I would rate this property development average. The apartment was modern and spacious but it didn’t wow us. Not the nicest view over the area’s busy roads.
A not unattractive series of blocks under construction along North Wharf Road, part of the Paddington regeneration scheme that’s finally starting to come into its own. On a sunny day the cafes and bars fronting onto the canal are small-scale and appealing. The area isn’t huge – it’s a canal, not the Thames – but a fair amount of residential, office and retail has certainly been packed in. The Paddington Gardens development does not front the canal – hence the reference in the glossy brochure to ‘beautiful landscaped gardens’ – and the A40 runs down the back. Views of the Westway overpass will never be in high demand although a new hotel will provide some screening. With these blocks it will have to be all about the front and those ‘beautiful landscaped gardens’. We might retain a degree of scepticism until they’re actually in place. The balconies are divided into two by a screen as the flats wrap round the corners of the building with so you have to hope for quiet neighbours. These blocks are likely to appeal to investor landlords. They are very convenient but they won’t have the wow of canal views.
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Paddington can’t be faulted for connectivity and access to parks and shops. The only surprise is that it’s taken so long. The basin was little more than a swamp for years. The architecture of the various buildings there is a bit of a mixed bag. The test is whether a flat still looks good when it isn’t furnished or kept as smartly as the show flat.
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