The Residence, SW8

The Residence, SW8

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Bellway Homes
Ranked 41st out of 99 in South West London
3.96 (based on 16 reviews) 3.96 (16 reviews)

Category Scores

3.88
Facilities
4.06
Design
3.94
Location
3.81
Value
3.25
Management

Excellent

25%

Very Good

38%

Average

38%

Disappointing

0%

Very Poor

0%

Developed by Bellway Homes and designed by GRID Architects, The Residence is a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the regenerated Nine Elms neighbourhood. The Residence is right opposite the new American Embassy and is within easy walking distance of Vauxhall Underground.

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Noisy luxury

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Review Date Aug 2020

The building has double glazed windows, but that’s not enough to drown out the railroad noise. So you hear the trains all day every day. Every 30 seconds a train goes by. Not enough to make you go completely crazy (you kind of get used to it if you don’t think about it), but enough to not be able to meditate or sit in silence even for 5 minutes. The only place I can meditate now is in the shower. And the trains are VERY LOUD so opening a window in the flat is out of the question. If you want to have a conversation, watch a movie, sleep, anything really – the windows have to be closed. You can only open them if no one is in the house to let some fresh air in. But then in the summer, you have another problem. The building is a big oven made of glass – it heats up. I think it might be warmer inside than outside. And there is no AC. So you are stuck in a very hot flat and can’t open a window or you will go deaf. Our living room has a huge balcony/winter garden type space in the corner that does not have noise isolation and double glazed windows. So we never use it because we cannot hear each other speak there, it’s wasted space, should have just been a larger living room. We could use it as storage, but everything is made of glass, we don’t want our guests looking at a winter garden full of suitcases and garbage.

On the bright side, these huge floor-to-ceiling windows that cover the whole flat mean you get a lot of sunlight and that will be especially wonderful in the winter. That plus the very powerful underfloor heating means you won’t be even a bit cold unlike in so so many other flats in London.

The concierge is lovely, always helpful. The media room and gym are nice and spacious. As far as private gyms go, not the worst one I’ve seen, though slightly worse than a regular gym (less equipment).

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

The area will be under construction for the next 5 years minimum. So be prepared for noise, road blocks, construction etc. The biggest issue however is the railroad. LOUD trains go by every 30-60 seconds. The only time to experience total quiet is from 1 am to 5 am.

The area is slowly getting better, more bars and cafes are opening in Nine Elms. But there is only one very expensive dry cleaners in the local Waitrose and no post office anywhere near. Vauxhall tube station is very close by, which is convenient, and there are red Santander bikes and green Lime bikes everywhere. You can walk to Chelsea in 40 min or bike there in 10 min.

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

I wish I had known the trains passed by every 30 seconds. I thought they passed by a few times an hour, not a few times a minute. And the railroad is literally next to the building 10 meters away.
I wish I had known the building heats up and turns into an oven.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Instead of double glazed windows the building needs triple glazed windows. Instal ACs in every flat. No need for huge balconies/winter gardens that are used as storage spaces. Our winter garden/balcony is 6 sq meters of wasted space. It should have been part of the living room with proper noise isolation.

4
Facilities
3
Design
2
Location
3
Value
3
Management
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Looks nice but extremely noisy

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Review Date Aug 2020

The complex should have definitely been built more sound proof with train tracks so close. I used to live in the battersea power station development and it’s a massive difference from that development, this is clearly a much cheaper build. I can understand that different buildings have different budgets but to save on sound proofing this close to the train tracks shouldn’t be allowed. Don’t listen if an agent tells you that you can’t hear the trains with the windows closed, you hear them all day and almost all night, from 5am until 1.30am.

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

The area is nice but it is extremely noisy from the train tracks. I’ve had problems sleeping ever since I moved in and I wouldn’t recommend anyone to move in here.

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

I wish I’d known that my sleep would be ruined by moving into this flat.

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

The concierge is OK but there is not concierge call button from the flat so you need to go there to get any help.

3
Facilities
4
Design
1
Location
2
Value
4
Management
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I was expecting better.

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Review Date Aug 2020

The apartment in question is a 1 bedroom with lot’s of storage, wide doors, big windows, underfloor heating, corridor to rooms and good floor plan, spacious for London standards which I really like. But the quality of the floor and walls is really bad, the paint in the walls wears off and the floor scratches really easily. The facilities are OK for the kind of development. The management is really poor, doesn’t fix things promptly and is always trying to make excuses, e.g. lifts are broken almost every week (2 years old lifts) and there has never been a proper solution, on top of that the consecutive fixes had to be paid (no warranty for lifts..).
Some neighbours are not considerate to others, leaving garbage in the communal areas.

