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MAY 2016

A ‘MEWS’ AND DELIGHT IN THE FIRST COLLECTION OF HOUSES AT ACTON GARDENS

31/05/2016

A far cry from its humble origins as quarters for stables and staff, nowadays the mews house is a highly desirable property type in its own right and has never been more popular. The modern take on the mews house offers flexible living accommodation for those who want a home with a traditional feel but 21st century luxury.

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A HAVEN FOR HIKERS AT LITTLE HOLLOWS

31/05/2016

National Walking Month is just around the corner and with around 47% of us in England walking at least five times a week according to a survey by YouGov*, purchasers at award-winning developer Countryside’s superb new development, Little Hollows will be perfectly placed to enjoy the great outdoors.

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GREEN LIGHT FOR 308 NEW HOMES IN £600M SOUTH ACTON ESTATE REGENERATION

26/05/2016

The transformation of South Acton in West London received an extra boost last week when planning permission was granted for Phase 6 to create 308 new homes, extensive community facilities and public open space as part of the £600m Acton Gardens development.

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New Homes blog

LOVE YOUR LAWN IN 8 SIMPLE STEPS - BY MATT REYNOLDS

26/05/2016

Your lawn really is an eye catcher for those that are taking even the smallest of glances at your garden. Whether it covers a large and spacious rear garden, or a small area in your driveway, a well-kept lawn will always get noticed. With the summer months almost upon us, and the prospect of BBQs ever more real, why not follow my eight simple steps that will help keep your lawn happy and healthy lawn throughout the summer months.

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New Homes blog

HOW TO SAVE FOR A DEPOSIT - FIVE TIPS FROM A FIRST TIMER BUYER - BY MALCOLM RITCHIE

24/05/2016

First time buyers Malcolm Ritchie (37), a paramedic from London and his girlfriend Morgan Levick (29) a flight attendant, have recently celebrated buying a spacious, two-bedroom apartment at Countryside and L&Q’s Acton Gardens development in West London, using the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme. Malcolm has been kind enough to share with us his top tips on how to save for a deposit.

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New Homes blog

FINANCE FRIDAY: MORTGAGE ADVICE FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS - BY PAUL NYE

20/05/2016

When it comes to buying a home, first-time buyers have a lot to get their head around. From which mortgage deals are the best, to how to read the small print there are many questions that need answering. We put the key questions to Paul Nye, a Director of Stonebridge Group, one of the UK’s largest mortgage brokers, as part of New Homes Week.

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DEMAND POURS IN FOR THE AVENUE AT NGV LIVERPOOL

19/05/2016

House builder Countryside has enjoyed early success following the launch of its next phase at The Avenue at NGV Liverpool, reserving 45 of its stunning new homes in just six months. Prices start at £129,950*. More than half of the reservations at The Avenue have come through the popular Help to Buy scheme, where buyers are taking advantage of the 5% deposit in order to enhance their lifestyle in one of Countryside’s high-spec homes.

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SAVVY SAVERS MOVE UP THE HOUSING LADDER FOR LESS AT ELYSIAN FIELDS

19/05/2016

With the current asking price for a five-bedroom property in Horsham averaging at over £865,000, according to Zoopla*, finding a bargain deal can prove difficult in this sought-after location. Savvy savers seeking a large family home, at a lower price, will be pleased to discover Elysian Fields by award winning developer, Countryside, where prices for five-bedroom homes are currently more than £250,000 less than the local average.

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COUNTRYSIDE MARITIME SUPPORTS CHATHAM FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

18/05/2016

For the third year running, Countryside Maritime is the official partner of the Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival which returns this Spring Bank Holiday weekend 28-30 May. The event will be held alongside the HMS Chatham Bridge and the Marina, and will provide a fantastic occasion for the whole family to enjoy. With hundreds of Medway locals sampling the foodie vibe and award winning Kent food and drink producers also in attendance, the event has been dubbed a ‘foodies’ dream.

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New Homes blog

THE VALUE OF GOOD DESIGN - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

18/05/2016

Legendary American architect, Frank Lloyd-Wright, once said ‘All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.’When it comes to striking architecture and design, I often think of European Gothic masterpieces, Victorian grandeur or Art Deco that can be seen all across North America. These pieces stir the imagination, inspire us and elements, I’m sure, would often crop up in many people’s dream homes.

