Now that 2018 is upon us, it’s time for a fresh start. Our new homes department has been instructed on some stunning new developments – so if you fancy a change this year, these properties might just do the trick. Take a look at our pick of some of our top developments for 2018:

Blaker Island, E15

This fabulous development comprises a mixture of two and three bedroom apartments and three bedroom houses with private waterside gardens. The properties are all designed to the rigorous Passivhaus Certification scheme and will have exceedingly low annual energy bills.

Blaker Island is located on the old City Mills Lock in Stratford, just off the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and is conveniently located for public transport with Stratford, Bromley-by-Bow and Pudding Mill Lane DLR stations all less than a ten minute walk away. Find out more here. 

The Stack, E9

The Stack is an intelligently designed collection of twenty four 1, 2 and 3 bed contemporary apartments, each one built to a high specification and with a private balcony. There is also a communal roof terrace plus an on-site café for residents to enjoy.

Just a three minute walk from Homerton Station, the development is ideally located for commuting to London and is close to the independent shops, bars, and popular Sunday market on Chatsworth Road. Find out more here. 

Arklow Road, SE14

Originally a 1920’s brick industrial building, Arklow Road has been redeveloped to provide a mixture of one and two bedroom homes across six storeys. Each apartment is built to Pocket Livings award-winning design specification, and is available to purchase with Help to Buy.

The development is also just a ten minute walk from both New Cross and Deptford stations, offering great transport links into central London. Find out more here.

The Claremont, N1

The Claremont is a boutique development in central Islington comprising a mixture of one, two and three bed apartments build with designer interiors that feature cutting edge technology.

With Angel tube station just a five minute walk away, and the major transport hub of King’s Cross only ten minutes’, The Claremont is effortlessly connected to every part of the city and beyond. Find out more here. 

London Lane, E8

This stunning new development on London Lane, a sought-after road adjacent to London Fields in Hackney, offers a stylish collection of just 14 one, two, three and four bedroom homes.

All apartments at London Lane feature high-end interior specification throughout and boast ample private outside space, ideal for enjoying an alfresco drink as the sun goes down on London Fields.

Professionals working in the City can be in Liverpool Street in just 10 minutes, while the tech hub of Old Street can be reached in under 25. Find out more here.

The Fisheries, E8

Another beautifully modern development in the heart of London Fields is The Fisheries. This stylish collection of 31 one, two and three bedroom apartments is finished to a high specification with a stunning contemporary design from award winning Guy Holloway architects, and is built on the former site of fish wholesalers R. Green Fisheries.

The ground and basement floors of the development will house a cafe and vibrant co-working community of small, entrepreneurial and creative industries. Find out more here.

To register your interest in any of these properties, please contact Currell New Homes on 020 3826 4888 or email newhomes@currell.com. 

This week sees the arrival of the Night Overground – with 24hr services running all night between Dalston Junction and New Cross Gate. Here’s our pick of our top properties close to Haggerston Overground station:

1. Old Ivy House

Old Ivy House Apartments are open plan

Just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground station on Hertford Road is Old Ivy House, a boutique development of just three apartments on the first, second, and third floors of a former pub. All apartments have a generous open-plan kitchen/reception room, and the third floor apartment also has a balcony.

2. Kings Wharf

Kings Warf Apartments boast impressive double-height windows and a large balcony

Set within a modern, loft-style development is this beautifully refurbished split-level live/work apartment. As well as overlooking the Kingsland Basin through impressive double-height windows and a large balcony, the property is also just a two minute walk from Haggerston Overground station.

3. Scriven Street

Just a four minute walk from Haggerston Overground is Scriven Street, and this contemporary collection of luxury apartments. This raised ground floor apartment offers modern living in an amazing location, close to both buzzing Dalston and leafy London Fields.

4. Malvern House

Available to purchase through Help to Buy is Malvern House, a collection of brand new apartments in London Fields. Each flat has been finished to an exceptionally high standard with bespoke Asselle kitchens with soft close doors & drawers and integrated Bosch appliances throughout. It’s also a ten minute walk from Haggerston Overground.

