Living the London lifestyle in traditionally popular areas such as Islington and Battersea can be expensive, with the majority of apartments costing anything upwards of £450,000. However, by looking slightly beyond these well-known areas, buyers can still access the same pace of life and standard of living but get much more value for money. South Woodford in north east London is one such example – just a short tube ride away from the City and West End, it has all the amenities you would expect from Islington and Battersea but at a fraction of the price. Telford Homes’ Queen Mary’s Gate development has stylish apartments starting from just £222,500.

South Woodford has a real buzz. It is packed with fashionable bars and restaurants, including Pier One, VK Lounge, Nino’s, The Ark and Switch. Shops include lovely designer boutiques and salons as well as Waitrose and M&S Simply Food. These amenities and facilities are mostly centered around George Lane. Like a few select areas of central London, South Woodford also has a real ‘village’ feel, with a relaxed vibe and plenty of green spaces – Epping Forest is right on the doorstep.

Telford Homes’ landmark Queen Mary’s Gate development taps into the stylish London living experience but offers much more for your money than in the traditional inner London localities. Situated right in the heart of South Woodford, Queen Mary’s Gate is a ten minute walk from South Woodford underground station on the Central line. From here, it takes just 19 minutes into Liverpool Street and 30 minutes into the West End.

The development has all you would expect from a smart London home – a sleek modern design with light, spacious and high specification interiors. With designer kitchens by Urban Myth including built-in appliances by Smeg, bathrooms by Roca, oak flooring and chrome fixtures, every inch of the apartments oozes class and style. In long summer days, buyers at Queen Mary’s Gate get maximum benefit from the fabulous water gardens that form a large part of the development. They offer residents lovely external space with no maintenance responsibility, full accessibility and fun throughout the year. All homes also benefit from a 24/7 concierge service from the gated entrance lodge – another service normally only expected from a central London development.

Queen Mary’s Gate’s sales success to date proves South Woodford’s enduring popularity. Completions and move-ins for the first half of the new homes at the development are almost all done, showing there is still calm and confidence in the market in this desirable area, despite the effects of the credit crunch on the national market generally.

Telford Homes’ Sales and Marketing Director Sheena Ellwood comments: “South Woodford offers the stylish London living of Islington or Battersea but at a fraction of the price and it’s just a short commute into the City; what’s more, it has much more green space on the doorstep than most central London locations. Buyers who may not previously have thought about areas beyond the traditional will be pleasantly surprised by South Woodford and the value for money it offers. We believe a purchase at Queen Mary’s Gate is the ideal way to buy into this aspirational area.”

Apartments in the second half of the development are on sale now. Prices for a one bedroom apartment start from £222,500 and a two bedroom apartment from £290,000 including a parking space.

The Telford Homes Queen Mary’s Gate Sales Centre is located on the High Road in South Woodford, open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 6.00pm and Sundays 11.00am to 5.00pm. Please call 020 8506 1955 or click on
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