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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Excellent

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Very Good

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Average

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Disappointing

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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.

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So much potential, held back by poor management

Review Date Nov 2021

The area is still very much a construction site (i.e. loud, visually unappealing, etc.), but it’s coming together. You’ll find a range of restaurants, coffee shops, bars and other spots relatively close-by and as long as you’re willing to walk a bit further your options will broaden. Close to Vauxhall station which takes you anywhere into the West End, and now we have the new Northern line stations close-by as well. I cannot speak for parking as I don’t have a vehicle but others in the building complain non-stop about valet, parking, EV charging, etc. Keep that in mind.

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I’ll start by saying that this property has so much potential, but as mentioned in this review’s title, management is holding all the potential back by not being proactive, helpful, communicative, etc. The building presents really well, the amenities are mostly great, grounds are clean, the staff are as helpful as they can be all considering the hand they’ve been dealt (a pretty bad one, and thank management for that). This is a 5 star resort currently operating as 3 stars because many things are breaking, and management is being passive.

New buildings always have issues, it’s expected as part of the break-in process but this experience has proven unique in that management’s handling of said issues has been embarrassingly bad. Whether it’s an overflowing trash room (note building is maybe at 40-50% capacity) or broken lifts (1 of 3 lifts down for over 2 months, a second that intermittently stops working for multiple days at a time randomly, and the third which has been running into issues closing its doors as of late; there are regularly literal 10 min queues to take the lift), to non-functioning amenities like the saunas or things as simple as a water fountain. It’s a fairly comprehensive list, and management is allegedly working to resolve these issues but considering the time frames tenants and owners have been dealing with, it’s becoming hard to believe. These things simply don’t take this long to fix, it’s incomparable to previous experiences. Management should be making it their borderline life mission to fix these issues considering how fundamental some of them are (like lifts). I will update this review when it becomes clear priority issues are being managed, or not.

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Building amenities are a lot less “free” and “available” than you may be told. Whether it’s one of the lounges, or the theater, the Sky Pool, etc., you will almost surely find it more costly and/or difficult to book than you are being sold on. Sky Pool has limited entries per month, and guests come with a cost (and don’t forget towels, you must use theirs, and yes you must buy them, or rent them). Lounges are unavailable to be booked for weeks ahead. The roof top restaurant / bar will be closed when you get home from work. So on and so on, and so on (the list goes much longer).

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Aftercare has been generally helpful with scheduling the multitude of minor fixes. Some items were simply not fix-able without doing major work and that’s due to poor original design and bad work by constructors during construction/building phase (ex. tear down part of a wall in order to access a sensor or wiring, or shave down a door frame to fix alignment – neither reasonable or realistic, esp. as a tenant). I have heard from residents of the first blocks that after the initial warranty period, Aftercare will be nowhere to be found for assistance.

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Manager Response

Dear AAS,

Thank you for taking your time to write a review of Embassy Gardens.

We certainly take on board your feedback and where we as the management can improve.

We would be like to invite you to discuss with us the points raised, either in person or via phone / email. Please contact us via residentialservices@embassy-gardens.net to arrange a suitable time.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Embassy Gardens Management Team

Nice development, Shame about estate management

Review Date Nov 2021

close proximity to the park, on the river, not far from all that London has to offer

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I like the design, close proximity to the park and the for the most part friendly / international neighbours. Shame about estate management

fail to deliver basic deliverables, rude, passive aggressive, treat residents owners/renters as nothing more than a nuisance they can’t be bothered deal with. On the rare occasions they actually do their job the general attitude from them is that it was a favour. All round a pain to deal with and an unpleasant one at that.

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Estate management is very poor.

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My land lord has been great. Although I don’t rent through the estate management, who are of course a different matter.

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our only concern is with the management of the building

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Review Date Oct 2021

Fantastic area to live at, Battersea is improving day by day, where you find everything you need within a walking distance.

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Can’t complain much about the development, our only concern is with the management of the building. Hard to contact and even harder to get a response. Issues take way too long to be sorted.
Apart from that we love to live here and would not consider moving out.

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Wish I had moved earlier to this area, it is really great neighbourhood to live at.

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Issues take way too long to be fixed, night concierge needs to take more responsibilities.

Also it is too hard to get a response from the management company.

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Good development- shame about the Poor management

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Review Date Oct 2021

Very central location but dirty streets with lits of litter and some derelict housing

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Nice development which would benefit from a more upmarket outside surfacing and landscaping
Very poor management and the building also has a number of defects (eg front door)
Concierges are just manning a desk but don’t actually supervise the development and don’t help with serious matters such as bike theft.
Lovely cleaning team are understaffed . They do a great job but female cleaners have to move heavy containers because the managing agent won’t pay for more staff

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Savills are not interested in communicating with the residents

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Not at all responsive . We have been requesting service charge details for months

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