BUYING a new home can be super-exciting — and it’s easy to get carried away with fabulous decor, the swish new bathroom suite and the state-of-the-art kitchen. But those are the fun bits. Just as important is how secure your home is.
Research by Smart Home Week has revealed that smart home technology is used every day by 57 per cent of us, with indoor app-controlled cameras and smart alarms making up the bulk of the anti-burglary defences.
When choosing an apartment, it’s advisable to have a 24-hour concierge service, video entry phones and CCTV in public areas. ‘Security is a key factor for purchasers when weighing up the pros and cons of living at a specific development,’ says Brian De’ath, sales director at Southbank Place (pictured above).
‘One of the big draws for buyers at Belvedere Gardens, at Southbank Place, is the fact that there’s a 24-hour concierge manning the front desk, as well as lifts that only open at residential floors with an owner’s key card. They also like the fact the public space is managed by a round-the-clock team that will ensure it is well maintained, clean and, most importantly, secure.’
Here are some of the best new homes for security savvy buyers on the market right now…
First-time Buyer choice: The Otto
Downs Rd, Hackney Downs, E5 8DE
There are 89 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as penthouses, overlooking one of east London’s most prominent parks: Hackney Downs. The security features include a manned concierge, monitored audio/video systems and fob access to communal areas including lifts. From £490,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, with London Help to Buy available. cushmanwakefieldresidential.com
Water Lane, EC3R 6AP
Over 95 per cent of homes are sold at Landmark Place (pictured above and top), which occupies a prime position on the north bank of the River Thames, overlooking Tower Bridge. This is luxury living at its finest, with a pool, fitness suite, 24-hour concierge service and a host of other bells and whistles, including an underground car park. Safety features include CCTV, on-site property management and home automation systems with remote access. Two-bed apartments and two/three-bed penthouses are currently available, with prices starting from £2,499,999. barrattlondon.com
157 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2GB
This development in Nine Elms by Strawberry Star offers fabulous views from communal gardens, exclusively for residents and their guests on the eighth and 35th floors. There’s a private gym, 24-hour concierge service, CCTV and a hands-free video entrance system. From £580,000 for a one-bed apartment, strawberrystar.com
One Lillie Square
1, Lillie Square, SW6 1DZ
Homes at this CAPCO scheme feature smart security fob access to all entrances and car parks, as well as multi-point high-security door locks. Apartment entrance doors are pre-wired with an intruder alarm. Check out their three-bed showflat to see what it would be like to live here. From £820,000, lilliesquare.com
The Atlas Building
145 City Road, Old Street, EC1V 1AA
The Atlas Building features video door-entry and multi-point locking doors, as well as a 24-hour concierge. The award-winning building by MAKE architects comprises a stunning 40-storey residential tower, a 10-storey office building and a new public piazza/shopping space. The development has 302 high-spec apartments, including studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses. From £1,037,000 for a two-bed apartment, theatlasbuilding.com