Dot Dot Dot’s approach to property guardians and protecting empty property

We don’t just secure your property. We give it a new purpose by only working with guardians who spend their spare time supporting good causes. This means you get more reliable security and all of the flexibility that comes with property guardianship, whilst doing your bit to give back. We are proud of our selection process, which makes sure only the most responsible and conscientious people become guardians with us. And we check in with them regularly to make sure they’re keeping on top of their duties.

The benefits of working with Dot Dot Dot

Financial:

Our service can save owners on council tax, utilities, repairs and maintenance costs, as well as being cheaper than alternative empty property security services.

Building Management:

Good people make great guardians, conscientiously reporting anti-social behaviour and safety issues. Dot Dot Dot carefully manages properties (with an ISO 9001 accredited Quality Management System) to reduce the strain on your internal resources so that you can focus on the things that matter to you.

Social Value

All of our property guardians volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month for a range of good causes. If you have specific CSR objectives, do tell us - we can work with you to help advertise opportunities in your community to our guardians.

Flexibility

We house people on temporary licences giving you the flexibility to take a property back with 30 days’ notice. Our investment in building strong relationships with our guardians means we are well placed to vacate properties smoothly and on time.

Community & Public Relations:

Our property guardians create enthusiasm, new activities and positive stories through their work and volunteering. We can work with your PR and Comms teams to spread the word about the positive impact you’re making through housing our guardians.

We secure and manage properties across England

1-bed flats in Abbey Wood, south east London

Abbey Wood, London SE2, UK

We have a number of 1-bed flats in Abbey Wood, south east London. There are plenty of parks and green spaces, and the area offers a wide range of shops, cafes  and supermarkets. You’re also just 10-15 minutes’ from Abbey Wood station, with regular trains to London Bridge in just 30 minutes. 

Properties: 1-bed, self-contained flats

Monthly cost: £365 – 390pcm (excluding council tax and utilities) depending on the size of the property and the number of guardians living there

Location: Thamesmead, SE2

Transport links: Abbey Wood train station, 10-15 minutes’ walk

Top features

  • Part of the iconic 1960s brutalist development of Thamesmead
  • Some of the properties benefit from balconies, perfect for enjoying breakfast or a coffee outdoors
  • Light and spacious rooms with large windows letting in plenty of natural light
  • Close to local nature reserve with lots of woodland and nature trails
  • Wide array of shops and supermarkets on Plumstead and Woolwich high streets are 20 minutes away by bus

The properties

Spaces: We have a range of 1-bed, self-contained flats. The properties consist of a spacious living room, kitchen, bathroom and double bedroom. 

Features and facilities: All properties benefit from large windows flooding the properties in plenty of natural light. The rooms themselves are spacious and some of the flats have balconies.

Parking: There are many on street parking spots available, however, a permit is required.

Parks and nature reserves

The area is leafy and you will find a spacious green under five minutes away from the properties. The wide open spaces of Southmere Park are a short 10 minute stroll, and within half an hour’s walk you can reach Crossness Nature Reserve. 

If you head in the opposite direction, a walk through Lesnes Abbey Woods Local Nature Reserve will leave you feeling far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its many woodlands and nature trails are perfect  for enjoying the warmer months ahead. Here you can also visit the remains of Lesnes Abbey, a former cathedral.

Local shops and services

Within 10 minutes’ walk you’ll reach a large Lidl and Sainsbury’s, as well as Thamesmead Gym, Abbey Wood surgery and dental clinics, a chemist and Thamesmead Library. The area is well served by regular bus links towards Plumstead and Woolwich, reached within 15-30 minutes. These bustling high streets are lined with bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants. 

Top picks are The Taproom just off Station Way, Woolwich, offering craft ales and stone baked pizzas; Fusion Woolwich for fresh Chinese food made to order; French artisan bakery and patisserie, Boulangerie Jade on Major Draper Street and Dial Arch, a lovingly restored 18th century armoury now serving craft ales and gastro bites.   

Around Powis Street you’ll find a TK Maxx;  Primark; Argos; Specsavers; Sabina Hair & Cosmetics; Holland & Barrett; Poundland; Savers Health & Beauty and H&S Halal Meat Market. There is also Santander; Lloyds; Natwest and Halifax. 

In and around Plumstead High Street you can access a Screwfix; Iceland Foods; GM Garden centre; Ghosia Mosque and Greenwich Hindu Temple. 

Travel and transport

  • Abbey Wood train station: 10-15 minutes’ walk
  • London Bridge: 30 minutes via Abbey Wood train station
  • Bus links within 1 minute walking distance: 180 to Plumstead, Woolwich, Lewisham and Greenwich
  • Woolwich Arsenal DLR station: 20 minutes by bus
  • A2 and M25: 15-20 minutes’ drive

The property provides convenient connections into central London. From Abbey Wood train station, you can catch trains regularly to London Bridge in just 30 minutes. The wide array of shops and eateries in Plumstead and Woolwich can be accessed via the 180 bus on Yarnton Way within 20 minutes – you can also take this bus towards Greenwich and Lewisham. There is also swift access onto the M25 via the A2 in 20 minutes’ drive. 

How to apply

If you want to be the first to find out more about our spaces available in Abbey Wood and attend virtual viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process.

Self-contained flats in Queen’s Park, NW6

London NW6 6BF, UK

We have a range of studio and 1-bed flats in Queen’s Park, north west London. The properties offer excellent value living for the area and are a short five minute walk to Queen’s Park Tube station, taking you into central London in just 15 minutes.

