A New Eng­land look is com­ing to Berk­shire

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

GREEN PARK VIL­LAGE, a fledg­ling 60-acre es­tate of smart New Eng­land-style homes, is an in­con­gru­ous pres­ence in the Cross­rail hotspot of Read­ing — but it’s at­tract­ing at­ten­tion.

Pretty, pas­tel-coloured houses with gables, porches and ve­ran­das on stilts are di­vided by white picket fences in a lake­side set­ting on the city’s leafy fringe. The New­port the name given to the style of spa­cious four-bed­room semide­tached houses in the lat­est phase, Lake View, mo­ments from the wa­ter.

Green Park Vil­lage is a sub­urb in the mak­ing, with trim trails and a na­ture reserve, shops and sports facilities, a town square, com­mu­nity hall and apart­ments for the el­derly, while com­ing soon are a new pri­mary school and a train sta­tion link­ing to Cross­rail.

Ar­chi­tec­tural purists may cringe at the faux de­signs — close in­spec­tion of the houses re­veals that os­ten­si­bly wooden façades are fac­tory-made

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