By Karen Roake, Sales and Marketing Director at Troy Homes
Over the years, housing trends have come and gone. However, one factor which continues to be a high priority is location. No matter how wonderful the house may be, few people are willing to settle for a beautiful home in the wrong location.
But what makes the ‘perfect’ location? And has our view on the importance of location now changed in this ‘new normal’ way of living?
You can tweak your house to suit your lifestyle, but the location cannot be so easily changed. As such, it is crucial to get the location right. The old adage “location, location, location” still remains true. Be selective. Decide what makes your ideal location.
So, what do homebuyers look for — or perhaps, what should homebuyers look for — in the location of their dream home?
For families, finding a home near to respected local schools used to be key. Others looked for the tranquillity of village life — yet also enjoyed the bustle of high streets lined with independent boutiques, lively pubs, award-winning restaurants and plenty of amenities right on their doorstep.
At the start of this year, one of the most central factors to choosing a location was, of course, easy access to work. No one wants to spend three hours a day commuting or having to take multiple modes of transport to get where they need to be. Many buyers say being in reasonable proximity to work was one of the most important contributors when deciding on the location of their new home. As a result, choosing a home with a main or tube station nearby was a popular choice for those working in the city.
Today, it might be more about green open space. Countryside living should not mean being miles from leisurely weekend activities. People are becoming increasingly drawn to locations which boast all the benefits of modern life coupled with swathes of green open spaces and an abundance of nature trails and woodland walks, as well as areas for other outdoor pursuits such as cricket, tennis and golf.
Finding a new rhythm
In the wake of COVID-19, people are starting to work (and live!) more remotely.
Flexible working is becoming the preferred choice for thousands nationwide. People are seeking a ‘best of both worlds’ lifestyle — choosing to live further afield in a countryside setting while maintaining easy access to work and the perks of city life. As such, good transport links which offer the flexibility to commute a couple of days a week will be central for choosing a location going forward.
Working from home has also highlighted the need for a fast, reliable broadband connection and a peaceful study space where homeowners can be focussed and comfortable. In this ‘new normal’, homebuyers are gravitating towards modern homes in quiet locations with ample space for a sleek home office and a strong WIFI connection — aiding a more intelligent way of living.
With so much more time spent at home, people are also craving more outdoor space or proximity to open green areas, such as national parks or woodland. This change is likely the result of weeks spent cooped up inside at the beginning of lockdown — when those without gardens, patios or terraces truly felt the negative mental and physical effects of being unable to enjoy their own outside space.
The best of both worlds
As a property developer, Troy Homes ensures its new homes offer the benefits of a charming location together with all the conveniences of outdoor space and fibre optic WIFI connections, as well as plenty of nearby amenities.
When selecting a site for a new development, the team considers all elements of what makes the perfect location. Central London is never far away thanks to nearby stations, with some developments — such as Sambrook Court — located under a mile from the nearest tube station. Yet, despite this effortless accessibility, these homes are mere minutes from grassy outdoor space, golf courses and the delights of village life.
Apartment living does not mean a compromise. It still offers the benefits of secure and private living in a well-maintained development with lock-up-and-leave conveniences. Our Chestnut Mews homes in Theydon Bois benefit from a sizable study, landscaped communal gardens adjacent to Epping Forest and are only half a mile from the Central Line station. The breathtaking apartments at Lawn Manor are also nestled within a countryside idyll, surrounded by mature woodland, and are close to shops and stations.
If you are hoping to realise your dream lifestyle with a new home in Theydon Bois or Hadley Wood, our gorgeous show homes are open at both our Chestnut Mews and Sambrook Court developments. Plans are also available to view at Lawn Manor. Get in touch to arrange a viewing today.