Monthly cost: £500-£1,040pcm depending on the size of the property 

Location: Queen’s Park, NW6

What’s available?: A number of studio and 1-bed flats

Transport links: Queen’s Park train station, under five minutes’ walk with Bakerloo and Overground trains direct to central London

Top features

  • Fast access to surrounding areas of Kilburn, Brondesbury Park, Maida Vale and Kensal Green
  • Several of the properties have access to private balconies 
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Within easy reach of the high street on Salusbury Road 
  • Newsagents, supermarkets and amenities within five minutes’ walk
  • Bakerloo and Overground Lines under five minutes’ walk

The properties

Spaces available: There are a range of studio and 1-bed flats available. The studios offer a good sized bedroom-lounge space and separate kitchen and bathroom. The 1-bed flats have double bedrooms with a separate living room, kitchen and bathroom. 

Features and facilities: The properties are spread across 11 floors, and are easily accessed on all levels via the communal lift. Many of the flats have great vistas across to central London and all benefit from lots of natural light during the day. Several have access to private balconies –  great for enjoying breakfast and a coffee al fresco. 

The properties have the advantage of lots of storage with plenty of cupboard and wardrobe space, as well as an intercom service. Some of the properties come complete with fridges.

Outdoor space: Around the property you’ll find large, open green spaces with places to sit, exercise or picnic. 

Nearby parks and open spaces 

You’re a short walk from Queen’s Park with its 30-acres of green space, traditional band stand and cultivated flower gardens. This open space provides a lovely setting for a walk or run, and access to (when they reopen!) recreational activities such as city farm Pets’ Corner, tennis courts and a miniature golf course. 

Hopping on the Bakerloo Line at Queen’s Park station, you’ll quickly get to enjoy the wide open spaces of Regent’s Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens with their boating lakes, cafes and plenty of space to enjoy a slice of tranquility in the heart of the city. 

Shopping and the high street 

Within five minutes’ walk is Salusbury Road, lined with bakeries, coffee shops, gastropubs and restaurants. There is also an independent bookshop, wine store with a cheese counter and an Italian deli complete with its own pizzeria. 

The street is also home to the weekly Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market, where you can spend a lazy Sunday stocking up on fresh and delicious produce from local farmers and artisans. You’re also within easy reach of supermarkets, such as an M&S Foodhall, Londis and independent sellers.

On the other side of Queen’s Park you can find Chamberlayne Road with its host of independent shops and cafes including Italian restaurant, Rullo’s, and homeware store CHINE.   Here is where you can also find The Lexi, an independent cinema showing theatre and operatic productions run by volunteers, and which also hosts the Nomad, an outdoor cinema run during the warmer months in Queen’s Park itself. 

Making your way down Kilburn High Road, you’ll find charity shop Traid; hair and beauty store Pak’s; department store TK Maxx; Aldi; Sainbury’s; Argos; Costa; ice cream store Creams and several halal food stores. This is also the home of Kiln Theatre, offering diverse and experimental productions reflecting the cultural diversity of the area. 

Top tip: 10 minutes’ walk away, you can find local favourite, Ida, a little Italian restaurant open since the 1950s, on the corner of Kilburn Lane and Fifth Avenue. Soon to be offering outdoor dining, you can while away an evening at this little jewel. 

Travel and transport

  • Queen’s Park station: five minutes’ walk
  • Kilburn Park: seven minutes’ walk
  • Brondesbury Park station: 15 minutes’ walk 
  • Oxford Circus: 15 minutes’ underground ride via Queen’s Park station

Living in this neighbourhood means fast links across the capital. The Bakerloo line and the Overground at Queen’s Park station are a swift five minute stroll from the properties and you can be in central London in just 15 minutes. The Bakerloo train also provides convenient links with all other major Underground lines in a matter of minutes. A 15 minute walk up Salusbury Road brings you to Brondesbury Park station, where you can catch the Overground directly to Hampstead, Camden, Dalston and Stratford. 

How to apply

If you want to be the first to find out more about our great new properties in Queen’s Park and attend virtual viewings, take our online guardian quiz today to start the application process. When asked if you are applying for a specific property, remember to put ‘Queen’s Park’ so we know to contact you.

Double rooms in Bromley, BR1

Oldfield Road, Bromley BR1 2LE, UK

We have a number of well-presented double rooms in a large property in Bromley, south east London. This property is of a good standard and offers access to an expansive garden, great for enjoying during the warmer months ahead. Bickley train station is just 13 minutes’ walk away, taking you into London Victoria in just 30 minutes. 

Take a look at our area guide to discover our top Bromley picks.

What’s available?: A number of double rooms with separate toilet and sink, in a communal property. There’s also the option to have an extra space to use as a home office, storage space or chill out room.

Monthly cost: £495-595pcm depending on whether you have an extra room. This includes council tax and utilities (plus WiFi in communal areas and nearby free parking)

Location: Bromley, BR1

Transport links: Bickley train station, 13 minutes’ walk with trains direct to London Victoria in 30 minutes 

Top features

  • Double rooms with the option of an extra space to use as a home office, storage space or an another chill out room
  • Large garden areas with outdoor furniture to enjoy in the warmer months ahead
  • Wi-Fi in communal areas and free parking close by
  • Spacious, furnished communal lounge with serene views over the surrounding gardens
  • Close to Jubilee Country Park with lots of nature trails
  • Bromley high street shops are 20 minutes away by bus

The property

Spaces available: Several good-sized double rooms complete with their own sinks and toilets, with plenty of shared shower and bathroom facilities close by. These spaces have the option of an extra room on the same floor that you are free to use as your home office, storage space or another chill out room! 

Features and facilities: Also at the property is a large communal lounge with great views overlooking the gardens. There are plenty of dining tables and chairs for coming together to share a meal with your fellow guardians, as well as sofas and armchairs for when you’re looking to relax with a cuppa and a good book. There is also a shared laundry room available, with three washing machines. Wi-Fi is available in the communal areas and there is free parking close by.

