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Kings Park
1a St Clements Avenue
Near Brentwood
Romford
Essex
RM3 0BE

Telephone: 01708 348578
E-mail: kingspark@cpplc.com

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DESIGNER HOMES WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG!

Welcome to Kings Park, Harold Wood, an exclusive collection of luxury homes in a parkland setting, only 35 minutes from the City. Kings Park is adjacent to Harold Wood station which is within the Oyster card zone.

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Call 01708 348578 for further details or register your details today and we will keep you informed about this exciting development.

Property types
1 bed apartments
2 bed apartments
3 bed apartments
3 bed houses
4 bed houses

Description

Welcome to Kings Park, an exceptional new parkland development by Countryside of 4 bedroom luxury villas, 3 bedroom houses and villas and 1 & 2 bedroom contemporary apartments in Harold Wood, near Brentwood, Essex.
 
Call 01708 348578 for further details or register your details today and we will keep you informed about this exciting new development.

This unique new development of 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and 2,3 & 4 bedroom houses is ideally located for travel into central London.  Nearby Harold Wood Station provides a frequent and reliable train service to London Liverpool Street with a journey time of approximately 35 minutes*. Harold Wood also has easy access to the A12, A127 and M25 motorway.

 

Local Area Information

Harold Wood enjoys an abundance of local amenities all within walking distance; Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant.  A Tesco Extra store is located at Gallows Corner, just over a mile away.†

You can shop until you drop at The Brewery and The Liberty shopping centres, just 3 miles away† in the bustling town of Romford.  Romford’s historic market, which dates back over 750 years, is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  Food, clothing and haberdashery stalls are amongst some of the 100+ stalls to browse.  If you fancy a bite to eat, there are several cafes, restaurants and bars nearby. 

There are 3 schools within the parish of Harold wood - 1 Secondary and 2 Primary schools.
 
In addition to Harold Wood's overground train station, the nearest tube stations are Hornchurch Underground station which is 3 miles away or Elm park Underground station 4 miles away, both of which are on the District Line.

 

*Source: www.nationalrail.co.uk
†Source: www.maps.google.com


 

Development news
CROSSRAIL EFFECT GATHERS PACE BRINGING PROPERTY BOOST9 April 2014

Last year marked a turning point in the effect Crossrail is having on housing market activity, with property transaction levels within a mile of Crossrail stations almost double the London average during 2013. Recent research from Hamptons International found a 23 per cent increase in the number of property transactions within 500 metres of Crossrail stations and 21 per cent increase among properties within a mile, significantly exceeding the London average of 13 per cent. 

As the Crossrail effect takes hold, buyer interest in areas surrounding stations along the whole line is rising, yet there are still many opportunities for savvy purchasers. Kings Park, Countryside’s development adjacent to Harold Wood station in Essex on Crossrail’s North-eastern section, is an ideal location to benefit from the on-going boost that Crossrail will continue to bring in future years.

The research revealed that while transaction growth in areas close to Crossrail stations accelerated well beyond London averages in 2013 for the first time since construction began, the largest rises were seen in Zones 2 and 3, whereas the effects are now spreading steadily further out across the line. Areas in the outer Zones are now starting to see more purchaser activity buoyed by Crossrail and at Kings Park in Harold Wood, which is in Zone 6, there is an upward trend among homebuyers attracted to the development by Crossrail.

Harold Wood station will benefit from 12 Crossrail trains an hour when services commence in 2018, providing direct services into central London and through to Heathrow and beyond. Journey time from Harold Wood to Liverpool Street is already a convenient 35 minute commute, but with Crossrail, travel to Bond Street will reduce from 50 minutes to 42 and it will knock 20 minutes off the journey time to Heathrow.

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside comments: “With the opening of Crossrail just a few years away and the construction of the line really taking shape, more people are becoming aware of the benefits it will bring and this is certainly proving an important driving factor for the property market in the areas it runs through.”

“Crossrail will provide more comfortable and reliable travel across London with better connections and so buyers at Kings Park will not only benefit from quicker commutes, but also they are expected to gain from the continued boost to values that Crossrail will bring.”

Currently available at Kings Park is Regency Court, a superb collection of very spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments in variety of layouts, occupying an attractive location overlooking parkland. Each property boasts its own private balcony or terrace and open plan living areas benefit from full height glazing to make the most of natural light.

The homes are finished to a high specification, designed to offer the best in contemporary living. The kitchens are fitted with stylish gloss white and wood finish units, with dark grey ceramic floor tiles and integrated SMEG appliances. Bathrooms come complete with quality white sanitaryware and chrome accessories. Residents also benefit from car parking and cycle storage facilities as well as audio/video entry phone systems for high levels of security.

In addition to the rail links, Kings Park is conveniently placed for transport links on two London bus routes, connecting with Hornchurch for the District Line and Romford for shopping at the Liberty Shopping Centre. Kings Park enjoys a great range of local amenities including a Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant, while green open countryside and woodland is never far away, with Harold Wood Park, Bedfords Park and Weald Country Park near by.

The apartments at Regency Court at Kings Park are currently available from £190,000 for a one bedroom apartment with three bedroom apartments from £300,000.  All properties are available through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, whereby the purchaser only needs a 5 per cent deposit. An equity loan of up to 20 per cent of the purchase price is provided, interest free for first five years, lowering the amount they have to cover under a mortgage.
For further information, visit www.kings-park.co.uk or call: 01708 348 578.

CONTEMPORARY HOMES WITHIN THE OYSTER CARD ZONE2 April 2014

For commuters, homes with great transport links are a must. According to NatWest , property in Travelcard zone 1 can be up to four times as much as the equivalent in zone 6. London has seen average house prices grow by 14pc in the past 12 months according to property portal Nestoria , but by moving out to zone 6 homeowners can still live within the Oyster Card Zone and enjoy fast and frequent travel connections without paying the City premium.

Located adjacent to Harold Wood Station within the Oyster Card travel zone 6, Kings Park by Countryside boasts journey times of just 35 minutes into London Liverpool Street.

The newest phase at Kings Park in Harold Wood, Essex is Regency Court, a superb collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments in a prime location overlooking parkland and ranging in size from 546 sq ft to 1,363 sq ft. Each property boasts a balcony or terrace, some of which will include views of the attractively landscaped Imperial Gardens.

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside comments: “Regency Court is a stunning collection of new apartments in a great location, Harold Wood. Ideal for commuters looking for quick journey times and large apartments with a great specification and superb views, Kings Park offers residents London transport without the London price tag.”

The apartments at Regency Court are designed with a range of layouts for contemporary living. The spacious open plan living/dining/kitchen areas provide a perfect place to entertain guests, with full height glazing that open up the room by offering plenty of natural light. All bedrooms are well laid out and master bedrooms include fitted wardrobes. In the two and three bedroom properties, many of the master bedrooms and some guest rooms include en-suite shower rooms.

