Development is very good. Design of the buildings and flats are really nice – terrific to see a development of flats which doesn’t squeeze in an silly number of tiny apartments stacked up to the heavens and instead spreads them across 4 smaller blocks, keeps the height of the buildings reasonable and within the character of the area. All the flats have some outside space which should be a given with new developments but often isn’t. Great that the buildings have solar panels and some eco-friendly features. The addition of a small communal space with small allotments for each block to share is also brilliant. Residents are a mix of young single people, couples and families so a nice mix.
Interior seems well made and there is little sound bleed between flats. The facilities in the flat are good, only bug bear might be that it would’ve been good to get a fan oven rather than a basic one and that the flats do not include dishwashers despite the initial marketing plans implying that they would.
Most flats have had some minor snags and issues but generally I have found them to be made good in a reasonable time and the builders that developed the site, Skillcrown, have still been available and have been helpful with any niggles. In terms of property management – it is generally decent, sometimes difficult to get through to the right person at Clarion on certain issues.
Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:
Good: location is quiet and not too close to noisy main roads. Good array of retail shops nearby and while there isn’t lots of bars, restaurants or cafes, what there is good and there is easy transport to busier spots like Wimbledon, Tooting and Balham. There are some nice nearby spots with local independent businesses growing at Merton Abbey Mills and Coffee in the Wood also.
Bad: Could do with more recycling facilities as the one recycling crate we have is shared between a number of blocks and fills up fast. There is also a problem with people dumping litter or not looking after the area around local footpaths also. Some nice green spaces locally but the area definitely would suffer if there was any less.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
Getting the address registered / post service set up was a problem and took some team work by the new residents to sort. We didn’t get post for weeks and then it all arrived in big chunks for a while, plus many delivery companies couldn’t find the address for a while because it was a new postcode. Having that better prepared or knowing in advance would’ve been good.
If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:
Not much, I’ve been very happy so far as it is. Some allowance for visitor parking might be nice given the majority of flats which don’t have spaces.