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

Like: Quiet zone. Waitrose around the corner. Proximity to Battersea Park. Proximity to the river. Zone 1.
Dislike: Ongoing development. Train tracks.

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

The concierge is usually really kind and friendly.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I would change the proximity to the train tracks, as it can be annoying after a few months.

3
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
2
Value
2
Management
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The Residence is one of the best developments in the area.

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Review Date Sep 2020

The development is incredible. Everyone who comes over to the apartment is very impressed with the finishing a, high ceilings, and size — as well as all the amenities. The bathrooms are very big, with amazing shower and bath (good water pressure). Kitchens have floor to ceiling storage, which is very helpful. All round, I am very happy with the apartment.

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

The area is super well located — easy to get to central London, and close to Battersea Park, the Power Station and the river. There are always new restaurants and shops opening up. Can be a bit loud at the moment with all the construction, but this will subside by the end of 2021, as projects are mainly finished in the immediate area.

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Where the sun shines on the apartment during the day.

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

Building management is very reactive and helpful, but they aren’t always on top of everything.

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
4
Management
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Amazing Amenities

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Review Date Aug 2020

It’s an amazing building with wonderful amenities. My personal favourite is the communal media room which can be booked out for 3 hours at a time that includes different types of game consoles, glassware and an amazing sound system. The corridors are always spotless and the concierge is lively when it comes to any issues or questions.

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

View of the car park and development building noise

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

The gym requires an induction at a price of £35 when you first join, something i thought came free with the price of the rent

What is the best feature of your home:

Open plan kitchen/living room area and decent size balcony

5
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
5
Value
3
Management
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Best flat layouts in Nine Elms

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Review Date Aug 2020

Flats are beautifully designed with good layout with nice finishes, high ceiling. Facilities are good incl gym. Reception staff is great. Building management is not very effective. There are continuous issues with lifts getting out of order and any issues take a while to resolve, but it was slowly improving lately. Nice development to live in.

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

This is amazing area still in development with new places opening up. Very well connected and safe.

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

Floor quality is not to luxury standard. Those scratch easily and nothing can be done to fix it.

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

Everything takes a while due to constant management changes, but was improving lately. Things are resolved, but can take time.

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
Management
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The Residence

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Review Date Aug 2020

Property well managed with decent in-house amenities. Too close to the train tracks which can be loud with the windows open in summer. Will be a better place to live when Nine Elms/Battersea area is complete. Still close to transport at Vauxhall and walkable to city centre.

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

Still under development, needs more amenities.

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

How loud the trains would be especially with the windows open.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Train noise is too loud but not much than can be done.

3
Facilities
3
Design
4
Location
3
Value
4
Management
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Modern and comfortable

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Review Date Aug 2020

The concierge staff are so welcoming, friendly and helpful and the concierge desk is in a very modern and nicely decorated area. The gym facilities are modern and clean and the induction service provided is very useful. There are also gym classes included which is great value.

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

Great local amenities – very close to Waitrose and the Alchemist restaurant. Lovely green area to sit outside of the US embassy. It is quite noisy as it is close to a train line.

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

The noise from the nearby train line is something we weren’t aware of when moving in, but we have been so impressed with the interior of the flat and the building.

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

They have been incredibly helpful with any questions we have had.

5
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
5
Management
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Nice tower in a great neighbourhood

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Review Date Aug 2020

The building is great, facilities are nice but access to services not so much. We have a nice gym, and a good meeting room, but it would have been nice to have more modern use of the space and have some coworkiNg space. I love the reception, it looks grand

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

We are still under a lot of construction, so it can get noisy at times

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

The area is looking great with all the new restaurants and bars around

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

Yes, but poorly in most cases. For example, the lifts have been failing since month 3, and still no real fix

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
2
Management
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Nice and Modern Living

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Review Date Aug 2020

The Residence is a development just opposite the USA Embassy. It’s in a great location and it will be very close to Nine Elms Station once opens in 2021.
The apartments interiors look stylish and modern but it’s let down by the layout and poor sound proofing . The building management is improving but it has got a long way to go.

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

It’s very central so easy to get to most places. The area has lots of potencial but it will be a few years until completed. There are already some cafes, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and other amenities in the area. The nearest station at the moment is Vauxhall which is about 10min walk.

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

We knew that Nine Elms is a regeneration area and it will take a few years to complete but the noise and dust sometimes is too much.

What is the best feature of your home:

Facing north towards the USA Embassy is probably the best choice we made.

3
Facilities
2
Design
4
Location
3
Value
2
Management
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