Kennet Island started life as a 72-acre brownfield site eleven years ago, with a long term vision to become the first urban village in Reading - a brand new housing proposition. With only ten properties left for sale, the landmark community is now coming close to completion.
When they took on Kennet Island, Berkeley Homes brought life to a previously uninhabited area, evolving it into a thriving community where many aspire to live - becoming the first developer in the area to create a substantial collection of highly specified, attractive properties at an affordable price. With such a compelling proposition, when Kennet Island released its first collection of homes for sale in April 2006, the demand was so high that a number of buyers slept in their cars overnight to secure their spot in the queue. The launch was a huge success, with all of the apartments released in the first phase sold within a couple of hours.
Demand for the properties at Kennet Island has remained high ever since, with buyers from far and wide seeking to purchase their own Berkeley home at the urban village. Attracting a wide range of purchasers, from families to couples and first time buyers, it has been very popular with those looking to climb the property ladder. Young people have bought their first home there, choosing to upsize to a larger property on the development over time; while new investors purchased their first buy-to-let property and subsequently expanded their portfolio due to the strong rental yields offered.
Today, Kennet Island features over 1,300 new homes set around a central piazza which lies at the heart of the development featuring a child day care nursery, gym, licensed café-bar and convenience store. Plus residents can enjoy the local fitness facilities, cycle routes and careful landscaping around the Foudry Brook. The architectural landscape in the area was also transformed by a luxury Hilton Hotel complete with a bar, restaurant, gym and swimming pool, plus a private Circle hospital.
The development also benefits from excellent transport links, which is proving essential with rapid development across the region. Conveniently located three miles from Reading town centre, Kennet Island offers great connections to the M4 and A33, and a frequent bus service to the Reading train station, where there are 26 minutes direct train services into London Paddington. The completion of Crossrail in Reading in 2019 will unlock even faster routes into the capital and beyond.
Over the past eleven years, Kennet Island has facilitated the major transformation of Reading Southside, creating a thriving community for people from all over the world.
Selected 1 & 2 bedroom apartments remaining for sale. Prices from £260,000.