IF you expect a place with an enigmatic name like Nine Elms to be graced with some interesting titbit in history, you aren’t wrong.
The area, which straddles between Battersea and Vauxhall in London, takes its name from a row of nine elm trees that lined the main road as far back as 1645, but these trees were probably in existence even further back in the 13th century when the road was a mere trail or footpath linking the York House and Vauxhall.
Through the ages, it has evolved from a marshy area frequently flooded by the Thames to become an industrial area by the 19th century, with the advent of the Nine Elms railroad station.
Today this district in south-west London stretches from Lambeth Bridge in the north to Chelsea Bridge in the south and is counted as one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe.
It has a total of 227 hectares (561 acres) of strategic prime property, with the Houses of Parliament, Sloane Square, Tate Britain, Battersea Park and The Kia Oval cricket ground as its neighbours. Directly flanking it on the northern bank of the Thames is Westminster.
And because Nine Elms is the last remaining stretch of the old South Bank industrial zone from the 1800s, the land is now considered the largest regeneration zone in central London.
It houses more retail and housing developments planned with investments of over £15bil being spent on the gentrification of this property.
This is supported in part by the completion of the Tube’s Northern Line extension, Nine Elms Station in 2021, when travel into the city and the West End will take just 10 minutes.
This improved transport connection will help create more traffic into Nine Elms and Vauxhall, and eventually nurture a thriving community in that area.
These plans include an international business district, with a 6.5mil sqft (600,000sqm) of commercial space that will host a new centre for arts and culture, 20,000 new homes and see the creation of 25,000 new jobs for the district.
All these new developments are expected to draw high demand for rentals into the area.
Even the historic Vauxhall Cross and Albert Embankment will be redesigned to reflect a more attractive and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, while a 4.9ha (12-acre) swath of green called the Linear Park will add some scenic respite of unbroken views of the North Bank to residents who walk by the water.
Already parts of Nine Elms can boast of several landmarks, such as the new US embassy, New Covent Garden Market and soon a new riverboat pier is expected to grace its banks come 2021.
Other new residents include Apple Inc, Penguin Random House and Royal College of Art, among its prestigious occupants.
Nine Elms is also within distance to several key academic institutions such as the Imperial College, the London School of Economics and King’s College to name a few.
As more developments come along to revive the looks of this riverside district, this triangle south of the Thames will be completely transformed.
One of these new developments include the iconic Embassy Gardens.
Charms of Embassy Gardens
At the heart of Nine Elms riverside district is the Embassy Gardens with its own green space, arts trail, shops, restaurants and cafés, offering residents and guests a complete London experience.
It faces Chelsea and Kensington from across the River Thames and is just a short walk from Westmisters. Via the underground, Embassy Gardens is just three to four minutes away from the Victoria and Waterloo stations.
The final residential block in Embassy Gardens is a riverfront development by EcoWorld Ballymore called The Modern. Located in Zone 1, it features a new design and concept, and is competitively priced. For example, a two bedroom apartment only cost from £772k onward.
Residents of The Modern will have access to Embassy Garden’s first class amenities, which are considered some of the best in London.
These include access to the Sky Deck and Orangery rooftop bar, private cinema, indoor swimming pool, co-working areas and meeting rooms, two gyms, spa and steam rooms.
Further cementing its global reputation, the world’s first “floating” Sky Pool, is due to be installed later this year. Developed by the world’s leading experts in engineering, the transparent 25m-long pool will allow residents to swim between two Legacy buildings 35m in the sky.
It is also serviced by a 1,672.3sqm (18,000sqft) Waitrose supermarket as well as enticing new bars and restaurants that offer alfresco dining.
It has established a reputation for itself, as a leading lifestyle and commercial hub for London, where people can work, live and socialise.
This is evident from the diverse selection of thriving lifestyle brands, such as Robin Gill’s Darby’s restaurant, Australian inspired District cafe, beauty and lifestyle concept Linnaean, leading publisher Penguin Random House, well known cocktail bar the Alchemist and boutique cycle studio Static.
Tertiary students living here can access all of London’s various universities as they are just within easy travelling distance from Embassy Gardens.
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