Outdoor space: The property offers large garden areas to hang out in in the approaching warmer months. There’s also garden furniture so you can enjoy evenings dining with a friend.

Parking/bike storage: You can find free parking available on streets nearby, as well as a bike-storage shed at the back of the property. 

Parks and countryside

The property is in a peaceful and leafy location close to the Jubilee Country Park nature reserve and Hawkwood Estate, where you can tread lovely nature trails. You could also plan a day out and discover miles of beautiful scenery and historic villages in Lullingstone Country Park, just 15 minutes’ train ride from Bickley station. 

Shopping and the high street 

You’re within easy reach of shops and cafes nearby and a Tesco superstore is a five minute drive or 15 minutes by bus. There is also a Sainsbury’s Local, Morrisons and Waitrose a short bus ride away. For coffee lovers, several takeaway cafes are within 10 minutes’ stroll on Southborough Lane.

You can access the wide array of eateries and shops on Bromley high street in 20 minutes, via the 269 bus a short stroll away on Blackbrook Lane. Here, you can also find The Glades shopping mall, Bromley Picturehouse, Churchill Theatre and more. 

Top tip: Grab a coffee and sweet treat from one of the many cafes on Southborough Lane and take the scenic route back through the Jubilee Country Park.

Travel and transport

  • Bickley train station: 13 minutes’ walk
  • London Victoria: 30 minutes via Bickley train station or 15 minutes via Bromley South station
  • Chislehurst and Petts Wood stations: 30 minutes to London Bridge and Cannon Street
  • Bus links under 10 minutes walking distance: 162 and 269 to Bromley highstreet
  • A20 and A232: 10 minutes’ drive

The property provides convenient connections into central London. From Bickley train station, you can catch trains every half an hour to London Victoria in just 30 minutes. From Bromley South station, you can be at London Victoria in just 15 minutes. You’re also close by to Petts Wood and Chislehurst stations where you can catch regular trains to London Bridge and Cannon Street within half an hour.  

How to apply

If you want to be the first to find out more about our great new spaces in Bromley and attend virtual viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process. When asked if you are applying for a specific property, remember to put ‘Bromley’ so we know to contact you.

Double rooms in Southend-on-Sea

Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 8NL, UK

We have a spacious 3-storey period property in the leafy suburb of Chalkwell in Southend-on-Sea. This former care home retains many original features, with a gorgeous wood-panelled entrance hall and staircase leading up to 8 double bedrooms on the first and second floors. The bedrooms have large windows, flooding the spaces in plenty of natural light as well as providing lovely views over the garden and down to the sea. 

There are bathrooms on each floor, and you can make yourself at home in the ground floor lounge and kitchen. There is also a little conservatory at the back of the property, which opens out onto the garden surrounding the property. The outdoor space is generous with a large stretching garden, great to be used for growing your own vegetables and flowers. There is also a terrace with wooden decking and a pergola which, with a little bit of TLC, would be perfect for enjoying the sun and meals outside!

It’s a 10 minute stroll to get to the stunning seafront where you can enjoy some lovely walks and enjoy the local beach cafes. The highstreet is a stone’s throw from the property with a whole range of supermarkets, eateries and amenities, and Southend town centre is only 15 minutes away by bus, host to several shopping malls and leisure activities.

Large spaces in shared property in Purley, CR8

Brighton Rd, Purley CR8 2BG, UK

The property

Take a step towards your savings goals this year by benefitting from our new year discount of £100 off your first month in our fantastic south London property in Purley! Dot Dot Dot is excited to have a large property guardian building in Purley, south London, where there will be up to 10 good-sized spaces available. The property is eight minutes’ walk to Purley Oaks station where you can be in London Bridge in 20 minutes. The centre of Purley is 10 minutes’ walk or five minutes by bus, where you will find Tesco Extra, amenities and eateries. Nearby green spaces include Riddlesdown and Kenley Common, with a golf club, tennis club and gym all within easy walking distance of the property.

More information and next steps

If you want to be the first to find out more about these properties and be invited to viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process. (If you have already applied to be a Dot Dot Dot guardian, you do not need to redo the quiz)

1-bed flats in West Didsbury, M20

Redclyffe Road, Manchester M20 3JR, UK

The Properties

Dot Dot Dot is thrilled to have two 1-bed flats in West Didsbury, fantastically located on major bus and tram routes into Manchester city centre. The flats sit within an attractive Victorian converted townhouse, set back from the road with a car park at the front of the property and surrounded by trees.

The flats offer double bedrooms, and generous living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. The first flat has a larger bedroom, and is £495pcm. The second flat has a slightly smaller but still comfortable double bedroom, and has the lower price of £445pcm. Prices include council tax and exclude utilities. The flats come unfurnished as a blank canvas, meaning that you get the unique chance to put your own stamp on your flat and get creative!

The Location

You can be in the city centre in under 30 minutes, as well as having a wide range of eateries, supermarkets and other handy amenities within 5 minutes walk. Buses run every few minutes into Manchester and surrounding areas, as well as West Didsbury Metrolink being within 5 minutes stroll away.

Fog Lane Park and Hough End Playing Fields are also 10 minutes away on foot,  and you can reach some lovely walks along the River Mersey in 15 minutes.

More information and next steps

If you want to be the first to find out more about these properties and be invited to viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process. (If you have already applied to be a Dot Dot Dot guardian, you do not need to redo the quiz)

Former youth club in Canning Town, E16

Beckton Road, London E16 1EW, UK

Dot Dot Dot is excited to present a former youth club in Canning Town, in partnership with Community Links, an east London based charity who own the building. The property itself is on the site of the old Canning Town Library and the Community Links office, and so it will maintain close ties with the charity who will be able to assist you with volunteering.

