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Why is it worth investing in condominiums in Berlin? What characterizes the real estate market? What does the city offer in terms of culture, education and infrastructure?

In our report "Why Berlin" you will learn everything about the German capital: information about the housing market, economic conditions, important industries and everything that makes everyday life worth living. Download our report now and let Berlin inspire you - as an investment or as a new centre of life in your new condominium.

 

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23 May 2019

Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany

 

 

On every investor’s short-list of the globe’s safest harbors for capital is Germany, renowned for its steady local and national governance, strong property rights, low national debt, trading surpluses and solid economy. In prudently diversifying an investment portfolio, exposure to Germany is always a front-running option.

 

Of course, even buying German property involves some measure of risk, and challenges on the path the profitability.

Moreover, due to German capital gains taxes that expire after a 10-year hold after purchase, a long-term investment is advised.  And the “low-hanging” fruit days are over in Germany—housing prices in many German cities are up 80% from the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. Germans and the world have recognized the strengths of Teutonic property.

That said, housing has been and promises to be among the most-secure and profitable pathways to profit for offshore investors in Germany, most notably in Berlin and Frankfurt.

 

Tight Housing

 

Despite the rising prices, the housing supply in Germany remains constrained by regulations and local property rules, as is common in developed nations. 

Indeed, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing reelection, recently said that the nation urgently needs 1.5 million additional units, but redress is hardly certain.

Homeownership rates in Germany are below European averages, a legacy of Germany’s past, and the history of East Germany.  In general, Germans may migrate into higher homeownership rates in the years ahead, another positive for housing markets.

Berlin, the nation’s capital and largest city, is at the epicenter of the new Germany, attracting professionals, tech-businesses and start-ups, and favored by a growing population—a far different picture than one of an “aging Europe.” 

Through 2030, Berlin population is projected to grow at 3% annually, outstripping new housing supply—indeed, in the last year 50,000 people moved into Berlin, but only 9,046 housing units were built.

Wages are rising. With scant vacant housing, average apartments in Berlin sell for about S$3060 per square meter, and are rising annually.

 

 

Foreign Investors

 

For investors moving to Germany for work or to live, the German financial system is remarkable in that lenders will finance up to 100% of house or condo purchase price.

But for investors who stay offshore, lenders will finance only up 60%, thus requiring a 40% down-payment from foreigners. That results in a long-term tie-up of a substantial chunk of capital.

Also, one of the challenges in Germany is that income made from letting any German property is subject to 14% to 45% income tax. However, mortgage interest, management fees and any value depreciation are all tax-deductible.

Also, German banks are known for thoroughness in documenting income and to whom they are lending.

 

Still a Buyer’s Market?

 

Despite recent appreciation, Berlin remains one of the world’s more-affordable global business centers. The total costs of renting office and living space in Berlin posted at $31,100 per employee per year, against $111,900 in New York, $108,200 in Hong Kong and $95,900 in London, according to a recent survey by a major property-brokerage. For a multi-national corporation seeking a European regional operation headquarters, Berlin is a natural choice, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

 

 

Frankfurt is Germany’s financial center, home to the nation’s stock and bond exchanges, and its growing financial technology, or “fintech” sector.

Some investors speculate that Frankfurt, home to the European Central Bank and such commercial bank giants as Deutsche Bank, will attract new professional migrants if London recedes as a global financial capital, due to the “Brexit, or Great Britain’s departure from the European Union.

With about 736,000 residents, Frankfurt has a housing shortage of about 50,000 units, and a very tight residential vacancy rate of 1.5%. Apartments in Frankfurt sell for about S$2,700 per square meter, and prices rise annually. Like Berlin, Frankfurt is much less expensive than most other global cities.

Berlin and Frankfurt, with relatively inexpensive housing and business rental costs, yet with First World amenities, and growing economies and populations, present peerless opportunities for security and appreciation to global investors.

 

Buying an apartment in Germany

 

1. You decide to buy a property in Berlin with a price tag of €1 million.

- You will need to pay €60,000 in real estate transfer tax and a Notary and registration fee of about €15,000.  Thereafter you can expect to pay a small amount in property tax.

- Buyers brokerage commission anywhere from 3-7%

- Legal fees of 1%

 

2. If you remain offshore from Germany, you will have to put a 40% down-payment, or in the case of the €1 million property, €400,000 down.

