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Urban Blue – the new aspiration for home buyers

26th September 2017

We’re all tuned into the benefits of green spaces, but how about blue? The positive benefits of living by water are the subject of a spate of scientific research which is supporting the view that living by water – clear lakes, brown rivers and lily-covered ponds all count as well as blue  sea – is not only pretty but also provides real emotional and physical health benefits.

And no wonder.  What would you prefer to wake up to?  The clanging noise of street activity or the tranquil sounds of water, wind and wildlife? Mulberry Place, the latest development of three and four-bedroomed homes by Antler Homes, is situated beside the Old River in Woodley, Berkshire, combining the accessibility of town living with the life-enhancing benefits of blue space – you could call it a move to Urban Blue.

Designed to meet the needs of modern families and professionals, the houses have individual layouts with maximum space, exclusivity and privacy afforded to each home, with  Help to Buy available on selected houses.

And while the focus here is on the rare commodity of blue space, there’s plenty of green space around too with the development benefitting from access to a country park whose status as common ground ensures its protection from change.

Despite this abundance of natural environment, the development is located close to the transport hubs of the M25, M4 and London Heathrow and a mainline train connection to London Waterloo.  2019 will also see the introduction of Crossrail making this riverside spot a commuter’s dream.

The local town of Woodley sports a strong community spirit and thriving market style culture. Its pedestrianised high street is home to plenty of pavement coffee shops, cars and family-run businesses while still playing host to high street staples such as Waitrose and Boots.  Regular markets ply their trade enticing people with craft products, artisan foods and local produce to create a friendly and supportive neighbourhood.

And when you fancy a change of scene from a relaxing riverbank to something more urban, it’s just a short hop to the shops and sightseeing offered by two of the country’s favourite towns, Royal Windsor and Henley-On-Thames where a more hectic  lifestyle awaits and it’s a short journey to Reading for town-centre shopping and a ten-screen cinema.

Urban Blue, Mulberry Place style, really does offer something for everyone.  Prices start from £474,950 with stamp duty now being paid on selected plots and some properties being ready for occupation in October 2017. It’s clearly hitting the mark with homebuyers as 55% of the plots are already reserved or sold.