The Property

This two storey property is comprised of a kitchen, bathroom and two spacious living rooms on the ground floor, and three rooms on the top floor for you to use however you like. There are no laundry facilities, however there is a laundrette within 2 minutes walk. It is situated with immediate access to Barking Road high street where you can find supermarkets, restaurants and plenty of other useful amenities. At just 5 minutes walk from Canning Town station, it is extremely well-located for fast access to Stratford and central London on DLR and Jubilee lines.

We think this interesting and quirky property is perfect for a couple, so apply now if you think this could be you!

More information and next steps

If you want to be the first to find out more about these properties and be invited to viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process. (If you have already applied to be a Dot Dot Dot guardian, you do not need to redo the quiz)

Double rooms in Hammersmith, W6

Rivercourt Road, London W6 9LD, UK

The Property

Dot Dot Dot is thrilled to have a large 4-bed town house available in an attractive, leafy area just five minutes’ walk from Ravenscourt Park Station. With access to the district line, you can travel direct to central London within half an hour, as well as there being major bus routes at the end of the street. Within five minutes’ walk, you can reach supermarkets, restaurants, parks and a large shopping centre.

The four rooms are spread over three floors, with the top floor having the option of being a 2-bed self contained flat. The first two floors’ facilities and space can be occupied exclusively by two people, however there will be a communal route through to the top floor flat.

The lower half of the house and the top floor flat will both have their own kitchen, living room, bathroom and two double bedrooms.

More information and next steps

If you want to be the first to find out more about these properties and be invited to viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process. (If you have already applied to be a Dot Dot Dot guardian, you do not need to redo the quiz)

Bright Studio flats in Henley-on-Thames, RG9

Mount View, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2HB, UK

The Location

We are excited to offer spacious studio flats in a fantastic location in Henley-on-Thames, just a short walk to the town centre, River Thames and Henley bridge. In town, you’ll find a bunch of great local cafes, restaurants, shops and if you love watersports you can experience the Henley Royal Regatta which takes place in July each year.

The location is perfect for those who love the outdoors, with the Thames Path national trail and the Oxfordshire Way, passing through the town. It’s also located on the edge of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are good connections by road to Reading, Maidenhead and Oxford. There’s also Henley train station with regular trains to Twyford, and connections to London, Reading, and Slough.

The Properties

We have three studio flats coming soon. These bright and spacious flats feature a kitchen, bathroom, lounge and double bedroom – with the bedroom and lounge being separated by a sliding door. Plus, there’s a decent amount of storage space throughout.

The ground floor flats have access to gardens, and there’s a shared car park, as well as free street parking.

More information and next steps

If you want to be the first to find out more about our Henley-on-Thames properties and attend the viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process.

1 & 2-bed flats in Letchworth, SG6

Letchworth Garden City SG6, UK

The Properties

We have a range of well located 1 & 2-bed flats in Letchworth city centre, just a few minutes walk to the train station with quick links to London King’s Cross, Cambridge and Stevenage. Garden Square Shopping Centre is also very close by, where there is an array of useful shops including a large Morrisons and a cinema.

More information and next steps

If you want to be the first to find out more about these properties and be invited to viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process. (If you have already applied to be a Dot Dot Dot guardian, you do not need to redo the quiz)

Modern flats in Uxbridge, UB8

Riverside Way, Uxbridge UB8 2YF, UK

The Properties

We have a number of flats available in a lovely leafy location just 10 minutes walk to Uxbridge town centre and 15 minutes walk from the tube station, with access to the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines.

The flats have double bedrooms, a bathroom and an open plan kitchen and living room. Plus, living here you’ll also have access to secure bike storage.

More information and next steps

If you want to be the first to find out more about these properties and be invited to viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process. (If you have already applied to be a Dot Dot Dot guardian, you do not need to redo the quiz)

1-bed flats in Oxford City Centre, OX2

Gibbs Crescent, Oxford OX2 0NX, UK

The Properties

We have a selection of 1-bed flats in excellent condition coming soon very close to the city centre. They are well located in a quiet but central location, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Westgate Centre, 10 minutes’ walk from the train station, and with shops and supermarkets close by.

The properties vary in layout but all have a double bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom. They’re also suitable for couples, who can take advantage of our 35% couples’ discount.

The flats are on a well-maintained estate with a shared communal green space and there’s the opportunity to have your own flower bed. You’ll also have access to car parking and secure bike storage.

More information and next steps

If you want to be the first to find out more about our Oxford properties and attend the viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process.

Farmhouses in Cambridgeshire

Landbeach, Cambridge, UK

The Properties

We have three farmhouses located in idyllic Cambridgeshire villages – There are two six miles north of Cambridge, and one 14 miles southwest of Cambridge. Two are currently full, however the third is coming soon, six miles north of Cambridge. These properties would be perfect for a couple looking for the quieter life and a place to make their own, with lots of space, surrounded by beautiful countryside and good access to Cambridge.

Each property has two large bedrooms, a studio/study, living room, kitchen and bathroom. Plus you can decorate the spaces however you wish.

The Locations

We have two farmhouses in a small village about six miles north of Cambridge, just 20 minutes by car and 35 minutes by bike to the city centre. Located between the city and the fens, this parish village retains its historic aesthetic, including one of the most historic barns in England. Get involved with the local volunteer group committed to saving and restoring the barn for community use. The properties are unfurnished, but you can walk to Emmaus Cambridge, a second-hand charity warehouse, to check out their stock and have a cuppa at Joan’s Coffee Shop.