 

3. In general, letting fees include a one-off payment of 1.5 times a property’s monthly rent to find a tenant and a monthly management fee of around €20.

 

4. Income made from letting German property is subject to 14% to 45% income tax, but mortgage interest, management fees and any value depreciation are tax deductible.

 

5. Importantly, no capital gains tax is payable if you hold a German property for more than 10 years. Thus, buying for the long-term becomes the desirable option for German real estate—and a prudent course, as the prospects are so favorable for Berlin and Frankfurt residential properties.

 

For further information contact JLL International Residential directly at +65 6220 3888 or internationalresi@ap.jll.com 

 

 

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21 May 2019

Sitting beside the former BBC headquarters, this massive 1,465-home neighborhood features top-notch amenities, a wide network of transportation links, and a community of private renters that is increasingly growing in recent years.

 

For most property investors, White City in West London has been relatively unknown due to the bulk of London’s regeneration projects happening in the central and eastern districts.

 

Located in the middle of Notting Hill to the East and Shepherd’s Bush to the South, White City has been an “industrial wasteland” for so many years.

 

But with excellent transport links including the Central, Hammersmith and City, and Circle tube lines, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a hotbed for housing development.

 

White City Receives A Makeover

Everything changed when the Hammersmith and Fulham Council collaborated with developers Westfield, Stanmore and Berkeley St. James, and Imperial College London to create a massive regeneration program called The White City Opportunity Area – an £8 billion project that is set to bring 6,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs to White City by 2028.

This project will make White City a hub for employment, business, retail, and education.

 

 

The momentum came in full swing with the opening of Westfield Shopping Centre in 2008.

With over 300 retail units and over 20 million visits per year, Westfield is currently the largest indoor shopping center in Europe.

 

Another significant development in White City is the Imperial College Campus – a 23-acre research campus that consistently ranks as one of the top 10 academic institutions in the world.

 

Long-term renting can be a lucrative business in the next few years as the campus population around White City increases thanks to its proximity to excellent schools like Kings College, LSE, UCL, and Imperial College.

Additionally, White City Place, formerly known as the BBC Media Village, is being redeveloped as a business district made up of The MediaWorks, The WestWorks, and Garden House. Developers are finding ways to turn vacated and dilapidated structures into prime real estate properties to attract both business and residential tenants. 

 

Connectivity plays a significant role in creating demand in White City’s property market.

 

The Shepherd Bush Overground station already received a £3.9 million upgrade ahead of the Westfield expansion. Meanwhile, the Old Oak Common station is getting a £1.3 billion facelift.

 

And by 2026, Old Oak station will be the most technologically advanced rail network and transport hub in the U.K.

 

Another improvement that is well underway is the ongoing project on the Hammersmith & City Circle lines.

According to CBRE, the rehabilitation will provide up to 32 trains per hour plus a 33% increase in passenger capacity. CBRE says this upgrade can potentially add a 2.4% increase to house prices in White City by 2021.

 

 

White City Promises a Lucrative Investment Opportunity

 

White City offers a unique balance of affordability and growth which bode well for overseas investors.

 

For instance, the local housing market has been trending upwards in the last five years at 43% (7.5% per annum) over that period.

 

Demand for new homes is positive with 54% of residential units under construction already sold despite the average rent increasing by 14.6% over the past three years. 

 

Part of White City’s continued success in the housing market is the quality of its buyers.

 

Over the past ten years, the number of private rented sector increased by 75%.

 

Currently, there are over 25,000 private renters in the surrounding area who earn over £60,000 per annum.

Add that to the 5,000 student population in the area, and anyone should see why the demand for homes is steadily growing over time.

Experts agree that this demand will continue to grow as White City welcomes more businesses, students, and workforce to fuel its growth.

 

What’s surprising is how affordable a White City property compared to its high-end neighbors like Holland Park and Notting Hill. 

Recent data from CBRE shows that the average house price in White City is only £704,000.  

 

Meanwhile, the average sales value in Notting Hill and Holland Park is £2.3 and £2.6 million respectively.

For those who wish to take advantage of White City’s affordable, yet lucrative property market, there’s White City Living by St. James provides the best of both world.

 

 

White City’s Newest Crown Jewel

 

White City Living consists of more than 1,800 new homes including suites, apartments, penthouses, and duplexes set among eight acres of gardens, private courtyard, and water features including a new five-acre park.

