Ikea always like to do things a little differently wether it’s their flatpack make at home furniture or their meatballs. Now they are doing something different by building their very own Ikea housing estate just outside of London creating a full on Ikea community.
In Sweden and other non-English speaking European countries it is common practice for corporations build and own entire communities and everything in them, and with the housing shortage over here and what not then we say why not?
Ikea will create this community full of rentable homes and offices
LandProp Services, the property-developing branch of the Ikea has bought around 27 acres of unused industrial land outside of London and plans to turn it into Strand East, a mix of Ikea-chic and historic homes with townhomes, apartments and even offices and a hotel.
The Ikea Town will join other new areas such as the newly constructed Olympic Park, and Ikea says that it hopes to create affordable living opportunities with more than 1,000 homes and apartments in the forms of townhouses, apartments, two- and three-story homes, condominium towers up to 11 stories tall, offices and a hotel.
Prices will of course vary and there will be plenty of public areas mixed with pedestrian walkways there will also be an underground parking garage that will sit below the entire community making it a car free zone.
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