Compact apartments in London, perfect for first-time buyers

Compact apartments in London, perfect for first-time buyers

These homes are small but perfectly designed (Photo: Tony Hussey)

Anyone who said good things come in small packages could have referred to the new harvest of compact apartments for sale in various locations in London.

Targeted at first-time buyers and lower in price than typical starter apartments, what they lack in size, they compensate for in nice design.

Storage and lifestyle are prioritized so buyers can expect built-in closets, cubby holes, utility rooms and dedicated WFH areas, and most meet the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) minimum space standard of 37 sqm (that’s 398 square feet) for a one-person home.

Barratt London created its new SMRT homes in response to increased demand during the pandemic and launched them in Eastman Village in Harrow in early September. All have private outdoor space, and Help to buy is available.

The 123 homes are predominantly single-bed and with a starting price of £ 295,000 they cost £ 30,000- £ 40,000 less than Barratt’s standard apartments.

The house builder plans to roll them out at other developments, so keep an eye on this space as more come on the field.

Eastman Village

Eastman Village

Pocket Living caters almost exclusively to first-time buyers and offers smart, modern apartments in well-connected locations throughout the capital for 20 per person. discount on the local market value.

One bedroom apartments consist of open kitchen / family room with space for sofa and table, double bedroom and wet room with shower, all accessed from the entrance hall, and have high ceilings, full height windows, maximize light, utility cabinets and plenty of designated storage.

There is a strong emphasis on community, and buildings include common areas such as common gardens and roof terraces.

Addiscombe Grove

Addiscombe Grove

Four new developments are coming soon, and homes are currently available at Harbard close in Barking and Addiscombe Grove in East Croydon, where there is a landscaped communal roof terrace on the ninth floor and gardens on the 20th and 21st floors with stunning views over south London.

There is also bicycle storage and residents’ lounge, co-working space and wellness room equipped with super-fast wifi. Prices start from £ 260,000.

Homes with smaller footprints are offered on various schemes from the Berkeley Group, including at Beaufort Park in Colindale near St. George, where studio and Manhattan apartments make up nearly one in four of the 384 homes in the current phase.

Beaufort Park

Beaufort Park (Photo: Tony Hussey)

Studios consist of an open space with a separate bathroom, while Manhattans are slightly larger with a sliding door separating the bedroom and living room, making them feel more like a one-bedroom home. Studies start from £ 277,950.

Clapham is not usually associated with affordability, but at Clapham House, a short walk from Clapham North station, Lipman Properties has taken advantage of the limited space to provide high-spec, New York loft-inspired homes at affordable prices.

Clapham House

Clapham House

Incorporates Crittall-style doors and windows, sleek Italian kitchens, black bathroom sanitary ware, air conditioning, USB connectors and secure basement lockers, one-bedroom houses cost from £ 349,000, and Help to buy is available.

Studies are among the wide range of homes that were recently launched Lampton Parkside in Hounslow, by Hill and Notting Hill Genesis.

They are equipped with streamlined non-slip kitchens and underfloor heating, so there are no radiators that can penetrate wall and floor space, and they include generously sized balconies, from £ 275,000.

Leaside lock

Leaside lock

Guinness Housing launches a new phase of private sales apartments at Leaside lock in Bromley-by-Bow on Saturday, November 13th.

Underfloor heating, integrated appliances and built-in bedroom closets all open up the space, and Help to Buy is available. They start at £ 299,950 for a study.

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