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Dive in ahead of the curve in this new waterfront district. (Picture: Metro.co.uk/ Alamy)
Once the world’s largest enclosed dockland, Royal Docks is London’s most ambitious regeneration project and its only Enterprise Zone, providing tax breaks to businesses.
It’s also an Opportunity Area, and £8 billion is being invested to deliver 25,000 new homes and 60,000 jobs in the next 20 years.
Royal Docks is uniquely well connected — it even has a cable car. (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
The only way to get a sense of the sheer scale is to go there — it covers 120 acres of land and 250 acres of water and includes Tube, train, DLR and Crossrail stations, London City airport and Emirates Airline cable car terminal.
The London Mayor is relocating to the sustainable Crystal Building later this year, and residential developments spread around the Enterprise Zone incorporate high levels of affordable housing.
Mount Anvil is building 854 studio, one, two and three-bedroom flats at Royal Eden Docks, in extensive grounds.
Each has private outside space and residents will have access to amenities such as a concierge, gym, spa, rooftop running track and cinema room.
Homeowners at the Royal Eden Docks get this fabulous view. (Picture: Royal Eden Docks)
Prices in the current phase, The Wellspring, start at £496,000.
Newly launched Riverscape is a joint venture between Ballymore and Oxley, on the waterfront next to the established Royal Wharf development and Lyle Park.
With 769 homes in six residential blocks, first completions are scheduled for summer 2023. Prices start from £399,950 for a one-bedroom apartment.
Flats at Brunel Street works come with all sorts of luxury perks. (Picture: Brunel Street Works)
At Brunel Street Works on the Canning Town border, you’ll find one, two and three-bedroom apartments with use of rooftop terraces, podium gardens, play areas and a concierge. From £465,000 with Help to Buy available.
Pontoon Reach from Redrow and Peabody, contains a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes with open-plan layouts, underfloor heating and a balcony or terrace. From £362,500 with the option of Help to Buy.
Pontoon Reach has an elegant roof terrace. (Picture: Pontoon Reach)
Only ten, two and three-bedroom homes are left at Gallions Point, right next to Gallions Reach DLR station with views of the Thames and shops on the doorstep. From £478,750.
Across the road, Vistry Ventures has launched Galyon Point, the first phase of Gallions Place, just ten minutes’ walk from the University of East London.
Buyers of the one, two and three-bedroom homes can enjoy high-spec interiors with integrated kitchen appliances and full-height windows. From £370,000, many with Help to Buy.
And at Royal Albert Wharf, the one, two and three-bedroom apartments feature light, airy layouts and balconies. From £362,500 with Help to Buy, or from £78,750 for a 25 per cent share of £315,000 through shared ownership.
Everything potential homeowners needs to know about Royal Docks
Council tax: (Band D) £1,467.33
Commuting time: 16 mins from Royal Victoria to Tower Gateway.
Annual Travelcard cost: £1,740
Amenities: ★★★★☆ Expressway is a hub for small businesses, with a full calendar of events and activities such as walking tours, bootcamps, music and installations — Kids’ Summer Splash runs until Aug 22; Riverscape is hosting Meet Me At The Pier events, tomorrow until Sept 26; independent bars and eateries; pop-ups; ExCeL; Good Hotel and the Sunborn floating hotels; paddleboard yoga at Wakeup Docklands.
Open space: ★★★★☆ Lyle Park; Thames Barrier Park; Royal Victoria Gardens; waterfront.
Schools: Most primaries judged as good.
Who lives there? A young, diverse population with lots of first-time buyers.
Famous faces: The World Is Not Enough, with Pierce Brosnan as 007, was shot in Royal Docks.
Schools data from Zoopla.
What can I afford on the property ladder in Royal Docks?
First rung: Modern flat with views of the Thames. (Picture: Foxtons)
A second-floor flat in a modern riverside scheme. Comprises a living/dining room, plus a balcony, kitchen, a double bedroom en suite and a cloakroom.
Step up: Well-connected maisonette in an edgy warehouse conversion. (Picture: Dexters)
This two-bedroom split-level flat in a renovated warehouse, moments from ExCeL, has double-height ceilings, a refitted kitchen, concierge service and parking.
Top rung: Swish penthouse on the top floor of the uber modern Marco Polo Tower. (Picture: Johns & Co)
The height of luxury, this 18th-floor penthouse includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a wraparound terrace and panoramic views across the Thames.
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