What makes Richmond one of the happiest places to live in London?

Living close to rivers, watersides, parks and commons often have a stress relieving effect on homeowners. Take a leap from Richmond, which boasts the largest of London's Royal Parks. Here you're never short of something to do and it's the perfect place to watch the leaves and trees change from season to season. It is also a proven fact that experiencing nature contributes to making London homeowners generally happier, healthier people. And finding somewhere like this to move to is more possible than you think.

Here are four developments in close proximity to some of London’s best parks and open spaces:

The Yard - Clapham Common

Clapham Common is the ultimate homeowner’s playground with sports like tag rugby, tennis, football, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, fishing and running taking place all year round. Lined with century old trees and Victorian townhouses, the park itself has been the catalyst to Clapham’s demographic shift to middle income families over the past decade.

What you need to know about The Yard: 3 bed apartments, share prices from £145,687

Maple Court – Streatham Common

Head for Streatham Common and The Rookery, where you’ll find serene Surrey countryside views and quaint coffee shops. Streatham, where this leafy suburb is located, is making a comeback as a fashionable alternative to Clapham, Brixton, Balham and Dulwich. Millions of pounds have been invested into regeneration and conservation to make this a popular alternative to middle income earners priced out of the more popular areas.

*Image of Streatham Common Kite Day by Dave A via Flickr

What you need to know about Maple Court: 1 & 2 bed apartments & 3 bed houses, share prices to be confirmed

Brackenbury Square - Ravenscourt Park

Ravenscourt Park is a 13 hectare park nicknamed the secret garden by locals for its 690 trees of 104 species and a garden with wrought-iron gates and fortified wall. This is a great place to take your children, whether they be future botanists, bookworms, marathon runners, or jungle-gym turned Olympic gymnasts. Adults can explore the opportunity to develop a sense of place through the various clubs and organizations that revolve around the park. Check out our earlier blog for ideas on how to relax in the area without spending a penny.

What you need to know about Brackenbury Square: 2 & 3 bed apartments, share prices from £183,750

*Image of Ravenscourt Park by James Cridlandvia Flickr

Aspire - Grovelands Park

Just a short drive away from these functionally designed three bed houses is Grovelands Park. This was originally a private estate, generously populated with trees, a pumped stream flowing from a lake to a gill. Grovelands Park includes several football pitches, a children's playground, pavilion, nine-hole pitch and putt, and green gym overlooking the lake.

What you need to know about Aspire: 3 bed houses, share prices to be confirmed

So, wherever you take your family, make sure it's green!

*Image of Richmond Park by Olly Scott via Flickr