Buying property in Canary Wharf is actually a very recent phenomenon because up until summer 2015 there wasn’t actually much to buy on the Canary Wharf Estate itself. However, the release of Canary Wharf Group’s 10 Park Drive put paid to that and the further development of Wood Wharf will turn the taps on somewhat.
As property here consists mainly of apartments, choice is somewhat restricted to that, but there are a few modern townhouses and a few surviving Victorian properties including warehouses, particularly if you look to the surrounding areas of the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse and Poplar.
In the Blackwall/East India area, to the east of Canary Wharf, key apartment blocks include New Providence Wharf, Ontario Tower, Charrington Tower and Horizons Tower. And if you travel a little further east again you’ll find London City Island, Ballymore’s recently completed mini Manhattan concept.
Around South Quay, just to the south of Canary Wharf, you’ll find a number of residential buildings including the iconic Pan Peninsula (somewhat the ‘daddy’ in the area), Discovery Dock East & Discovery Dock West, Ability Place, Baltimore Wharf, Denison House, Trinity Tower, Cobalt Place and Canary Central. Galliard’s recently completed Lincoln Plaza development, comprising Duckman Tower and Talisman Tower, sits next to Indescon Square from the same developer.
Prices in Canary Wharf
Rightmove (from Land Registry data) suggest the average price in Canary Wharf is £494,065 and was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Isle Of Dogs (£487,935), Millwall (£478,337) and Cubitt Town (£488,842). And that overall sold prices in Canary Wharf over the last year were 4% up on the previous year and 18% up on the 2013 level of £420,343 (as at 25th July 2016).
Meanwhile Zoopla suggest an average Canary Wharf property price of £568,470 (as at 23rd August 2016).
However, with the sale of many new homes in 2015 for completion in 2019 or later we would expect the average price for Canary Wharf property to move clear of average property prices in neighbouring areas.
What we do know is this. There is far more residential property in the Canary Wharf area than there was at the beginning of 2016 and this leads to more choice for buyers. An easy mistake to make would be to suggest that all apartment blocks are the same. They are absolutely not.
For some location is king, but for others a slightly longer walk to work might be a fair trade off for more space, a river view or indeed a lower service charge.