Quite a few of the island buildings have been built but not finished which means you can start to see the shape of what the future island will be like. Quite a few facilities have been completed – the pool and gym are finished and as someone living here in the early phases we definitely benefit from using these whilst they are brand new and also whilst there are not many other residents on the island competing with you to use them. Location wise it is great to walk across the bridge each morning and catch the DLR – so easy and fast. It is definitely a benefit that the commute is so quick as there is not much happening on the island yet in terms of restaurants etc but I am sure these will be completed and grow as more buildings are completed. At the moment we use The Grocer but it doesn’t really cover all your needs though nice to pick up fancy deli bits or have a glass of wine.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
It would have been helpful to have a timeline of what is opening when as this keeps seeming to change
The initial facilities are fantastic, my friend lives here and gets amazing service in the gym and they are constantly asking for feedback on what they can add or do better. The Grocer is a fantastic deli and restaurant I would have been happy to have discovered anywhere in London and considering there is only a few buildings complete it does have a good vibe and it is busy. I think what Ballymore have been clever about is light. From viewing and looking at the development it seems every flat has lots of windows and often big windows so you feel like you have a lot of space and it also gives you great views of the river no matter where you are.
When we went to the open day there was a queue of people waiting in line so they could reserve their preferred flat but I subsequently found out that some investors had called in advance and reserved their flat over the phone before the open day, rather than waiting in line.
We were really impressed after a recent viewing and had also looked at a few other developments in London but London City Island stood out for us. Such a unique location, great transport links, nice flats and we feel confident that when all the landscaping is complete it will be beautiful. It has a real wow factor when you walk over the bridge to the mini city and it does feel like something special.
Ballymore is one of the most forward-thinking residential developers in London. Their buildings are designed from the inside out, the way residential buildings should be. London City Island is a brilliant example of placemaking. A former industrial site with no access to transport has been transformed into a mini self-sufficient city, with direct access to Canning Town Station via a footbridge and home to the BFI and the Royal Ballet. This placemaking creates a very exciting prospect for the long-term success of this development.
The design of the buildings is fantastic, with warehouse-style proportions and great internal layouts. The specification at London City Island is basic for the cost but it is well thought-out. For example, there is no underfloor heating or comfort cooling. The residential amenity is typical to a Ballymore scheme with all the bells and whistles. This is needed as the scheme is isolated from any meaningful local amenity close by. The pricing of this scheme has inflated significantly from the first launch. There are also a number of resales on the market which might affect values in the short term as investors can’t complete and are selling at discounted rates. Clearly London City Island appeals to Canary Wharf more than City workers as there are better value options in more established locations elsewhere in city. It’s also worth looking at Royal Docks West by Mount Anvil and Greenwich Peninsula by Knight Dragon.
London City Island is a unique new offering for Londoners looking to inject some Manhattan cool into their lifestyle. The transformation from neglected Canning Town to the latest and hippest Docklands community is remarkable to say the least. Described as a new island metropolis, this 12-acre riverside development of 1,706 apartments is located on the Leamouth Peninsula, between the River Lea and the Thames. Views are spectacular, and include landmarks like the O2 Arena, the Olympic Park and even the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in the distance. Access to the Jubilee line and DLR station at Canning Town is easy over the specially commissioned iron bridge. It’s just 20 minutes on the tube to Bond Street or 15 minutes to Westminster, and the financial hub of Canary Wharf is around a 30-minute walk away.
Residents certainly aren’t short of amenities and facilities. All of the Island’s residents are automatically granted member status at the exclusive City Island Social Club, where they can use the clubhouse, gym, screening room, sports facilities, an outdoor heated pool and gardens. This definitely adds to the community spirit within London City Island. The Grocer is a stunning store –all industrial lighting, wooden floors and metro tiles where grocery shopping certainly wouldn’t be a chore. What’s more, City Island is the new home of the English National Ballet and the London Film School, so there’s plenty of culture for the residents to immerse themselves in, alongside the line-up of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops.
From the outside the 11 apartment buildings don’t exactly blend into the surrounding environment. Nor should they. Glazed brick buildings in colours like red, orange and blue are a striking sight, although the buildings clean, simple and industrial lines prevent them from appearing garish. As for the living areas, the New York-esque style of apartment living continues inside, with bright and contemporary open-plan interiors designed and implemented by architectural firms, Woods Bagot, Amos + Amos, and GHA Interiors. C.P. Hart bathrooms add a luxe touch, with Duravit sanitaryware and Crosswater brassware making the bathrooms feel a long way from an after-thought. There’s definitely a sense of warehouse-inspired living, with plenty of ceiling height and Crittal-style windows. Large bedrooms (or certainly for the capital) include built-in wardrobes and ensuite bathrooms. There’s a level of comfort and style reminiscent of five-star hotels. Apartments range from one-bedroom suites to substantial penthouses, with prices not as eye-watering as you’d imagine, being one of London’s most exciting projects in recent years, along with all the facilities on offer.
Buyers will love the unique offering of island living and the development’s waterfront situation. The scale and the finish of the project are impressive, with easy access to Canary Wharf (and indeed central London) appealing to city workers in particular. The development has already won acclaim, such as Development of the Year at the RESI Awards 2017 and Best New Place to Live at the Mayor of London Planning Awards 2017. Further recognition is sure to follow.
London City Island is a large new development from Ballymore comprised of a cluset of high rise buildings comprised of flats ranging from studios to 4 bedrooms. The development is unique in that is located on an island and thus relatively isolated from the area. The development is mix used and is centred on a new central square, called Trinity Square and will have commercial spaces and the English National Ballet. London City Island also includes many other amenities for the residents, such as a gym, heated pool, waterside parks, arts club and 24 hour concierge and security. Since the area itself is very limited to cars, there is little parking and would be subject to negotiation and certain fees. The standard finishings of the units are of high quality and include inbuilt closets, oak floors, carpets in bedrooms, and open floorplans. Some units also have balconies.
In terms of location, London City Island is located on the Jubilee underground line (Canning Town Stations, which is included as a stop in the night tube) and the DLR, allowing quick access to central London, the City, Canary Wharf, London City Airport, Greenwich, and Stratford. In the future, the Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) will be close to London City Island, making access to Central London and Heathrow even easier. The development is well equipped to be its own neighbourhood, with its own restaurants, stores, and grocery store. Despite its close proximity proximity to Canning Town Station, the area is quiet and there is little noise heard from the flats. Due to the large number of units (there are 6 different large buildings), the amenities are bound to become crowded. However, it will also allow for the possibility that the area will thrive.
The leasehold units in London City Island start at around GBP440,000 for a studio and can go over GBP1,000,000 for a 3 bedroom penthouse. The units are offered on a 999 lease and incur a yearly ground rent charge from GBP400 GBP1000 depending on the unit. The estimated service charge is GBP4.65 per square foot.