Evangelina Hogan's Reviews
Only 17 minutes to Liverpool Street and with prices starting from £399,950, life is still fair! Stepping out of the Overground, Walthamstow Gateway is conveniently positioned next door, and it stands proud overlooking the City and Canary Wharf. I am impressed with the simple, yet sophisticated building Solum present, perfectly designed for millennials and first-time buyers with its convenient links into the City and the West End.
Walthamstow Gateway offers 79 one to two-bedroom new homes, spanning over 11 storeys. It’s one of the only high-rise buildings in Walthamstow. Each apartment feels incredibly light and spacious, and comes with impeccably designed interiors; trust me you will be pleasantly surprised when stepping inside! The build is set for completion this spring, after successfully launching in May 2018, cleverly designed to ensure maintenance costs are kept low, but still super secure with their buyers at the centre of each detail.
Walthamstow Gateway advertises itself as a perfect balance between urban living and the sense of calm. This cannot be denied, as it has excellent connectivity to both London and the countryside, only two stops away on the Overground!
Walthamstow offers its community a range of amenities, from the cinema and village-like Orford Road, to the largest everyday street market in Europe on the High Street. Despite the changing landscape, the strong sense of community remains here, making outsiders and newbies feel instantly welcomed and excited about the area’s future. Let us not forget its art heritage, too, with the William Morris Gallery located just around the corner.
Walthamstow isn’t a regeneration project like that of Nine Elms or Stratford, but an area that is just building on its current culture and community to provide further homes and an enhanced lifestyle to its existing and new residents. Mention Walthamstow amongst your peers and you will get a collection of responses, those who haven’t been there in years, and those that have. Let’s just say Walthamstow is Brixton five years ago, as it continues to change and adapt to the new demographic arriving, becoming a young professional’s escape from the soaring house prices in Zones 1-2. At the centre of Walthamstow’s transformation is the hotly anticipated arrival of a new shopping centre , which aims to provide £200m private investment, 8,000 sq.m. of retail space, 350 permanent jobs as well as a further 500 new homes. The project will help to further develop Walthamstow and transform the town centre as it is re-landscaped in the process.
The location of Walthamstow Gateway is a plus, because there are two Overground stations, the Victoria line, numerous bus routes and not to forget the newly opened cycle lane connecting the more athletic residents to the City. Walthamstow is the local transport hub for E17 and its surrounding neighbourhoods allowing you to be wherever you need to be in moments.
Visiting the Battersea/Nine Elms area, it’s clear money has been invested to improve and accentuate the area and therefore compete with neighbouring Kensington and Chelsea. Battersea Exchange sits back from Battersea Road, a pedestrianised area connected to the neighbourhood through various walkways, which include a West-East and a North-South axis. Taylor Wimpey has done well not to make this as overpowering and intense as other new builds in the area, and its careful design responds well to the existing local character. Furthermore, the company has worked with the community to provide a new and improved primary school, and more housing that doesn’t dominate the landscape.
Battersea Exchange is home to 290 new-build apartments launched across four phases. Brogan House is the most recent completion, Q4 2018, with the final phase, Park View, estimated to be completing at the end of this year. Construction on Brogan House began in 2015, and it’s now home to a primary school, residents’ gym and 24/7 concierge, alongside stylish apartments that range from one bedrooms through to two and three-bedroom duplexes. Taylor Wimpey has maintained the quality it’s known for throughout the buildings, while still allowing each building to have a unique feel and an individual style (reflected in the finish to bathrooms and kitchens). The site’s railway arches will be restored to host varying cafes and shops for residents to enjoy, too – another bid to keep the site aligned with the local community.
If you are looking to invest in a transforming and blossoming area, Battersea Exchange is the right place for you. The area’s 42-acre 15 billion-pound project is said to be the most ‘ambitious regeneration project yet’. In this community-led, family-friendly and welcoming environment, Battersea Exchange provides a home that reaps the benefits of regeneration without the downside of living amongst building work for the next 15 years! With the imminent Northern line extension opening in 2020 also, the potential is HUGE!
Commuting to work or escaping London for the weekend is easy, as Battersea Exchange is perfectly situated between Queenstown Road station and Battersea Park station. Only five minutes from Victoria and 10 from Waterloo, you can be wherever you need to be. And that’s before we even get started on the bus routes into the City…
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Centrally located in Zone 2, your life is on the brink of the city but still allows you to rest and relax at weekends being only a stone’s throw from Battersea Park. I cannot recommend the location enough, as you can wake up with a run along the river, brunch in one of the many stylish cafes, a wander to the shops in Sloane Square and then an afternoon coffee in Battersea Park, before sampling the evening buzz of local restaurants. Battersea Exchange has been designed with its buyers in mind: location, amenities, education and style.
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I worked on this development for 10 months and Cushman and Wakefield continues to market the development
Along with many Londoners, I was unaware of Woolwich and its location prior to my first visit. However, with its 40-minute journey to Bank, the buzz of the local high street and the historic rebirth of Royal Arsenal, it is safe to say I was impressed.
Berkeley started construction on Royal Arsenal Riverside back in 2000; they are currently halfway through the project with the completion estimated to be 2030. Once completed, the site will host 5,000 new homes, along with shops, restaurants, offices, medical practices and other health facilities. Despite all the buildings being recently constructed I felt like I was walking through time, as the architecture of each building reflects a different moment in history and heritage. I love the mixture, from the modern riverside apartments of The Waterfront Collection to the Grade II-listed Royal Pavilions. We all know Berkeley’s exceptional attention to quality, and Royal Arsenal is no different, from the impeccable flower beds through to its divine interiors.
Woolwich is currently a hidden gem, but soon it will be advertised as a cultural hub, moments from the City and Canary Wharf. It currently takes 20 minutes to each Canary Wharf, but in the very near future Crossrail will cut commutes by half, and make Royal Arsenal the only development to have a Crossrail station onsite! Additionally, the upcoming 31 million-pound Creative District, a joint venture with Greenwich council, is set to rival the likes of South Bank, so yet another reason to invest in Royal Arsenal Riverside. The future is certainly bright and I will continue to enjoy watching this area transform into a distinguished and unique destination in its own right.
Boat, train, foot or air, all transport methods are available in Woolwich. The Thames Clipper goes to Westminster, the National Rail and DLR connections get you to places like London Bridge, Bank and Stratford, and London City Airport is easily accessible, for when jetting out of London! Well-connected is an understatement for Woolwich.
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Looking for riverside tranquility or town centre buzz? What I love about Royal Arsenal is you don’t need to decide as both are available! Enjoy Friday evening drinks in the popular Dial Arch and then on Saturday morning run along the Thames Path, before enjoying brunch in Boulangerie Jade, all within walking distance of one another! This site appeals to all demographics as it offers a wide variety of amenities, including fine dining (try Con Gusto), local medical practices, fortnightly farmers’ markets and a recording studio and museum. There’s also a new and very luxurious Waterside Club that is available to selective buildings too, providing all residents need after a long day of work in the city. I for one, will never tire of the diverse atmosphere Royal Arsenal offers.