LoginSubscribe to Alerts

Sense Of Community For Buyer At East London Home

Posted 26 October 2023 by Helen Christie

David purchased his first home through the Shared Ownership scheme at Guinness Homes’ Leaside Lock…

After renting in London for 14 years, David, a deputy head teacher, was ready to put his roots down and buy a place of his own in East London.

David comments: “I knew I was going to purchase my next, and first, home after renting for the last few years, but I was really looking for somewhere that had what my other flat lacked; a modern space with a view and a sense of community.”

Finding home ownership on the open market in Bromley-By-Bow was out of reach for David, but through Shared Ownership he was able to purchase his first home in Zone 2, East London.

David adds: “I did a lot of research around Shared Ownership, and found that I was able to afford somewhere that otherwise would never have been in my price range, with amazing views of the city skyline and the tube right on my doorstep. Without the scheme I’d be looking really far outside of London, but with Shared Ownership I could afford somewhere in Zone 2. I also found that for my maximum budget and current salary, the homes available on the open market needed a lot of work doing to them, but the options available at Leaside Lock on my budget were incomparable!”.

Through Shared Ownership, David was able to purchase a one-bedroom apartment at Leaside Lock, a new development by Guinness Homes in Bromley-By-Bow, a Zone 2 borough in East London.

The location was one of the selling points for David, he adds: “I used to live in Bow, so I know the area well. It’s also close to one of my best friends, so it’s lovely to have her around the corner! Likewise, the fact I can be in the centre of London in 15-20 minutes from Bromley-By-Bow station is a real selling point.”

David at Leaside Lock (Guinness Homes)

David continues: “Having said that, there’s so much already on my doorstep at Leaside Lock. The roof terrace with views overlooking the Olympic Park is amazing in the warmer weather, and I’m really looking forward to the co-working space and coffee shop coming soon. Being so close to the canal, and having that nature on your doorstep, as well as the hustle and bustle of the city, is a rare balance in London.”

David found the sales team to be very helpful throughout, ensuring his buying process was as smooth as possible.

David says: “The Guinness team were amazing, Emmanuel’s communication from registering my interest to handing over the keys has been really impressive. I was moving out of my rental house in Lewisham and Guinness made sure I could move into Leaside Lock on the same day, the personal touch and extra effort was something I really appreciated.”

All apartments at Leaside Lock offer contemporary open-plan living with high specification features throughout, as standard.

David adds: “My favourite part of the apartment has to be the west-facing windows. Being a teacher I’m up really early in the morning, so I don’t get to see the sunrises, but being able to see the sunsets in the evening over east London is really special”.

The sense of community was integral to David’s decision, and he is delighted a community is already flourishing just months after launching: “We’ve already got a WhatsApp group which is great for sharing bits around the developments, and there were recently drinks up on the roof terrace, so it’s great people have already started socialising.”

David finishes: “The dream is to retire to Italy, but as long as I live in London, Leaside Lock is my home.”

View more developments currently available from Guinness Homes


Find retirement homes in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Find new homes in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Featured Developments
Bow East, Tower Hamlets E3 2
Price on application
Leaside Lock
Bow East, Tower Hamlets E3 2
Contact for more details
Guinness Homes
Save time and contact all housebuilders at once
Select the developments you're interested in and we will do the rest.
  • Leaside Lock
By clicking "Request Details" I accept the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy and I am happy to receive more information about the above or other developments similar from WhatHouse? Digital or these developers. I understand that consent isn't a condition of purchase for any product or service and that I can opt out at any time.
The housebuilder will use these details to contact you about this property/development to arrange a viewing or provide you with more information.
26 June 2024
Ella and Santino Carelli have just moved into their new three-bedroom semi-detached Backhouse home, in Blunsdon, and are already looking forward ...Read more
Akshay Belwalkar and his wife Teodora
26 February 2024
Akshay and Teodora have created the new home they wanted at the growing Graven Hill development in Bicester...Read more
Tony and Marian at home at Aylett's Green
21 February 2024
Cala Homes helped Marian and Tony move from their home of 35 years to an ideal, low-maintenance brand new property...Read more
Sign up for email alertsGet the latest properties and updates sent directly to your inbox daily, weekly or immediately you are in control.
Subscribe to Alerts
Search news and advice

Click here to see your activities