The Residence forms part of an exciting transformation of London’s South Bank into a thriving residential and business district. With many new local amenities promised, it only takes a small imagination to envisage a new micro community full of grocery, retail and restaurant options of any taste. The Residence by Bellway Homes forms part of the same dream, offering reasonably priced apartments that are for the moment long term investments but in the next few years become homes for families and professionals alike. The interior common areas are also finished to a glossy standard which are reminiscent of the infamous Manhattan high rises. The residents amenities are all located in Haines House, which include a reasonably sized gym, media lounge and conference room. They are spacious enough but perhaps explain how the service fee (around GBP4.00/sq.ft) is kept so low compared to other local developments.. You do have the choice between three colour schemes (light, medium and dark) to personalise your apartment which is particularly redeeming, as well as the opportunity to upgrade the built in appliances to more high end brands (Siemens to Miele) which also have a 2 year build warranty. Green space is rather scarce at the moment but the plans for the expansive Nine Elms Park promise to bring nature closer to the area and should arrive by 2025. Within the development, small patches of landscaped gardens have been created above the parking lots to resolve the issue for the time being. There is some disparity between views across the buildings. The pricey NW facing apartments in Glacier House and Haines House look directly only a Royal Mail depot that is in constant use. The plot occupied by Royal Mail is also for sale and finds itself in the middle of a bidding war to become another high rise building. The S/SE facing apartments in the main block also face directly onto the Madeira Tower, which will be the final building to be completed, meaning that a direct view of construction will have to be borne out for even longer.
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