 

Additionally, White City Living will provide a variety of shops, restaurants, and open spaces for events.

Not far from the project are two Zone 2 Tube stations which will bring the Capital right at your doorstep – Westfield in 2 minutes, Marble March in 10, and West End in 15.

With its extensive transport links and accessibility, White City Living could be an attractive destination for long-term renters who work in the West End and the Capital’s financial district.

 

For more details about White City Living, you may attend JLL's exhibition in Singapore.

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03 May 2019

Mitsubishi's latest project welcomes buyers and investors to one of the world's most stunning Sakura viewing spots.

 

As Tokyo gears up for the 2020 Summer Olympics, property buyers and investors can see major real estate developments happening in the city. 

For instance, Shibuya Station will be surrounded by high-rise buildings once the 2020 Olympics rolls around.

Additionally, Tokyo’s most famous meeting place, Hachiko Square, will be expanded 1.5 times

Shinjuku, home of the world’s busiest train station, is experiencing a facelift in the last couple of years as the government plans on building more family-friendly tourist spots and new towers on the west side.

The surrounding area around the new JR Yamanote Line Station is due for redevelopment including seven commercial buildings, comprising of both office towers and apartment.   

It’s no wonder, Tokyo's residential prices have been steadily on the rise.  

 

A 2017 report from Land Institute of Japan shows that existing average prices for condominium units jumped 3.1% during Q1 of 2017.

Meanwhile, the average sales price for a newly constructed condominium in Tokyo remains high according to Real Estate Economic Institute's 2019 forecast.

One of the latest and appealing condominium project for foreign buyers and residents is The ParkOne's Meguro Fudomae by Mitsubishi Estate Residence Co., Ltd.

 

Home of the Famous Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Walk

 

 

Residents, as well as property investors, will enjoy this peaceful residential complex which is close to Meguro River – one of the most famous Sakura viewing spots in Tokyo.

Lining on either side of the Meguro River is over four kilometres of cherry blossom trees.

From there, you can have a relaxing riverside walk or enjoy hanami parties at night after work.

You can find shops, bars, and restaurants along the river plus food stalls to keep your food cravings satisfied.

 

 

For those who wish to explore the rest of Tokyo, The ParkOne's Meguro Fudomae provides easy access to 2 Metro lines and 1 JR line.

Fudomae station is only 1-minute walk away from the building. The station is so close, anyone who steps out of the ticket gate can instantly see the condominium!

From there, it's just an 8-minute ride to Shibuya district and Shinagawa Office area.

 

 

Meanwhile, a 14-minute walk brings you to the Meguro station on JR Yamanote Line.  

For domestic and international flights, Haneda Airport is only 20 minutes via metro while Narita Airport is about 80 minutes.

There are supermarkets, clinics, banks, and government offices surrounding the peaceful neighbourhood.

For families with young children, the Daiyon Hino Elementary School is just around the corner.

 

Tokyo's Prime Investment Opportunity Awaits You

 

The ParkOne's Meguro Fudomae was designed by architect Watanabe Jun with emphasis on large spaces and individuality.

This 6-storey building offers studios, 1 and 2 bedroom units.

There are 7 different floor plans to choose from ranging from a “D” type unit that features a kitchen plus a walk-in closet to an “S” type unit which has 2 walk-in closets plus a lavatory, a dressing room, and a kitchen.

A studio type starts at 277 sq. ft., 1-bedroom unit at 390 sq. ft., and the 2-bedroom unit at 590 sq. ft.

The entrance to the project features a quiet reception area and an entrance hall wrapped in soft light – a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Tokyo.   

 

 

The 87-unit project feature an inner corridor to keep residents comfortable during winter and rainy days.

The corridor also enhances security and privacy as it blocks out-of-sight.

For safety, a 24/7 security system provides emergency response to sudden damage to buildings and facilities.

Each unit comes with a heat detector in case of fire and a window open/close sensor against intrusion.

The project comes with a 10-Year building warranty from its completion.

The ParkOne's Meguro Fudomae will welcome its new residents by mid-December 2019.

Serious buyers who wish to take advantage of the weakening Yen, Japan's low-interest rates, and Tokyo's affordable property market will find The ParkOne's latest project a must-have investment.

 

For more details about this property, you may attend JLL's exhibition in Singapore.

