Top-rated schools nearby and a commute time of less than 30 minutes to London, these new homes at Wye Dene in High Wycombe will appeal to a range of buyers, finds Cheryl Markosky.
Development name: Wye Dean
What type of properties are available on the development? A collection of three, four and five bedroom houses by house builder Berkeley.
Asking prices: Current prices range from £410,000 to £710,000.
Area stats: The average price of a property is just over £350,000 and values are rising quickly as more people come out of London to settle in the area.
What aspects of the development stand out? The architectural flair at Wye Dene is evident as soon as you step onto the development. With striking New England design and weather-boarded facades, the homes have a distinctive character. There’s an immediate sense of calm, enhanced by meandering streams, a water feature and green landscaping spanning 4.5 acres.
When will the development be completed? The first detached homes are due for completion at the end of 2015. The rest of the Westside - a new phase of detached family homes - will complete in 2016.
Why buy one of these homes? Wye Dene’s the natural place to live. Set against a stunning backdrop of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, and located less than a mile from High Wycombe’s vibrant town centre, Wye Dene offers beautiful and highly specified new homes in a distinctive environment along the River Wye. With a train journey less than 30 minutes to London Marylebone, it’s the ideal commuter location.
Are financial incentives available? Help to Buy is available, dependent upon the home.
What are the best bits about homes at the development? Well-considered and planned interiors boast a superb internal specification, combining luxury and style. Kitchens are designed by Alno and come fully fitted with ceramic floor tiles, LED under unit lighting and Bosch appliances. Some homes also have under floor heating throughout the ground floor, an under counter wine cooler in the kitchen and bi-fold doors leading to rear gardens.
Anything else you would like to tell us about this development? A brand new show home will open its doors in September to showcase the luxury that the new homes at Wye Dene have to offer.
Who will the neighbours be? Wye Dene has attracted many buyer profiles, including professionals and families.
What reputation do the local schools have? There are a variety of primary and secondary schools close to Wye Dene. Wycombe Abbey is one of the most prestigious girls’ schools in the country, while the Royal Grammar School and John Hampden Grammar School are available for boys. And High Wycombe High School’s rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
What is traffic and transport like in the area? Wye Dene is located just a short walk from High Wycombe town centre and the railway station, with regular trains to London Marylebone. The main lines northbound from High Wycombe also provide direct access to Oxford and Birmingham (one hour and 33 minutes). Wye Dene also enjoys excellent connections to the road network via nearby junctions three and four of the M40.
What’s a good place for dinner nearby? For something special, celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s Michelin-starred pub, The Hand and Flowers, is just a 15-minute drive away. The menu changes seasonally, but think Sunday roasts with a twist, such as the treacle cured Chateaubriand with Yorkshire Pudding. In nearby Beaconsfield, unusual gourmet products can be found at little deli-café, The Cape.
What would be an ideal way to spend the day in the area? Go for a walk or cycle in the morning around the development and along a tranquil back stream. Enjoy a picnic in Rye Park before heading off for some retail therapy in one of the biggest shopping malls in the region, the Eden Centre, just 1.5 miles away from Wye Dene.
What local secret is there in the area that would take a new resident a while to discover? For lovers of history and heritage, the area around High Wycombe features grand country houses, including West Wycombe Park and its fine Georgian gardens, lakes and temples. Cliveden House - situated in 376 acres of formal gardens and woodlands - offers stunning views over open countryside and the Thames.
If you could change one thing about the development, what would it be? Change the English weather so residents could enjoy to the maximum our gardens, play areas, tranquil ponds and tree-lined back stream.
What items are included in the sale of the property? At The Westside, houses are finished to a luxurious specification with fully fitted Alno kitchens, under counter wine cooler and a full range of Bosch appliances, including a stainless steel oven, combination microwave oven, five zone touch control induction hob, integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. The master bedroom also comes with bespoke fitted wardrobes.
Who would be the ideal buyer? Wye Dene is proving to be popular with a wide range of people - young professionals, downsizers and families.