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MAKE THE MOVE TO ALDERSHOT: A FORMER MILITARY TOWN RICH IN HISTORY
Aldershot, known as the home to the British Army, offers a blend of rich history with contemporary new homes thanks to local housebuilder Barratt Southern Counties...
With an attractive combination of affordable property prices and fantastic commuter links, Aldershot is proving
to be popular with homebuyers. The average home is more affordable when compared to nearby towns such as Guildford, where a property will set you back on average by £549,137 compared to an average of £316,633 in Aldershot. What’s more, whether residents are commuting via road or rail, the A3 and A31 are nearby, while London is less than an hour away by train.
Barratt Southern Counties launched its popular Bruneval Gardens development earlier this year. Set on the site of the former army barracks, the development has a collection of one- and two- bedroom apartments, and three and four bedroom houses available for purchase. The new homes have been designed
to reflect the historic nature of the
site, combining traditional exteriors
with contemporary details and low maintenance finishes. In some places, the four-storey apartment buildings cleverly echo the design of the 19th century military architecture that once stood on the site.
The development is part of the wider Wellesley scheme, which is set to transform the area with two new primary schools; a Neighbourhood Centre
with space for a café, nursery and small business area; an abundance of green spaces; and a range of
vibrant community facilities. Within the development there is nine hectares
of public open space, while the area
as a whole benefits from the beautiful Wellesley Woodlands – 110 hectares
of interlinked woodland areas, wildlife habitats, canal-side walks and lakes that will be open for everyone to enjoy.
At the heart of the development is Ramsden Square, a new public open space designed around the Grade II listed Garden Wall Memorial: a 24m long Brutalist memorial wall built in 1964. Barratt Southern Counties is creating
an elegant public square, with formal black railings and hedges, along with ornamental trees, public seating, a natural play area with logs, mounds and a wildflower garden.
Aldershot town centre itself, which is less than a mile from Bruneval Gardens, is a thriving location, with a combination of leading high street chains, independent boutiques and a regular weekly market can be found. A range of shops, cafes and bars are also positioned throughout the high street, alongside two theatres, live music venues and nearby parks.
The first residents at Bruneval Gardens moved in earlier this year, including friends Sean Havis (23) and Dan Jacobs (27). The friends purchased a two- bedroom apartment together using Help to Buy after calculating that owning a home together worked out to be cheaper than renting in Guildford and Aldershot respectively.
Sean, who works in planning, comments: “Although it may be unconventional
to buy with a friend, when you do the maths it makes sense. We are actually financially better off now that we are out of the rental trap and are putting our money towards our own mortgage rather than someone else’s. There is a sense of security in us owning a property, and as Dan and I get on so well the arrangement works for us.”
Dan, who works at the University of Surrey, adds: “Aldershot is a great location as it is affordable for first time buyers, and is also ideal for us both commuting to Guildford. Now that our monthly outgoings are less than what we were paying while renting, it means that we have more disposable income and we will be able to save for when the time comes for us to move again.”
Prices at Bruneval Gardens start from £219,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. To find out more about the new homes available, visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or call 0333 355 8498.
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