Nine Elms

A Guide to Living in 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

 

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’ 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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Review Date Aug 2020

11 minute walk to Vauxhall station, bus links close by and taxis available on the street.

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We moved into this property with such excitement, being told the sky pool would be complete in the summer. We since found out that this has been promised to residents every summer since opening, it is a marketing ploy. This development will be advertised as complete, however we were awoken and had to put up with drilling every single day. On top of this, we found out that the affordable housing development was located nearby Legacy F block which has a connecting communal roof top terrace, which during lockdown had a group of around 15 people having a bbq up there, and one day throwing rocks over the wall at the apartment windows and onto the balconies.

Unfortunately it correlated with the affordable housing residents that there was continually disruptive behaviours from those residents, as stated by the Shift manager when we raised the issue of the rock throwing that there has been persistently disruptive behaviour.

F block does not have secure lifts with a fob system like Legacy A block does. When we were showed around the development, the agent took us a different way through the main concierge and did not notify us that F block actually has no concierge or security on the lists (key fobs) so anyone can enter F block round the back entrance.

Noise: The train tracks are extremely loud all day throughout the day, the neighbours are extremely disruptive and it seems there are a lot of university / international students living in the complex who enjoy playing music extremely loudly until 2am which echos loudly around the courtyard of Legacy F block. We raised this issue on multiple occasions with no prevail.

The bin stores were replenished 2-3 times a day, we lived on the second floor which created a lot of noise disruption, I imagine if you’re in a unit higher up this wouldn’t be an issue, but it is something I should mention.

We moved out after 6 months because we hated our time here that much. If you’re a landlord thinking of listing with Johns and co … AVOID, if you’re a tenant looking to move in, I would only recommend you took a unit within Capital or Ambassador where I’m sure you’d have less interruption as these units are complete and are away from the social housing development.

There was continuously strong smells of sewage coming through the air conditioning unit. When we moved in we was not notified that we would be paying separate bills for hot and cold water, so be mindful of this when you receive two water bills.

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Embassy Gardens is not a bad development however Legacy F block is, and I would never recommend for anyone to live in the F or G block as I imagine a lot of the noise issues would affect G as well as F. I wish we had known about the lack of security at the back entrance of F block.

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

Our landlord was great, and when we moved out we found out even he wasn’t aware of the trouble we had been going through at EG. After we ended our tenancy he stopped listing this unit with Johns and Co.

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a nice development – sadly ruined by Rendall and Rittner (managing agents)

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Review Date Jun 2020

battersea park nearby, tube not too far.

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This development has been totally devalued by the managing agent, Rendall &Rittner. Service charge has increased by 28% in 2 years – no meaningful explanation. Issues raised never dealt with, there are 2 x 1 hour meetings with residents a year.

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How terrible the managing agent is

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

need to replace managing agent – Rendall & Rittner

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Great modern design but extreme noise levels, high prices

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Review Date Jun 2020

The development is close to Battersea park and the river. There’s also a few restaurants and cafes in the development.

BPS is very close to central London despite poor transport infrastructure.

Unfortunately, the area is also a massive construction site with an enormous amount of noise coming from the development site and the massive railroad line. There is very little public transport and the area feels a little isolated from all other neighborhoods.

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The main disadvantage of the development is the amount of noise coming from the railroad and from the development site.

The development has good facilities (gym, sauna, lounge, swimming pool) even though they aren’t often managed at the level of service that they could have.

The apartments have good modern design despite some specific units having very odd shapes. Energy and water infrastructure require a lot of maintenance and energy bills are very high. The windows don’t always have enough insulation to protect from the outside noise.

The massive winter gardens tend to overheat on sunny days to unbearable temperatures. Also, you’re not allowed to keep much in them despite their size.

Prices of apartments are much higher than other nearby luxury developments

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Winter garden overheating

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

Winter garden blinds and insulation from noise and overheating

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Great area and good value

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Review Date May 2020

The area is great. There are multiple grocery stores around, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s and Waitrose. There are also multiple restaurants around the area. The tube station is only 2 minutes away from the development.

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The concierge is always available to pick up parcels. The buildings are relatively clean as there are cleaners coming multiple times a week. The design inside the flats themselves is a bit lacking as there are heaters on the wall that take up quite a lot of space so it’s important to plan where to put the furniture in advance. The master-bedrooms are quite small due to the en-suite bathroom taking up a lot of space.

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The housing agency was not helpful when dealing with the problems we encountered with the flat. When we moved in, some lights in the living room were not functioning properly.

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The flat is quite old so many lights around the house are malfunctioning. We got them repaired a few times but they keep on being defective.

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