 

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For more details about The ParkOne's Meguro Fudoame, you may contact JLL International Residential at +65 6220 3888 or internationalresi@ap.jll.com.

 

 

10 Apr 2019

Research indicates that this is due to the good experience enjoyed by many foreigners in Japan which is spreading by word of mouth overseas and accelerating the demand for long-term residences in Fukuoka.”

 

 

As the fastest-growing major city in Japan outside the capital area, Fukuoka has been tempting workers and entrepreneurs away from the larger cities for decades through its lower prices and more relaxed lifestyle.

 

Fukuoka, the largest city in Kyushu Island in southern Japan, is becoming one of the top tech start-up cities in Asia.

Fukuoka is particularly attractive to investors due to its local and international transport connections. It is an economic and transportation hub on Kyushu Island.

Tax breaks, relaxed visa restrictions and convenient international travel are making Fukuoka property highly sought-after by foreign investors.

 

Rin Chiniku, Miyoshi Real Estate, explains:

“Rental trends in Fukuoka's real estate market remains positive.

Statistics showing that more than 60% of people living in Fukuoka are renting properties. Rental demand is consistently high and this is reflected in the increasing average rental rates.”

“We are seeing greater number of foreigners moving to Japan for education and advanced medical treatment, and they are also looking to rent or buy in the housing market. A number of these are choosing to reside permanently in Japan as well.

This segment of the market is not a new trend and we have had similar demands before. However, these is a recent boom in foreigners moving to Fukuoka not for sightseeing or short stay, but with the intention of residing on a long-term basis.

Research indicates that this is due to the good experience enjoyed by many foreigners in Japan which is spreading by word of mouth overseas and accelerating the demand for long-term residences in Fukuoka.”

 

 

As the fastest-growing major city in Japan outside the capital area, Fukuoka has been tempting workers and entrepreneurs away from the larger cities for decades through its lower prices and more relaxed lifestyle.

It's especially popular with younger generations, fueling high demand for rental units in the inner city that continues to drive up property prices.

 

Takahiro Yonei, Mitsubishi Jisho Residence, said:

“With the increasing population of young people comes increasing demand for family-type layouts such as 70-80 sqm layouts consisting of three or four bedrooms.

This is paralleled with higher demand for 40-60sqm units due to the rising number of single professionals moving to Fukuoka for work.”

 

Designated one of Japan's Special Economic Zones, Fukuoka has more to offer than just a strategic location. With residential and office rents up to 50 percent cheaper than Tokyo, the international city offers attractive prospects for overseas property investment.

Because of the tremendous social and economic activities in Fukuoka, investors can look forward to high rental yields. Fukuoka is an excellent choice to benefit the luxury of living while they invest in properties at a very low cost.

 

For further information contact JLL International Residential directly at +65 6220 3888 or internationalresi@ap.jll.com 

13 Mar 2019

Once home to Britain’s largest chemical manufacturer, this iconic 1920’s building has transformed into one of London’s luxury Grade II listed residential complex

 

In the world of real estate, few places around the world could compete against the allure and the potential returns of a London property. It’s no wonder when overseas investors focus on the U.K. property market, most – if not all – almost always find their way in the streets of London.    

And despite the growing concerns over Brexit, market forecaster Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) sees a steady price growth in prime central London over the next two years – with 1% price growth in 2019, 2.5% per annum in 2020, and 4% per annum in 2021. Investors may also expect rental prices to soar from 0.5% in 2019 to .5% in 2021.

One such area investors should focus on is Westminster – London's most prolific borough and the Capital's political epicenter.

 

 

Westminster boasts many famous landmarks including the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Palace.

What's more, living in Westminster puts you right at the doorstep of world-famous parks including Green Park, Hyde Park, St. James's Park, and Kensington Gardens.

The borough is also home to prestigious educational institutions including London School of Economics and University College London.

For travelers and business people who wish to explore the rest of London, Westminster is connected to the rest of the city with three underground stations namely Victoria, Westminster, and St. James' Park.

 

And with the recent £2bn regeneration scheme of nearby Victoria Station well underway, investors have more reasons to cash in on London's property market.

In a 2018 article, Home and Property reported that new flats in regenerating areas are “the best buy for the long term.”

According to the report, sales prices of apartments in large regeneration projects have risen by an average of 17% per year between 2012 and 2016 – a stark contrast to non-regeneration schemes in inner London (source: Home and Property).

