Countryside Properties' new waterside community, Greenwich Millennium Village, includes a school, eco park and yacht club, says Cheryl Markosky.
Development name: Greenwich Millennium Village
What type of properties are available on the development? Greenwich Millennium Village is comprised of 2,800 new build homes and commercial space. The first two phases of 1,100 homes were completed in 2009. Greenwich Millennium Village is predominantly apartments, with a selection of three bedroom split-level homes. Next month, a new phase of apartments will be released for sale.
Asking prices: Guide prices start at £350,000 for a one bedroom apartment, rising to £550,000 for three bedrooms.
Area stats: According to Zoopla's Zed-Index, the average price for a home in the SE10 postcode zone is £600,627, down £890 - or 0.15 per cent - compared to a year ago. The average price for a flat is £450,229.
What aspects of the development stand out? Designed to appeal to a wide range of buyers - including families - Greenwich Millennium Village is a joint venture between Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey, in association with the Mayor of London. It’s been described as one of the most exciting and innovative residential neighbourhoods in Europe. With a new phase of apartments designed by award-winning architect Jestico & Whiles about to launch, this scheme already provides an extensive range of amenities for residents and the wider community, including a primary school, nursery, health centre, retail parks and the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.
A variety of shops and businesses are set around the village square, offering a central hub and giving homeowners much of what they need on their doorsteps, while further commercial space - including a gym - is planned for the future.
Befitting its location on the banks of the Thames, The Greenwich Yacht Club is located at the southern end of the development, with superb facilities such as excellent river access, a club bar with stunning river views, moorings, a large yard and workshops. It’s the perfect place for boating enthusiasts.
When will the development be completed? There are a further nine phases to complete the development, delivering more than 1,700 new build homes, over the next 10 or more years.
Are financial incentives available? Currently, Countryside Properties is offering a £1,000 'recommend a friend' referral scheme for existing residents. Pick up a special postcard in the marketing suite or speak to a member of the team for more details.
Why buy one of these new build homes? Greenwich Millennium Village has quickly developed into a vibrant, active and well-connected place.
Sustainable development is as much about establishing an inclusive community as it is about excellent design and innovative architecture. The Village features the kinds of amenities that every thriving neighbourhood requires and has a good selection of housing types and tenures, helping to foster an inclusive, mixed place.
Greenwich Millennium Village has everything a district needs to thrive: beautifully designed homes, excellent transport links, a school, health centre, shops, leisure facilities and green open spaces, a retail park and an IMAX Cinema within walking distance. The Village achieves a close-knit sense of camaraderie with new build homes placed around garden squares and public spaces, and interlinking tree-lined streets between each neighbourhood.
What are the best bits about the new build homes on the development? Modern apartments are all designed to a high specification. From sleek kitchens with high quality, integrated appliances to luxury tiled and oak flooring, and chic contemporary décor, every aspect of the interiors has been carefully selected to create elegant living spaces offering the best in modern living. Each home also boasts good outdoor space: balconies, winter gardens or terraces that allow residents to enjoy views over the River Thames and Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.
Anything else you would like to tell us about this development? In keeping with the initial masterplan by Ralph Erskine during the 1990s, the new designs have been conceived by an architectural team lead by internationally renowned Jestico + Whiles, together with Peter Barber Architects and Studio 54 Architecture.
Plans include new build homes, commercial and community buildings alongside new public realm landscaping to complement the existing transport, education, healthcare, shopping and leisure facilities.
Using traditional street patterns to incorporate a range of home typologies, Greenwich Millennium Village caters to the needs of an evolving, contemporary community.
Who will the neighbours be? Greenwich Millennium Village already has a number of different residents on site, so you will be warmly welcomed into the community. There will also be plenty of opportunities to meet your neighbours, thanks to a very active residents’ association.
What reputation do the local schools have? Millennium Primary School on John Harrison Way is equipped with the latest information and communication technology, a large sports hall and an outdoor all-weather sports pitch.
Rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, the school offers 420 places from reception year through to year six, as well as nursery places for three and four year olds.
A brand new, privately-owned day nursery, Millennium Minis, opened in 2012. Only a short walk from the Village Square, the nursery offers day care for children from three months to four years.
What is traffic and transport like in the area? You can be in Canary Wharf within two minutes, Stratford (and Westfield shopping centre) in nine minutes, or in the West End in 20 minutes via North Greenwich Tube on the Jubilee Line.
You can also pick up the DLR at North Greenwich station, the Thames Clipper service from North Greenwich Pier, and a cable car line that provides frequent connections to the Royal Docks.
What’s a good place for dinner nearby? Recently opened Craft, near North Greenwich Tube and by acclaimed chef Stevie Parle, is a popular spot. And for something more exotic, newly-opened Yalla Yalla, dishes up Middle Eastern meals. For more traditional British cuisine, try The Pilot Inn, a trendy, updated Georgian pub.
What would be an ideal way to spend the day in the area? A good way to kick off the day is to explore Greenwich Millennium Village's green open spaces and ecology park. Around 50 acres of land have been developed as parkland, restoring a sense of ecological balance to a former industrial site. The Greater London Authority, working with the Environment Authority, has really put the 'green' back in Greenwich.
For families, a new eco friendly-play park - due for completion in September - has plenty to keep children occupied, including a log walk, cross-beam balance trail, climbing tower, mast activity net, embankment slide, living willow tunnel and timber team swing, sand pits and insect hotels.
The area surrounding Greenwich is rich in history and culture, from the Greenwich Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum, to the newly restored Cutty Sark and Old Royal Naval College.
You can then unwind in the most historic of all Royal Parks, Greenwich Park, which dates back to Roman times. From the statue of General Wolfe, the park offers imperious views across the Thames all the way up to St Paul’s Cathedral.
To round off the day, head to Greenwich Theatre, followed by drinks and supper at Rivington Grill, Goddards at Greenwich or The Old Brewery.
What local secret is there in the area that would take a new resident a while to discover? The peninsula now has its own beer, True Brew, concocted from hops planted along the Meridian Line by the Meantime Brewing Company. This is the first permanent London hop farm in a century on Greenwich Peninsula.
If you could change one thing about the properties in the development, what would it be? Regeneration of the area is already helping to create positive changes. Greenwich Peninsula is flourishing as a new neighbourhood and will continue to do so as more homes and amenities are built.
What items are included in the sale of the properties (e.g. white goods in the kitchen)? Appliances are all integrated and each home comes with a balcony, winter garden or terrace.
Who would be the ideal buyer? New build homes here are ideal for young professionals and growing families, because they’re stylish, spacious and have all the best components of urban living mixed with a lively village vibe.