The appeal of waterfront living in a post-pandemic world

November 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to evaluate the way we live and what we want from our homes. Some of the biggest winners in the property world have been properties with outdoor space, in the form of terraces or gardens, and those with attractive views.

“Waterfront living, in particular, holds plenty of appeal right now. With many people working from home due to lockdown and travel restrictions – and many more seeking to do so longer-term, having realised the benefits – homes with waterfront views are suddenly hot property in both residents’ and investors’ eyes.”

Dale Anderson, Managing Director, Fabrik Invest

Living by the water delivers multiple advantages. Various studies have shown that spending time in coastal and marine environments makes people happier and delivers both physical and mental health benefits. And, thanks to COVID-19, there has rarely been a time when we’ve so desperately needed to do all we can to achieve both of these. 

While many of England’s major cities aren’t on the coast, they do still offer a wide range of waterfront living opportunities. At Royal Canal Works in Manchester, for example, residents’ private terraces provide pretty canal-side views that are ideal for calming the mind, as well as offering scope for walking and running beside the water. 

At X1 Chatham Waters in Kent, as well, residents can benefit from the tranquillity of living by the water, with huge windows, spacious terraces and pretty communal gardens providing stunning waterfront views.

“It’s important to ensure that investment properties meet tenants’ needs and expectations. We’ve seen a rush of tenants from inner city properties to those a little further out as a result of the pandemic, precisely because renters’ priorities have changed.”

Dale Anderson, Managing Director, Fabrik Invest

Figures from emphasise this change in renters’ behaviour. Over the past year, Greater London became the only UK region to see rents fall, as tenants opted out of the urban lifestyle in favour of leafy suburbs and commuter towns – like Chatham. While rents fell in Greater London, they rose by 1.4% across the South East. 

With waterfront living holding even more appeal than usual right now, why not get in touch with the Fabrik Invest team to find out more about our selection of waterfront properties in sought-after UK cities? You can call us on 020 8175 9891, email or visit

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Wayne Venter

International Business Development Manager

Wayne has been in the property industry for over 17 years. He started out selling residential properties in the northern suburbs of Sandton, South Africa, for one of the bigger real estate brands, before moving to a boutique, Johannesburg-based property developer. He worked at a senior level, specialising in residential developments on the north coast of KZN and various other areas of Northern Johannesburg.

Wayne moved to selling luxury, free standing homes and apartments in Sandton, Johannesburg in 2006, having joined the Country’s leading real estate brand and within six months was leading the team. In 2008, he began to focus exclusively on the luxury apartments in central Sandton, priced from approximately R2 million to R60 million. Over the years, he has also added commercial property sales and rentals to his repertoire, as well as building his own investment property portfolio between 2011 and 2018.

By 2018, realising where the South African property market was headed, he sold out of his investment property portfolio to de-risk and went looking for a real estate company to buy into. South Africa’s property market was extremely volatile at that time, so Wayne took the initiative and moved to London to work in property in the UK.

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Edward Snell

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I live in Spanish countryside with my wife and our 11 rescue dogs.

Originally from Bedford, I have two sons, two step children & 6 grandchildren.

I have a keen interest in property investment and over the years have built up a personal portfolio for the purposes of rental income and capital growth.

I have over 20 years’ experience in property investment, both in the UK & overseas.

My other interests include animal welfare, football, motorsports, travel and music

My personality is of an even temperament and I enjoy the cut and thrust of doing deals.
I am happy and successful in what I do & take great pleasure in providing my clients with successful outcomes.

I’m a good team player but work well as an individual.

Daniel Harburn

Property Sales Consultant

Daniel had a passion for property from a young age so he began his working life by undertaking a plumbing apprenticeship for a large well known UK developer to pursue a career in construction. After qualifying he soon realised that building relationships was a preferred skill of his due to his loyal and trusting nature.

From then on Daniel launched his career in sales where he worked his way to to a high performing sales person at a creative media company. Part of Daniels success in accumulating clients over the last 10 years is put down to his diligence in customer experience.

Daniel has a keen interest in golf and also in keeping himself fit which is essential as he and his fiancé have 4 year old twins, Jacob and Sofia who keep them both on their toes.

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