Plus, given that property prices in Westminster are set to rise by 31.9% by 2021 as per Barclay's latest research, future landlords may have the opportunity to see positive numbers from rental yields and capital growth.     

One such property investment is Millbank Residences along the River Thames. 

This latest project from St. Edward Homes Ltd. includes a collection of one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments, and penthouses constructed in a beautifully restored 1920's building once home to the Imperial Chemical Industries.

 

 

 

Millbank Residences features a landscaped inner courtyard, a 24-hour concierge, state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool with spa and treatment room, private cinema screening room, meeting rooms, and underground parking.

Stepping inside a Millbank Residence unit is like going back in time with a classical style which harkens back to the 1920s.

The interior features engineered painted entrance and internal doors with carpet floor finishes to bedrooms. 

Polished chrome door handles matches the engineered timber floor finishes to hallways, reception rooms, kitchens, and master bedroom lobby area.

The bedroom has a neutral palette finish and carpeted flooring for a relaxing ambiance. 

The unit comes with high-end Küppersbusch kitchen appliances, free-standing washer, space-saving recycling bins, stainless steel 1 1/2 bowl under mount sink and polished chrome mixer tap.

For safety and security, Millbank Residences installed a video entry system which residents can access via an individual apartment handset or screen.

There's also a 24-hour CCTV which helps monitor the entire building.

All units had smoke detectors and fitted with domestic sprinkler systems while apartment entrance doors feature multi-point locking, door restrictor, and spyhole.

Investors who wish to take on this opportunity are protected with a 999-year lease plus a 10-year build warranty.

Due to its prime location and SW1 address, expect this project to be filled out soon.

 

For more details about Millbank Residences, you may enquire here

 

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28 Feb 2019

For many Singaporeans, the purpose of investing overseas is often two-fold: the potential financial gains are important but so are lifestyle factors.

Here’s where Japan comes into its own.

With its relative proximity to Singapore (compared to Europe, the US, or other key markets), high quality of life, and great diversity of climate, culture, and cuisine, Japan’s got a lot going for it.

That’s partly why it’s one of the world’s quickest growing tourist attractions, with arrivals up 19 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year.

In 2016, the Straits Times reported that Singaporeans accounted for the second biggest increase in tourist numbers in Japan (15 percent) from the previous year.

Yes - Singaporeans love Japan. And when we add in the sound economic factors for investing in Japan, it becomes even more attractive for many Singaporeans.

 

Here are seven key reasons why you may want to consider investing in Japanese property sooner rather than later…

 

1. A world focus on Tokyo in 2020

 

 

With the upcoming Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020, the world’s gaze is fixing upon the capital of Japan. It’s already home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other city in the world, except Beijing.

This is having a major effect on infrastructure, as well as demand for property and construction projects.

Between January 2013 and August 2017, the average price of a new condominium in central Tokyo has grown by more than 35 percent.

And quite apart from the investment opportunities, Tokyo is considered a unique, vibrant, pleasant, and safe place to live.

 

2. A strong and stable economy

 

 

Ranked third in the world for GDP and last year registering its longest stretch of growth since 2005, investing in Japan provides a foothold in a strong and stable economy.

To put the size of the economy into perspective, the Kanto region, of which Greater Tokyo is part, has a GDP greater than that of the entire UK; and the Hokkaido/Tohoku region to the north has a GDP approaching that of Turkey’s.

The country’s property market is also stable and sophisticated. In the past five years, it has certainly benefited from the Japanese Prime Minister “Abenomics” economic policy, with residential property prices around the country on the rise.

 

3. Affordability and finance-ability of properties

 

Photo: Tokyo, Japan by Jason Ortego, Unsplash

 

Compared with property prices in Singapore and other major cities around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, Tokyo still offers good affordability.

For instance, a mid-market apartment in the centre of Tokyo would cost around $15,000 per sq. metre; in Hong Kong, a similar property would be close to three times as expensive.

The recently weakening yen has only served to make properties even more affordable. This, coupled with the availability of mortgages from Singaporean banks like UOB and OCBC, make the financial side of purchasing in Japan more viable than in the past.

 

4. Excellent rental opportunities

 

The rental yield on apartments in Tokyo averages out at 3-4 per cent and, especially in the central wards of Tokyo, it’s easy to find long-term, professional tenants.