The Regency Court apartments are designed to a high specification. The kitchens are fitted with contemporary units of gloss white and wood finish, with dark grey ceramic floor tiles and integrated SMEG appliances such as an oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Bathrooms come complete with quality white sanitaryware and chrome accessories. Residents also benefit from car parking and cycle storage facilities as well as audio/video entry phone systems for high levels of security.

The transport links in Harold Wood are excellent, enjoying two London bus routes, both of which accept Oyster, that take residents into surrounding towns such as Hornchurch for the District Line and Romford for shopping at the Liberty Shopping Centre. From 2018 buyers will benefit from the introduction of Crossrail which will be available from Harold Wood Station and boast fast journeys into and across London, all the way to Heathrow Airport and beyond. The road links are superb too with the A127 and A12 just seconds from Kings Park, both with access to the M25 for onward travel.  

Kings Park enjoys a great range of local amenities including a Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant.

The development is surrounded by a plethora of countryside, woodland and parks including Harold Wood Park, offering expansive woodland and open grassland as well as sports facilities including football, mini golf, tennis and a multi-use games area.  Bedfords Park and Weald Country Park are also close by.
   
The apartments at Regency Court are available from £190,000 for a one bedroom apartment, two bedroom apartments from £250,000 and three bedroom apartments from £340,000.  They are available through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme which means that you only need a 5% deposit to buy a new home.  An equity loan of up to 20% of the purchase price is provided, interest free for first 5 years, reducing the amount you need to find by way of mortgage

For further information, please contact the sales and marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or visit www.kings-park.co.uk

KEEPING PACE WITH THE DEMAND FOR LARGER PROPERTIES THANKS TO HELP TO BUY24 March 2014

Thanks to the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, homebuyers are able to jump further up the property ladder and purchase a larger home than they would otherwise have been able to afford.  At Countryside’s Kings Park, in Harold Wood, Essex, a significant number of buyers are using Help to Buy to opt for a three bedroom home, rather than a two bedroom home they would have been able to purchase without it.  To keep pace with demand Countryside has just launched the three bedroom contemporary ‘Arlington’ house design at Kings Park.

Wanting more space is the main motivation for people to move house – over a quarter of people intending to move this year are planning to choose a bigger property, according to a recent survey by Ocean Finance. Through Help to Buy homebuyers can purchase a home up to the value of £600,000, by paying just a 5% deposit, with a 75% mortgage and a government funded equity loan of 20%. According to the latest Government figures, the number of home buyers using the scheme to purchase new build property shot up rapidly in the last three months of 2013 and now accounts for a significant chunk of the total number of homes being built.

Andrew Loveday, Sales and Marketing Director of Countryside Properties comments: “This trend for buying a bigger property through Help to Buy shows that the scheme isn't just for first time buyers but is proving really helpful for growing families. By taking a bigger step up the property ladder at this stage, buyers can choose a house that will suit their needs for a longer time and save themselves the costs of moving again in the next few years.  The Arlington is a superb home with a fluid ground floor design and an impressive master suite on the top floor.  We are very confident it will soon be the sell-out success that our other 3 bedroom houses have been.”

The Arlington is a three storey, three bedroom semi-detached home featured within a collection of contemporary homes at Kings Park called The Willows. Situated along an attractive tree-lined mews street, these unique homes are available at either 110.6 sq m / 1,190 sq ft or 125.90 sq m / 1,355 sq ft. They occupy a premier location within Kings Park, with easy access to the beautifully landscaped surroundings.

Designed for modern living, The Arlington has a striking exterior combining white render, timber boarding and expansive areas of glazing.  Featuring intelligently designed open plan living areas that emphasise space and light and provide the perfect environment for both family living and entertaining.  Features include an expansive living/dining space with skylight and impressive bi-fold doors opening onto the rear garden and a top floor master bedroom suite with en-suite, dressing area and French doors opening onto the private balcony.  There are also two double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor.

Each property features premium white gloss fitted kitchens with SMEG integrated appliances and the stylish, bright bathrooms are complemented with sleek chrome accessories and tiled flooring.  

Designed to appeal to a wide range of buyers including first time buyers and families, Kings Park will provide a traditional leafy environment with tree-lined avenues and green open spaces creating a beautiful backdrop, whilst landscaped gardens and an attractive public realm will be easily accessible from every home.  Footpaths, lanes and cycle routes will connect to expansive areas of public open space and play areas, with a central square providing a focal point and an area of recreation for the community.

The development is surrounded by a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks and with green open spaces covering more than half of the borough, there are plenty of places to relax and recharge.  Kings Park is adjacent to Harold Wood station within the Oyster card zone, making it the ideal location to benefit from the boost that Crossrail will bring to the area in future years. 
      
The three bedroom Arlington is priced from £450,000. Also available are 1 and 2 bedroom apartments from £200,000.  They are available with Help to Buy meaning only 5% deposits are required.  Further information is available from the marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

URBAN DESIGN HAS IT’S HAREFOOT IN THE SHOWHOME DOOR AT KINGS PARK4 February 2014

Washes of pale pebble, with accents of aubergine and orange are the definitive colours in the new ‘Harefoot’ show home at Countryside Properties’ Kings Park development in Harold Wood, Essex to highlight the unique homestyle ideal for professional young couples who commute.

The Harefoot house design is not just any home. This spacious three storey, three double bedroom property boasts unique architecture combining white render, timber boarding and expansive areas of glazing, and has commanded only the best interior design to accentuate its modern features.

Mandi Boydell, Interior Designer at JSP Interiors Ltd describes the project, “Visualising the buyers of a Harefoot property was the key to designing this homes’ interior. I imagined an urban, professional young couple, most likely commuting from the adjacent station who work hard, and find sanctuary in this light and spacious home. The impressive high ceilings means the walls only needed a polish of pale pebble grey in the spacious lounge / kitchen / dining area, which are accentuated with pops of aubergine and silver fabrics, which are scattered on the corner sofa which overlooks the urban garden. A graphic print of neutral beige shades makes a focussed feature wall, with a Scandi style dining table in the centre of it all.”

“The hallway of this home has silver metallic walls to reflect the light that bounces in. Both bedrooms on the first floor encompass the palette in the lounge, but with richness in the throws, large bronzed mirrors and abstract paintings. The impressive master bedroom on the second floor, with a private en suite and balcony allowed us to highlight the boudoir feel of this grand bedroom, with crushed velvets and bronzed fabrics. The landscaped garden has been beautifully matured with bamboo and spider plants, adding to the luxury of the house. A simple cluster of chairs and a table on the decking completes the dressing of this Harefoot home.”

