With excellent transport links to London, beautifully maintained green open spaces and modern, attractive new homes, living in a lakeside village in Reading may just be the ideal option for young families who don't want to compromise. It has certainly turned out to be the case for Kimberley Stanton and Byron Fleming. The first-time buyers are both originally from the North West but met while working in London. Now, Reading represents a wonderful solution as they look to build for the future.
A quantity surveyor, who had first-hand experience of the Green Park Village development through his work, Byron is in a better position than most to understand the quality of homes on offer. When the couple were greeted with the news that they would be expecting a child, a speedy decision needed to be made. Realising that the one-bedroom apartment they were renting in London would no longer be suitable, there was only ever one development under consideration.
Located south of Reading town centre, adjacent to Green Park Business Park, Green Park Village is a beautiful lakeside retreat being created by award winning developer, St Edward, part of the Berkeley Group of companies. Set in 60 acres, this vibrant new community features a unique collection of homes built on the banks of a beautiful lake and surrounded by green open spaces.
With design inspiration taken from the stunning New England architecture and coastal charm of the stylish seaside communities of Cape Cod and the Hamptons on the east coast of America, purchasers can chose from a range of properties including apartments and houses, with many enjoying lake views.
Kim, who is a marketing manager based in Berkshire, says: "The arrival of our baby, Finn was an exciting surprise for us. The situation we found ourselves in meant that we needed to find a property as soon as possible and through Byron's work, we knew that Green Park Village really had everything that we needed. We wanted a home that we could be proud to raise a family in and we have definitely achieved that. The architectural style of having a town house in a village setting is unique, and there's the added appeal of being so close to the lake".
In addition to a desirable setting, the couple also needed to find a location that would fit in with their occupation and family commitments. With convenient transport links and Crossrail on the horizon, it was an easy choice. As Byron says: "The fantastic thing about Green Park Village is that we really didn't have to compromise at all. There are good travel connections so I can continue working in London and it also makes it easy for us to continue seeing friends and family. From the quality and specification of the properties, to the lakeside setting and architectural style, the development really ticked every box for us. We were impressed with the modernity of the houses and really loved the attention to detail, as if everything had been considered and provided for."
Byron's enthusiasm is matched by Kim, who says: "We chose a 3 bedroom house in Waters Reach which has a fabulous open plan space for entertaining and zonal living which gives us the flexibility needed for modern family living. There is such a peaceful feeling to Green Park, it is so well maintained and provides rare balance between the nature on your doorstep whilst also being so well connected and close to the city centre, motorway, bus and rail networks."
About Green Park Village
Conveniently located close to central Reading, less than a mile from the M4 and adjacent to Green Park Business Park, Green Park Village offers the perfect balance of accessibility and escapism. A proposed new Railway Station linking to Reading and Crossrail (2019) will further enhance excellent travel connections into London and beyond. Every details has been considered in these carefully designed homes, with natural landscaping linking the spaces between the buildings as well as trim trails and nature paths that surround the lake, the relaxed lifestyle offered at Green Park Village provides a sense of calm and creates a slice of New England in Berkshire.
Designed to become a sustainable community, the Green Park Village residents will enjoy a wealth of local and on-site amenities, including a new Market Square with a proposed café, Extra Care apartments, a Community Hall and a brand new Primary School. Residents will also have access to an existing day care nursery, restaurants and a gym with swimming pool at the neighbouring Green Park Business Park.
1 & 2 bedroom apartments from £290,000.
3 bedroom townhouses from £474,950 (selected homes available with Help to Buy).
4 bedroom homes from £549,950.
For further information please visit www.greenparkvillage.co.uk