There is a good and growing amount of good restaurants and cafes. There are loads of open spaces- hackney and Walthamstow marshes, reservoirs and nature reserves. There is a lot of traffic on the main road, however we face away from that and are on the 14th floor so it does not bother us. There is a lot of noise from the industrial estate behind the development, however, we were aware of that when we moved in. The neighbourhood is right next door to Walthamstow and Hackney, where there are loads of great places to eat, meet and drink. Transport is very good- we are right next door to Lea bridge station, which can take you as far as Cambridge one way and to Stratford the other way. There are many buses locally as well that can take you into Hackney and Liverpool Street or towards Stratford, Walthamstow and further afield.
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Please review your development:
We love the design of the development, it really stands out from other new builds. Internally we also like the design, however there are a few design flaws- no tiles on kitchen wall, which makes it harder to keep clean, a gap at the back of the bathroom sink basin where water can call and sit (it’s also difficult to clean). Other than that we are really pleased with our place. We love the amount of storage, the huge amount of natural light we get all day, floor to ceiling windows, really good size bedrooms. In terms of building management, there have been several issues- there is constant leaking/flooding in the basement and we were left without lifts for several days last month. The communication from the management was not good and we were left wondering what was going on for a lot of the time. Over winter we had several development-wide issues with heating and hot water, which is not ideal especially in the winter months and in lockdown! The concierge team are brilliant and very helpful. The retail units in the grounds floors have been empty for a while now, I’m hoping they will be filled up local businesses like shops or cafes, etc
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
How to hang the curtains or blinds- it’s proven to be a big issue for us as I don’t think we have the additional board above the plasterboard to allow us to fix blinds/curtains in the second bedroom
How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:
There have been general issues with lifts not working and flooding, which could have been dealt with better. There wasn’t a lot of communication about what was going on, it would have been great to get a daily email update on the situation, what had happened, what will happen next. We were left wondering what exactly was going on for most of it as we were without lifts for several days.