With excellent transport links, cosmopolitan shopping, bustling bars and restaurants, green space on the doorstep and a buzzing vibe, West Ealing ticks all the boxes. Editor Lynda Clark discovers SO Resi Ealing – a collection of contemporary, shared ownership apartments offering the perfect place to call home
I always hear great things about living in Ealing, which I am not at all familiar with, so I was really looking forward to discovering just what makes it so popular. West Ealing is in the throes of having a facelift, and walking down the high street in the heart of this vibrant community with an array of shops, cafes and restaurants certainly made a very good first impression.
SO Resi Ealing forms part of a development that combines contemporary design with calm green spaces – the perfect combination for modern laid-back living. There are one and two bedroom apartments and three bedroom penthouses available to buy through shared ownership, making them very affordable to first time buyers. What is so impressive about these homes is the space – they have been designed to maximise natural light and some apartments offer dual aspect and all either have a balcony or terrace, opening up the living area even more.
It’s centered round a landscaped courtyard, which will provide the perfect place to escape to after a long day, and offers restful seating and play areas. There are also stunning rooftop gardens which again offer a relaxing retreat, plus stunning views. Decorative panels on the outside of the building depict the changing seasons of the apple tree, a nod to the orchard roots of Ealing and there are plans for a retail space underneath the development.
Kitchens come with integrated Bosch appliances including a fitted oven, ceramic hob, fridge-freezer and dishwasher, and there is a washer-dryer located in the hallway cupboard. The large bathrooms include a heated towel rail and a walk-in shower to the en suites in some of the two bedroom apartments. There is Aged Oak or Lime Wash Karndean flooring throughout and carpet in the bedrooms, and an audio and visual intercom system is fitted for added security.
Transport links are amazing and you can walk to West Ealing station – soon to be part of the Elizabeth Line – in nine minutes and from there it is a very quick commute to central London and beyond.
Green spaces are also within easy reach, with Deans Gardens, Walpole Park and the famous Ealing Common all close at hand. Walpole Park is perfect for sports, recreation or just relaxing in, and free art exhibitions are held at the historic Pitzhanger Manor. It is also home to the Ealing Summer Festival.
Buying your home
With So Resi, you can buy your own home in your own way. You start with a share that is right for you between 25% and 75%, then you can buy extra shares if you wish over time. Your monthly mortgage payments and deposit are smaller than they would be if you bought your home outright. There are two other monthly payments, one is the SO Resi payment for the share of your home that Metropolitan Thames Valley owns and the other is the service charge, which pays to look after the building.
The guide price for a one bedroom apartment is from £107,500 for a 25% share with a full market value of £430,000. That means you would need a deposit of £10,750.
Guide price for a two bedroom apartment is from £143,000 with a 25% share with a full market value of £572,000. This means you would need to have a deposit of £14,300.
For more information go to soresi.co.uk or call 0752 221 7119
*Figures shown above are for guidance only and official prices will be realised soon