Each property features premium white gloss fitted kitchens with the finest quality SMEG integrated appliances and the stylish, bright bathrooms are complemented with sleek chrome accessories and tiled flooring.  

Kings Park will provide a traditional leafy environment with tree-lined avenues and green open spaces creating a beautiful backdrop, whilst landscaped gardens and an attractive public realm will be easily accessible from every home.  The development is surrounded by a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks and with green open spaces covering more than half of the borough, there are plenty of places to relax and recharge.

In addition, within walking distance of Kings Park, there are a range of amenities including Harold Wood railway station (Liverpool Street within 35 minutes), plus a Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant.  Road links are superb too with the A127, A12 and M25 all within 2 miles of Kings Park.   The development will also benefit from Crossrail from 2018.

Prices for Harefoot housetype start from £399,995, and the three bedroom Clements from £475,000.  Also available are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments from £200,000 and luxury 4 bedroom villas from £610,000.  The homes under £600,000 are available with Help to Buy meaning only 5% deposits are required.  Further information about the showhouse is available from the marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

KINGS PARK VILLA IS THE ‘BEST HOUSE’4 February 2014

Countryside Properties is delighted to announce that ‘The Villa’ at Kings Park, Harold Wood wowed the judges of the 2013 What House? Awards, winning the silver award in the ‘Best House’ category.  Competing against the great and good of the housebuilding industry, Kings Park beat stiff competition and was awarded the accolade on the 15th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The awards are judged by a panel of property experts, from architects to property writers.  Now in their 32nd year, the What House? Awards are the Oscars of the housebuilding industry, rewarding the very best achievements from Britain's housebuilders.

The What House? Awards judges commented: “This is a fantastic house. Countryside has a reputation for focusing on design and its architect, Scott Brownrigg, has excelled itself here. This property achieves many things: it has great kerb appeal, it has a sophisticated and adventurous ground-floor plan as well as a very impressive master suite, it has a specification that ticks all the boxes for a sustainable house. A great award winner.”

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside Properties said: “We are delighted that Kings Park has been awarded silver in the Best House category. The Villa is a great example of how modernity and exclusivity creates a fantastic family home in an exceptional parkland development.”

The Villa combines unique contemporary architecture with traditional materials to provide visual interest and textural diversity. Constructed of yellow brick with white render and timber style boarding, contrast is added through glass balustrades and roof slates to create an arresting home.

At 2,200 sq ft The Villa provides a fantastic sense of space, as well as a superb environment for both family life and entertaining. 

The luxury fitted kitchen leads to the generous dining space which is enhanced by one of two contemporary fireplaces.  This in turn opens into the expansive light filled open plan living space that features two large skylights, with formal and informal living areas and large bi-fold oak doors opening onto the rear garden that really creates the sense of ‘living in a garden’. On the first floor there is a guest suite with en suite, as well as another two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. 

The ‘piece de resistance’ is the top floor master bedroom suite with its luxurious double bedroom, large en-suite bathroom with twin basins, bath and shower, and dressing room with fitted wardrobes.  It also features two generously sized terraces where the owners can relax and recharge their batteries and enjoy views of the surrounding parkland and the Grade II listed ‘Grange’.

As would be expected from a house of this quality it is finished to a superb interior specification.  The kitchens are fitted with white gloss and wood finish handle-less units finished with quartz white stone worktop.  The SMEG appliances include a brushed steel oven with 5 ring hob and integrated extractor hood, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, whilst the floor is covered with dark grey ceramic tiles.

The stylish bathrooms feature white sanitary ware, complemented by sleek chrome accessories and ceramic floor tiles. There are gardens to the front and rear, along with an integral garage.

Within walking distance of Kings Park are a range of amenities including Harold Wood railway station (Liverpool Street within 35 minutes), plus a Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant.  The major shopping destinations of Brentwood and Romford are also nearby.  Road links are superb too with the A127, A12 and M25 all within 2 miles of Kings Park.   The development will also benefit from Crossrail from 2018.

The Villa at Kings Park is available at £675,000.  Prices for the three-bedroom homes at Kings Park start from £399,995 to £475,000.  Also available are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments from £190,000.  The homes under £600,000 are available with Help to Buy meaning only 5% deposits are required.  Further information is available from the marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

CROSSRAIL HOMES A GOOD BET FOR BUY TO LET4 February 2014

A perfect combination of low interest rates, strong rental demand and competitive mortgage finance is encouraging investors back into a buy-to-let market.  7 out of 10 buy-to-let properties are currently bought in commuter towns according to recent research, meaning Harold Wood in Essex will become even more attractive as Crossrail is introduced.

At The Crown Apartments, the latest phase of new homes to be unveiled by Countryside Properties at Kings Park opposite Harold Wood train station, yields are currently 5.64% for a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment.  However, when Crossrail is introduced to Harold Wood in 2018, yields are expected to rise strongly as the journey from Harold Wood to Bond Street will reduce from 50 minutes to 42 and it will knock 20 minutes off the journey time to Heathrow.

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside Properties comments: “The Crown Apartments at Kings Park could prove to be a great investment for a buy-to-let purchaser.  From a tenant’s perspective, new homes are an attractive proposition and these apartments will not disappoint.  Designed to a high specification, the properties are contemporary and tenants will reap the benefits from the energy savings that these new homes offer over old.” 

Set within the 18 acres of parkland, Kings Park is an attractive parkland development which has already proved popular with first time buyers, families, downsizers and investors.  The Crown Apartments is the latest phase of properties to be launched, offering a range of spacious one and two bedroom apartments from 556 sq ft to 887 sq ft in size.  Each property features a balcony to relax, unwind and enjoy the views. 

Completed to a very high specification, the apartments include contemporary fitted kitchens with gloss white and wood finish handleless units, co-ordinating worksurfaces, dark grey ceramic floor tiles and a range of integrated appliances including oven, hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.  The bathrooms are complete with white sanitaryware with chrome accessories and cream ceramic floor and wall tiles.  All properties also have an audio/video entry phone system and greatly benefit from a car parking space and cycle storage facilities in a communal store room.   

Kings Park is surrounded by a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks and with green open spaces covering more than half of the borough.  These include Harold Wood Park and Harold Court Woods which are a short walk or cycle away, offering expansive woodland and open grassland as well as sports facilities including football, mini golf, tennis and a multi-use games area.  More expansive parks are also available within a short drive including Bedfords Park, Havering Country Park and Weald Country Park.

Kings Park enjoys a great location near a range of local amenities including Harold Wood railway station (Liverpool Street in 35 minutes), plus a Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant.  The major shopping destinations of Brentwood and Romford are also nearby.  The road links are superb too with the A127, A12 and M25 all within two miles of Kings Park.
      