The average monthly rent of a condominium in Tokyo’s 23 wards was recently estimated to be up 5.1% from last year - representing the ninth month in a row with a year-on-year increase.

These are encouraging figures. Provided you are assisted by a recommended property management company (which we can help you with), you should have few fears of investing in the Japanese market.

 

5. Endless vacation possibilities

 

Photo: Park Hyatt Niseko, Hanazono

 

If you’re looking at buying in Japan to enjoy the variety of cultural and natural beauty as a regular tourist, Japan offers amazing vacation possibilities.

Singaporeans can visit Japan for up to 90 days without a visa and are doing so in ever-increasing numbers. And they’re not just travelling to Tokyo - they’re exploring the further-flung areas of the country too.

Buying a property in Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan can be your reason to return again and again -  and you still won’t run out of things to do!

 

6. It’s a great place to retire

 

Thinking of retiring outside of Singapore after your working days are done?

Setting up in Japan is a great option for many of the same reasons that make it such a great tourist destination.

To add to the factors already described, there are excellent healthcare facilities available all over the country; Japan ranks first among OECD countries for number of hospital beds per 1000 people. It also boasts the second longest life expectancy on the planet, after South Korea.

It’s generally considered a very peaceful place to live too. In fact, it was ranked a close second to Singapore in Asia in the Global Peace Index 2018.

Additionally, Japan performs well in the OECD Better Life Index , especially for personal security, income, wealth, education, and environment quality.

 

7. Foreigner-friendly property-owning laws

 

Singaporeans (like all foreign nationals) can own property in Japan without restriction.

No citizenship or even residency is necessary and no restrictions on ownership rights to land exist, unlike in some Asian countries, like Thailand and the Philippines.

And, unlike some countries like Canada and Australia, there are no extra fee or taxes applied simply because you’re a foreign buyer.

 

Never invest anywhere without trusted professional advice…

Investing in Japan is a bright picture indeed. But making any major financial decision without first doing your homework and consulting professional advice is asking for trouble.

Are there challenges to investing in Japan ? Yes, the language, culture, property purchasing laws and financing regulations are all foreign to outsiders and will create difficulties if you attempt to navigate them alone.

But with the right guiding hand to walk you through the purchase process, Japan ultimately makes it very simple for you to buy.

Japan is one of our main international markets and we have built an enviable reputation in the local market, working closely with top-tier developers and helping clients make the right investment decisions there.

 

Arrange a free consultation to take the first steps to owning your very own property in Japan.

For further information contact JLL International Residential directly at +65 6220 3888 or internationalresi@ap.jll.com

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21 Feb 2019

London is moving East. More than half the city's population now lives east of Tower Bridge, as extensive redevelopment projects such as Canary Wharf and the Stratford Olympics regeneration have turned former industrial areas into some of the world's most profitable real estate.

This regeneration has now entered its next phase: developing the wider area between Stratford and Canary Wharf to establish the Lower Lea Valley as a world-class commercial and residential district surrounded by pristine nature.

The Lower Lea Valley is one of London's fastest-growing areas, with house prices in Bow Creek, Stratford and the nearby East Bank forecast to grow above the London average for the next 20 years.

 

 

Peter Gibney, Director of Central and East London Residential Development at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), explains:

“This new and unique regeneration area between Canary Wharf and Stratford has attracted some of the world's largest developers, making it one of the most exciting residential-led regeneration areas in London. The combination of rivers, canals, parks and leisure pursuits together with the connectivity and affordable price has the potential to make this area one of London's sought-after hot spots.”

 

Lower Lea Valley Investment Guide

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Three Waters - Waterside Oasis in the Heart of East London

 

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18 Jan 2019

The central London borough of Kensington and Chelsea sits at the cultural heart of London. But it’s also a prime residential area, known the world over and highly sought-after by property buyers.

Kensington is particularly well-loved for its royal connections, its sense of romance, and its top-notch dining, entertainment, and shopping venues.

Everything in Kensington comes with a healthy splattering of style and elegance - and that’s why you may want to know more about the Royal Warwick Square development.

It could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for to claim a small part of Kensington as your own.

But first, more about why this location is so prized…

 

Why we love Kensington?

