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So, what is it that a property owner actually wants from their estate or letting agent?

I was speaking with someone the other day who had worked at Purplebricks for 2 years. His experience from being there was that property owners DIDN’T want to use an online agent, they actually wanted to use a traditional estate agent, they just didn’t want to pay through the nose for it.

Jayne Dowle, who was kind enough to mention Proper Local a few weeks back in The Times, published this blog Money for old rope: take care when choosing an estate agent in The Spectator recently.

Jayne picks up on some interesting points.

London City Island

New developments spring up all the time, but its not often that you witness a community being built. Ballymore & Ecoworld’s London City Island is just that – a new community. Comprising 1,706 apartments, completing from mid 2016 all the way through to 2019, the scheme will also result in a new home for English National Ballet, 1,801 sqm of leisure space, 4,502 sqm for offices, 1,852 sqm of retail and 2,714 for the creative industry.

London City Island, or LCI for short, is designed around a mini-Manhattan concept according to the developer’s brochure, and having visited, both internally and externally, we believe that this concept has been executed. Although the buildings are undoubtedly ‘new’, there are nods to that warehouse-loft feel. Flat-fronted buildings with large windows, much higher-than-average ceiling height, strip wood flooring, Victorian-style radiators and butler sinks all combine to give a rather rustic impression.

Charrington Tower in E14

Charrington Tower (aka Providence Tower during the development stage) is a 44 storey 100% residential tower developed by Ballymore. Located in the E14 area more traditionally known as Blackwall, Charrington Tower forms part of a riverside community which includes Ontario Tower, New Providence Wharf and Columbia West apartments.

Limehouse London E14


  • The earliest reference to the area is thought to have been in 1356 when it was known as Les Lymhostes. In the early 1400s, the area was also recorded with the name of Lymhosteys.
  • The Limehouse name relates to the local lime kilns or, more precisely, lime oasts, by the river and operated by the large potteries that served shipping in the London Docks.
  • The Limehouse area is defined by its borders with Limehouse Basin in the west, to Pennyfields in the east; and from the Thames in the south to the Victory Bridge at the junction of Ben Jonson Road and Rhodeswell Road in the north.
  • Limehouse Basin opened in 1820 as the Regent's Canal Dock, and was amongst the first of London’s Docks to close in the late 1960’s.
  • The redevelopment of the Basin started in 1983 as part of the London Docklands Development Corporation's overall masterplan for the Docklands area.
  • Limehouse Cut is said to be the oldest canal in London and connects the Thames with the River Lee at Bow Creek. Regent’s Canal also flows into Limehouse Basin and at its westerly end goes all the way to Paddington (if you fancy a short stroll or paddle…)
  • The first area known as Chinatown in London was actually located in the Limehouse area, the present Chinatown, off Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho, did not start to be established until the 1970s.
  • Sir Ian McKellen is part owner of The Grapes pub on Narrow Street and is also a Limehouse resident. The Grapes – originally The Bunch of Grapes – has stood there for nearly 500 years, and more latterly was a regular haunt of Charles Dickens.
  • Number 80 Narrow Street was both a home and studio to painter Francis Bacon.
  • Sherlock Holmes went in search of opium on Narrow Street.

Have you seen our latest Properties for Sale in Limehouse ? 

DLR: Limehouse DLR will take you west to Bank or Tower Gateway in just 6 or 5 minutes respectively. To the east is Canary Wharf (10 minutes), Greenwich (16 mins) and Lewisham (21 mins), or Stratford (18 mins) and City Airport (16 mins).

National Rail: C2C operate mainline services at Limehouse station which run into Fenchurch Street from locations in Essex such as Southend… if you fancy getting away from it all.

Bus: Numerous buses run along Commercial Road, including the 15 – Blackwall via the City to Charing Cross – the 115 to Aldgate and the D3 to Bethnal Green. The D3 also runs along Narrow Street.

Airport: Escaping from the city couldn’t be easier with London City Airport just a few stops away on the DLR or a few minutes by cab.

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