Prices for The Crown Apartments start from £190,000 for a one bedroom apartment.  Further sales information, please contact the sales and marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or visit www.kings-park.co.uk

UNIQUE ‘MIAMI STYLE’ PROPERTY AT KINGS PARK14 October 2013

A bespoke property designed to capture the contemporary glamour of Miami Beach homes, is available at Kings Park in Harold Wood, Essex for purchaser’s looking for a stylish, unique new home.

Perfectly capturing the simplicity and clean, contemporary design lines of the Miami style, whilst ensuring an overall contemporary feel, this bespoke design property by Countryside Properties, enjoys a stand-alone position on the parkland development.  It features a white render finish with expansive dual aspect floor to ceiling windows and is complete with rectangular framing, a flat roof and an extensive car port.

Designed to create the optimum living space, the luxury fitted kitchen includes an extensive breakfast bar and flows into the spacious living and dining area which is perfect for entertaining guests as well as relaxing with the family.  Ensuring classic design and a light and airy ambience, this living space enjoys extensive dual aspect floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors that lead out onto the rear garden.   There is also a cloakroom and utility area on the ground floor.

The classic, clean design lines also flow through the spacious master bedroom on the first floor where again, the accent is on the modern, light filled space with dual aspect full height glazing, a raised feature ceiling, a private en-suite and a Juliette balcony.   Two further generous double bedrooms and a separate family bathroom complete the living space of this exclusive family home.

Designed to a sleek and sophisticated specification to complete the overall design, this unique home includes a contemporary kitchen with gloss white and wood finish handleless units, Quartz white stone worktop with matching upstand and dark grey ceramic floor tiles.  SMEG appliances include a microwave/oven and integrated fridge/freezer and dishwasher.  The bathroom and en-suite are complete with white sanitaryware, chrome accessories and cream ceramic wall and floor tiling.

Kings Park will provide a traditional leafy environment with tree-lined avenues and green open spaces creating a beautiful backdrop, whilst landscaped gardens and an attractive public realm will be easily accessible from every home.  The development is surrounded by a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks and with green open spaces covering more than half of the borough, there are plenty of places to relax and recharge.

In addition, within walking distance of Kings Park, there are a range of amenities including Harold Wood railway station (Liverpool Street within 35 minutes), plus a Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant.  Road links are superb too with the A127, A12 and M25 all within 2 miles of Kings Park.   The development will also benefit from Crossrail from 2018.

This bespoke design 3 bedroom detached home is available for £550,000.  Prices for the other three-bedroom homes at Kings Park start from £399,995 to £475,000.  Also available are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments from £200,000 and luxury 4 bedroom villas from £610,000.  The homes under £600,000 are available with Help to Buy meaning only 5% deposits are required.  Further information is available from the marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

APARTMENTS AT REGENCY COURT, KINGS PARK OFFER GREAT PARKLIFE!8 October 2013

As highlighted by a study by the University of Exeter, parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there.   Using data from over 5,000 households and 10,000 adults, researchers found that living in a greener area had a significant positive effect.

Situated within 18 acres of open space and parkland, the latest phase at Kings Park in Harold Wood, Essex by Countryside Properties features a new collection of very spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments known as Regency Court.   The apartments, which range in size from 546 sq ft to 1,363 sq ft, are available through the Help to Buy scheme and will boast a prime location facing the attractively landscaped Imperial Gardens.  Each property features a balcony or terrace to relax, unwind and enjoy the views.  The apartments are also a short walk from Harold Wood station offering fast connections to London Liverpool Street.

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside Properties comments: “Accessibility to green open space is well documented to have a positive impact of our physical and mental wellbeing and overall health.  The apartments at Regency Court will offer great views overlooking Imperial Gardens to enjoy whilst at home, as well as a great environment to enjoy exercising.  With a network of footpaths and cycle routes that will connect to the open space, people will be able to enjoy cycling, jogging or walking around this parkland development.”

Kings Park is surrounded by a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks and with green open spaces covering more than half of the borough.  These include Harold Wood Park and Harold Court Woods which are a short walk or cycle away, offering expansive woodland and open grassland as well as sports facilities including football, mini golf, tennis and a multi-use games area.  More expansive parks are also available within a short drive including Bedfords Park, Havering Country Park and Weald Country Park.

Featuring full height glazing to ensure an abundance of natural light, the apartments at Regency Court have been designed for contemporary living with a range of layouts.  Providing a perfect place to entertain guests, the open plan living, dining and kitchen areas are spacious in design and feature doors that lead out to the external balconies, some of which wrap around two sides of the property.                                            

All of the bedrooms are spaciously designed and all master bedrooms include fitted wardrobes.  In the two and three bedroom properties, many of the master bedrooms and some guest rooms include en-suite shower rooms.

Completed to a very high specification, the apartments include contemporary fitted kitchens with gloss white and wood finish handleless units, co-ordinating worksurfaces, dark grey ceramic floor tiles and a range of integrated SMEG appliances including oven, hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.  The bathrooms are complete with white sanitaryware with chrome accessories and cream ceramic floor and wall tiles.  All properties also have an audio/video entry phone system and greatly benefit from a car parking space and cycle storage facilities in a communal store room.   

Kings Park enjoys a great location near a range of local amenities including Harold Wood railway station (Liverpool Street in 35 minutes), plus a Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant.  The road links are superb too with the A127, A12 and M25 all within two miles of Kings Park.   Buyers will also greatly benefit from the introduction of Crossrail in 2018 which will be available from Harold Wood Station.  
      
The apartments at Regency Court are available from £200,000 for a one bedroom apartment, or with an initial mortgage of £150,000 through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.  The scheme is available to all, not just first time buyers and means that you’ll only need a 5% deposit to buy a new home.  What’s more the Government will provide an equity loan of up to 20% of the purchase price, interest free for first 5 years.

Further sales information, please contact the sales and marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or visit www.kings-park.co.uk

COUNTRYSIDE PROPERTIES’ BIG DEAL WEEKEND AT KINGS PARK23 July 2013

Purchasers looking for a new home this summer should rush along to Kings Park in Harold Wood, Essex on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.  Countryside Properties is offering a range of special offers on specific properties to suit purchasers’ needs, including stamp duty paid, deposit assistance, part exchange and flooring throughout.

Help to Buy, the highly successful government scheme is also available at Kings Park.  It enables buyers to purchase a new home with a 5% deposit and offers up to a 20 per cent loan (interest free for the first 5 years) of the value of the property, which can be repaid at any time or upon the sale of the home, which helps to make mortgage payments more affordable.

