With rising house prices in central London continuing to outstrip everywhere else, it’s no wonder buyers are turning to quieter, greener – and better value – spots further from the crowded centre.
Indeed, recent figures from the Land Registry compiled in a report by the Smith Institute think tank showed house prices in the middle of London rocketed by more than 40 per cent between November 2007 and October 2013.
In Kensington and Chelsea, for instance, the average house now costs a staggering £1,171,320. But it’s not just prime properties, though – the knock-on effect makes surrounding homes for ordinary families more expensive too.
So finding a peaceful location to escape the hustle and bustle, while also retaining the advantages of staying within the M25 and not breaking the bank, is like stumbling across a hidden gem.
In green and leafy Lower Sunbury, however, a short stroll from the banks of the River Thames, is exactly one of those rare finds: Montford Place, a high quality collection of Georgian-style properties from award-winning Linden Homes.
It’s in the borough of Spelthorne which rubs shoulders with genteel Richmond upon Thames.
With its quaint streets, Lower Sunbury occupies a unique position as the first true riverside village on the north bank of the Thames travelling upstream from London. It has space for families, better value for people stepping back from the rat race, and a slower pace for retirees.
Montford Place comprises traditional three, four and five-bedroom Georgian-style houses and two-bedroom apartments which enjoy the reassuring status of a gated development. On their doorstep are green spaces, shops and eateries.
Bustling Walton-on-Thames is nearby and slightly further afield are the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Surrey’s rolling countryside to the south. Golf courses scatter the surrounding landscape, and Kempton Park Racecourse is close.
Montford Place is also very well connected. Junction 1 of the M3 lies 1.5 miles away with its national road links and access to the M25, while for global destinations Heathrow Airport is just a 20-minute drive away.
It has the convenience of the capital on the doorstep too. Rail routes into London Waterloo from Sunbury train station can take as little as 46 minutes while the direct service from nearby Walton-on-Thames is just 30 minutes.
The popularity of the high quality properties has been reflected in the speed at which they have been snapped up by those keen to have a slice of the wonderful lifestyle living in Lower Sunbury brings.
With only a limited number of houses remaining, sales at Montford Place are only going to accelerate as word spreads about the bundle of benefits waiting to be discovered.
Linden Homes Guildford sales and marketing director, Natalie Flint, said: “Montford Place really is a hidden gem. The homes are tucked away prettily between the Thames and the village of Sunbury so they have peace and quiet – but are on the doorstep of London too.
“Commuters will appreciate the excellent transport links for work, but also the green spaces and slower pace of life to escape the office when they’re back at home.
“As an option for getting out of the expensive heart of the capital, Montford Place can’t be bettered. It has Linden Homes’ customary high quality, all-inclusive value and a truly enviable location.”
In common with all Linden Homes’ developments, each Montford Place property comes with integrated kitchen appliances as standard plus a 10-year NHBC warranty for peace of mind, as well as a two-year customer care warranty.
For current home-owners Linden Homes’ Part Exchange scheme offers one quick, hassle-free agreement that takes out estate agents’ fees and the problems with chains which can scupper even the most secure-looking move.
For those who want a home with a touch of their own personality ready for when they move in, the Linden Homes Enhance service offers a face-to-face consultation to help design rooms and choose upgrades.
To find out more, call 0844 417 5318.
For further information, contact Claire McCowan or Claire Bradley at Remarkable Public Relations on 01962 893 893.
13 February 2014