5. Kingsland Road

This split level one bedroom apartment is set within a period building on Kingsland Road, and has been refurbished with underfloor heating, wooden floors, built in speakers and CCTV intercom systems. It’s also just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground and right in the heart of the shops, bars and restaurants of Kingsland Road.

6. Reliance Wharf

This three bedroom apartment is part of a gated community in the Haggerston Basin – and just a five minute walk from Haggerston Overground. Reliance Wharf is one of the more recent installation’s to Haggerston and is excellently placed among some of east London’s most popular bars, restaurants and creative spaces.

7. Haggerston Studios

Just round the corner from Haggerston Overground is this unique and spacious open plan apartment, providing easy access to Shoreditch, Hoxton, Dalston and the City.

by Head of Research, Nicola Almond

The new draft London Plan published today sees increasing house building in the suburbs as a key factor in solving the capital’s housing crisis. Sadiq Khan announced plans to build more than 250,000 homes in the 13 Outer London boroughs by 2029; almost 40% of the total target of 650,000 across London.

Conservative housing spokesman and London Assembly member Andrew Boff accused Khan of ‘declaring war on the suburbs’, with plans to relax rules on protecting gardens, parking provision and density limits. Density limits are being removed in order to boost the number of homes near town centres and transport hubs.

According to the plan, a third of all new homes will be built on small sites, where barriers to development are to be removed to encourage small developers back into the market. These sites will be a combination of infill and end of terrace sites, back gardens, and upwards extensions to existing buildings. In an unprecedented move, all boroughs are to be given targets for homes on small sites. This is aimed at increasing provision in the outer boroughs, many of which have a poor housebuilding record.

East London remains a focus for growth, with the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets having the highest overall housing targets – at 38,500 and 35,110 homes respectively. The Outer London boroughs of Barnet and Croydon each have targets of 30,000.

The previously announced objective for half of all new homes to be ‘affordable’ (ie. not for outright private sale or private rent) was confirmed. At least 50% of homes built on public land and 35% on private land will have to be ‘affordable’.

Overall we support the measures announced in the draft plan, and welcome the increased focus on the outer London boroughs. In March this year Anne Currell gave a presentation which proposed that we should look to the suburbs to help solve the housing crisis, both in terms of available building land and property sale/rental price levels which are genuinely ‘affordable’ for ordinary Londoners.

New Homes director Matt Cobb says:

“There is great potential for the provision of new homes in the suburbs, especially in East London. We hope to play a part in this, with the opening of our Currell office in Barking next year. It’s interesting to see that Sadiq Khan chose Barking Riverside – one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe – as the place to announce the new draft London Plan today”.

 

By Head of Research, Nicola Almond

300,000 is the headline number for measures aimed at solving the housing crisis in yesterday’s budget – this is both the target annual house building figure and the new stamp duty threshold.

The government aims to leach this level of supply by the middle of the next decade through a combination of carrot and stick policies, including £44bn to fund loans, guarantees and skill supply, and ‘use it or lose it’ measures to address ‘land banking’ by developers. On the demand side, stamp duty is to be abolished for first time buyers on purchases up to £300,000, and cut to 5% from £300,000 to £500,000 (a maximum saving of £5,000).

Although these measures are to be welcomed, it is questionable whether they will be enough to improve the situation in London, where the issue of housing delivery and affordability is most acute. With the average property price in the capital fast approaching £500,000, the main problem for first time buyers is not stamp duty but the deposit. The average deposit in London is about £100,000, so whilst a stamp duty saving of £5,000 is helpful, it is not a ‘make or break’ saving. And with the OBR already forecasting that the stamp duty cuts will boost prices by 0.3%, this will erode £1,500 of the tax saving on a £500,000 purchase.

As all hopes fade for a Buy to Let tax reprieve, the continued exodus of these landlords will mean higher rents as the supply of properties to rent is squeezed. This unintended consequence may well be compounded by plans to make landlords offer longer contracts. A good pool of rental properties is essential to a healthy property market, and the government needs to consider how this supply can be boosted, not only in terms of institutional landlords (who had hoped for relief from the additional levy) but also small landlords who play a crucial role in the housing market, especially in London. Planned measures such as forcing landlords to offer longer contracts may well be counterproductive, as has been the 3% stamp duty surcharge.