Andrew Loveday, Sales and Marketing Director of Countryside Properties comments:  “We are offering an excellent range of special offers to purchasers on selected properties at Kings Park.  Buyers can choose to reduce their costs by getting assistance with their deposit or having their stamp duty paid, or they can choose part exchange or flooring throughout.  The other great news is that the 3 bedroom houses at Kings Park are available through Help to Buy and there are a limited number of luxury 4 bedroom villas remaining that will be ready for occupation this summer.”

One of the properties available in the Big Deal Weekend is plot 36 the ‘Harefoot’, a three bedroom property which is available from £399,995.  This contemporary three storey, three double bedroom detached home offers 1,217 sq ft (113 sq m) of space with a striking exterior of contrasting buff brick and white render with expansive areas of  glazing.  The open plan kitchen, living and dining space, with bi-fold doors leading out onto the garden, is the hub of the home, offering a great place to relax for all the family.  The ‘piece de resistance’ is the sumptuous master bedroom suite with en-suite, dressing area and private balcony.

Plot 10 The Villa is also featured within the Big Deal Weekend.  This luxury four bedroom villa feature expansive open plan living spaces.  At 2,200 sq ft it provides a fantastic sense of space, as well as a superb environment for both family life and entertaining.  The luxury fitted kitchen leads to the generous dining space which is enhanced by one of two fireplaces.  This in turn opens into the expansive light filled open plan living space that features bifold doors opening onto the rear garden.
On the first floor there are three double bedrooms with an en-suite to bedroom two and full-height glazing to bedroom three, together with a family bathroom.  The top floor master bedroom suite features a private bathroom, dressing room and dual terraces.

Each property features premium white gloss fitted kitchens with the finest quality SMEG integrated appliances and the stylish, bright bathrooms are complemented with sleek chrome accessories and tiled flooring.  

Kings Park features a dramatic new landscaped gateway which creates a formal entrance to the development, with a tree-lined avenue forming a central boulevard running through the site. Footpaths, lanes and cycle routes will connect to expansive areas of public open space and play areas, with a central square providing a focal point and an area of recreation for the community.           
Prices for the three-bedroom homes at Kings Park start from £399,995 and the luxury 4 bedroom villas are available from £675,000.  All properties up to £600,000 are available with Help to Buy meaning only 5% deposits are required.  Further information is available from the marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

BUY NOW AND BENEFIT FROM THE CROSSRAIL EFFECT AT HAROLD WOOD25 June 2013

When Crossrail opens in 2018, London’s rail transport capacity will increase by 10%, the single largest rise since World War II.  The project will not only deliver much faster travel times, making central London more accessible to greater numbers of commuters but homeowners along the route are predicted to see a dramatic rise in the value of their property.


Countryside Properties’ development at Kings Park is adjacent to Harold Wood station in Essex which is on Crossrail’s eastern route, making it the ideal location to benefit from the boost that Crossrail will bring to the area in future years.  Research done for Crossrail by GVA , the UK’s largest independent commercial property consultant, predicts that the project could increase residential property values in the suburbs by 20% above baseline projections.


The £14.8bn Crossrail project will stretch from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, covering 118 km of track and 21km of new twin-bore rail tunnels.  When complete this will ease congestion and make journeys more comfortable on the currently crowded east to west journeys from Essex, across the capital, to Heathrow in the west.  The journey from Harold Wood to Bond Street will reduce from 50 minutes to 42 and it will knock 20 minutes off the journey time to Heathrow.

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside Properties comments: “Kings Park is the perfect location for buyers looking for a family home within easy reach of the countryside but also offering a fast commute into London.  The coming of Crossrail will bring additional benefits such as quicker, more comfortable journeys across London and a predicted substantial uplift in property values.”        

Kings Park is already a great location for commuters with train services into Liverpool Street taking just 35 minutes.

Priced at £475,000 (£385,000 through Help to buy), the three bedroom, three storey ‘Clements’ is a great example of the contemporary homes that are available at Kings Park.  The ground floor boasts a large open plan kitchen/dining/family space that opens out onto a patio area. 

There is another living area on the first floor leading onto an impressive terrace measuring 452 sq ft.  Also on this floor is a double bedroom and family bathroom.   The top floor features the master bedroom with en-suite shower room, fitted wardrobes and private balcony, as well as a further double bedroom.

The contemporary fitted kitchens feature white gloss and wood finish handle-less units with Quartz white stone worktops and the finest quality SMEG integrated appliances.  The stylish, bright bathrooms are complemented with sleek chrome accessories and tiled flooring.  

Kings Park is set in a parkland development with tree-lined avenues creating a beautiful backdrop while landscaped gardens are easily accessible from every home.  The many local woodlands and parks provide plenty of places to relax and recharge.

Three bedroom homes at Kings Park start at £399,995.  Purchasers who take advantage of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme need to put down a 5% deposit of £20,000, obtain a mortgage of £299,996 and the balance would be provided by way of a Government backed equity loan which is interest free for the first five years.

Also available are luxury 4 bedroom villas priced at £675,000.   Further information is available from the marketing suite on 01708 348 578 or visit www.kings-park.co.uk

YOUNG LONDON COMMUTER LOOKS TO ESSEX FOR ‘HELP TO BUY’18 June 2013

Countryside Properties highlights that according to a new report by Savills, Help to Buy, the new government scheme announced in April 2013, could help assist over 160,000 first time buyers to acquire their first home over the next three years, a 25% increase in first home purchases on 2012 levels. 

One first time buyer who is delighted to be purchasing her first new home is 24 year old Laura James, who thanks to the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme has been able to purchase a two bedroom apartment at Kings Park in Harold Wood, Essex by Countryside Properties.

Laura explains: “I didn’t dream that I would be able to buy my own home and assumed I would have to rent in London when I moved out of my parent’s house, as I didn’t have a large deposit which is normally required to buy a property.  However, when I found out that the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme is available at Kings Park, I immediately went to look at the apartments and reserved a two bedroom property the next day.” 

“Thanks to the scheme, I only needed a 5% deposit and had to raise a mortgage for 75% of the property’s value, as the remaining 20% is secured by an equity loan from the government.  For me, the scheme has enabled me to get on the property ladder and buy a fantastic apartment which ticks every box.  Most importantly, I will be paying less per month for the mortgage on my own apartment rather than wasting money renting a similar property in London.  I can also rent out the other room to help save money, if I decide to at a later date.”

Laura continues: “Kings Park was a perfect choice, as my parents live nearby in Hornchurch and it is an ideal location for commuting to Canary Wharf where I work as an Operations Analyst for Barclays Bank.  Harold Wood Station is only a few minutes walk away, which has a direct service into London Liverpool Street in 35 minutes, so it should only take me about an hour to get to work.  We will also be getting Crossrail in 2018 which will help provide an even better rail service and hopefully boost the value of my property.”