In a village approximately 14 miles south-west of Cambridge and 3 miles northwest of Royston, we have another farmhouse. It’s 35 minutes by car to the centre of Cambridge. It’s a small, pretty village with a thriving community spirit. The residents are served by The Crown pub, providing real ale and traditional food, a post office, village hall and football ground. We recommend taking a nice stroll around the village to check out the timber framed cottages, thatched roofs and beautiful open countryside.

Both villages offer a relaxing pace of life and a close knit community, but are easily accessible from Cambridge. Benefit from the fresh countryside air, peaceful environment and the picturesque scenery.

More information and next steps

This is your chance to find a quieter space in the Cambridgeshire countryside. If you’re interested in living in one of our farmhouses, take our guardian quiz now so you can be the first to hear about viewings.

Mill Road, Cambridge

Malta Road, Cambridge CB1 3PZ, UK

We have a spacious four bedroom property in a brilliant location in Cambridge – located in the  Mill Road area. Whether you want a charity shop bargain, a delicious meal or to grab a pint in a great local pub, Mill Road offers something for everyone. Plus, you’re just a 15 minute walk from the train station and 15 minutes by bus to the city centre. 

We’re offering £100 off your first monthly payment to help you decorate your new space and make it your own. 

What’s available? A bright and airy double room in a 4-bed property (sharing with existing guardians)

Monthly cost: £400pcm for a double room (including council tax and utilities)

Location: Cambridge, CB1

Transport links: Cambridge train station, 15 minutes’ walk

We currently have a spacious double room available in a 4-bed property. You will have access to two large communal spaces, kitchen and three bathrooms to share with your three existing guardian housemates. Living here, you’ll also benefit from a private garden at the back and free parking on site. We’re offering £100 off your first monthly payment to help you decorate your new space and make it your own. 

Top features

  • Close to a wide array of independent shops and cafes on Mill Road
  • Private garden at the back of the property to share with your three housemates 
  • 15 minutes’ walk to the train station
  • 15 minutes’ bus journey to the city centre
  • London King’s Cross is 50 minutes by train

The property

Spaces: Rooms in this 4-bed property are bright and airy, and you will share two communal living spaces, three bathrooms, a kitchen and large garden with your fellow housemates. 

Features and facilities: All communal spaces are fully furnished and equipped with cooking facilities including a fridge, freezer, oven and kitchen accessories. The living room is welcoming and cosy, with two sofas, a coffee table, lamps and plants. There are also large windows providing some peaceful views out across the garden. 

Outdoor space: There is a large garden at the back of the property, with plenty of trees, flowers and a storage shed, perfect for enjoying your own slice of green in the city. This outdoor space is perfect for coming together with friends and housemates to enjoy a meal together or a soak in the sun. 

Parking: There is private parking on site.

Local shops and services

Mill Road provides no shortage of shops and eateries to make the most of. You’ll also find a surgery, health centre, dentist, post office, Tesco Express, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Hilary’s independent greengrocers, Cambridge Mill Road butchers and a laundrette close by.

Along Mill Road, you can also discover a barbers and hairdressing salon, Bea’s Beauty Retreat, Romsey Mill charity shop, a Korean food shop, a chinese supermarket, Parkside Pools and Gym, Cambridge Mosque and St Barnabas Church. 

Top food and drink picks are Scott’s All Day for bottomless brunch and sourdough pizza, Bravo Patisserie and Cafe, Urban Larder for locally sourced bites and Cafe Blue Sage. There’s also Liutaio Music Restaurant, The Royal Standard Pub, The Edge Cafe, The Garden Kitchen and Tu Casa Tapas to check out

Cambridge city centre has many high street shopping favourites. In the Grand Arcade shopping centre you’ll John Lewis, The Body Shop, Marks and Spencer and Zara. There’s also theThe Grafton shopping mall with a Primark, Poundland, H&M, Red Cross charity shop selling furniture and clothing items, Boots and Superdrug.

Arts and culture

Cambridge is steeped in history, culture and architecture. For art and museums, visit The Fitzwilliam Museum to discover antiquities from across the globe and changing exhibitions. Kettle’s Yard in the city centre is home to a unique collection of contemporary art, and the Polar Museum to discover amazing stories of polar expeditions, including an exhibition from Scott’s crew.

For music, dance and theatre, visit the Corn Exchange offering live music and comedy sets; The Junction for contemporary theatre, spoken word and creative learning nights; and the Mumford Theatre for home-grown works developed by students and the community. 

Parks and nature reserves

Cambridge has a vast array of outdoor spaces on offer and this leafy location of Mill Road places you close to plenty of green squares and parks. Within a five minute walk you can be at Romsey and Coleridge recreation grounds, or within 20 minutes  you’ll reach Parker’s Piece and the Botanic Gardens, home to over 8000 species of plants from all over the world. More than flora and fauna, the Botanic Gardens also offers access to evening concerts and painting and art classes.

The tranquility of Grantchester Meadows can be reached via a short walk from the city centre or a punt along the River Granta. You can also take some peaceful walks from Grantchester village, or wander down the river banks and bask in the beautiful views of the water meadows. 

The Backs twist through some of the riverside colleges on the River Cam, providing unrivalled views of the university and in spring, are covered in daffodils and crocuses. Top sights are Trinity College, King’s College with it’s chapel originating in the 15th century, and the famous Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge. 

Lastly, Jesus Green offers up its open air lido between May and October each year, and is one of the last remaining original lidos in the UK, built in the 1920s. On Sundays during the summer months there’s a concert band, plus, there’s tennis courts available as well as a top BBQ spot amongst acres of green space.