Rising rents make it harder for Generation Rent to save for a deposit. Help to Buy has helped bridge this gap for those who can’t resort to the bank of mum and dad, but more help is needed. We would have liked to see bolder measures to address affordability by increasing the supply of homes which young Londoners can afford to buy. This means delivering many more properties, especially in the Outer London boroughs, where relatively low price levels mean they are genuinely affordable.

On the demand side, the increasingly popular Help to Buy shared ownership and equity loan schemes should be further expanded. Whilst the previously announced £10bn additional funding for the Help to Buy / Equity Loan scheme is expected to help around 135,000 more people to buy homes by 2021, in our view this is not enough. More funds should be found for both the equity loan and shared ownership schemes, accompanied by a major public information programme, as they offer the only viable routes to purchase for many, and are generally not well understood.

Overall however, the budget measures are likely to boost sentiment and prices in the short term, which is good news for property owners, if not for those waiting in the wings. In the longer term, we need to see the delivery of promises such as planning reform and the release of public land for development to help address the structural supply problem.

Group CEO Anne Currell said:

“Whilst we welcome all the measures announced yesterday, the government continues to tinker at the edges, and has failed to address the real issue which is affordability, especially in London. It really needs to pay attention to the bigger picture, particularly the rental market – retaining the punitive 3% stamp duty surcharge on landlords whilst simultaneously expecting them to deliver more rental properties with longer contracts smacks of trying to have your cake and eat it.”

If your family is growing and you’re looking for a house that meets your needs – look no further. Here are our top picks of homes for families in Hackney, Islington, and Clerkenwell:

College Cross, N1

This early Grade II listed four bedroom Victorian house has been modernised to a high standard whilst still keeping some of its original period features. Set over five storeys, the house includes a light and airy loft room and a landscaped garden. College Cross is also a convenient location for transport links, just an eight minute walk from Highbury and Islington station.

Greenwood Road, E8

This four bedroom end of terrace house on Greenwood Road is in the popular London Fields area. All the bedrooms are of a good size, with a large open plan kitchen and dining area. Just over the other side of the fields is Broadway Market, with its many shops, bars and restaurants – perfect for eating out as a family.

Heaven Tree Close, N5

A modern thee bedroom terraced house set within a private development next to Canonbury station. The property also has a large full-width extension to the rear. Canonbury station allows easy access to Stratford and Highbury & Islington stations with great connections into the City and Canary Wharf.

Rocliffe Street, N1

This three bedroom Victorian property is in the highly sought after Duncan Terrace/Colebrook Row conservation area. Set over four storeys, the house has been modernised to a high standard and has great access for the City and Old Street.

Hemingford Road, N1

This four storey home is also a Grade II listed Victorian property, in immaculate decorative condition. The house has been renovated to a high standard over the years, and is now an ideal family home, with plenty of entertaining space. Hemingford Road is in the highly sought after Barnsbury area, and is just a five minute walk from Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station.

Elfort Road, N5

This impressive double fronted Victorian property is set on a quiet street in Highbury, with five bedrooms, two reception rooms, and a private walled garden.  Elfort Road is conveniently positioned for either Highbury & Islington or Arsenal tube stations.

Baltic Street East, EC1Y 

This striking home is located on a quiet no-through road just moments from an array of restaurants, bars and boutique shops found in Barbican, Farringdon & Old Street. It was formerly a woodwork warehouse dating back to the Victorian period but has since been beautifully refurbished to provide a stunning three bedroom home.

This weekend saw the successful launch of the final phase of the M Collection development in Langley Park, Maidstone. The M Collection is a stunning collection of twenty 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, houses, and coach houses available to buy through shared ownership.

This is the second phase of the M Collection, featuring six 2 bedroom apartments.

These well-presented homes are built to an excellent standard with modern fitted kitchens, en-suites and bathrooms. All properties benefit from allocated parking.

Langley Park forms part of a new neighbourhood in Maidstone, offering a wide selection of homes, shops and a new school. Langley Park is close to the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a short drive from the M20 and Maidstone East Station, with great links to central London and Kent.