Laura adds: “I was really impressed with the service provided by the sales team at Kings Park.  They were really helpful and very knowledgeable about the overall development and the Help to Buy scheme, which really made a difference.”

Designed and situated on a tree-lined avenue within a parkland setting, the one and two bedroom apartments at Sovereign Court enjoy a stunning location within Kings Park.  Featuring a copper coloured sloped façade and canopy, contrasting with opaque blue-grey detailing and white render, the apartments also have expansive areas of glass and glazed balconies. 

With a light, airy and spacious ambience thanks to the full height windows and doors, the open plan kitchen, living and dining areas are ideal for entertaining, and include a balcony which is ideal for dining al fresco.  All apartments have fitted wardrobes to the master bedroom.   In two bedroom properties, there are en suite shower rooms to the master bedroom.

Finished to a high specification, the kitchens include gloss white and wood finish units, quartz white stone work surfaces and dark grey ceramic floor tiles.  They also include a range of integrated appliances including oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.  The bathroom and en-suite feature white sanitary ware with chrome accessorises and cream ceramic wall and floor tiling.  The apartments also include parking and cycle storage.

With green open spaces, landscaped gardens and an attractive public realm, Kings Park offers a traditional leafy environment.  Footpaths, lanes and cycle routes will connect to expansive areas of public open space and play areas, with a central square providing a focal point and an area of recreation for the community.  Offering a great place to relax and unwind, the development is also surrounded by a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks, with green open spaces covering more than half of the borough.

In addition, within walking distance of Kings Park, there are a range of amenities including Harold Wood railway station, plus a Post Office, supermarket, travel agent, several hairdressers, a bakery and a restaurant.
Road links are superb too with the A127, A12 and M25 all within 2 miles of Kings Park.  The property consultancy GVA has predicted that homes near stations at either end of Crossrail, in Berkshire and Essex, would see home values increase by 20 per cent above the baseline trend. 
        
The apartments at Kings Park are available from £170,000.  With Help to Buy, apartments start from £136,000 with a deposit of £8,500 and a mortgage for £127,500, with the remaining 20% provided by an equity loan from the Government.  Further information is available from the marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

KINGS PARK AWARDED ‘BEST FAMILY HOME’23 May 2013

The Villa at Kings Park, Harold Wood, Essex has wowed the judges of the Evening Standard New Homes Awards were it was highly commended in the Best Family Home category.  Against stiff competition, The Villa was awarded the accolade on 17th May at a glittering awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel, hosted by comedian Vic Reeves and England rugby captain Chris Robshaw.  The awards are judged by Evening Standard readers as well as industry experts.  Now in their 22nd year, the Evening Standard New Homes Awards champion excellence across the housing spectrum. 

Tony Travers, Managing Director of the New Homes & Communities division at Countryside Properties said: “We are delighted that The Villa at Kings Park has been highly commended in the Best Family Home category.  The Villa is a great example of a superbly designed home for family living with fluid, light filled living spaces and an outstanding master suite with two large terraces.  The excellent location adjoining Harold Wood station also provides many amenities and facilities so there is plenty to do on the doorstep!”

The Villa is a striking, contemporary style home featuring unique architecture which combines contrasting yellow brick with white render and timber boarding.  This luxury four bedroom house offers a generous 2,200 sq ft of living space arranged over three floors. 

Offering a flexible open plan layout to the ground floor, The Villa is ideally suited for family living.  Floor to ceiling windows, two large skylights in the living area and bi-fold doors to the rear garden maximise the amount of natural light into the property.

On the first floor there is a guest bedroom with en suite, as well as another two double bedrooms and a family bathroom.  The superb master suite covers the whole of the second floor, featuring a double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and fitted wardrobes, as well as a separate dressing room and two large terraces where the owners can relax.

The property is finished to a superb interior specification, with white gloss and wood finish handle-less units finished with quartz white stone worktop and matching upstand.  The range of SMEG appliances includes a brushed steel oven, 5 ring hob and integrated extractor hood, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.  The family bathroom and en-suites feature stylish, white sanitary ware, complemented by sleek chrome accessories and ceramic floor tiles.

Kings Park is highly convenient for commuters being adjacent to Harold Wood station, with train services into Liverpool Street taking just 35 minutes.   Road links are superb too with the A127, A12 and M25 all within 2 miles of Kings Park.

There is a range of local amenities within Harold Wood and nearby Brentwood offers a selection of bars, restaurants, high street and independent shops, as well as charming boutiques.  Also close-by is Romford where there are two shopping centres, as well as the historic market which dates back over 750 years, opening on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 

Priced from £675,000 The Villa offers style, luxury and comfort.  Also available at Kings Park are a range of three and four bedroom properties in a variety of designs, priced from £399,995 and £599,950 respectively and 1 and 2 bedroom apartments from £170,000.  All the homes at Kings Park under £600,000 are available with Help to Buy - so only a 5% deposit is required and a 20% government loan is interest free for 5 years.  For more information, call 01708 348578 or visit the website at www.kings-park.co.uk.

 

Help to Buy to have significant impact at Kings Park2 April 2013

With strong sales and good visitor levels, the housing market has been buoyant in 2013 at Countryside Properties’ Kings Park development in Harold Wood and the introduction of Government’s major new Help to Buy* scheme is expected to add further to the development’s popularity.  Help to Buy is available to all, not just first time buyers of new homes and with just a five per cent deposit being required, and the availability of some of the best mortgage rates, it is predicted to have a major impact on the new homes market.
 
Under Help to Buy the Government will lend a maximum of 20 per cent of the value of the property which can be repaid at any time or on the sale of the home, so the buyer will only need to secure a mortgage of up to 75 per cent.  The equity loan is free for the first five years.  Home buyers will own 100 per cent of their home for 80 per cent of the price.  The Government’s price limit is £600,000. 

The range of homes at Kings Park includes one and two bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom houses and villas.  With prices starting at only £200,000, it means that with Help to Buy a deposit of only £10,000 is needed to get on the housing ladder or move to a larger home.  All properties come with luxury, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms.

Kings Park is located adjacent to Harold Wood station and lies within the Oyster card zone, offering commuters a 35 minute journey time to London Liverpool Street. With Crossrail too coming in 2018 to Harold Wood it is superbly connected for public transport. Access to the road network is very good as well, with the A12, A127 and M25 all just five minutes away.

Kings Park provides a leafy environment with tree-lined avenues and green open spaces creating a beautiful backdrop, whilst landscaped gardens and an attractive public realm will be easily accessible from every home.  All homes are designed to Level Three of the Code for Sustainable Homes. 

