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Embassy Gardens, SW8

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4.05 Rating (based on 32 reviews) 32 reviews
Embassy Gardens is a mixed-use Ballymore and EcoWorld development, featuring luxury apartments and commercial units and designed by HAL Architects and Sir Terry Farrell CBE. It’s got a prime setting in the waterfront Nine Elms district, close to the River Thames and the US Embassy. The site is walkable from Vauxhall, Battersea and the in-construction Nine Elms stations, and close to the Southbank Centre and London Bridge. Read more

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Value
3.81
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Needs improvement

Verified Resident

Pretty decent the equipment is out dated the apartments are old the neighbourhood is quite and relaxing, I like how it’s far from the city and not that crowded, lovely area but the construction going on, on the other side make too much noise.

What is the best feature of your home?

The balcony, is quite spacious and accessible. Air the house out quick enough.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Loads of construction
Far from London
Local supermarkets
No accesses

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Nothing

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Safe new

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My flat is very modern, i really like the aircon systems as it helps keep the flat cool in the summer.
The security team here is Very good and the safety of the residents is the number one priority.
I like that the concierge picks up all our deliveries and drops it off at our flat.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I like that the area is Safe, New, Modern and covinent.
I dislike that there is Limited taxi access and that there are Not many shops around.

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I wish i had know that taxi access would be hard and the waitrose only opens till 10

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It will get better

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Nice design, high quality, fair from the city, nice neighbours friendly and approachable, quite expensive but somehow affordable. Local transportation and local essential supermarkets. Nice, vibrant atmosphere.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

They segregate the ownership to the rest of the residents

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How long it was going to take to finish the development

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Beautiful up and coming development

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My favourite feature about my apartment space would be the air con in every room, during the winter the is well insulated. My apartment space is very modern with lots of natural light.
Dislikes the Badly made walls
There is also no Sound proofing
And Pour new build flat quality

What is the best feature of your home?

My favourite feature of my home would be the natural light

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Likes
24 hour security
Friendly neighbours
Easy commute
Proximity to the park

Dislikes
Few shops that don’t open late enough
Super cars always raving their cars
Lack of culture

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Parking access I’d really limited with no parking for residents

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Nice design of flat.

I like the design of the flat as it is modern and new. I think the facilities are okay such as the concierge. I dislike that there is no air conditioning in the flat so its gets really hot and uncomfortable.

What is the best feature of your home?

I really like that there are high ceilings in the flat.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I like the quiet area that there is lots of space around.
I dislike the lack of amenities as there are no restaurants around.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Thre is nothing i wish i had known.

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Embassy Gardens – Phase 1

I can vividly remember speaking with a professional property investor who’d reserved several apartments in the Nine Elms area. He’d handpicked several properties in the two standout schemes being marketing several years before completion – Embassy Gardens by Ballymore and Riverlight by St. James – Berkeley Group. He ended up completing on two apartments in Embassy Gardens and four apartments in Riverlight believing the riverside location gave it the edge. It was upon completion he realised he’d made a mistake.

That conversation stands out in my memory, I can even remember where I was at the time – the Savills Head Office ground floor café.  I’ve always found it interesting to listen to buyers purchase decisions. The angles people find to invest are often very different, but the result is always aiming to be the same. Profit.

It was this investors’ opinion that Embassy Gardens was in fact the best-in-class development in the area. He explained how he wished he could reverse his decision instead buying four in Embassy Gardens. Now the development is completed I understand why. This isn’t to down talk St. James’ Riverlight scheme. Instead it’s a testament to the delivery and attention to detail Ballymore give to all their developments.

When I first viewed Embassy Gardens I couldn’t believe what Ballymore had delivered for a buying price of circa £850psf (blended). As I understand it the pricing was not easy to calculate. Essentially, from a residential perspective it was an entirely new part of London. There weren’t any comparable schemes to cross reference against. Add to that fact once Phase 1 was completed the greater regeneration story still had years to play out. From a buyer’s point of view words like ‘speculation’, ‘punt’ and ‘risk’ immediately spring to mind although, for those who did make the investment, Ballymore have delivered a scheme they can be extremely pleased with.

The first aspect of the development to strike me was the exterior. The main tower stands out amongst the crowd. A cubic, modular design – dare I say a contemporary take on 60’s brutalist architecture. It might not be for everyone but it’s certainly not boring.  I now understand the design is strongly influenced by the commercial buildings of the 1930s in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. I’ve not seen the views from the top of the main tower (Ambassador Building) personally although I’m told they’re spectacular – looking back down the Thames and onto the City.

