Riverside homes exude style

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am

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Already seen as one of the most prestigious developments in London's Docklands district, Marine Wharf combines all the elements that international investors generally look for. A short distance from the River Thames, in quiet surroundings and with top-class amenities and fast transport links, apartments in Phase 2 are now available to interested buyers in Hong Kong for an exclusive period.

'This is an opportunity to live in one of London's most stylish and best-connected developments,' says Peter Murray, director of Jones Lang LaSalle. 'Marine Wharf offers a stunning collection of dockside homes, with easy access to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End.'

The newest block, Cadmus Court, has 62 homes, including one-, two-, and three-bedroom units plus luxury penthouses. Ranging in size from 458 sqft to 962 sqft, many apartments have a private terrace or balcony, adding to the sense of space and natural light. Developer Berkeley Homes has achieved a contemporary, upmarket look and feel, allowing residents to experience the very best of London living.

The various buildings at Marine Wharf are arranged around a series of landscaped courtyards. A tree-lined linear park on Grand Canal Avenue will follow the route of the former Grand Surrey Canal towards the river, while extensive lawns will create an elegant outdoor space for everyone to enjoy.

'The grounds and park have been sensitively designed to enhance and complement the area's existing features and its waterside location,' Murray says. 'And the apartments benefit from views across the London skyline and over the nearby South Dock Marina.'

In a nod to the district's history, a maritime theme influences many of the interior design features. For example, weathered timber veneers have been used, in muted earthy colours. There is meticulous attention to detail throughout, while options and upgrades are available, subject to cut-off dates.

As standard, the kitchens will come with fitted storage units, attractive stone worktops and an integrated range of Bosch appliances. These include a multifunction single oven, touch-control ceramic hob, microwave, fridge-freezer and dishwasher.

Each bathroom and en suite has white sanitary ware, along with chrome fittings, large-format porcelain tiling and a glass-screened bath. Mirrored vanity units with ample storage space plus a thermostatic shower mixer will add to the overall sense of comfort.

All the bedrooms will be carpeted and have fitted wardrobes with a full-height timber effect. Making the perfect place to relax, there will also be TV and data points, dimmer light controls and radiator panel heating.

Giving flexibility, the apartments have provision for a home office and, reflecting good environmental practices, heating and hot water will come from the communal system. For security, sophisticated audio-visual entry devices will be installed, while public areas will be monitored by CCTV to ensure general peace of mind.

'Residents of Cadmus Court will also be able to enjoy a wide range of facilities and services,' Murray says.

These start with a 24-hour concierge ready to offer day-to-day assistance and advice. They include access to a private fitness and leisure suite where it is possible to tone up or wind down according to individual priorities. And a choice of cafes, restaurants and shops located within the complex will make it easy to relax with friends or stock up on a few essentials.

'With all this, Marine Wharf is destined to become one of London's most vibrant new communities,' Murray says. 'It is sensitively designed to contribute to a sustainable urban landscape and, with facilities to enjoy life to the full, it will have its own identity and become a landmark in a much-loved neighbourhood.'

Prices for Cadmus Court apartments go from GBP267,500 (HK$3.3 million) and parking spaces are available for sale by separate negotiation. The first units are already close to completion, and all will be offered on a 999-year lease with a full 10-year build warranty.

'We are confident that this scheme will particularly appeal to the international investor market,' Murray says. 'It offers the opportunity to secure an anticipated rental yield of about 6 per cent and the possibility of further capital growth as the wider area improves. In particular, we expect it to be a popular investment with parents whose children are studying in London because it is close to many top universities and colleges.'