The location is brilliant, with many restaurants, cafes, shops, etc. It is within short biking distance from the City, Holborn, Westminster, etc. and within walking distance from St Pancras. We are facing the inner courtyard so we hear absolutely no traffic noise or rowdy passers-by. The negative is that the address is hard to find. There is no street plate for #3 or #5, nor are they noted visibly on the maps. We missed a few deliveries because of this and I often encounter confused residents’ guests not knowing where to go.
Read all Read less
Please review your development:
Overall, the building is well designed and we particularly appreciate the outdoor terrace facing the inner courtyard and the good sound insulation between flats. However, the interior walls are not soundproof at all and the courtyard is somewhat echo-y. A big negative for us is the indoor bicycle and bin storage. The bin area is rather smelly and taking out or bringing in bicycles requires a lot of gymnastics – holding multiple doors open and lifting the bike upright in the lift; obviously, the bicycle storage was a space filler and an afterthought. The monthly service charge is really high but the property management has not been very efficient. For example, it took us 3 emails and 4 visits to the security gate to get access to the bicycle storage. On another occasion, they introduced a code to operate the lift but notified us a whole week after. On the plus side, we had a ceiling leak in our flat and they responded within 24 hours and fixed it within a week. So overall, not smooth but manageable.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
We were quite excited about the inner courtyard but did not realize that the absence of traffic noise comes at the price of sights and sounds from neighbors.
What is the best feature of your home:
The best features are the location, the amenities, and the lack of traffic and street noise. The building is new and modern and although it was not cheap, we still believe the flat was a good purchase value.