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Property trend: homes designed for family/work balance

Are you after a home that offers you that 'hybrid' living? You'll love these new properties that offer both family spaces and the flexibility of a home office.

If ‘WFH’ was the buzzphrase on working parents’ lips in 2020, this year is all about ‘hybrid’ living. Some of us have returned to the daily commute, but for many a mix of home and office working continues – and the demand for an office set up at home has never been higher.

Recognising this growing need, many housebuilders are designing properties to offer both a family space and the flexibility of a home office. But buyers also want easy access to excellent commuting routes, should they need them. Oh and gorgeous country-side on the doorstep too, please.

Holly Jarvis, of Jarvis Homes the family-run, Kent-based property building experts, says: ‘This is exactly why we’re building Laurel Court – a selection of large 4 and 5 bedroom detached houses, all set within spacious plots and built to the very highest specification.’

Here’s 5 reasons why they serve this demand…

THE LOCATION

It’s been widely reported how property buyers are moving out of bigger towns in search of green space now that they aren’t tied down to the daily commute. And the trend, according to the experts, is unlikely to diminish any time soon.

Holly says: ‘When it comes to Laurel Court, think the best of country living but within easy reach of London – and at affordable prices.’

Situated in Chilmington Green, in what will be part of the new ‘Chilmington Garden City’ near Ashford – Laurel Court is an idyllic, traditional development nestled in the countryside, yet conveniently connected to modern life.

If you’re searching for somewhere up-and-coming then look no further. Over £100 million is being spent in Ashford to bring new leisure and shopping facilities.

From here you could be sinking your toes into the sand of Kent’s stunning coastline in just 20 minutes, with 10 blue flag beaches on your doorstep.

THE HOUSES

Laurel Court is a selection of 4 and 5 bedroom homes, built traditionally with brick and block and exceptional craftsmanship. Each house has a large, beautifully landscaped garden.

‘We believe in building a finished home, ready to move in to and pride ourselves on paying attention to the details,’ says Holly. ‘We think of the little things, so you don’t have to. From USB points, outside power sockets and electric garage doors to underfloor heating, fitted wardrobes and log burners as standard.’

Holly continues: ‘We install a fully enabled alarm system for your peace of mind and security from the day you move in. By taking the time to source the finest products we can build a timeless home that you will enjoy for years to come.’

THE TECHIE STUFF

Almost half of London companies whose staff can work from home expect them to continue to do so, up to five days a week, after the pandemic finishes, and smaller businesses are more likely than larger ones to move ahead with remote working, according to a poll of 520 business leaders by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Most businesses agree – hybrid models of working, in which staff split their time between the office and home, are here to stay in the long-term.

In particular people want flexible spaces that can double up as quiet work spaces as and when needed. Linked to this is also the need for fast and reliable wi-fi as never before! At Laurel Court you’ll find high tech cabling throughout (let’s not get too techie) which basically means a fully integrated wireless network.

There is also direct high speed internet access plus outside power-points – should you want to set up your office in the garden (it has been known.) Homes at Laurel Court all come fitted with the infrastructure for smart automated audio and visual tech.

THE TRANSPORT

The last two years have changed the face of family life – and the shift will be long lasting – with experts predicting a new hybrid form of working remaining the ‘new norm’.

But if you want to head into London, you’re located just four miles from Ashford International Station, London St Pancras is only 36 minutes away on the high-speed train.

And in the other direction, driving to France couldn’t be easier – with the Channel Tunnel less than 15 miles away. Or if you want to staycay, the same short distance away, the Kent coast surrounds you in several directions – Whitstable, Sandwich, Sandgate, Broadstairs, Deal… take your pick.

THE FAMILY FOCUS

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‘These luxury four and five bedroom houses are designed for family living. And we chose this area because it has excellent transport links and that up-and-coming feel,’ says Holly.

Ashford has an excellent selection of local and independent schools and some of the country’s best grammar schools. For independents you’ve got Ashford Prep and Ashford Senior School or Spring Grove Prep and Sutton Valence Prep or Senior School, or the attached Little Lambs Nursery within an easy drive. Find out more on our Best Schools Guide here.

For state schools you’ve got John Wallis Church of England Academy, or if it’s grammars you’re considering there’s Highworth Grammar School for girls and The Norton Knatchbull School for boys.

Plus £50m is being invested locally in education. As part of the new Garden City, there will be four new Primary and one new Secondary school built to ensure there is the right school for every child.

As part of the investment in leisure facilities there’ll be a newly built cricket pitch within a few minutes walk of Laurel Court, as well as a connection of footpaths and cycle ways on the doorstep.

Jarvis Homes, Laurel Court

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