Homes for Creatives: Why I love living at Weavers Quarter


Amélie Diaz took the leap and moved from France to London to pursue her career in mixology. Wanting to live close to London’s buzzing bar scene, Amélie was renting a shared flat in Camden, assuming that renting was the only way she could afford to live in the capital.


Amélie comments, “Whilst I loved the convenience of living in Camden, renting left me wondering where my money was actually going. Giving hundreds of pounds to my landlord every month felt like a waste, but I didn’t think that I had any other options.”


When Amélie heard about the Shared Ownership scheme at Weavers Quarter in Barking, she was amazed to find a solution that would help her get on to the property ladder. Amélie bought a 35% share in a top-floor, one-bedroom apartment, with a deposit of just £13,500. Weavers Quarter proved a fantastic find for Amélie, giving her the London lifestyle she’s always enjoyed, at an affordable price.


“The thing I like most about Barking is how you have everything on your doorstep. The transport links are amazing – the District line, Hammersmith Line, Overground and C2C services are all a 10 minute walk away. Plus, there’s great shops and supermarkets close by, and a high street with a regular market.”


Amélie first visited the Weavers Quarter show home in September 2018 and immediately fell in love.  


“Opening the door to the apartment, I took one step in and saw my future laid out before me. I immediately started to picture it with my furniture in, enjoying summer evenings with a BBQ on the balcony, or a soothing bath in the modern bathroom.”


Just 3 months after her initial viewing at Weavers Quarter, Amelie received the keys to her very own home just in time for Christmas. Impressed with L&Q’s level or service she mentions:


“The L&Q team were fantastic. From an initial tour of the show home through to a detailed guide of my own apartment, they kept me informed throughout the process and gave me heaps of advice. The welcome gifts they gave me on completion was the cherry on the cake!” 


Amélie finishes, “I feel relaxed, safe, and comfortable. Shared Ownership has given me the opportunity to bring stability to my future, and invest my money wisely. If you can raise the deposit, then I would recommend anyone to investigate Shared Ownership – it is a great way to get on to the property ladder.”