Fam­ily on the doorstep

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When Heena and Bryan Pon­tin found out that a brand­new devel­op­ment was go­ing to be built on their doorstep, they made sure they were among the first peo­ple to move in.

“Be­cause I’ve lived in this area and grew up in Stan­more, I was in­stantly at­tracted to this site,” says Heena, 36. “We wanted to be close to my fam­ily; we could see this was the per­fect so­lu­tion.

“We knew we wanted a big place, and we loved the fact that the site is beau­ti­fully land­scaped, that there’s a gym, a concierge ser­vice, and, best of all, a lake right in front of where we live.”

Af­ter living with Heena’s par­ents for a year, the cou­ple moved in to their brand­new, topfloor, three­bed­room apart­ment, in 2009. And in due course their fam­ily grew with the birth of daugh­ter Amisha.

But that wasn’t the end of it. For in 2013, who should move in to the ad­join­ing, top-floor flat but Heena’s younger brother Vi­jay, 32.

“To start with, it was just for in­vest­ment pur­poses,” says Vi­jay, “but then I had to start work re­ally early in the morn­ing. So it made sense for me to move in.

“Also, ev­ery so of­ten, I think it’s handy for them to have me living next door. It means I can be use­ful ev­ery now and then.”

Apart from hav­ing no dis­tance to walk to bor­row a cup of sugar, the other big bonus for Vi­jay is that the Tube sta­tion (Canons Park) is just a three-minute walk away.

So with the re­moval of just one piece of glass wall pan­elling, sep­a­rat­ing their roof gar­dens, brother and sis­ter have es­tab­lished a top-floor ter­ri­tory with views far and wide.

“There are some re­ally good schools round here, and there is a re­ally good com­mu­nity at­mos­phere,” says Heena, who works as a vis­ual mer­chan­dis­ing manager for H&M.

“On top of which, you get that gen­tle sound of wa­ter, which makes you feel like you’re on hol­i­day.

“There is no rea­son for us to move, be­cause we have ev­ery­thing we want.”

And all this on what, not many years ago, was a rather ugly, 15-acre site, which served as a base for the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Li­cens­ing Agency. Now it’s a shiny, new com­mu­nity, which will con­sist of 789 new homes and open green space.

It’s not only the on-site gym that is a 24-hour fa­cil­ity. From Septem­ber, the Ju­bilee Line will be run­ning through-the-night trains (as will the North­ern, Pic­cadilly, Vic­to­ria and Cen­tral Lines).

“We love living here, and it’s great that my par­ents live close by, and my brother even closer,” says Heena.

The lat­est phase of Stan­more Place, is now on sale, prices

Close ties: Vi­jay and Heena are also neigh­bours

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