About Pocket Living

Pocket Living was created in 2005 to provide affordable London housing for local people. Pocket homes are built for first-time buyers who live and work in the area, and are offered at least 20% cheaper than average flats in the same postcode. Pocket Edition homes are available to anyone, and there’s a small selection of these in larger Pocket Living properties. Pocket Living is committed to creating stress-free communities, and hallmarks include welcome drinks at every development and a handy digital portal for a paperless process.

Pocket Living developments

HomeViews lists Pocket Living properties across London, including Rosina Street, which teams a rooftop terrace with a location a stone’s throw from Homerton station, and Mapleton Crescent – a slick, mixed-use tower in Wandsworth.

Pocket Living is a game changer and I can’t recommend them or what they do enough. Everything within the flat is thought about to maximise the feeling of space. From underfloor heating instead of radiators to the floor to ceiling windows. Without Pocket it would have been almost impossible to get on the London property ladder and they have a great team who made the process as easy as possible.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Rosina Street

Pocket Living reviews

Click on the Pocket Living developments below to read reviews from residents. Do you live in a Pocket Living development? Leave a review here.

Number of Developments

8

Ratings

4.06 Rating

Rating (based on 58 reviews)

Excellent

32.76%

Very Good

46.55%

Average

17.24%

Disappointing

0.00%

Very Poor

3.45%

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Amazing flats for first time buyers – aftercare could be better

Pocket Living is a game changer and I can’t recommend them or what they do enough. Everything within the flat is thought about to maximise the feeling of space. From underfloor heating instead of radiators to the floor to ceiling windows. Without Pocket it would have been almost impossible to get on the London property ladder and they have a great team who made the process as easy as possible.

As tenants, we all feel a little let down by the aftercare both from the management company and from Pocket. Whether this is slow responses, clear issues with security or even just trivial things. To me the following is so small and pointless that it makes no sense that Pocket is refusing to sort it.

Pocket designed and built a flowerbed outside the building, they never filled it with anything so now it has become the local garbage dump. When some of the tenants asked Pocket about this they just said it’s our responsibility i.e cost to sort it out. Why? Why take this stance?

Unfortunately, currently, poor aftercare is the status quo in property and to be expected. If Pocket could just sort those kinda things out it would be an absolute diamond company.

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Lived in Homerton for a year before moving into this development. Area is improving almost weekly with the new restaurants and bars popping up, love it.

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Security around the building. Incidents that have occurred around the building. Nearby planning permission submissions

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5
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Amazing opportunity to buy a flat. Disappointing quality of materials used.

I really like living at this property. It’s a great location and close to public transport links. I wouldn’t have been able to buy in this area without Pocket Housing building these affordable homes. I think it’s a good place to live if you want to invest in an affordable property. It’s still expensive and not a realistic price for the majority of people in the U.K., but it’s a lot cheaper than your standard flat price in London. I probably wouldn’t recommend living here if you are sensitive to sound as it’s very close to the train tracks. The flats are really nicely designed and let in loads of light which is great. My feeling is that these flats were built really quickly and corners were cut in terms of some of the materials use, so there have been a lot of issues with things like the door, floor and windows. I don’t think the building is going anywhere though thankfully 🙂 The service company that look after the building keep things ticking over, but I think they charge to much for what they actually do.

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The area has loads going on. Cafes, shops, restaurants, pubs, bars, lots of fitness centres, community organisations, the hospital is just over the road, people are generally friendly. It’s close to Victoria Park and Hackney Marshes. It’s a great location.

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The quality of the materials used in the building of the flat.

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Pocket = lifesaver to get on the ladder

I love my perfect little Pocket flat. Pocket Living have enabled me to get onto the market in an area I never thought possible. The great thing about Pocket is that is it for those who live or work in the borough where the development is – plus they price 20% below the market value. So having that combined with Help To Buy enable to get onto the ladder!

The flat is a perfect one-bedroom space. It comes with no radiators, no bath etc to make space for more room. The flat is very well designed – with the perfect cupboard spaces for a washing machine and storage in the hallway.

One item that was missing when I move in though, was a wardrobe – it would have been great to have a fitted wardrobe in the spec (as I know they have provided this in their other developments).

There are only 32 flats in our development, all neighbours are super friendly and we have become a little community. Even having building drinks & bbqs on our communal rooftop terrace which overlooks the city skyline & olympic park.

I love the open aspect to the building – keeps everything fresh and airy. However, I feel that more consideration should have been put into the security design of the building by Pocket/the architects. For example, the first floor wall is low enough for individuals on the street to jump over and gain access to the building (this happened resulting in stolen bikes and parcels). Plus, for the first year (& ongoing) we have had security issues with the design and functioning of the front gates.

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I personally love the area, having lived in the area for the past 3 years before buying my flat in this development. There is always something new going on, a new pop-up, a new bar, new restaurant, new market but it also has a great neighbourhood/community feel! With London Fields, Victoria Park and Chatsworth Road on my doorstep – what isLastly, with so much development going on (not only in the surrounding streets) but also in the whole area, this flat is certainly a worthwhile investment. not to love! Also, a Coop (with long opening hours) on my street corner, a Tesco Metro a 5 minute walk away, and a huge Tesco 5 minutes in another direction. No supermarket hassle!

As Pocket buys ‘cheaper’ land to build on, we are situated next to the overground line, so it is noisy (especially those freight trains’. However, I am so accustomed to it now – I barely notice. Plus, it is rather ideal being smack bang in the middle of Homerton overground station and Hackney overground station, 5 or 7 minutes walk to each of them respectively. Plus, a 10 minute walk to Hackney Downs station which takes you into Liverpool Street Station in under 10 minutes.

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1. Varnish/seal your floors before moving your furniture into your flat. Unfortunately, our floors were not sealed & we were provided with the wrong care instructions by Pocket. Most residents now have water stains on their flooring – which Pocket is not rectifying.

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Design
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Location
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Good experience… but with a few hiccups

Overall, we have been pleased with our new apartment at Rosina St and been happy in our first year here. The building is very close to the railway tracks which has been difficult recently due to the open windows (hot weather.) and increased amount of trains at night time. The management company are a little sloe to fix problems and the security of the building was not up to scratch when we first moved in resulting in a number of thefts from the communal areas of posted packages and bikes. The best thing is the roof terrace with great views to the City and East towards Stratford the specification of the apartment was also very good.

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It’s in a good location just 5 minutes from the overground station and close proximity to the amenities nearby, decent shops, restaurants, pubs, cinema and the new Hackney Walk shopping district.

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Freight trains travel on the train tracks throughout the night!

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