Time to leave London?
Is hybrid working is set to become your new normal? If you’ve managed to break free of the daily commute, maybe it’s time to spread your wings with a new home a little further afield.
Balancing homeschool, homeworking and stay at home orders has been challenging during the last year. But many people have also found remote working liberating and have successful demonstrated that it’s a viable and sustainable working model.
As we start to emerge from the latest lockdown and with the continuing good news of the vaccine roll out, the FT reports that most companies are considering adopting a hybrid approach to working. Giving employees the opportunity to be take a more flexible approach to their time in the office offers the potential benefits of combining focused homeworking with the collaborative benefits of working in the office.
This will mark a dramatic shift in working practices and result in many people shaking free of the daily commuting shackles and looking beyond the suburbs for somewhere to really spread their wings.
Creating the perfect home working space
Of course, if you’re having to use your kitchen or dining room as an office, it can blur the lines between homelife and work. Creating a dedicated working area is a major step towards ensuring you can maintain that balance.
That’s why we’ve created a range of homeworking solutions for our buyers to choose from. Our skilled joiners can create a discreet kitchen desk unit or a purpose-built workstation for a spare bedroom or the corner of a sitting or dining room.
Buyers can also opt for a garage conversion which creates an office or garden room with storage space alongside and for an even greater separation we can install a beautiful garden pod for use as office, home gym, teenage den or extra entertaining space.
Broadband you can rely on
Anyone who has been working from home or just enjoys streaming their favourite shows, will appreciate the importance of fast, reliable broadband. That’s why we’ve partnered with Virgin Broadband to offer buyers at many of our new developments, the chance to secure fast internet from the day they pick up the keys to their new home. Special offers are available when signing up for a package – speak to the sales advisors for details.
Best Larkfleet Homes developments for hybrid working
We’ve rounded up our top five developments that offer occasional commuters the opportunity to find a new home with more space, and easier access to the countryside, whilst remaining within easy reach of the office.
Nearest station for London: Huntingdon
Frequency: Two trains an hour to London St Pancras
Fastest journey time: approx. one hour
One of our newest developments, Cromwell Fields offers a range of homes for everyone from first time buyers through to growing families or downsizers. The development is in the tight-knit village of Bury which sits on the border of Cambridgeshire near the historic market town of Ramsey.
The village is in the catchment for both primary and secondary schools rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
The development will offer one-, three- and four-bedroom homes in 13 different styles starting from just £139,500. Buying schemes such as Help to Buy and Home Reach are available at the site to give buyers extra opportunities to secure their dream home.
Nearest station for London: Peterborough
Frequency: Two trains and hour to London Kings Cross
Fastest journey time: approx. one hour
The first of our developments to launch a virtual showhome tour, Abbey Park is in the delightful, village of Thorney on the outskirts of Peterborough. Named after the beautiful ancient abbey, Abbey Park is quickly taking shape, with buyers quick to recognise the ideal combination of village living within a manageable commute of London and other major cities.
Thorney offers a selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. A post office, community centre and charming country pubs round out this bustling village.
For families, there is a good selection of nurseries and primary schools nearby, while Arthur Mellows College for secondary school students is rated outstanding.
Two, three and four-bedroom properties are available at Abbey Park in a range of styles. The Epsom, a four-bedroom detached home with garden and separate garage is currently available for £365,950.
Nearest station: Whittlesey (10-minute train journey to Peterborough station for London connections)
Famous for its annual Straw Bear festival, the bustling market town of Whittlesey has a strong identity but is located within easy reach of Peterborough providing residents with the perfect combination of fast access to a city but with the more personal feel of a smaller town.
Whittlesey benefits from its own rail station which links directly with Ely and Peterborough and provides easy access to Cambridge, London and Stansted Airport. Road users are within easy reach of both the A47 and A1.
There are three primary schools in Whittlesey and an excellent secondary school with sixth form provision.
Homes range from two- to five-bedrooms and there is a wide range of home styles and buying schemes to choose from.
Nearest station: (Stamford 3 miles, Peterborough 14 miles)
Easy access to A1
Tucked away on the borders of Cambridgeshire, South Lincolnshire and East Northamptonshire and just a stone’s throw from the Georgian town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, Wittering has a charm all of its own. The village combines the charm of a small community with easy access to both the countryside and the amenities of larger towns such as Stamford and Peterborough.
The village itself offers a village hall, bowling green, various sports and social clubs and the stunning Grade I listed All Saints Church. As well as other amenities such as a pub, fish and chip shop and convenience store and hairdressers/barber shop.
A range of buying schemes and house types make homes at Wittering an excellent choice for first time buyers or those looking for a little more space for growing families – the village also boasts a well-regarded primary school.
Nearest station: Oakham (regular trains to Peterborough, Leicester, Birmingham and Stansted Airport)
Rutland was recently named as one of the best places to live in the Midlands by The Sunday Times for the annual Best Places to Live feature. With its bustling market towns, access to stunning countryside and recreation opportunities at Rutland Water, it’s easy to see why.
Farrier’s Reach is part of the Oakham Heights development which encompasses parks, open spaces, play areas, allotments and a new community centre. All houses at Farriers Reach are fitted with solar panels in line with our commitment to sustainability.
Excellent road links to Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge and proximity to the railway station make this historic market town perfect for occasional commuting.
Oakham offers Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ primary and secondary educational opportunities and several independent primary and secondary schools, making it a great choice for families looking to move out of London or other cities.
However you build your new normal don’t be afraid to look beyond the usual locations, to find out more about our developments, homes or buying schemes (including Help to Buy, Home Reach, Part Exchange and Assisted Move) get in touch with our sales team at 01778 391550.