London Lite Wednesday, 2 September 2009 29 WILL PROVIDE ROUND-THE-CLOCK SECURITY AND GIVE YOU A HELPING HAND Hessohelpful KITTY LESTER, 21, who works in PR, moved into a rented flat with porter last month. She lives with her boyfriend and a friend in the two-bedroom flat in a Fifties block in Bethnal Green. She says: We didnt go out looking for somewhere that had a porter, but it has been really helpful. Hes helped with all sorts of things, from getting keys cut to finding out the cheapest electricity supplier. He is there from 7am until 4pm, and will do things like sign for letters and collect packages for you, which is really convenient. Bethnal Green is not always the nicest area, so it gives us a bit of added comfort to know there is someone there, instead of having to rely on alarms for your security. We pay 1,460 a month in rent for a two-bedroom flat, which I think is a very good price for the area. Its so nice to have someone to help out with things. He has a lot of local knowledge, too, which is really useful when youve just moved somewhere. Nomorewaitingathomeforaplumbertoarrive NICKI ELIADES, 35, an IT account manager, lives in a 295,000 two-bedroom modern flat in Kingston. She says: The fact that the flat had a porter wasnt that important to me when I bought it, but it has proved to be really useful and I would very much recommend it now. It is a real bonus not to have to worry about things being delivered, because the porter collects them. If you have arranged for someone like a plumber to come, you can tell the porter and they will let them in. They are paid for out of our service charge, which also covers things like the communal areas. ASG JSIGOP JIOPFOR SALE, ALL OFFERING PORTER SERVICE THE SWISH, UPPER RICHMOND ROAD, SW15 Price 327,500. Annual service charge 2,000 (kfh.co.uk). A one-bed apartment with balcony, close to East Putney Tube station. NEW CRANE WHARF, DOCKLANDS Price 245,000. Annual service charge 1,600 (savills.co.uk). Well-presented studio flat with private parking. KING & QUEEN WHARF, ROTHERHITHE STREET, SE16 Price 275,000. Annual service charge 2,800 (kfh.co.uk). A two-bedroom flat in development with a communal swimming pool. JACANA COURT, ST KATHARINE DOCKS Price 625,000. Annual service charge 3,600 (savills.co.uk). One-bedroom flat with balcony and views over the docks. SWEDEN GATE, SURREY QUAYS, SE16 Price 325,000. Annual service charge 3,000 (kfh.co.uk). A two-bed apartment with balcony overlooking South Dock Marina. EATON SQUARE, SW1 Guide price 1.35m. Annual service charge approx 9,150. (savills.co.uk). Two-bedroom flat with three bathrooms, one reception and a garden. CITY QUARTER, LEMAN STREET, E1 Apartments from 390,000. Annual service charge 1,900 (kfh.co.uk). Apartments on a development near Whitechapel. WEST 3, BROMYARD AVENUE, W3 Properties from 307,500. Annual service charge from 1,400 (kfh.co.uk). Apartments with private courtyards. THE ARMOURIES, WOOLWICH ARSENAL, SE18 Properties from 245,000. Annual service charge from 1,200 (kfh.co.uk). Flats in the regeneration project. affordaconcierge Pleased with her porter: Nicki Eliades of Kingston Happy at home: Kitty Lester index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html