Cul-de-sac bun­ga­low has quiet, se­cluded gar­den

Si­mon Ba­c­house, of Strutt & Parker, looks at the trend

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

a home for the long term.”

The Strutt & Parker Hous­ing Fu­tures re­search also high­lighted the need for more flex­i­ble fam­ily homes to suit home­own­ers’ evolv­ing needs and iden­ti­fied a ‘yo-yo’ or ‘flex­i­ble’ house as a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion.

Stephanie con­tin­ues: “The ‘yo-yo house’ fo­cuses on flex­i­bil­ity: grow­ing, con­tract­ing and evolv­ing with its oc­cu­pants, of­fer­ing them dif­fer­ent space use over their life­time.

“For ex­am­ple, the foot­ings will al­low a garage space, not only to be con­verted to a sin­gle-storey liv­ing space, but to two or three storeys – the cost of retro-fit­ting be­ing higher than the cost of fu­ture-proof­ing at the build stage.”

The Strutt & Parker re­port added that ac­cord­ing to those who plan to move within five years, the ideal home will be either a farm­house or in a cot­tage style. It will be 1,500 to 2,499 sq ft and have a min­i­mum of three bed­rooms.

When it came to the num­ber of bed­rooms, stu­dio and onebed­room prop­er­ties were the least sought af­ter. There was a gen­eral de­sire for ad­di­tional bed­rooms, per­haps for guests or stor­age. A four-bed­room chalet bun­ga­low is for sale in a sought af­ter cul-de-sac in Can­ter­bury.

The prop­erty is at The Fore­land, in the south of the city and just a mile from the city cen­tre.

There is a large liv­ing room with a bay win­dow to the front and a tiled fire­place.

The fit­ted shaker style kitchen has an in­te­grated sink with mixer tap over, break­fast bar, space for fridge/freezer, space for dish­washer, built-in dou­ble oven with gas hob and ex­trac­tor over.

A door from the kitchen leads to the util­ity room.

Also down­stairs are the din­ing room, two of the bed­rooms and a bath­room. A con­ser­va­tory has a tiled floor and dou­ble door to the gar­den. Two more bed­rooms and a bath­room are up­stairs.

There is off-street park­ing on the drive­way at the front, which leads to the in­te­gral garage with power and light, an up-and-over door and a door to the side.

At the front of the bun­ga­low is a lawned area with ma­ture flower bor­ders and at the back, the 100ft gar­den is peace­ful and se­cluded.

Schools in­clud­ing the highly re­garded Si­mon Lang­ton Gram­mar schools are close to the prop­erty. Ac­cess to the A2 is 1.5 miles away. The bun­ga­low is on the mar­ket with Miles & Barr priced at £485,000.

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