Travel and transport

  • Cambridge train station: 15 minutes’ walk
  • London King’s Cross: 50 minutes via Cambridge train station
  • Bus links within 1 minute walking distance: 2 citi every 15 minutes into the city centre 
  • Cambridge Airport: 30 minutes by bus or 15 minutes’ drive
  • M11 and A14: 20 minutes’ drive

The property provides quick connections into central Cambridge. A minute walk from the property will take you to Romsey Terrace bus stop on Mill Road, where you can catch the 2 citi directly to the city centre and towards The Grafton shopping mall. If you prefer the cycle, it takes just 8 minutes by bike. 

Cambridge airport is also just 30 minutes’ away by bus, from where you can take domestic and international flights.

From Cambridge train station you can be at London King’s Cross in just 50 minutes, Stevenage train station in 45 minutes and Letchworth Garden City in only half an hour.

Community focused living in Lewisham, SE12

Marvels Lane, London SE12 9PT, UK

Check out our stunning property in Grove Park, Lewisham. This is a beautiful and light mid-20th century building with large bedrooms and generous shared spaces. Living here you’ll have the chance to play a role in the rejuvenation of the youth club, an important community asset.

We have two rooms available for £400pcm ALL in. You would be sharing this amazing property with two other guardians.

What’s special about this housing opportunity

We are supporting the youth club’s Building Preservation Trust (BPT) in their efforts to bring a the building back into use as a community asset in future. If you are housed in this beautiful youth club, then you will be expected to prioritise your volunteering efforts towards the BPT’s objectives. It’s a fantastic cause and we are excited to play a part in bringing a long-closed youth club back into use, by housing two great property guardians in the interim.

Here’s just a few examples of the potential volunteering opportunities that our guardians can work with the trustees on:

  • Writing funding applications
  • Building partnerships with potential users of the space (probably youth service or community based services)
  • Gardening
  • Maintaining and improving the building
  • Comms and media representation for the project
  • Hosting partners in the space

Apply to be a guardian now to take this unique opportunity to live in an amazing building and play a valuable role in a community building coming back into use.

Canning Town, east London

30 Tant Ave, London E16 1JF, UK

Our properties in Canning Town, east London. are located close to the historic Royal Docks where you’ll find shops, restaurants, pubs and even a centre for watersports. Jubilee and DLR lines are just five minutes walk away, from where you can be at Stratford and London Bridge in just 15 minutes.

Properties: 2-bed maisonettes

Monthly cost: £700pcm for sole occupancy or £400pcm to share with a partner or friend

Location: Canning Town, E16

Transport links: Canning Town station with Jubilee and DLR lines, five minutes’ walk with trains direct to Stratford and central London

Top features

  • Two double bedrooms plus an extra room to use as storage space, home-office or chill-out room
  • Set over two floors, and has the feel of a townhouse
  • Great local amenities including Morrisons, Wickes, pharmacy and gym
  • 20 minutes’ to London Bridge and Stratford via the Jubilee Line

The properties

Spaces: The maisonettes are set over two floors, giving them a London townhouse feel. Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms and a bathroom, plus an extra room to be used for storage, as a home-office or just as an extra chill-out room. Downstairs, you can find a kitchen as well as a spacious open-plan living and dining room.

Features and facilities: With large windows, the maisonettes benefits from plenty of natural light both upstairs and down. Many have wooden floors, which give the spaces character, and some have gardens at the back, perfect for enjoying the warmer weather in your own private green space in the city.

Parking: There are many on-street parking spots available however a parking permit is required.

Parks and countryside

The property is just five minutes’ walk from Keir Hardie recreation ground, a spacious park and garden to enjoy on warmer weekends. Limmo Peninsula Ecological Park is one mile away, and can be reached by taking a scenic stroll along the River Lea via Canning Town station. You are also within easy reach of Star Lane Park and Canning Town recreation ground.

Shopping and the high street

You’re within easy reach of shops nearby including Morrisons; Budgens; Superdrug; Pharmacy, plus Canning Town Library and a gym. For coffee lovers, there are also a multitude of cafes including the independent coffee houses, Petit Cafe and Chill #08

Hopping on the 474 bus from Canning Town station, within eight minutes you can reach a wide array of eateries and shops in the Royal Docks. You can find bars including The Oiler Bar; wine bar, LA Lounge; Community Centre Expressway; water park, Wakeup Docklands; Dock Beach; open water swimming; pizzeria, Heroica Lounge; and Brompton Bike Hire, great for enjoying a cycle around the many pedestrianised areas that the Royal Docks has to offer.

The community

We are collaborating with partner organisations in Newham in order to help Canning Town to become an ever more dynamic and thriving place for living and working. We house guardians who are keen to commit to the local area as a place to live, work and volunteer.

Our guardians living in Newham are key contributors to a project which spans the whole neighbourhood, through participating in community engagement activities, sharing their skills via volunteering and as potential customers for new work and retail activities in the area.

Live in our former school in Coulsdon Town, CR5

Malcolm Road, Coulsdon CR5 2DB, UK

The Property

Here’s your chance for some old school living! This property boasts huge spaces in an amazing old school in Coulsdon, Croydon for just £350pcm ALL in.

The building is huge so living here you’ll have plenty of space to yourself, but also large communal areas to share with the other guardians in the building. This is a great opportunity to build a friendly community in the property, and also become part of our well established Croydon community.

The Location

If you’re ready to escape busy city life, there is a lovely village feel to Coulsdon Town with everything you need nearby. The property is located just five minutes walk from the station and from there you can still be in the city in half an hour!

Next Steps

Sound good? Take our guardian quiz to apply for a space here.

