November 26 - The first residents of London's new East Village began moving into their new homes this weekend following the completion of the first two residential plots.
The area, which housed 23,000 athletes and officials during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has undergone a huge transformation over the last year, turning the old style 'dormitories' into homes fit for families.
Now, after their handover to East Village's long-term legacy owners, Get Living London and Triathlon Homes, the first set of residents have begun moving into their newly completed homes, with 50 expected to have moved in by the end of the week.
The first to be occupied are shared ownership homes helping Londoners get on the property ladder, as well as social and intermediate rent, from Triathlon Homes, the affordable housing provider responsible for 1,379 of the properties.
"We are very pleased the first Triathlon Homes residents are now living in their new homes with hundreds more moving in within the next few weeks and months," said, Geoff Pearce, executive director of Triathlon Homes.
"With the handover of further homes imminent, we look forward to welcoming our residents into what will be a fantastic new neighbourhood in London."
The first tenants of Get Living London, which will privately rent 1,439 of the homes, are moving in next weekend.
"The first residents moving in is a major milestone for Get Living London," said Derek Gorman, chief executive of Get Living London,
"We are creating a new neighbourhood for London and the most important aspect of this is the people who will make the community their own.
"We look forward to providing all our residents with a unique and customer-focused way of renting."
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has expressed how "extremely pleased" he is that the "first residents are now moving into the East Village.
He added: "Providing thousands of new homes was one of the key legacies of the 2012 Games, and the new neighbourhoods we are creating around the Olympic Park will surely become some of the most popular places to live in the capital."
Hundreds of individuals and families will be moving into the East Village neighbourhood over the next couple of weeks with 401 homes available in the first two plots.
The new homes range from one bedroom apartments to four bedroom townhouses, with balconies, spacious private terraces, or wintergardens.
They are centred around private courtyards, with neighbouring public spaces including new parklands, wetlands and children's play areas.
East Village also features an academy school, which began admitting students in September, and a health centre that is seeing its first patients this week.
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