Nine Elms

Welcome to Nine Elms, London’s most Cinderella-like transformation story to date. Covering a massive 227 hectares, this huge venture breathed new life into a South London riverside district. Infrastructure, transport, offices, education, entertainment, parks and thousands of new-build homes ; it’s all part of this colossal £15 billion regeneration scheme, with a focus on heritage and community at its heart. Read on to discover the developments that are the best places to live in Nine Elms, and also read reviews from residents who own or rent in Nine Elms.

 

“The Nine Elms neighbourhood is one of the most exciting redevelopment projects of recent years, once an urban wasteland criss-crossed by railways lines and dotted with factories and disused car parks, the transformation has been nothing short of extraordinary. And it’s a success story that many first-time buyers and investors want to buy into.” – HomeViews Researcher

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Average Location Score

Excellent

52%

Very Good

32%

Average

15%

Disappointing

1%

Very Poor

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Best places to live in Nine Elms

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

US Embassy

Where is Nine Elms?

SW8, the capital’s pending destination du jour, spearheaded by multiple industry powerhouses. It stretches from Lambeth Bridge to Chelsea Bridge, sweeping across the Albert Embankment and Vauxhall. It encompasses the South Bank’s last remaining industrial portion, and looks across the river to the City of Westminster.

Some of the best places to live in Nine Elms

The United States Embassy relocated to Nine Elms from Westminster’s Grosvenor Square in 2017. Designed by Philadelphia-based firm, Kieran Timberlake, its 12-storey glass cube façade is now much better-placed for the Houses of Parliament. Also close by, is Ballymore’s hotly anticipated Embassy Gardens, now a blossoming residential neighbourhood in its own right, fusing luxury apartments with Huw Morgan-designed landscaping, and a string of high-end leisure facilities.

 

 “The 25 metre Sky Pool is a world first, a crystal-clear acrylic pool suspended between two buildings at 10 storeys. Impressive? Most definitely. Practical? Well, the fact that our climate is often more Baltic than Californian means it’ll have a limited window of use, but there’s always the indoor pool that can used the remainder of the year.”HomeViews Property Pro contributor on Embassy Gardens…

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Tech giant Apple is set to make the move to Nine Elms in 2021, rounding up some 1,400 employees from its current eight London offices. Its new flagship office will be on the revamped Battersea Power Station site – one of Nine Elms’ biggest phased projects. One of the world’s largest brick structures and it’s been empty for around 30 years. And now The Battersea Power Station Development Company is shaping the site and its surrounding land at lightning speed.

There are now more than 4,000 new homes here, along with countless commercial units, and a health and residents’ club. Also in the works, is a concert venue for 2,000 revellers, and a purpose-built high-street, dubbed ‘Electric Boulevard’. This will also be the setting for a brand-new linear park running from Battersea Power Station through to Vauxhall Cross.

 

 “What is important about living in London, for me, is the environment and people you surround yourself with. Choosing to live at Battersea Power Station was about being part of somewhere iconic, being in a beautiful space, joining a community and surrounding myself with like-minded people.” Stephanie, Battersea Power Station resident

 

Other notable new-build developments in Nine Elms include Dalian Wanda’s One Nine Elms (now sold to Guangzhou R&F Properties) – close to Vauxhall Station and completing in late 2019. This exclusive skyscraper scheme is part residential development, part luxury hotel – the five-star Wanda Vista. Nine Elms is also welcoming the unique Versace-designed DAMAC Tower to the area. Previously known as Aykon London One, this 50-storey shrine to opulence and elegance will complete in 2020.

Nine Elms sky line at night

Nine Elms’ transport transformation

The area’s entire transport network is being overhauled, with new bus services, a new river pier now in action at Battersea Power Station, and extensions to the Thames River path among the list of improvements. There’s a new Thames bridge on the way, too, which promises to link Nine Elms with Pimlico. At the core is the Northern line extension, which will create two new Zone 1 stations in 2020; and connect residents to the City in less than 15 minutes. The Nine Elms Point residential development, by Barratt Homes, comprises of 645 competitively-priced apartments right next to the planned Nine Elms station. As well as this, this development is one of the best places to live in Nine Elms.

