The Canary Wharf skyline is being redrawn with a series of towers – either newly completed or under construction – which, if laid end to end, would stretch out for more than a mile.

Homes in these sky-high buildings have some sky-high prices, with penthouses changing hands for around £2.5million.

This summer, however, first-time buyers can live alongside the property millionaires from just over £150,000.

The first of 136 affordable homes at Wardian London, one of eight new landmark developments at the wharf, have just gone on sale.

Wardian is made up of two adjacent towers on Marsh Wall, the tallest being 600ft and its shorter sibling a mere 558ft. Together these two lavish buildings represent a vertical village of 624 homes.

How the costs stack up

The shared-ownership properties are being sold by housing association Notting Hill Genesis and have a full price of £601,000.

A quarter share will cost £150,250 which means deposit requirements are cut to £15,025.

Monthly costs – including mortgage payments of around £714, rent of £563 for the portion of the property the buyer does not own, and service charge of £271 – come in at £1,548.

The flats are being marketed under the name Aspect Apartments and each has an open-plan layout, floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the views, and a private wraparound corner terrace or a balcony.

Greenhouse-style gardens

The entire scheme has a botanical theme with a “wow factor” double-height lobby filled with exotic plants, flowers and trees. There are also glamorous greenhouse-style pocket gardens throughout the buildings, which residents can enjoy as extra “outside space”. They were, according to developer EcoWorld Ballymore, inspired by the glasshouses of Kew Gardens.

“This particular area of London has experienced one of the most radical transformations and is now considered one of the capital’s premier neighbourhoods,” said James Munson, head of marketing at Notting Hill Genesis. “We are thrilled to be offering London home seekers a more affordable buying option without having to compromise on important features like outdoor space and gardens.”

The future of Canary Wharf is looking bright, too. Crossrail is on its way, while the district’s range of shops, bars and restaurants is already comprehensive. And the Canary Wharf Group is planning a five million sq ft new mixed-use development, Wood Wharf, which will bring more offices and homes to an already thriving part of E14.

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