Quintain Living welcomes sharers to The Robinson
- 3 and 4-bed apartments are attracting sharers to Quintain Living in Wembley Park
- Working professionals & students are enjoying the benefits of living with friends
- No fighting over bedrooms with an en suite bathroom for each resident
There’s no questioning the status of Friends as one of the most successful comedy series of all time. It garnered viewers around the world and influenced everything from our haircuts to the way we think about sharing apartments. Aired in May, Friends The Reunion put all of this back in the spotlight once more, gathering the original cast members together on and off-set in a touching memoire to the series.
With the past 18 months of social distancing, lockdowns, self-isolation and working from home, Quintain Living – the award-winning management company overseeing the rental of more than 3,000 apartments in Wembley Park – has noted an interesting recent trend. The company reports that renters are looking to share apartments to benefit from the social interaction that doing so provides. Just as in Friends, there is an economic advantage to sharing, but this is often secondary to the companionship that people moving in together provides.
“We are seeing demand from both working professionals and students for our three- and four-bedroom apartments. The pandemic has opened many people’s eyes to the social value of co-renting. There’s a support element to it, both in emotional and practical terms. Younger renters who have moved out of the family home often share as a stepping-stone to renting solo, but we’re seeing older renters sharing as well – it’s an arrangement that people are choosing in response to the world today.”Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living
In Wembley Park, Quintain Living’s newest building – The Robinson – certainly has plenty to offer sharers. The apartments have up to four bedrooms, each with their own en suite bathroom and built-in storage. The homes’ eclectic style ranges from mid-century to art deco to retro kitsch. Living spaces are simple and classic, with bright colours used to spice things up. Kitchens, for example, range from turquoise to chilli red. Ceilings feature exposed concrete and galvanised piping, while lighting comes in bamboo or coloured metal. Industrial-style curtains cover the wardrobes instead of doors and the black and white, Yin and Yang design bathrooms are adorned with handmade Liberty pattern lampshades.
The Robinson’s bold, alternative homes are complemented by a multitude of social spaces. These provide residents with opportunities to spend time outside their home whether working or relaxing. There’s an entire roof terrace dedicated to home working, with bespoke, custom-made camper vans serving as offices and deckchairs and picnic tables offering views across London for inspiration-breaks. There are also working booths within the main residents’ lounge, along with a London taxi coffee machine inspired by Damien Hirst.
The residents’ lounge is The Robinson’s indoor social hub. Ideal for spending time with friends, it features a vast bank of seats, a dining room and a kitchen for residents to get together and cook in.
Outdoors, the main roof terrace features what is believed to be the longest bank of sun loungers in London, a juice bar shaped like an orange and a seven-metre slide that leads down to the residents’ lounge’s inner courtyard. A smaller roof terrace is home to a spa caravan complete with hot tub. The podium gardens, meanwhile, deliver a festival vibe in the heart of the city. From the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Garden, to the peace garden inspired by John Lennon, to the deckchair-bedecked lawn, there’s something to suit every resident and every mood.
“We’ve included some wonderfully playful features in The Robinson. These are homes where residents can interact and enjoy. It’s the ideal environment for sharers, with a range of social activities on offer as well.”
Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living
The social activities are carefully curated by the Quintain Living team. During the pandemic, events were taken online, while a balance between virtual events and those delivered outdoors is in place for the summer. Football match screenings, paint and prosecco events, outdoor cinema and rooftop yoga will see residents enjoying the sunshine together, while sharers can also participate in events like virtual cocktail making classes and bakery lessons from the comfort of their apartments.