 

Conveniently, Nine Elms Point is perched directly above an expansive Sainsburys flagship store, with other grocery options like Waitrose and Tesco Metro in walking distance too. The retail scene is a bit scarce at the moment but the regeneration will bring further growth in variety, as well as more restaurants and bars.” Alycia Samsudin, Nine Elms Point viewer 

 

All in all, Nine Elms’ dramatic transformation has the world watching. And to think it all began as a riverside path lined with nine elm trees…

You can find out more about renting in Nine Elms by reading reviews from residents. Click below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also to discover great places to rent in Nine Elms. If there’s a Nine Elms property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Nine Elms

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Not good enough!

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Review Date Mar 2021

Good: Transport, quality of. local shops,
Bad: anti-social behaviour

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Still paying service charge despite facilities being closed. Upkeep of facilities such as lifts have been poor during covid. Building management not helpful enough. Design of building could be better. Overall during covid times, a lot of things could be improved upon.

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Different companies supplying water, this was not known beforehand and was inconvenient. Too much construction around the area was also not known beforehand.

What is the best feature of your home:

We have a balcony which has been very useful. The swimming pool facility has been great

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Manager Response

Good Afternoon Arjun,

Thank you for your feedback.

We apologies for the closer of our Service areas due to the Government Guidelines we had to enforce these rules however please be assured that they will be opening soon and you will be able to book the Amenities via the Eg: Life App.

Please be assured that our on-site team are working to address all issues on site that is in need of upkeep help. If reported via the Eg: life app we will assign the ticket to the correct department who will be able to deal with it in a more efficient timely way.

Please contact our Residental Service Manager who will gladly help

Best regards,

Maki Benvento
Resort Director

Great location – But too much style over substance.

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Review Date Mar 2021

Excellent location and transport links. Good and improving amenities although currently no retail.
Parking (for visitors) in the area is poor. There’s a small (but welcome) sense of community. Traffic noise not too bad – although motorbikes, a pain.

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Very well situated. Reasonably well designed.
Building / Property Management is at best adequate and response is perfunctory. Little evidence that concerns are listened to and acted upon. Opaque reporting channels and the very high turnover of staff is concerning and makes it difficult to understand who to report issues to and how to track progress.
It is hoped that The long awaited and much overdue Ballymore Lifestyle App will improve much of the above.
Cladding issues appear to be being sorted, thankfully.
Good facilities, gym, pool etc Although the extravagant sky pool, whilst an intriguing engineering feat, is a rather pointless, costly, unneeded and showy addition.

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Very poor layout of electric plug sockets in the apartments. Inefficient heating systems.
Poor (or bare minimum) soundproofing.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

There’s an ostensible willingness to help but in reality often very little follow up and on the whole it is difficult to get things done.

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Dear Will,

Thank you for taking the time to offer us a review here at Embassy Gardens.

We are hoping with the new arrival of Eg: life App that you will no longer have any more issue regarding tracking the progress of any issues you bring to us.

Please pass on any future concerns to our Residential Service Manager who will gladly help address them.

Best regards,

Maki Benvento
Resort Director

Great place to live

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Review Date Mar 2021

Good: Great view of the river. Bad: Traffic is heavy day and night, with many cars honking their horns and emergency vehicles even at night.

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The design of the buildings are very beautiful, modern and sophisticated. The staff are generally excellent, especially the cleaners and repairers. There are some attractive shops and I’m looking forward to visiting them after lockdown. The harmony between the wonderful garden and the modern building is very beautiful, and I feel that it will be one of the most beautiful houses in the world. I especially like the design of the hallway and the design of the bathroom in the living area.

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Plans for construction in the neighborhood. There are new buildings next door, but I heard that it will be a park when I see it.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Administrators respond quickly to many issues, but ground floor key defects were not addressed for a long time.

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Dear Maggy,

Thank you for your wonderful feedback.

We are pleased to have you as part of our Embassy Gardens Family.

We hope that we can carry on giving you the lifestyle and service which has sparked this positive review.

Best regards,

Maki Benvenuto
Resort Director

Disappointing

Review Date Mar 2021

Brilliant location, great architecture
Worst managing agent and a very bad freeholder.
We were promised S/C is £6.00/ sq.ft
Gone up to over £12.00/sqf
No justifications what so ever.
Lessees are held for ransom,

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Great development freeholder and managing agent are bullying lessees
They raised service charges more than 100% in 2 years and still .
Savills never attend to management issues in time , but they always chase for payments even after we pay, they call it Human error so you need to keep your eyes open always

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The inflated Service charges, if I knew I would not have bought

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Freeholder and Savills as Managing agent . Are a huge let down

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