Great spaces in Whitechapel, E1

Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DN, UK

Dot Dot Dot is delighted to offer housing in a large building on a prominent high street location in E1. We are housing around 90 people in clusters of flats of five people (with five people sharing a kitchen). Be part of this exciting and impressive building: guardians are actively involved in bringing this building to life, including community and social activities on the ground floor and basement level.  If you haven’t done so already, apply to be a Dot Dot Dot guardian. If you have already completed our application, keep an eye on your emails for more information on viewings.

You can live alongside like-minded people sharing comfortable communal spaces, including a great co-working / living room, and a big rooftop with Instagram worthy views.

There is the option of having an extra room on the same floor for just £55 a month. This could be your work space, walk-in wardrobe, studio or an extra chill out room!

Rooms with shared facilities and rooms with en suites with shared kitchens are only suitable for single occupation. Studios with a private kitchen and bathroom are suitable for couples.

Our Community Host, is on hand to to make sure this is a great place to live. She is already busy organising guardian get-togethers, supporting volunteering activity and generally ensuring there’s a great community feel.

What do our Whitechapel guardians say?

“There’s an instant community feel here which is great. Looking forward to organising movie nights and board games nights with the other guardians.” – Caitlin

“Being a guardian here you have a place to work, a place to socialise and place of your own.” – Alex

“It’s great because I often work from home. Because it’s a huge building you have your own space, but if you want to hang out with other guardians you can.” – Sarah

“It’s a really cool place – I can use it to work in like an office, and there’s already a great community.” – Pete

Find out more about what’s going on in Whitechapel in our blog ‘the property, the volunteering and the area’.

Beautiful park house in Croydon, CR0

Tenterden Road, Croydon CR0 6NN, United Kingdom

We have a really great house set in a lovely park in Croydon, south London. As well as having access to the park, the building has its own private garden.

The house itself has a great living space with lots of rooms available for communal use, as well as a kitchen and bathroom. There are additional spaces which could be used as artist studios or workspaces. As well as being a really decent size, the property is only 40 minutes from London Bridge and close to some of our other great properties and property guardians in south London.

As well as our standard 35% discount for people sharing a room as a couple, studio spaces are also available for people looking for ‘live-work’ arrangements for only 25% on top of the basic licence fee.

This would be a great chance to live with like-minded people in an affordable, homely property.

Take our guardian quiz to apply for a space here.

Affordable rooms in the heart of Cambridge CB2

Cambridge, UK

The Properties

This is a unique opportunity to live communally in the city centre. These double rooms are in the heart of the city, close to transport links, shopping and the University. Less than 10 minutes’ walk from the train station with parkland right on your doorstep.

We have one large double bedroom available for £419pcm including bills.

Find out more about what’s going on in Cambridge in our blog ‘The Insider Info on Cambridge’ – with cool places to eat and visit.

More information and next steps

Interested in becoming part of our growing community of guardians in Cambridge? If you want to find out more about our Cambridge properties and be the first to hear about viewings for this property, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process.

Large flats in Bourne End SL8

Marlow Rd, Wooburn Green, Bourne End SL8 5TG, UK

We have a number of lovely flats in an idyllic semi-rural location in Bourne End. This is just outside of High Wycombe and well-connected to the surrounding area by road, bus and rail.

Our flats here represent fantastic value, with prices starting at £380 per month including council tax and excluding all other bills. All our flats in Bourne End have large amount of space. Shops and amenities are a short walk away and there’s also a delightful stretch of river close by.

If you’d be interested in being housed here, take our guardian quiz and apply now.

Affordable East London flats, in Custom House E16

25 Coolfin Rd, London E16, UK

The Properties

We are housing guardians in some of the best value properties in East London. We have spacious 2-bedroom flats with an extra room for a study or studio. These properties are next door to the ExCel Centre, just a few minutes’ walk to Custom House DLR, Royal Victoria DLR or Prince Regent DLR, so less than 30 minutes to Stratford door to door.

These generously sized property guardianship flats in Newham are suitable for friends to share or couples looking for more space, each featuring a kitchen, living room, a study and double bedrooms.

Double bedrooms also become available in these properties, and we hold viewings for these. Just apply now to find out what we have available!

The Community

Dot Dot Dot is particularly excited to offer housing in and around Custom House in Newham. We are collaborating with partner organisations in order to help Custom House to become an ever more dynamic and thriving place for living and working. Look out for more information soon, but the summary is that we’re looking to house guardians who are keen to commit to the local area as a place to live, work and volunteer.

Our guardians living in Newham will be key contributors to a project which spans the whole neighbourhood, through participating in community engagement activities, sharing their skills through their volunteering and as potential customers for new work and retail activities in the area.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in getting involved with, you can apply to be a property guardian in Custom House here.

2-bed flats in Shoreham-by-Sea BN43

Station Approach, Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom

The Properties

We have one 2-bed flat remaining in the beautiful, historic seaside town of Shoreham-by-Sea. The property is in an amazing location, a short walk from the town centre and stunning views out over Shoreham Beach. This fantastic flat consists of a double bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom, and is perfectly suited for one person looking for a new home or for a couple looking to live together.

This bright and spacious property is in close proximity to the train station, where you will find regular connections to both Brighton and central London. From here, you can be in Brighton in under 20 minutes’, with central London being just one hour away by train.

Join our brand new guardian community on the south coast in some of the best value housing in Shoreham-by-Sea! Apply now to snap up the remaining property.

N.B. Photos show examples spaces – we will be showing you similar fantastic properties.

 

Great value East London flats, in Poplar E14

Poplar, London, United Kingdom

The Properties

Poplar is one of Dot Dot Dot’s longest standing areas. We have had guardians here in various great value properties since 2014. This is some of the city’s best value housing in a vibrant area of East London.

