the south. As crews are competing for the fastest current, an early lead is crucial. You get a great view of the Thames from the communal gardens of this gated development, but you want to pop over to the other side of the bridge to see the race, which heads upstream. This one-bedroom flat comes with secure parking.

Call Winkworth Fulham on 020 7731 3388 winkworth.co.uk/fulham

Fulham Reach, Hammersmith W6 £700,000

Although the race is rowed upstream, it is timed to coincide with the incoming tide, so that crews are rowing with the fastest current. With Hammersmith Bridge in sight, the coxes aim for the second lamppost on the left. This gives the deepest water and the fastest line. Fulham Reach is a new riverside development and this one-bedroom flat has a balcony and partial river views.

Call Winkworth Hammersmith on 020 7371 4466 winkworth.co.uk/hammersmith

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