If you're looking for a new build less than an hour from London and in a leafy setting, try one of these new homes from Redrow.
Development name: Saxon Woods
Where is it? Lancaster Close, Hamstreet, Near Ashford, Kent, TN26 2JG.
What type of properties are available on the development? Four and five bedroom properties from Redrow’s sought-after Heritage Collection of traditional looking homes.
Asking prices: Prices range from £334,995 to £694,995.
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Area stats: The average price of a property in Ashford is £272,646, having risen £12,963 in the past year.
What aspects of the development stand out? Saxon Woods is a 55 home development in an idyllic village setting less than an hour from London by train. As the name suggests, the homes enjoy a leafy location as mature trees will be retained and more than 100 new trees planted. It’s the perfect place for Redrow’s Heritage Collection of Arts & Crafts influenced designs.
When will the property and the development be completed? We have homes that are almost ready to move into, but will be building in the area for some time.
Are financial incentives available? Equity loans under the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme are available on properties priced up to £600,000. To be eligible for Help to Buy homeowners must have sold their current property subject to contract – and Redrow can help with that too. For a small deposit, Redrow’s Mastermove service can help customers secure a buyer for their existing home with the assistance of a tried and trusted agent. With a sale agreed, they will then be able to use Help to Buy to reduce the initial cost of a brand new home.
Why buy one of these homes? Homes at Saxon Woods combine the traditional charm of ‘period’ style properties and the modern styling and convenience of being brand new. Easy to manage and efficient to run, there will be no need to worry about costly repairs and maintenance that an older property may require. With London St Pancras less than an hour away, it’s the ideal commuter base for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital.
What are the best bits about the homes on the development? As with all new Redrow homes, properties at Saxon Woods boast a high specification as standard. Kitchens are well equipped with integrated top brand name appliances, while bathrooms and en-suites enjoy quality fixtures and fittings. Buyers will be able to put their own stamp on their new home from the day they reserve, by registering for ‘My Redrow’ on the Redrow website.
Anything else you would like to tell us about this development? We’ve just released an exclusive selection of five bedroom homes at Saxon Woods, known as The Glen. Enjoying a prime position in a leafy location, this select cul-de-sac offers just four homes, the largest and most luxurious within the development.
Who will the neighbours be? Saxon Woods has attracted a mix of buyers, including professionals who commute into London and families.
What reputation do the local schools have? The area is well served by schools, including the popular and well-respected Hamstreet Primary Academy which is only half a mile from the development. For secondary education, there’s Brockhill Park Performing Arts College in Hythe with a working farm and theatre.
What is the traffic and transport like in the area? The nearby A2070 offers easy access to the motorway network. Alternatively, Hamstreet station is just a short walk away, putting London St Pancras within an hour’s journey.
What’s a good place for dinner nearby? The Dukes Head is just a minute’s walk from the development, offering home cooked meals. Alternatively, World’s Wonder is only two miles from Saxon Woods and is renowned for its shortcrust pastry pies and locally sourced menu.
What would be an ideal way to spend the day in the area? Enjoying the great outdoors with a stroll along the towpath of the Royal Military Canal or through Hamstreet Woods Nature Reserve, followed by a meal in one of the village’s fine eateries and a drink or two.
What local secret is there in the area that would take a new resident a while to discover? There’s a myriad of footpaths that enable new residents to explore the local area at their leisure.
If you could change one thing about the properties in the development what would it be? There’s nothing we would change as the homes are designed to the high standard that Redrow has built its reputation on.
What items are included in the sale of the property (eg. white goods in the kitchen)? All new Redrow homes enjoy a high specification as standard with options for customers to personalise their property before moving in. Kitchens feature the latest in integrated, energy-saving appliances from leading brand manufacturers. Master bedrooms include hand-crafted wardrobes from Hammonds, while bathrooms and en-suites benefit from quality fixtures and fittings.
Who would be the ideal buyer? The homes are ideal for growing families as they’re stylish, spacious and full of family-friendly features, plus there are good schools nearby. They are also well suited to those who want to escape the city stresses to somewhere quieter, where they can relax and embrace village living without having to worry about repairs and maintenance.