Amid increased demand for homes with spacious internals and home offices, bigger bedrooms and external green space1, Berkeley has brought forward a new release of homes at Hollyfields, a popular family neighbourhood in the highly sought-after Tunbridge Wells.
With good schools, great transport links and plenty of parks and open space, the historic Kentish town continues to be voted among the best places to live in the UK2. This year alone, sales have increased 146% in the first quarter compared to 2020, and 58% of all properties on the market locally are already under offer or sold subject to contract.
Hollyfields, just 1.2 miles from the town centre, has become an established community, with many residents now moved in, a brand-new primary school now open, as well as much of the new play areas, ponds and extensive natural landscaping now in bloom.
Comprising 20 well-apportioned three, four and five-bedroom houses, the new phase of homes provides an ideal choice for families of all sizes, all with easy access to the wider countryside.
Mary O'Sullivan, sales and marketing director at Berkeley Eastern Counties, comments: "Over a quarter of the population have found that their property needs have changed over the last few months, and as a result we're seeing a huge shift in the wish lists people are coming to us with in their new home search. Many of our residents have been drawn to Hollyfields thanks to the tranquillity the countryside affords them, while appreciating the modern facilities the homes here provide.
"The new phase of homes in Tunbridge Wells is perfect for those looking to make the Kent countryside their home, while still enjoying proximity to the town's amenities and transport links. With a wide range of houses on offer, families of all sizes will find their perfect home at Hollyfields."
The spacious homes in this new collection are finished to a high specification throughout and provide plenty of living, entertaining and relaxation space for busy modern families, with private rear gardens. The new homes at Hollyfields are great for home workers, with dedicated studies or spare rooms which would see an ideal office, supported by high-speed broadband connectivity.
Several buyers recently placed this a priority as they work more from home including the Millichopes, who upsized to a four-bedroom home at Hollyfields last year: "because of all this space, we haven't been cramped together while working from home since [last] April."
All houses across the development are thoughtfully positioned to maximise views across the surrounding Kentish countryside, utilising the natural gradient of the site.
The educated choice for families, Tunbridge Wells is home to some of the country's best schools. In addition to Ofsted-rated 'Outstanding' St Peter's Church of England, which recently relocated to the development, there are also seven nearby primary schools equally highly regarded, as well as three top grammar schools close by: The Skinner's School, Fort Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar and Tunbridge Wells Grammar for Boys.
Royal Tunbridge Wells offers many high street and independent boutiques in The Pantiles, as well as pubs and restaurants such as The Ivy, Sankeys and Carluccios. Closer to home, Hawkenbury village provides the everyday essentials at the village store and post office.
For both sports and leisure, residents are well-located to enjoy the best this area has to offer. Green spaces like Hawkenbury Recreation Ground, adjacent to the development, are easily accessible for those who enjoy the great outdoors, with Calverley Park, Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells Common, and Rusthall Common all close by. Meanwhile, indoor culture types will enjoy Trinity Theatre and the Museum and Art Gallery. There are also multiple gyms in the area, as well as Neville Golf Club, Tunbridge Wells Lawn Tennis Club and the local cricket club all within easy reach.
Commuters are well catered for with a private shuttle bus connecting residents to the main station in Tunbridge Wells in just six minutes, running at peak hours Monday to Friday. From there trains take just 42 minutes in London Bridge, ideal for when the office beckons, and connections operate to Sevenoaks, Orpington and Hastings for travel further afield. The M25 is easily reached via the A21 on the roads, while Gatwick Airport is only a 30-minute drive away.
The new homes at Hollyfields are priced from £646,000 for a three-bedroom home and from £750,000 for a four-bedroom house. For more information or to arrange a private viewing, please visit www.berkeleygroup.co.uk.