“I tried a new ‘pocket house’ no wider than a London Underground”

Journalist Ayokunle Oluwalana recently tried out a new “pocket house” that roughly shares the dimensions of a London Underground train, and although it had a tiny floor plan, he found it surprisingly spacious

Journalist Ayokunle Oluwalana tested the new Pocket Homes in Croydon

With the land premium and soaring house prices, not to mention the cost of living crisis, many people are trying to find ways to buy their first home without breaking the bank.

To that end, Pocket Living offers affordable homes to first-time buyers at prices at least 20% below market value, but there’s a catch.

Their recent build of ‘Pocket Homes’ in Croydon comprises 38m² individual apartments with a width of just 3.5 meters – barely larger than a Tube.

Now MyLondon reporter Ayokunle Oluwalana has decided to test out their new homes in Croydon, and he was surprised and described it as a Tardis inside.







Ayokunle said the apartment was surprisingly spacious
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Ayokunle said: “On entering the property you are greeted by common areas on both sides, which Jenny Anson, Sales Manager at Pocket Living, said she wanted to pay special attention to.

“With community spirit at the forefront, talking to your neighbors and fostering harmony, Pocket wants residents to be able to interact and get along with each other. Optimistic thoughts in London, I imagine.

“Jenny showed me one of the houses and as I walked through the hall it looked more like a hotel than a selection of houses to me.







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“Wide hallways and identical doors, I felt like I was going to treat myself to a luxurious experience. As I walked through the doors, I didn’t have to lower my head.

“What was this new feeling? I thought I was lucky so I walked in and out a few times just to confirm and surprisingly they were big doors.

“Walking into the kitchen I was greeted by a burst of natural light, something that should be a given but is also becoming rarer with many developments. The house had two large windows in the front room which helped to illuminate the interior giving it a very warm atmosphere.







Ayokunle described it as a Tardis
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“I was immediately amazed at how spacious the house was. The open-plan living room meant the kitchen was joined to the front room while maximizing space.

Pocket Living describes their homes as “100% privately owned homes” that are “available to eligible first-time buyers for at least 20% less than market value.”

They go on to say that the apartments are designed to be “community-minded” so that occupants have access to “shared spaces such as rooftop terraces, landscaped gardens and ‘community centers’ to foster a spirit of friendliness”.

Ayokunle continued, “The kitchen was big enough for me to bend over and open several cupboard doors, as well as the fact that I wasn’t even near the ceiling.







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“How this place was only 38m² amazed me because in my head I imagined it would be no bigger than a subway car and I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“The house is big enough for one person but could certainly fit a couple and if you’re an average size person you might even be able to fit a pet in there.

“The bedroom is large enough for a double bed with two bedside tables on each side. If you’re feeling fancier, you can even get a king-size bed and sacrifice a bedside table. Again, I don’t I didn’t have to bend down when I entered the room, so that was a major selling point.







Rooftop common area looks quite inviting
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“Another large window graces the room providing wonderful light and a good wake-up call if your alarm fails you.

“The bathroom consists of a shower, sink and toilet, and it doesn’t seem too cramped.

“Horror images of a refrigerator right next to the toilet linger in my memory for a long time, but luckily in a Pocket Home you shouldn’t encounter such a sight. I was able to stand in the shower and I felt like I didn’t break anything with my size so that was a big plus.

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“Another issue some have encountered living in London is the lack of open spaces attached to your property. Pocket Living does not have this issue. views of London’s skyline and a chance to relax or bask in the sun.

“On the 20th and 21st floors you can see the city and Canary Wharf on one side, Crystal Palace in the distance and the greenery of Surrey on the other. The contrast is a nice touch and having that option certainly makes living here a little more appealing.

“Overall the house is separated into three different rooms but makes good use of the space. My only concern was that my phone signal was virtually non-existent, but Jenny mentioned that this might be an issue with the new developments in construction in their initial stages.”

House prices start from £260,000 and are exclusively for first-time buyers who live and work in the borough. They also get a 20% discount off the local market rate and offer owners 100% ownership.

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