We bought a 2-bedroom apartment off plan and were one of the first residents in Distillery Wharf.
The apartments are of good quality overall with impressive design features (particularly the marble bathrooms, leather wardrobes). Other add-ons include air conditioning which was great in the summer (we never had to use the heating in the winter as the building is so well insulated), built in speakers and Lutron lighting all controlled by the control4 system (although I should add that this system froze a lot and did not function properly after one year of use). A handy video screen also allows you to see who is ringing your door bell at the main entrance (although again we had a few issues with this functioning after one year). The kitchen has high specs and everything worked well for us and the double glazed windows made it virtually impossible to hear anything outside which was great. We liked the pre-payment system for heating/water as we could control our costs and it was easy to monitor (much more transparent than other providers out there).
The facilities were the prime draw for us in this development and are second to none. Having doorstop access to the gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and cinema room was fantastic. We used the swimming pool in particular very often (having a swim pre and post the office to classical music was rather nice) and it often felt like we were in a hotel. We did notice however that it got increasingly busy at peak times as other buildings in the development completed so it will be interesting to see how they control this. We used the wine room, billiards room and virtual golf room for entertaining which went down well with friends and family \” particularly as our flat could not host large numbers. The development is also very pram and young children friendly with wide doors and lifts.
In terms of service, the professionalism and attitudes from the staff was great and it did feel like entering a hotel with the ambiance and their attentiveness. The 24/7 Concierge service is very convenient for residents and Angus in particular does a great job at running the show. The service charge in my opinion however is high and not justifiable.
In terms of the location, we have really seen the transformation of this area over the past few years and enjoyed having Harris and Hoole, Tescos Express, the Blue Boat pub and CafÃ© Plum nearby. We also enjoyed being a 5 minute walk to our favourite restaurant, the River Cafe. To add to this, the development is a 10 minute walk to Hammersmith station which offers four tube lines and is conveniently located for the A4/M4 if getting out of London. The river path has also been significantly improved over the past two years with beautiful pedestrian routes down to Putney making this neighbourhood a desirable place to live.
Overall, we enjoyed living here and have many fond memories!
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
The service charge pricing and breakdown was not very transparent – this should be clearer.
The Fulham Reach development may only be a few years old, but its already received plaudits in the form of the Gold Award for Best Mixed Use Development at the WhatHouse? Awards. Located on a much sought after stretch of the Thames with views across to Hammersmith Bridge and the Harrods Furniture Repository, if its London riverside living youre after, Fulham Reach is a good bet. These apartments were developed by St George part of the Berkeley Group with architectural firm, John Thompson and Partners, and interior designers, Jestico + Whiles, on the team. And the result is a stylish series of buildings that flaunt individual character, whilst remaining sympathetic to the setting. There are 744 apartments and penthouses in total one, two, three and four bedrooms with courtyard gardens, balconies and roof terraces giving Londoners that precious outdoor footprint.
When it comes to location, it really is a matter of opinion. Some maintain that Hammersmith is a mere hop skip and tube ride to the centre of town and beyond, others see it as the far reaches of the capital. Numbers wise, Fulham Reach is a five minute walk to Hammersmith station, where you can pick up the Hammersmith and City, Circle, District and Piccadilly lines. City and Canary Wharf workers may feel its a bit of a trek, but what youre losing in proximity, youre making up for in leafy west London.
The buildings themselves are a mixed bunch, with yellow brick and glazed balconies standing side by side with modern, rounded facades. Its a pleasant enough combination, with the rounded buildings reflecting the curves of the Thames and the more traditional brick structures blending in harmoniously with the neighbouring streets. The interiors are awash with west London preferred taupes and greys, and a few too many shiny fabrics. There are integrated Gaggenau or Miele appliances, washing machines and tumble dryers within the bespoke fitted kitchens, while in the bathrooms, Villeroy and Boch baths, WCs and basins, plus the requisite marble, provide a luxury finish. Living rooms are designed for relaxation and entertainment with generous square footage and wall mounted HD TVs.
Within the Fulham Reach development itself, residents have access to the Tamesis Club, which includes a relaxing swimming pool, state of the art gym, spa, virtual golf, and screening room. Theres even a wine cellar if required. A 24 hour concierge service is always on hand, while gated underground parking is a tick in the box for car owners. Outside, beautifully landscaped gardens set the mood for peace and tranquillity within a buzzing city, with manicured lawns, courtyards and tree lined boulevards surrounding the complex. A sense of community can be found at the award winning Harris + Hoole coffee shop right on your doorstep, and date nights can take place at eateries such as the Blue Boat bar and restaurant, or the Michelin starred River Cafe, a short walk away.
With apartments ranging from GBP2.25million to GBP5million, the price per square foot is around the double the average for W6. But its all about those views, which buyers are certainly willing to pay for. Also worth considering? Nearby Chelsea Creek or Battersea Reach.