All available homes were reserved at the launch. Head of Shared Ownership Martin Fillery said:

“16 people attended the launch of the latest phase at Langley Park, with 16 reservations taken on the day against the 12 properties available. This demonstrates the huge demand for shared ownership properties in the area.”

To find out more about shared ownership properties available, take a look at our website.

We all like to save time in the morning, and living near a station is the ideal solution to cutting your commute. With this in mind, here are our top picks of properties that are just a short stroll from a station.

Cremer Street, Hoxton

This light and spacious apartment within the gated development of Nichols Court is just a four minute walk round the corner from Hoxton Overground station. From here, the tech hub of Old Street is just a three minute journey with Shoreditch High Street one stop away. Canada Water is also a twelve minute journey away, taking you one stop from Canary Wharf.

North Mill Apartments, Hackney

The beautifully modern North Mill Apartments provide lots of light and space, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open plan kitchen/living room area. The building is also conveniently located for Haggerston Overground station, just a two minute walk away. From here, Highbury and Islington is ten minutes away for Victoria line services, and Whitechapel just seven minutes for services on the District and Hammersmith and City lines.

Britton Street, Clerkenwell

This stylish two bedroom flat is ideally located in the heart of the City, and just a three minute walk from Farringdon Underground and mainline rail station. This will benefit from the opening of Crossrail in 2018, providing fast services to Heathrow airport and across London. Farringdon currently offers journey times of six minutes to Liverpool Street, and just three minutes to Kings Cross.

PriME1, Rochester

For those looking for somewhere quiet outside of the capital, PriME1 in Rochester is a perfect commuter home. Just two minutes down the road from Rochester station, it offers journeys to Kings Cross in under an hour – perfect for a mixture of both city and country living. PriME1 is due to be completed in summer 2018, and is available to buy through shared ownership.

The Tapestry Building, Clerkenwell

Built in the 18th Century by the East India Company, this impressive building has now been converted into 14 contemporary warehouse apartments. This stunning two bedroom flat is not only beautifully presented, but also in a perfect location. Liverpool Street station is just a four minute walk round the corner, with access to Central, Circle, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines as well as the Overground and TfL rail, making it ideal for getting around London.

Hoxton Nine, Old Street

This luxurious penthouse apartment is one of eight exclusive residences in the Hoxton Nine development in Shoreditch. As well as being close to all the bars and the restaurants in the area, it’s also just a five minute walk from the Old Street roundabout and Underground station. From here, you can be in London Bridge or Kings Cross in just five minutes.

Heaven Tree Close, Canonbury

This three bedroom modern terraced house is set within a private development, with a garden and full width extension to the rear, making it a perfect family home. It’s also ideal for commuters, as it’s situated just round the corner from Canonbury Overground station. From here, you can be in Highbury and Islington in five minutes for connections to the Victoria line, or Stratford in 14 minutes with connections to the Jubilee and Central lines, as well as the DLR and TfL rail services.

Victoria Park Square, Victoria Park

This bright, one bedroom flat is situated in a beautiful mansion block with views over the Museum of Childhood and the leafy Museum Gardens. It is also just a two minute walk from Bethnal Green Underground station, offering Central Line services of just three minutes to Liverpool Street, five minutes to Bank, and five minutes to Stratford.

London Lane, London Fields

Ready to move into in early 2018, these beautiful new homes overlooking London Fields feature high-end interior specification and boast ample outside space. London Fields Overground station is just a two minute walk away, offering journeys of seven minutes to Liverpool Street.

Fifty Seven East, Dalston

This stunning new development offers fantastic views of the London skyline through floor to ceiling windows, as well as beautifully modern interior design. The building is also just next door to Dalston Kingsland Overground station, offering a direct twelve minute train to Stratford, a four minute train to Highbury and Islington, and services across east London on the Overground. Liverpool Street is also just 19 minutes away, perfect for those commuting to the City.

Living in a busy city like London doesn’t mean sacrificing living near nature. With the Thames, Canary Wharf, and the canals of north east London, there’s plenty of scope for waterside living. Here are some of our top picks that we have for sale:

Reliance Wharf, N1

This light and spacious two bedroom apartment is in an ideal location, between the Kingsland Basin and the Regent’s Canal. The balcony is the perfect spot for evening drinks with a view over the water, and the interior also boasts a modern, high specification design.

