Second-time buyer secures apartment in the heart of the £3.7 billion regeneration area at the Royal Docks

Robert Talbot, an IT professional, is swapping his life in leafy Tooting Bec, South West London, for waterside living in Royal Victoria Dock, East London. Read more below.

Robert decided to sell his two-bedroom period flat in Tooting Bec, where he had been living for the past 22 years, to be closer to his friends in East London. He sold his flat in April last year and is renting in Southfields until his new home is ready to move into at the end of this year.

After years of travelling across London to see my friends and to rehearse with my orchestra, I decided to take the plunge and sell up in Tooting Bec to start my search for a new home. I listed my property in Tooting and arranged to visit a selection of developments. Having lived in a period property for 22 years, I knew I wanted to look for a property in a new development where I would be able to move straight in and I wouldn’t have to worry about endless maintenance. I visited a development in Fulham and one in Greenwich but I wanted to find somewhere that felt more like a home than a hotel.

Robert was then introduced to Royal Docks West and was instantly attracted to the development’s location and specification. On Royal Docks West, he comments: I hadn’t considered buying off-plan before but I was really taken by the development – it couldn’t be more different from my old flat in Tooting Bec. The carefully planned layout and specification of the apartments makes it feel light, spacious and homely and I really like that each apartment has its own balcony with water or city views. On a practical level, I am looking forward to having access to a concierge to take in deliveries.

He adds: Having lived in Tooting Bec for so long, I wanted to move to an area with better connections across East London, where most of my friends are based. I also wanted easier access to the East London Late Starters Orchestra (also known as ELLSO), where I’ve been playing the cello for seven years now. Instead of just relying on the Northern Line, I will be able to travel by DLR, take the Emirates Air Line to Greenwich Underground Station, and from December this year, I will also be able to walk two minutes to the new Elizabeth line at Custom House.

On investment, Robert comments: The price of my previous property rose significantly so I wanted to ensure that there was still the possibility for capital appreciation for my next home. The Royal Docks seems like a good place to invest in as prices are relatively lower, there is a considerable amount of investment going into the wider area and the new Crossrail station will improve transport links.

A keen runner, Robert is looking forward to living in a waterside location and exploring the Thames Path by foot. He adds: I have worked in the IT industry for over 30 years so once I have moved into my new home, I have decided to take a gap year to try out new hobbies, explore the area and travel. It will be ideal to be so close to London City Airport.

Regarding buying at Royal Docks West, Robert comments: The process of buying a home in a new development was smoother than I anticipated.

About Royal Docks West

Royal Docks West is a 19-storey tower of 79 studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes, alongside retail space and a public landscaped garden on Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London Borough of Newham. Prices start from £590,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and £805,000 for a three-bedroom apartment, some with a double-aspect corner terrace. With five show homes available to view, and the completion of the development later this year, it’s a very exciting time to visit Royal Docks West. Get in touch with the Mount Anvil team on 020 7776 5740 or email us to find out more.