I love living here, it is a great location and building with brilliant facilities. I am so excited to see what the sky pool looks like and other planned things such as the garden walk but they are not due for completion until next year.
Nine Elms on the South Bank is a name that is going to be cropping up with increasing frequency when it comes to new property. In particular, the Embassy Gardens development is a much buzzed about complex, mostly owing to That Pool. Which we will come to later. Phase 2 of the development, the Legacy Buildings, are a collection of 25 one and two-bedroom apartments offering luxe living in the heart of Nine Elms. Although there are a number of garden apartments starting from £650,000, the majority of homes in this phase will be over £1million. Centred on the new US Embassy, located on the strip of riverfront between Vauxhall and Battersea Power Station and by the New Covent Garden Market, this neighbourhood is all about the regeneration. And it has been a long time coming.
The masterminds behind this project are Ballymore, supported by HAL Architects, Sir Terry Farrell CBE (the man behind the Home Office HQ and MI6 building, among others), Spanish interior designer Luis Bustamante, London based interiors firm Benningen Lloyd, and finally Huw Morgan in charge of landscaping. Embassy Gardens takes an enviable spot across the Thames from Chelsea and Kensington, with Westminster, the Southbank Centre and London Bridge just a short walk away. Vauxhall station, of course, isn’t going anywhere, with its fast connections beyond the capital. And two new tube stations, Nine Elms and Battersea,, plus a proposed Nine Elms footbridge and a new Thames Clipper station add up to a sought-after address, and investors are sitting up and taking notice.
Families and young professionals will be drawn to its many facilities, including its own green space, shops, a Waitrose supermarket, restaurants, independent cafes and even an art trail. Residents can take a break from hectic city life at the Legacy gym, steam and sauna rooms, and yes, at the pool. 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. Whether it becomes an elevated algaed duck pond will remain to be seen. Meanwhile, the Eg:le Cub is a members only sanctuary, giving guests exclusive access to the Sky Deck and Pool, the Orangery rooftop bar, private cinema, gym and yoga studio among other first-class amenities. With the presence of the US Embassy brings increased need for security, so 24-hour security services and a CCTV system that covers the whole estate have been put in place. Car owners aren’t favoured, with limited spaces available and at extra cost.
As for the housing itself, it takes inspiration from Soho loft living, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows letting in an abundance of light. Handcrafted touches pepper the apartments, with natural materials such as oak, marble and black granite woven into the decor. The interiors by Benningen Lloyd in particular give the homes a sense of fun and whimsy, the opposite end of the spectrum to the new development grey box. But not clawingly so. Concealed LED lighting, built-in wine cooler, bespoke metal door pulls understated but essential touches throughout.
Since the average price per square foot in SW8 is just over £1,600, Embassy Gardens sits below that at around £1,100. And with the location and facilities on offer, it represents a decent investment. If buyers were looking for something yet more elaborate, they might want to consider AYKON London One, a vision in Versace.