There are local shops and amenities, while slightly further afield Brentwood and Romford offer plenty of retail and leisure opportunities.  Green space abounds – there are four country parks and nature reserves within five miles of Kings Park.

Further information about the homes for sale is available from the marketing suite which is open daily, 10am to 5pm, or by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

Part exchange your way up to Kings Park18 February 2013

This weekend offers a great opportunity for home buyers who really do want to get moving.  Countryside Properties is holding a ‘Part Exchange Weekend’ this coming Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February to allow those buyers with homes still to sell to trade up to a stylishly designed contemporary home set within parkland at Kings Park in Harold Wood, near Brentwood, Essex. Free independent mortgage advice will be available.

Full value part exchange is a popular option to make life easier for purchasers. Countryside Properties becomes the purchaser for the buyer’s old house, so removing the chain and so taking away a lot of the stress of the process, and saving estate agents fees into the bargain. A fair market price is established following independent valuations and the purchaser moves chain free when the new house is ready – perfect!  It is available on selected homes at Kings Park.

Just to add to the excitement Countryside Properties is also offering purchasers of 3 and 4 bedroom homes a voucher worth £10,000 towards interior design or a beautifully landscaped garden if they reserve before the end of February.  The Government backed NewBuy scheme is also now available at Kings Park which makes 95% mortgages available so customers only need a 5% deposit.

Innovative architecture by Scott Brownrigg has transformed the traditional layout of the family house into something special at Kings Park to create spacious homes which integrate modern architecture and traditional materials.  The open plan interiors, with full-height glazing to key rooms, create naturally light spaces.  The premium white gloss fitted kitchens feature the finest quality SMEG integrated appliances and stylish, bright bathrooms are complemented with sleek chrome accessories and tiled flooring. 

Kings Park is located adjacent to Harold Wood station and lies within the Oyster card zone, offering commuters a 35 minute journey time to London Liverpool Street. With Crossrail too coming in 2018 to Harold Wood it is superbly connected for public transport. Access to the road network is very good as well, with the A12, A127 and M25 all just five minutes away. Since Kings Park launched in October, the properties available have proved particularly popular with couples and families looking to relocate within a commutable distance to London. 

Kings Park provides a leafy environment with tree-lined avenues and green open spaces creating a beautiful backdrop, whilst landscaped gardens and an attractive public realm will be easily accessible from every home. All homes are designed to Level Three of the Code for Sustainable Homes. A Site of Nature Conservation Importance lies on the southern boundary of the scheme, which will be enhanced to become a sheltered corridor for animal movement and promote bio-diversity.

Kings Park has a grand history. Harold Wood is so named because King Harold Harefoot hunted deer in the forest that covered the area which today has a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks. Near the main entrance to Kings Park lies the Grange, a Grade II listed lodge dating back to 1883, when it was built as a suburban retreat for Army clothier John Compton. In 1909 the house became a convalescent home for children and then a hospital serving in both World Wars. In the 1960’s the buildings were substantially enlarged and it eventually became part of Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust. The closure of the hospital has given an opportunity for the old listed building to be celebrated once again as one of the most significant houses in Harold Wood. It will be sensitively restored as a focal point of Kings Park.

There are local shops and amenities, while slightly further afield Brentwood and Romford offer plenty of retail and leisure opportunities. Green space abounds – there are four country parks and nature reserves within five miles of Kings Park.

One and two-bedroom apartments are available for sale, priced from £185,000, while three-bedroom villas and homes are priced from £399,995. There are also luxury four-bedroom villas priced from £599,950. Further information is available from the marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

For London commuters the only way is Essex16 January 2013

Stylishly designed contemporary three bedroom homes set within historic parkland are now available for sale from Countryside Properties at Kings Park in Harold Wood, near Brentwood, Essex.  Innovative architecture by Scott Brownrigg has transformed the traditional layout of the three-bedroom family house into something special at Kings Park to create spacious homes which integrate modern architecture and traditional materials.  The open plan interiors, with full-height glazing to key rooms, create naturally light spaces.

Priced at £475,000, the ‘Clements’ offers split level living in grand style with the first floor living room leading out onto a large roof terrace on top of the double length garage.  The terrace includes outside stairs down to a sheltered patio that leads into the open plan kitchen/dining and family space.  This accessible layout allows plenty of opportunities for outdoor living.  The second floor master bedroom also includes a good-sized balcony, en-suite and built-in wardrobes.

Kings Park’s ‘trademark’ house design feature is a large open plan living/dining space with oak bifold doors and a prominent roof light that floods the living area with light.  This can be enjoyed in the ‘Harefoot’, priced from £399,950 that further includes a second floor reserved exclusively for the master suite, with its balcony, en suite facilities and dressing area.

Also available is a one-off 3 bedroom house the ‘Whitmore’ which features a large open plan kitchen/living and dining space with floor to ceiling wrap-around glazing and a master bedroom suite also with dual aspect full height glazing, together with an en-suite and loads of wardrobe space.

Premium white gloss fitted kitchens feature the finest quality SMEG integrated appliances and stylish, bright bathrooms are complemented with sleek chrome accessories and tiled flooring.  

The site is located adjacent to Harold Wood station and lies within the Oyster card zone, offering commuters a 35 minute journey time to London Liverpool Street. With Crossrail too coming in 2018 to Harold Wood it is superbly connected for public transport.  Access to the road network is very good as well, with the A12, A127 and M25 all just five minutes away.  Since Kings Park launched in October, the properties available have proved particularly popular with couples and families looking to relocate within a commutable distance to London. 

A popular option to make life easier for purchasers is full value part exchange, which is available on selected homes at Kings Park.  Countryside Properties becomes the purchaser for the buyer’s old house, so taking away a lot of the stress of the process and saving estate agents fees into the bargain.  A fair market price is established following independent valuations and the purchaser moves chain free when the new house is ready – perfect!

Kings Park provides a leafy environment with tree-lined avenues and green open spaces creating a beautiful backdrop, whilst landscaped gardens and an attractive public realm will be easily accessible from every home.  All homes are designed to Level Three of the Code for Sustainable Homes.  A Site of Nature Conservation Importance lies on the southern boundary of the scheme, which will be enhanced to become a sheltered corridor for animal movement and promote bio-diversity.

Kings Park has a grand history.  Harold Wood is so named because King Harold Harefoot hunted deer in the forest that covered the area which today has a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks.  Near the main entrance to Kings Park lies the Grange, a Grade II listed lodge dating back to 1883, when it was built as a suburban retreat for Army clothier John Compton.  In 1909 the house became a convalescent home for children and then a hospital serving in both World Wars.  In the 1960’s the buildings were substantially enlarged and it eventually became part of Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust.