Vicars Close, E9

A lovely three storey, canalside house with a south facing garden (pictured right, above) set in a quiet position on the Crown Estate in Victoria Park. The property offers a huge amount of space, with a garage/storage space to the front. The first floor is a large kitchen/diner, with a sunny balcony offering picturesque views along the Regents Canal.

Union Wharf, N1

 

This stylish duplex apartment has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, an open plan high quality fitted kitchen and a double height reception room opening onto a balcony with canal views. Overlooking the Wenlock Basin and the Regent’s Canal, the apartment is well positioned close to the amenities of both Old Street and Angel.

Millharbour, E14

 

Millharbour offers a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments available to purchase through shared ownership. Set in a dockside location, Millharbour also boasts excellent transport links, with South Quay and Canary Wharf stations just a short walk away. This development offers the opportunity to live in one of London’s most sought-after locations, offering a wide array of shopping, eating and drinking options.

Amber Wharf, E2

This stunning two bed apartment is situated in the gated development, Amber Wharf, on the Regent’s Canal. With a balcony overlooking the water and a communal rooftop terrace looking out to the City, this is an ideal place for relaxing with a view. Amber Wharf is also conveniently located for Haggerston & Hoxton Overground stations, offering direct routes to Highbury & Islington, Shoreditch, Liverpool St and Canada Water.

Kingsland Road, E8

Situated on the second floor of this modern loft style development on the Kingsland Basin is this beautiful split level, live/work apartment. The space is arranged over approx. 927sqft and offers plenty of light from the double height windows which look out onto the water. It’s also in close proximity to Haggerston Overground, making it very convenient for getting around London.

Bow Wharf, E3

Bow Wharf is a residential waterside development close to Victoria Park, overlooking the Hertford Union Canal. Bow Wharf comprises 24 units in total, 5 houses and 19 apartments, all of which will be finished to a high standard throughout.  The development is within close proximity to Victoria Park village with its many bars, restaurants and shops.

Gunmakers Lane, E3

 

Further down the Hertford Union Canal is Artillery House, on Gunmakers Lane – a beautifully finished two bedroom apartment overlooking the open spaces of Victoria Park. At close to 800 sq feet, the apartment offers two double bedrooms, a chic family bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, plus a separate reception, with doors opening out to a patio over the canal. The house is also close to the boutiques, cafes and restaurants in Victoria Park Village.

This weekend saw the launch of the stylish Malvern House, a new boutique development on Malvern Road in London Fields.

Malvern House comprises just seven 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, all built to a high specification with bespoke kitchens and a contemporary design throughout.

The London Fields area is one of London’s most sought after residential locations. The fields, Lido, the Hackney Picturehouse, and the bars and restaurants of Broadway Market are all within easy walking distance of the development.

The apartments are also ideally located for getting around London, with Dalston Junction, London Fields, and Haggerston Overground stations about a 10 minute walk away, and frequent bus services on Kingsland Road and Mare Street.

Prices start from £525,000 for a one bedroom apartment. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please call our new homes team on 020 7226 6611 or visit the website here.

Last night saw the launch of The Fisheries, a brand new development in the heart of London Fields. This stylish collection of 31 one, two and three bedroom apartments are finished to a high specification with a stunning contemporary design from award winning Guy Holloway architects. The development is built on the former site of fish wholesalers R. Green Fisheries.

 

Each flat is unique, with beautifully designed kitchens, exposed brick walls, and floor to ceiling windows. The design aesthetic combines both the modern and traditional, and reflects the semi-industrial, warehouse heritage of the site.

The ground and basement floors of the development will house a cafe and vibrant co-working community of small, entrepreneurial and creative industries.

The Fisheries is ideally located, just a stone’s throw from all the great amenities London Fields has to offer, such as the Lido, The Institute of Light restaurant, bar and cinema, Hackney Picturehouse, and the numerous bars and restaurants in Broadway Market.

It’s well connected to the rest of the city, with London Fields Overground just 50m away, offering regular seven minute journeys to Liverpool Street.

Prices start from £500,000.