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Our second bedroom acts as a private cinema

First time buyer Richard Meins, a 27-year-old Chartered Accountant, feared that he would be in a perpetual renting spiral for years to come until he found a spacious, two-bedroom apartment with a large, private balcony for £500,000 in Bow, a vibrant pocket of East London.

Richard and his girlfriend, Cicely Batstone, a 28-year-old Digital PR Consultant, moved into the second-floor apartment together at Telford Homes’ Bow Garden Square development in December last year. The couple, who were both previously renting in separate house shares, now have a spacious apartment together, with the master bedroom benefiting from a generously sized en-suite bathroom and built-in-wardrobes.

‘We loved moving into a blank canvas,’ Richard comments, ‘we’ve had the chance to really make the place our own, Cicely has done a great job of making it feeling homely. We were lucky in that just as we were moving in, one of my relatives were downsizing so had a lot of spare furniture. We took some of their chairs and tables and the best of the loot was the garden furniture which fits perfectly onto our balcony. When the weather improves, we’re looking forward to having friends round for an after-work drink!’

The couple have transformed their second bedroom into a multi-purpose room, neatly extending the living space. The spacious room acts as their very own cinema with a projector that is set up ready to screen their favourite films as well as a desk should Richard or Cicely need a quiet work-space. There are also two single beds intended for visiting friends or family who might need to stay the night.

‘Who would have thought we could have a film room in our first home?!’

‘Who would have thought we could have a film room in our first home?!’ Richard laughs, ‘we have set up a projector and comfy seats for the evenings when we just want to come home and relax.’

Being keen keyboard-players, Richard was able to position their much-loved instrument in the kitchen-diner with the floor to ceiling French doors at the rear of the room framing an impressive view of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, and provides an impressive backdrop for their musical pursuits.

Bow Garden Square has been increasingly popular with first time buyers, with only a limited number of one bedroom apartments remaining.  This can be attributed to each of the apartments not only having high quality fixtures and fittings throughout but importantly, all apartments at Bow Garden Square have been thoughtfully designed to maximise space and create generously sized contemporary living. Floor to ceiling windows flood the rooms with light and the addition of a private balcony or terrace provides extensive views over either the landscaped square, Canary Wharf or the East London skyline.

Richard previously rented just down the road in Mile End and, after falling in love with the quirky and bustling area, knew that he didn’t want to stray too far when buying a home of his own.

Bow Garden Square not only provides a desirable place to live, but an opportunity to live in a dynamic urban village with some of the capital’s most renowned independent art, retail and culinary institutions alongside East London’s finest green spaces. The regeneration across East London is providing much needed homes close to the capital’s financial district.

‘The area has changed so much over the last five years.’

‘The area has changed so much over the last five years. As with the transformation of Hackney, we are seeing the same happening in Bow. You walk around and can see new buildings popping up everywhere. It’s definitely up and coming so seems like a solid investment in terms of buying property.’

‘On a weekend the bars and café’s around Bow are great. Hackney Wick is also a short walk away and that’s always good fun. I’ve been a West Ham season ticket holder for a while now so getting to the stadium to catch a game only takes me about 30 minutes on the Central Line.’

Located in Zone 2, Bow Garden Square offers young professionals the chance of an easy commute.  One of the main reasons that Richard chose to buy at Bow Garden Square was down to the area’s excellent transport links. Three tube lines serve Mile End Station; Hammersmith & City, District and Central Lines. International travel is also easy, with journey times of just over 20 minutes to London City Airport.

Prices start from £390,000 for a one bedroom apartment at Bow Garden Square and Help to Buy is available.

For further details please contact Telford Homes on 020 3620 8005 or visit www.www.telfordhomes.london/bow-garden-square

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