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Daisy Clark, Interior Designer of Phoenix Interior Design who created the show home interiors added: “Our brief was to design a modern, warm and contemporary home that would appeal to a wide range of purchasers, but particularly to families and young professionals. Many people will expect a strong nautical theme, however we chose a palette of muted greens, golds and champagne to reflect the Kentish environment, whilst we created stronger tones of orange and navy blue to add a bold contrast. We used accessories and furniture that would offer a ‘lived in’ look and feel with well accessorised bathrooms, dressing tables, kitchen cupboards added to this effect.”
Iain McPherson, Director of Countryside Maritime comments: “Feedback from customers confirms that show homes are seen as an integral part of any new development; they offer the purchaser a superb opportunity to make use of an interior designer’s expertise and give a real insight into the best way to maximise layout and furnish their new home. The new show homes at Azure are superb representations of what every homebuyer here can aspire to.”
The development, which is set on the site of the former Royal Naval Dockyard in Chatham and is Britain’s only strategically planned island community, has already been met with strong demand from house buyers seeking an attractive, affordable new home in a unique and picturesque setting. Not only are the homes of the quality and specification that Countryside are renowned for; but they are also available to buy through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme.
Daisy continues: “In The Admiral, my favourite piece is the coffee table with the Missoni style fabric covered pouffe underneath, in fact, the majority of the scheme was based around the fabric as it is a brilliant balance between luxury and comfort. In The Carrack, the horn base table lamp in the snug bedroom on the top floor fits within the environment and the contrast of the modern lamp sitting on top of it is a quirky touch.”
The four bedroom, three storey Admiral house design is as impressive as the name suggests, boasting spacious, light-filled, open-plan living. Downstairs, the contemporary kitchen is of the highest quality, featuring sleek handleless base and wall units, dark mountain oak laminate worktops and equipped with a range of quality, integrated appliances including a wine chiller and recycling bins. On the first floor, there is a guest room with en-suite as well as two further double bedrooms and family bathroom, whilst the top floor offers a superb master bedroom suite with dressing area, ensuite bathroom and its own private terrace. It benefits from a garage and landscaped front garden.
Meanwhile, The Carrack is a luxurious three storey, five bedroom home offering flexible, open plan living space. On the ground floor the contemporary fitted kitchen and dining area opens onto a generous rear garden, whilst a separate living room is perfect for more formal entertaining. On the first floor lies the impressive master bedroom with its own dressing area and ensuite whilst two further bedrooms, one with ensuite and a family bathroom complete the accommodation on this floor. The second floor benefits from two further bedrooms, perfect for guests or teenagers with private shower room. Externally, there is a garage and landscaped front garden.
Situated to the north of the unique 150-acre island, the homes sit on the edge of this sustainable community with everything still within easy walking distance, including doctors’ surgery, community centre, church and primary school. Approximately 20 acres of open space have also been incorporated into the island’s design, linked by footpaths and cyclepaths.
Residents at Azure can also enjoy a diverse range of bars, restaurants and other amenities in Jetty 5. In addition, there is also a great range of facilities at the Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre adjacent to the bridge leading onto the island, including a pub, supermarket and over 70 retail outlets. Other restaurants, shops and leisure activities including a multiplex cinema are all within easy reach.
Residents are also ideally located to enjoy the greatly enhanced transport connections in North Kent; St Mary’s Island is around 13 minutes by car from the new station at Rochester which opened in December 2015, where high-speed services offer journey times of just 38 minutes into London St Pancras. Ebbsfleet International is also just approximately a 20 minute drive away, where trains to Stratford take just 12 minutes, St Pancras in 17 minutes and Eurostar services to Paris in around two hours. There is also the Kings Ferry coach, which transports commuters direct from St Mary’s Island to Canary Wharf in less than an hour, the City in one hour and 20 minutes and Westminster in an hour and a half. By road, the island is within a short drive of both the A2 and the M2, providing access into London and down to Dover.
Prices range from £380,000 for a three bedroom to £475,000 for a four bedroom home at Azure. Help to Buy is also available on selected properties. To register your interest, please call 01634 891200, email email@example.com or visit www.stmarysisland.uk.com.
Information correct at time of publication.