STRICTLY SPEAKING, Parade View Mansions in Marine Gate, Portsmouth, isn't a mansion block, it's a restored redbrick barracks with rows of chimney stacks and polished windows. "Mansions" does have grander connotations - so the developer Redrow Homes hopes. All but one of the 20 two-bedroom flats have been sold, reflecting the waterside location. All flats are equipped with a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer-drier and oven, and white bathroom fittings. The price is pounds 151,950; details from the sales office on 01705 818838.
ALBERT PALACE Mansions is a landmark block, standing in Lurline Gardens, near Battersea Park and Queenstown Road, SW11. It has easy access to trains and buses and is popular with buyers whose other little place is in the country. Number 99 is a top (fourth) floor flat with three bedrooms. The 14ft reception room is decorated in fashionable terracotta and cream, with a French door leading onto a balcony. For sale at pounds 275,000 - details from John D Wood (0171-228 0174).Reuse content