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New Homes blog

THE BENEFITS OF ULTRA FAST BROADBAND AT BEAULIEU - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

17/05/2016

As more homes are built across the country, the provision of high quality technological infrastructure in developments is becoming as important as the social and physical infrastructure required to create a new community. Whilst the early provision of schools, parks and play areas remain key to the creation of a neighbourhood of lasting value, we are also looking to adopt the latest technology to ensure our residents can enjoy a modern, connected home with the next generation of broadband speed.

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THE ‘LIZZIE LINE’ EFFECT BROADENS APPEAL OF KINGS PARK FOR BOND STREET BUYERS

17/05/2016

The much anticipated opening of London’s newest train service, The Elizabeth Line, has seen average property values soaring for those living along the route since the project began. Savvy home seekers from across London are now looking to developments near stations benefitting from the new train line, such as Countryside’s Kings Park in Harold Wood,

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PLANS SUBMITTED FOR NEW AVENUE REGENERATION

17/05/2016

A planning application for over 400 new homes, to be built on Avenue Road in Southgate, N14, has been submitted to Enfield Council by Countryside. The proposals will replace the out-dated homes on the New Avenue Estate.

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DOWNSIZING WITHOUT COMPROMISING AT HARVARD GRANGE

17/05/2016

Downsizing was cited as the single most popular factor for moving in recent research by ¹Lloyds Bank, with nearly half of home movers in the UK planning to downsize in the next three years. However, downsizing is often associated with compromising on space which can be a challenge for many homeowners looking to make the move.

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New Homes blog

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

16/05/2016

It really is important to get to know your neighbours. I’ve always found that if you need help or something’s wrong, it’s good to know that there’s someone who can help you who is just next door. Aside from the favours that you and your neighbour can help each other with, such as keeping an eye on your home when you’re away, it’s a great way of creating a sense of safety, security and community.

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BEST OF BOTH VIEWS AT THE MOUNT

12/05/2016

The number of commuters spending more than two hours travelling to and from work has risen by 72 per cent in the last decade, according to research conducted by TUC. For buyers looking for a fast commute into the city from a rural environment with green views to bring up their family, The Mount at Mill Hill, NW7 offers an ideal location. Developer Countryside Annington is now selling executive townhouses off-plan, all featuring outdoor spaces including balconies and terraces.

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New Homes blog

THE SIX KEY BENEFITS OF BUYING A NEW HOME - BY ANDREW LOVEDAY

12/05/2016

Gone are the days when buying a new home means sacrificing on personality. There’s a lot more variety from spacious apartments to family-friendly houses and townhouses, whether you are a first-time buyer, upsizing or downsizing there are countless designs and styles to choose from in all price ranges. Importantly these homes will be designed for modern living with light filled spaces, especially if you choose a new home from Countryside.

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THE APPEAL OF PEDAL POWER POINTS PURCHASERS TO ABODE

10/05/2016

More than two million people across the country now cycle at least once a week, an all-time high according to ¹British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK. With petrol prices once again on the rise, it is no surprise that the appeal of commuting on two wheels rather than four is increasing and why developments such as award winning developer Countryside’s Abode in Great Kneighton are proving so popular.

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GARDEN CITY HOMES UNDER CONSTRUCTION

10/05/2016

Home builder Countryside has started construction work on the latest phase of homes at Springhead Park in Ebbsfleet Valley. Work is under way to create 123 new homes, of which 25 per cent will be affordable housing, at the development in Northfleet, which forms the first major part of Ebbsfleet Garden City.

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Corporate blog

THE COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ALLOWS COMMUNITIES TO GROW AND THRIVE - BY ANDREW CARRINGTON

05/05/2016

Often many house buyers consider the location to be of utmost importance when it comes to purchasing their next property. But a new home provides more than a place to make a base. It’s also about finding somewhere that gives you the lifestyle you want.

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HOME IS A NATURAL DELIGHT AT ELYSIAN FIELDS

04/05/2016

A new report conducted by Persil claims that 74% of children between the age of 6 and 12 spend less than 60 minutes a day playing outside, which is less than the recommended amount for prison inmates*.

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Corporate blog

PEDAL POWER FOR THE J’S HOSPICE - BY ANDREW DAY

04/05/2016

On Sunday 1st May, Admirals Park in Chelmsford was a sea of bicycles, cycling helmets and lycra, as Team Beaulieu got on their bikes to take part in the annual Pedal for The J’s bike ride.

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TENDER FOR EXTERNAL AUDITORS

03/05/2016

Countryside Properties PLC today announces the commencement of a tender process for the appointment of an external auditor of the Countryside Group. The chosen firm will be appointed from the financial year commencing on 1 October 2016.

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