Chigwell Life - 02 January 2015
Open plan loft spaces, exposed brick walls and arched dormer windows – we all recognise these as the hallmarks of trendy East London homes, offering an industrial style hard to find outside of London’s E1 and E2 postcodes.
With style comes prices to match and currently the average price in the Shoreditch area sits at a hefty £832psf, with average asking prices for a two bedroom flat £635,135.
City & Country, newly crowned WhatHouse? Housebuilder of the Year, however has a seriously attractive solution.
A limited number of outstanding loft apartments are currently for sale at The Galleries; a stylish range of historic restoration properties located in the buildings of the former Grade II Listed Warley hospital, Brentwood. Here the average price is almost 52% less at £395 psf.
The Tudor-influenced Victorian red brick buildings were built in 1853 and have been expertly renovated by City & Country’s in house team into stunning modern apartments with original features. The converted apartments form part of the hospital’s original clock tower and offer exceptionally large living spaces, ranging from 1013 st ft to 1356 sq ft. One of the three exclusive apartments also boasts a private balcony and is ready to move into.
The apartments feature trendy internal red brick walls and unique exposed roof trusses, juxtaposed with eye-catching contemporary interiors including kitchen islands, sleep appliances and stylish modern bathrooms.
Residents’ further benefit from access to the beautifully landscaped courtyard gardens, which are kept in pristine condition by a management company and the 400-acre country forest at the edge of the town is an ideal place for weekend leisure.
The lively town centre of Brentwood and the station is a short walk from the development, offering a direct service into London Liverpool Street of just over 30 minutes, allowing city workers a simple commute avoiding the hassle of the Central Line. The station will also form part of the new Crossrail line, which when complete will seamlessly connect West and East London, further enhancing the area’s attraction.
Savvy investors have already caught on to this hidden secret, as current owner Aaron Wright, a city worker explains:
“ My property is undoubtedly the ultimate bachelor pad, although it will also serve perfectly as a spacious family home. I bought it knowing that it would prove a sound investment; the area is growing in popularity with London commuters and soon there will be the added Crossrail train connections, which will inevitably force prices up”.
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