Published 25 Jun 2020

Why moving home during lockdown has been a blessing in disguise for this Peabody resident?

Living by yourself for the first time can be a daunting process for many of us, let alone experiencing this during lockdown. Used to living with two flat-mates, hairdresser Josephine was not initially thrilled by the prospect of going into lockdown and being unable to socialise or work.

However, Josephine has since found the silver lining in her lockdown experience. Having purchased a one bedroom apartment with the help of Shared Ownership, at Peabody’s Motion development in Waltham Forest, Josephine is appreciative of her new home, which benefits from a spacious layout and valuable outdoor space.

“Before I moved into Motion, I had been renting a shared house with two other people in Hackney, we had a small garden but it’s tricky living with other people and trying finding your own space. Being able to use the landscaped communal rooftop garden here, and also having my own private balcony has been brilliant… I can open the doors in my living room and enjoy using my balcony – which has been particularly lovely when the weather has been warm.”

Set across three striking buildings including a landmark 17-storey tower, the homes at Motion offer sweeping views across the Lea Valley and toward the City of London and Docklands. Residents can enjoy the London lifestyle on the doorstep, along with a mix of retail and entertainment space in and around the development. A selection of apartments overlook the central landscaped courtyard gardens where residents can spend time outdoors. Each home is finished with a carefully chosen, quality specification that includes sleek kitchens complete with a range of Bosch appliances, hotel style bathrooms, underfloor heating and neutral carpets to the roomy bedrooms.

Going Dutch with Mini-Holland at Motion

Used to commuting to a nearby hair salon based in Farringdon, Josephine is a keen cyclist, much like, 17% of Waltham Forest residents.*

The borough is dedicated to making cycle travel safe and efficient, with dedicated and segregated cycle routes, secure storage hangars and bike-friendly public spaces. With secure cycle storage available at Motion, Josephine has been enjoying some fresh air on her bike during lockdown:

“Luckily I have my bike, so I've been exploring the new area which I have loved. There is so much gorgeous greenery here which I never knew, I even took a ride into central London and managed to take some great photos of it being completely deserted – It’s not often I will be able to do that! There are plenty of walking routes, cycling paths and little pocket parks to go to, so there is plenty to visit nearby.”

Living at Motion allows residents to share all the benefits of the Mini-Holland cycleway, which is right on its doorstep. The Transport for London Mini-Holland programme is a £30million investment across three outer London boroughs, including Waltham Forest as well as Enfield and Kingston, which aims to improve the streets and public areas along cycle routes. Motion residents are able to take advantage of these newly created networks of cycle routes making commuting a breeze. Plus complementary programmes such as cycle training, bike maintenance courses and roadshows, encouraging residents to find cycling more accessible and feel safer on London’s roads.

With a selection of 2 & 3 bed apartments available at Motion. Discover how you can fit perfectly into this new community and book yourself into an online viewing:

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