We have a 1-bed flat which is perfect for couples looking to share. Living here you’ll have lots of space. They’re in great locations – we have two flats just 10-15 minutes walk from All Saints DLR station.

Next steps

If you haven’t already applied to be a Dot Dot Dot guardian, please sign up here (you only need to apply once).

2-bed townhouses in Abbey Wood, south east London

Abbey Wood, London SE2, United Kingdom

We have a variety of 2-bed townhouses in Abbey Wood, south east London. The area is leafy and you will find several parks within 10 minutes’ stroll. Plumstead and Woolwich high streets are a short bus ride away, and there are also convenient connections to central London within half an hour from Abbey Wood train station. 

What’s available?: Double room in a 2-bed townhouse

Monthly cost: £282pcm for double room available now (excluding council tax and utilities)

Location: Thamesmead, SE2

Transport links: Abbey Wood train station, 10-15 minutes’ walk

We currently have a spacious double room available in a 2-bed townhouse. You will have access to a living room, kitchen and bathroom to share with one other existing housemate. We are offering a £50 B&Q voucher to help you put your own stamp on your new home. Of the space, our current guardian, Adebayo says:

“The property is a townhouse on three floors. The living room on the first floor is massive with huge windows and plenty of natural light – it’s great for relaxing in. 

The kitchen is also very large and homely. I love cooking and so the kitchen is my focal point in the house. I also had a great time decorating my room –  it’s a beautiful house and I really enjoy what it has to offer. There is lots of space with two living rooms and two toilets and two bathrooms. 

There are loads of places to volunteer in the local area – I’ve got plenty of ideas and am very happy to give advice and to help my new housemate get started and find a place that’s suited to them.”

Top features

  • Part of the iconic 1960s brutalist development of Thamesmead
  • Many of the 2-bed townhouses benefit from gardens at the back or at the front of the property
  • Light and spacious rooms with large windows letting in plenty of natural light
  • Close to local nature reserve with lots of woodland and nature trails
  • Wide array of shops and amenities on Plumstead and Woolwich high streets are 20 minutes away by bus

The properties

Spaces: We have a range of 2-bed townhouses. The properties are set over three floors and have two living rooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and two double bedrooms. 

Features and facilities: All properties benefit from large rooms and windows flooding the properties in plenty of natural light.

Outdoor space: Some of the 2-bed townhouses have private gardens at the back of the properties, while many also have green space at the front – perfect for enjoying your morning coffee and breakfast in the sun. 

Parking: There are many on street parking spots available, however, a permit is required.

Parks and nature reserves

The area is leafy and you will find a spacious green under five minutes away from the properties. The wide open spaces of Southmere Park are a short 10 minute stroll, and within half an hour’s walk you can reach Crossness Nature Reserve. 

If you head in the opposite direction, a walk through Lesnes Abbey Woods Local Nature Reserve will leave you feeling far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its many woodlands and nature trails are perfect  for enjoying the warmer months ahead. Here you can also visit the remains of Lesnes Abbey, a former cathedral.

Local shops and services

Within 10 minutes’ walk you’ll reach a large Lidl and Sainsbury’s, as well as Thamesmead Gym, Abbey Wood surgery and dental clinics, a chemist and Thamesmead Library. The area is well served by regular bus links towards Plumstead and Woolwich, reached within 15-30 minutes. These bustling high streets are lined with bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants. 

Top picks are The Taproom just off Station Way, Woolwich, offering craft ales and stone baked pizzas; Fusion Woolwich for fresh Chinese food made to order; French artisan bakery and patisserie, Boulangerie Jade on Major Draper Street and Dial Arch, a lovingly restored 18th century armoury now serving craft ales and gastro bites.   

Around Powis Street you’ll find a TK Maxx;  Primark; Argos; Specsavers; Sabina Hair & Cosmetics; Holland & Barrett; Poundland; Savers Health & Beauty and H&S Halal Meat Market. There is also Santander; Lloyds; Natwest and Halifax. 

In and around Plumstead High Street you can access a Screwfix; Iceland Foods; GM Garden centre; Ghosia Mosque and Greenwich Hindu Temple. 

Travel and transport

  • Abbey Wood train station: 10-15 minutes’ walk
  • London Bridge: 30 minutes via Abbey Wood train station
  • Bus links within 1 minute walking distance: 180 to Plumstead, Woolwich, Lewisham and Greenwich
  • Woolwich Arsenal DLR station: 20 minutes by bus
  • A2 and M25: 15-20 minutes’ drive

The property provides convenient connections into central London. From Abbey Wood train station, you can catch trains regularly to London Bridge in just 30 minutes. The wide array of shops and eateries in Plumstead and Woolwich can be accessed via the 180 bus on Yarnton Way within 20 minutes – you can also take this bus towards Greenwich and Lewisham. There is also swift access onto the M25 via the A2 in 20 minutes’ drive. 

How to apply

If you want to be the first to find out more about our spaces available in Abbey Wood and attend virtual viewings, take our guardian quiz today to start the application process.

Affordable flats in High Wycombe HP12 & HP13

High Wycombe, United Kingdom

The Properties

We have ongoing availability for properties in the Cressex, Totteridge, Micklefield and Castlefield areas of High Wycombe. The majority of these are one or two bedroom flats that represent incredible value for the area. We have over 50 Dot Dot Dot guardians living in the area and there are lots of great local volunteering options. In our properties around High Wycombe, you get tonnes of space, freedom to redecorate and access to a great community of guardians.

Next Steps

Our properties in High Wycombe don’t stay empty for along, so take our guardian quiz today to apply.

 

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