Catalyst New Homes: Flexible living space at The Switch, SW17
One, two and three bedroom Shared Ownership homes in Wimbledon, South West London
Following a period of substantial change in how we use our homes, Houzz reports that flexible living spaces are one of the major interior trends to come out of lockdown, as the need to be “space-smart” at home grows ever more important.
Demonstrating how an open-plan living area can be turned into a versatile, multi-use space is Catalyst’s new one bedroom show apartment at The Switch, Wimbledon, South West London.
Catalyst has partnered with Edward Thomas Interiors to create the ultimate city dweller super-room – a kitchen, dining, living room with added workspace, demonstrating how this one bedroom apartment can perfectly meet the needs of the modern-day first time buyer.
The Switch is a collection of 181 one to three bedroom Shared Ownership apartments equidistant between Earlsfield and Wimbledon, and part of a landmark joint venture with Galliard Homes delivering 633 homes around a new 9,000-seat stadium for AFC Wimbledon
Markus Kendall-Young, Director of Sales and Marketing at Catalyst comments: “There’s a common misconception that one bedroom apartments don’t offer the same versatility as a larger property. However, designed well, they can meet all the needs of a first time buyer, and given their relative affordability, can be the best option to get on to the property ladder, especially those buying on their own.”
“We have dressed the new show home at The Switch to emphasise just how much can be done in a one bedroom home, using clever tricks to divide the space and enable it to perform multiple functions simultaneously.”
Notable features of the show apartment include a black, polycarbonate window style screen dividing the workspace from the dining area and a faux living wall bringing the outdoors in. A large walk-in utility cupboard creates a smart storage solution. Meanwhile, the private balcony is fitted with dining table and chairs as well as a two-seater rattan sofa, becoming a natural extension to the living room.
Andy Richardson, managing director at Edward Thomas Interiors comments: “The one bedroom show apartment we’ve created is designed with a smart, lofty, semi-industrial vibe and features a mossy green, tan and natural colour palette. The main seating area in the living room has a large tan leather sofa and concrete effect coffee table and, in the corner a dedicated working from home station with ladder-style shelving. The industrial, contemporary styling continues in the master bedroom albeit with a more natural theme. A full height, distressed wood headboard frames the bed while a wood effect chest of drawers, concrete tile dressing table and angle poise lamps complete the look.”
Catalyst’s collection of one to three bedroom apartments are finished to a high specification. Private outdoor space accompanies nearly every home and all residents enjoy access to communal podium gardens. Kitchens are fitted with gloss grey designer units, stone worktops and integrated appliances, whilst bathrooms feature oak-veneered vanity units, mirrored cabinetry and tiled floors and walls. Select two and three bedroom apartments are set across two floors providing residents with a significant amount of living space rarely available in London apartments.
Close to The Switch is a wealth of green space including Wimbledon Park, Wandle Meadow Nature Park and Garratt Park. A vibrant food and culture scene can be found a 20 minute walk away at Tooting Bec Food Market offering a wide variety of gourmet street food. Closer by is Wimbledon Art Studios, a bespoke studio complex providing affordable art spaces for over 250 artists, makers and designers. Other Wimbledon highlights include over 120 shops, a large range of restaurants and bars, four theatres and the world-famous All England Tennis Club.
Prices start from £97,500 for a 25% share of a one bedroom apartment, (FMV: £390,000), £141,250 for a 25% share of a two bedroom apartment (FMV: £565,000), and £156,250 for a 25% share of a three bedroom apartment (FMV: £625,000).
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