The closure of the hospital has given an opportunity for the old listed building to be celebrated once again as one of the most significant houses in Harold Wood.  It will be sensitively restored as a focal point of Kings Park.

There are local shops and amenities, while slightly further afield Brentwood and Romford offer plenty of retail and leisure opportunities.  Green space abounds – there are four country parks and nature reserves within 5 miles of Kings Park.

Three-bedroom homes, the ‘Harefoot’ and the ‘Clements’, are available at Kings Park priced from £399,995 to £475,000. The Whitmore is available at £550,000.  Also available are 1 and 2 bedroom apartments from £185,000 and luxury 4 bedroom villas from £599,950. Further information is available from the marketing suite by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

 

Contemporary parkland homes launched in Oyster card zone17 October 2012

Contemporary architecture in an historical, parkland setting has now come to the Oyster card zone in the shape of striking new homes by Countryside Properties.  The luxury three and four bedroom villas, spacious three bedroom houses and stylish one and two bedroom apartments are the first collection of new homes at Kings Park in Harold Wood, Essex.  They represent a rare opportunity to purchase imaginatively designed homes in an exceptional location adjacent to Harold Wood station. 

Working with architect Scott Brownrigg, Countryside Properties has created striking contemporary homes that have been specifically designed for Kings Park. They integrate modern architecture and traditional materials; glass balustrades and floor to ceiling glazing are combined with timber style boarding, render and roof slates for a diversity of texture and visual interest. 

The luxury four bedroom villas feature expansive open plan living spaces.  At 2,200 sq ft they provide a fantastic sense of space, as well as a superb environment for both family life and entertaining.  The luxury fitted kitchen includes gloss white and wood finish handleless units with quartz stone worktops and SMEG appliances.  It leads to the generous dining space which is enhanced by one of two fireplaces.  This in turn opens into the expansive light filled open plan living space that features formal and informal areas with bifold wood doors that open onto the rear garden.

On the first floor are three double bedrooms with an en-suite to bedroom two and full-height glazing to bedroom three, together with a family bathroom.  The top floor master bedroom suite features a versatile private living space opening onto a generously sized terrace accessed through French doors, whilst the bedroom has full-height glazing and door leading onto a large terrace, as well as an en-suite with twin basins, bath and shower.

The three bedroom, three storey ‘Arlington’ villa enjoys many of these key features, including open plan living areas that emphasise space and light.  The expansive living/dining space with skylight and bifold doors opening onto the rear garden creates a naturally light environment and the top floor master suite has a dressing room and private balcony.

There will also be a distinctive apartment building with a copper-coloured sloped facade and canopy, with contrasting blue-grey detailing and white render.  Large areas of glass and glazed balconies create a sleek finish.  The interiors of the apartments feature open plan living spaces that accentuate the sense of space and allow for a flexible choice of layouts.  Full-height glazing and doors opening onto a balcony or terrace create a naturally light living space, with a luxury fitted kitchen.

Kings Park has a grand history.  Harold Wood is so named because King Harold Harefoot hunted deer in the forest that covered the area which today has a wealth of countryside, woodland and parks.  Near the main entrance to Kings Park lies the Grange, a Grade II listed lodge dating back to 1883, when it was built as a suburban retreat for Army clothier John Compton.  In 1909 the house became a convalescent home for children and then a hospital serving in both World Wars.  In the 1960’s the buildings were substantially enlarged and it eventually became part of Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust.  The closure of the hospital has given an opportunity for the old listed building to be celebrated once again as one of the most significant houses in Harold Wood.  It will be sensitively restored as a focal point of Kings Park.

At Kings Park, Countryside Properties is creating an exceptional parkland setting.  Sensitively designed to respect the history of the site, Kings Park will feature five distinct character areas all designed to integrate with their landscaped settings. The streetscapes, street layouts, mix of properties and the open spaces have been carefully planned to create a community of the highest quality.

A dramatic new landscaped gateway creates a formal entrance to the development, with a tree-lined avenue forming a central boulevard running through the site. Footpaths, lanes and cycle routes connect to expansive areas of public open space and play areas, with a central square providing a focal point and an area of recreation for the community.

All the homes at Kings Park are designed to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.  Mature trees are being retained and the green buffer along the southern boundary of the scheme, a Site of Nature Conservation Importance, will be enhanced to become a sheltered corridor for animal movement and promote bio-diversity.

Kings Park is adjacent to Harold Wood station, in the Oyster Card zone, just 35 minutes from central London.  With Crossrail too coming in 2018 to Harold Wood, it is superbly connected for public transport.  Access to the road network is very good as well, with the A12, A127 and M25 all just five minutes away.  There are local shops, and amenities, while further afield the towns of Brentwood and Romford offer plenty of retail and leisure opportunities.

Four bedroom luxury villas at Kings Park are priced from £675,000 to £700,000, three bedroom houses and villas from £425,000 to £525,000 and one and two bedroom apartments from £180,000 to £250,000.  The marketing suite is now open, together with a luxury four bedroom show home and show apartment.  More information is available by calling 01708 348 578 or by visiting www.kings-park.co.uk

 

First homes for Harold Wood hospital site3 August 2011

Countryside Properties has gained detailed planning consent for the first new homes on the redundant hospital site at Harold Wood, in the London Borough of Havering.  The 20 family homes are a mix of semi-detached and terraced, three-storey homes and are to be located in the northern part of the site, where the old, seven-storey maternity block is currently located. 

The new homes will be for sale to private purchasers and will each provide either three or four bedrooms and vary between 1,225 and 2,126 sq ft in size.  Construction is expected to start in the Autumn.

The homes are designed by leading architectural practice, Scott Brownrigg.  Outline planning consent already exists for 810 homes on the whole site, subject to a Section 106 agreement.  The next phase that is expected to be submitted for detailed planning consent will consist of 68 homes comprising four different styles of family home and an 18-home apartment building.

The regeneration will provide an attractive residential community with new public open space featuring high quality landscaping and children’s play areas.  Pedestrian and cycle links to the surrounding area will be opened up for local residents.  Countryside Properties will provide significant funding to local schools for new facilities and equipment, and for new local health facilities and transport initiatives.  The site adjoins Harold Wood railway station (which is due to be upgraded to a Crossrail station) with a current journey time to London Liverpool Street of 35 minutes.

Countryside Properties’ divisional managing director for New Homes and Communities, Tony Travers, said:  “We have had a number of enquiries from prospective purchasers wishing to buy a new home at Harold Wood Hospital, so it is great to be in a position to get underway.  This area has been crying out for more housing and the development will provide a cohesive and architecturally valuable addition to Harold Wood.  It is our intention to create a new community that will regenerate the site to the benefit of local and new residents.”

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