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13/06/2017 - Live by the beach... in London! 13 Jun 2017
08/06/2017 - Election causing buyers and sellers to "wait and see" 08 Jun 2017
06/06/2017 - More lenders target small-deposit buyers, just as house prices slide 06 Jun 2017
02/06/2017 - House prices show longest sustained fall since 2009 crash 02 Jun 2017
01/06/2017 - Apps for surveyors: 2017 edition 01 Jun 2017
22/05/2017 - Conservatives plan to bring back Home Information Packs 22 May 2017
15/05/2017 - Revealed, the least affordable places in Britain to buy a property: 15 May 2017
08/05/2017 - House price growth stagnates in the UK, latest index shows 08 May 2017
06/04/2017 - Dramatic scene after house collapses in affluent street in Kingston 05 Apr 2017
28/03/2017 - Borrowers urged to fix their mortgage fast as rising inflation could soon spell the end of super low interest rates 28 Mar 2017
22/03/2017 - House prices see 1.3% monthly surge 22 Mar 2017
09/03/2017 - UK property market growth continues to rise modestly apart from in London 09 Mar 2017
24/02/2017 - House prices go potty! 24 Feb 2017
09/02/2017 - How the Government's Housing White Paper plans will affect you 09 Feb 2017
08/02/2017 - How to flood proof your home: We visit 'Resilient House' with latest defences to help protect against expensive water damage 08 Feb 2017
30/01/2017 - Homeowners taking advantage of cheap remortgage deals 30 Jan 2017
25/01/2017 - Analysis: Stamp duty is killing the housing market and harming the economy 25 Jan 2017
11/01/2017 - Mapped: Which London neighbourhoods have seen the biggest house prices rise since the crash? 11 Jan 2017
09/01/2017 - January sees largest fall in BTL products since 2009 09 Jan 2017
04/01/2017 - 'Thousands' of Starter Homes to be built in 2017 04 Jan 2017


13/06/2017 - Live by the beach... in London!

The new Royal Victoria Dock flats that are handy for a spot of sunbathing

  • Developer Mount Anvil is building 105 new flats on Western Gateway, in East London's Royal Victoria Dock
  • Prices at Royal Docks West start from £465,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, rising to £1,265,000 for a three-bedroom apartment
  • The homes are scheduled to be ready to be moved into from the end of 2018 - the same time as the planned opening of Crossrail in the area

With all of the thousands of new flats being built in London, it would seem as though there is little space left to develop - let alone to bag a home near a beach. 

However, there is a corner of east London that has remained relatively under-developed despite the surrounding area seeing huge regeneration and having good transport links.

A new development at Royal Victoria Dock highlights how decades after the original flagship docklands regeneration, the city continues to push out to the east, with builders keen to entice potential residents with the prospect of waterside living.

And yes, there is a beach (of sorts) nearby. 

Developer Mount Anvil is building 105 new flats on Western Gateway, in Royal Victoria Dock

Developers Mount Anvil are building 105 new flats on the land found on Western Gateway, in Royal Victoria Dock.

It is found out past Canary Wharf, by the ExCel exhibition centre and across the River Thames from the O2, in North Greenwich.

The development called Royal Docks West will include one, two and three-bedroom flats, including 26 affordable homes. There will also be a new shopping area and a public landscaped garden.

And the beach in question? That is Urban London Beach, at the Royal Docks, a stretch of sandy man-made beach overlooking the water, open in July and August. (Exact dates change every year, with the opening starting this year on July 17 and ending on August 31).

Life's a beach! The Royal Docks area has a sandy area opened to the public during the summer

Life's a beach! The Royal Docks area has a sandy area opened to the public during the summer

Construction of the flats is due for completion at the end of next year, to coincide with the opening of Crossrail in the area. 

We visited the site to get a feel for how it will be developed and to find out what is on offer for buyers in the local area. 

Source: 13/06/2017