Wednesday 2 September 2009 3.08pm
I think by 'The Spa', you mean 93 and 95 Alcot Road (opposite Artesian). I was a FTB when I bought a one-bed in that block in April of this year and think it was a good move for me. I'm not sure if you are interested in the one next door to me that is marketed at £300k, but it seems reasonable and comparable with other developments. The outside patio area backs onto the back of "The Fort" which is certainly an interesting neighbour but I have never had any problems from there. For the record, my dealings with the management company, Montalt, have all been amicable too.
I think that the bus routes are very handy. The 1 is a great service. Bang outside, every 10 minutes, usually plenty of space and the night bus service is equally valuable as it has saved me a lot on night time taxis from Soho and Waterloo, etc. The 78 is good for returning from Shoreditch but it is pretty miserable going towards the city. Actually, I would like to know how I can petition TFL to stick another few buses on that route as I have never seen it without anyone standing up. As commented above, 188 is also a useful bus route as Tower Bridge Road
is just a short walk. For the underground, I'd echo other comments that the route from Bermondsey station is a little dingey, but I have never had any problems and when the top end (and middle) of Spa Road is finished - if it will ever be - then it will be fine. I've tended to walk to London Bridge, though, as the Jubilee has been shut almost every weekend this summer.
I'd also echo other comments from Wexnz and Bermondsey Street
and Shad Thames
, the Tesco and the surgery at Artesian. Spa Gardens
is nice, too.
Let me know if you have any other questions.