The main entrance lobby is vast. Marketed as the ‘Grand Lobby’ it certainly lives up to its name. Double heighted, exceptionally wide with comfortable seating dotted all around you. Whenever I’ve visited the concierge team are always helpful and polite. I’m not sure on the materials used, it doesn’t really matter, the overall feel is luxury and it hits you instantly. Further facilities on the ground floor include a cinema, business room, library and meeting rooms. As you work your way up the building it becomes even more exciting. On the mezzanine floor a huge gym is equipped to satisfy even for the most avid fitness fanatic, his and her changing rooms are located close by and supported with a yoga studio. The first floor houses treatment rooms, steam room, sauna and one of my favourite private residents swimming pools anywhere in London. What makes this one special is not just the fact it’s located on the 1st floor (so many are in basements) allowing for an abundance of natural light but it’s also indoor / outdoor and keenly reinforced with several chillout beds & loungers. It seems Ballymore thought of everything. Adding one final string to the facility bow of Phase 1 is the Eagle Apartment which acts like a resident’s lounge with additional seating, a bar and pool table.

What’s even more unbelievable is the facilities don’t end there. Completion of Embassy Gardens Phase 2 and with it the opening of yet more private resident amenities has recently been delivered. Access for residents living in Phase 1 is guaranteed and that allows use of the 10th floor ‘Sky Pool’ which connects two of Ballymore’s new ‘Legacy Buildings’. Suspended 10 floors in the air this is a world first. Adjoining the Sky Pool is ‘The Orangery’ which has a Soho Members Club feel about it and in many ways creates an extension of any resident’s apartment. It’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a coffee anytime of the day.

The apartments themselves are inspired by the classic 1950’s style of the Manhattan loft in the creative use of space, materials and detailing. Tall ceilings, open floor spaces and floor to ceiling windows create an attractive and generous sense of proportion; materials such as marble and oak parquet flooring quietly impart a sense of quality and class; attention to details such as walnut veneers and ceramic door and drawer handles reinforces the sense of solidity and enduring good taste.

Since delivery the regeneration of the area has taken hold and prices have risen. 1 bed suites start from around £550K, 1 bed’s from around £675K and 2 bed’s from around £875K. There’s still a raft of improvements to come including the opening of the new Nine Elms and Battersea tube stations, the completion of Lost River Park and several more retail hubs. The investors who did speculate at the very beginning have certainly reaped the rewards and, if I’m totally honest,  I doubt those returns will be seen again in the near future. The area has developed, and I’ve seen a shift in the buyer demographic. Replace the speculators with owner occupiers and replace those ‘taking a punt’ with those looking for a genuinely lovely place to call home. It might not have the riverside address of its closest neighbour but nevertheless I believe Embassy Gardens represents one of the finest places in live anywhere in Nine Elms. For anyone considering the area they must pay this scheme a visit.

 

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Spacious flat, great facilities

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Large spacious flat, building maintained really well, safe and secure area.

Really good facilities: pool, sauna, best residential gym I’ve ever come across.

Lots of rooftop green spaces and a rooftop swimming pool due for completion at some point in the not too distant future.

Are there any facilities you would like added, or that you have but don’t use?

Maybe closer sports pitches, but it’s already above expectations.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

One negative is the amount construction surrounding the development.

Positives are a new and upcoming community with really good transport connections.

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Really informative, lots of details provided.

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Good location

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My flat is ample, its not too big but good value for what i’m getting.
I feel safe in and outside of my flat, however it’s gives me peace of mind knowing theres a security 24 hr team .
There’re are many facilities in the development but we can not use them because we have shared ownership.
The management are very efficient and work fast to fix issues.

What is the best feature of your home?

My favourite feature would have to be the large balcony.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I like location as it situated in central London and their are many green spaces as well new restaurants in the vicinity of the development.
I dislike how manicured it can get and the obvious wealth disparity.

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I was well informed

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The redeveloping area is revolving

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The area is seeing a lot of improvements in terms of redevelopments which is good as it is helping the area improve its services and refine its look.

There are a lot of facilities but not working, and are broken. No useful customer services, not good value for money.

Why did you choose this development?

I chose this development in terms of making a good investment, and nice living experience

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

What I really like is that my development is close to the train station.

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I wish I knew about the management structure, the accountability and lack of customer services would have on the development.

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Isn’t as nice as it looks

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I’ve lived here for a year and I really like it personally, besides a couple issues when it comes to later times, where there are a few gangs who love to use the spots close to the apartment. Everything is pretty pricey around here which is expected.

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

Their response time is extremely slow, they once took almost 6 months to respond back to me.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I like the new buildings and the security are really careful and do their jobs well. I don’t like that it’s a little far from station and the only local shop is Waitrose.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That the management would be poor at helping us with our problems.

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