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Can’t decide between new build AND old? Now you can have both, writes Ginetta Vedrickas
New build homes are sometimes accused of blandness but many buyers don’t want the maintenance of a period property. Happily there is a solution as developers transform grand old buildings and create smart new homes.
The latest addition is Preston Hall in Aylesford, Kent, a Grade II- listed Jacobean mansion. Weston Homes is creating 36 apartments, with one, two and three bedrooms, but is keeping period features including wall panelling, fireplaces, ceiling coving and mouldings.
Launching in January, properties at Preston Hall will have all modern conveniences, with some featuring mezzanine floors that benefit from the building’s high ceilings. Prices are expected to start at £170,000 for one-beds.
Weston’s chairman Bob Weston says the project is the developer’s most challenging yet. ‘Our vision is to create one of the most sought-after residential addresses in Kent – luxurious apartments that enable residents to enjoy the country mansion lifestyle yet be within easy commuting distance of central London,’ says Weston.
Preston Hall is set in around 2.5 acres of gardens and its landscaped grounds contain a carriage entrance drive, sculptures and formal lawns, but the beauty of buying a property here is that you will never have to cut the grass.
There are also new homes for sale in the ten-acre grand estate of Hampton Grange, also in Kent. The development will include apartments, houses and the restoration of several Grade II-listed buildings, with prices for three-storey, five-bedroom houses starting at £1,565,000.
Royal Connaught Park in Bushey, Hertfordshire, has proved popular. All apartments are sold but 17 three-storey townhouses are for sale with prices from £1,107,889.
Some houses have a roof terrace and private garden. There is also 100 acres of parkland on the doorstep. Caroline Comer, of Comer Homes, says security is part of the appeal for families buying here. ‘They’re drawn here by the proximity to central London, the amenities and the knowledge that the properties can be locked up and left should they go on holiday.’