The Jones Lang LaSalle team in London recommends the following dining and drinking venues in Kensington:

 

Restaurants

Maggie Jones’s - a rustic take on British food

Kitchen W8 - Michelin-starred restaurant serving modern European cuisine

Aubaine - Relaxed, French-style dining

Kensington Place - modern British brasserie specialising in fresh fish

 

Pubs & Bars

The Churchill Arms - a traditional pub once frequented by Churchill’s grandparents

The Kensington Roof Gardens - boasting three gardens, ideal for special events

Kensington Wine Rooms – A stylish bar for wine lovers 

 

Cafes

Café Phillies - a non-chain restaurant on Kensington High St.

 

 

Why others love Kensington?

Foreign buyers and investors have long fallen for the cosmopolitan lifestyle, scenic surrounds, and cultural landmarks that gives the Kensington area its unique ‘stamp’.

With some of London’s most famous museums, parks, concert halls, and educational establishments in the vicinity, the affluent surroundings have become a cultural and leisure hub of London.

London landmarks like Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Natural History Museum are all nearby, as are Hyde Park, Holland Park, and Kensington Gardens.

Reputable universities like Imperial College London and top primary and secondary schools attract both local and international students; and families moving to Kensington appreciate the variety of supermarkets, delicatessens and speciality food shops.

For younger residents, lively coffee shops, an array of fine dining outlets (including three Michelin-starred restaurants), and upmarket pubs all whet the appetite.

 

 

Elegance and tranquillity inside, outside and around

An 11-minute walk away from Harrods in the heart of all this is Royal Warwick Square.

Here, the style, elegance and tranquillity of the Kensington area is translated to the interiors and exteriors of this new development.

With the design expertise of award-winning architects, Squire & Partners, the garden square design is the first thing that will inspire you.

But it’s probably the apartments, designed for luxurious style and comfort, that will win you over.

Whether you’re thinking of an investment property for rental income, your child is studying in London or you’re investing in a holiday home, the combination of luxury and elegance - inside, outside and around Royal Warwick Square - is difficult to ignore.

 

Modern luxury meets classical design

Royal Warwick Square is semi-classical to the eye with its landscaped courtyard gardens at its centre. But there is a distinctly contemporary feel to the building design and its luxurious facilities.

Leisure facilities include a state-of-the-art gym, spa, sauna and steam rooms, and an indoor swimming pool with vitality pool on site. There is even a private cinema available.

Security is high and a children’s play area is available. There is also secure underground parking with motorcycle bays and cycle racks, as well as ample storage facilities.

A 24-hour concierge service provided by Harrods Estates ensures you feel like you’re holidaying in a hotel when resident here.

Each apartment has floor-to-ceiling windows, helping you bathe in natural light and enjoy the views around the courtyard or over London.

 

Be connected to the whole of London and beyond

While there is plenty to enjoy simply walking around the neighbourhood, excellent transport links connect you to the rest of London and beyond.

The tube is accessible on foot from both the High Street Kensington and Earl’s Court stations. These provide connections to the new Crossrail station at Paddington.

Journeys beyond London are facilitated by convenient access to cross-continental Eurostar services from St Pancras International station.

Flight access is 30 minutes away at Heathrow Airport and a little longer at Gatwick, making international travel convenient too.

 

 

The development

Royal Warwick Square is being developed by St Edward Homes. It is a joint venture between UK property developer Berkeley and the Prudential Assurance Company.

The Warwick Road Masterplan is a regeneration plan involving the creation of more than 1,000 homes, a new school and landscaping across seven acres of prime Zone 1 real estate in Kensington and Chelsea.

Royal Warwick Square is part of this regeneration plan and Sherrin House was the first phase of development. Maclaren House is the second phase.

 

 

Your opportunity for an enviable London address

Due for completion in the first or second quarter of 2021, we’re taking expressions of interest in the remaining apartments available in Royal Warwick Square.

These one, two, and three bedroom apartments range in price from £1.08 million to £4.6 million.

 

For more information about Royal Warwick Square and other residential properties in London, call +65 6220 3888 or email internationalresi@ap.jll.com

 

 

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The Steglitzer Kreisel, 120 metres high, is being brought into a new era with state-of-the-art architecture and technology. Glass, steel, aluminium and a lean silhouette make it the tallest already build residential tower in the city – and the most elegant.

It offers 29 floors of what can only be described as a living experience with breath taking views stretching far across the city. ÜBERLIN.

 

 

For further information contact JLL International Residential directly at +65 6220 3888 or internationalresi@ap.jll.com 

 

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