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BEDFORD'S THE FAMILY TICKET

Wed, 8th March, 2017
(1 March 2017 - Evening Standard)

Commuter towns within 45 minutes of the capital are expected to register big price gains this year.  Most families after a manageable commute and a good-value home also want a quick dash to the station and an easy school run.  


De Montfort Place, above, in Bedford, ticks these boxes.  The county town is 35 minutes by train from St Pancras, at the end of the Thameslink route through London, and has a number of highly rated state and independent schools, plus easy access to the lovely countryside.  The development, by Storey Homes, is less than a mile from the station.  The town centre is getting a makeover, with a new station “quarter” and shopping precinct overlooking the River Great Ouse, while a former university campus hardly five minutes away is getting a revamp, and a park has been created.  


What was a run-down neighbourhood, albeit a conservation area, dominated by student digs and lecture rooms, is now one of Bedford’s best addresses with smart, good-value homes in new and refurbished buildings.  The area has the look and feel of a prosperous, tucked-away pocket in suburban Putney or Wimbledon - quiet and leafy, with inspirational, solid architecture - but the homes are far cheaper.  


De Montfort Place includes three-storey, four bedroom semis from £475,000 and flats from £185,000. 


Call 01582 742165.

DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

Fri, 3rd March, 2017
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FOODIES WHO LOVE FARMERS' MARKETS LOOK TO LIME TREE COURT FOR INVESTMENT IN PROPERTY

Fri, 3rd March, 2017

It’s not just great schools and travel links that push up property prices.

According to online estate agents Zoopla, homes near popular farmers’ markets are drawing in foodies and pushing up house prices

even more too.   Zoopla has found that homes near farmers’ markets are more than 26% higher than prices in the wider county area.

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For buyers looking to invest in property close to markets offering fresh, local produce they should look to Storey Homes development in Ampthill. Lime Tree Court, in Station Road, is only a short walk to the centre of the sought-after market town of Ampthill, where the Ampthill Charter Market trades weekly. The private, gated development now has only three, ve bedroom homes available offering plenty of room inside and out. Each Basswood home is spread across four oors and comes with a garage, spacious living areas with ample storage on each level, and are in perfect proximity to a unique shopping experience with a number of specialist shops, interspersed with everyday outlets.

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes, comments: “Ampthill is a highly-prized address with a market that has been running here for many years. The weekly market offers plenty of locally grown produce, homemade cakes and biscuits, preserves, fresh sh and seasonal plants, so it is great to hear that having such a great amenity on your doorstep is now helping people build up more equity in their homes.

“Homes at the development are proving popular with 11 homes now sold. The Basswood design is part of the last phase of the development and we urge anyone considering purchasing in this area to come and see our stunning show home to avoid disappointment.”

The Basswood offers plenty of storage, a garage and a utility room on the ground oor. A spacious kitchen and dining room leading to the rear garden, a WC and a separate living space, which leads out onto a balcony, all occupy the rst oor, allowing for an ease of living, previously unheard of in most townhouses.

There are two master bedrooms to the second floor that both include en-suites and dressing room areas; two further double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom are located on the third floor. All of the homes at Lime Tree Court enjoy a high quality specification, with individually designed kitchens, fitted with integrated appliances. Stylish bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles. Each property has been designed to be highly energy efficient and sustainable materials have been used in construction wherever possible. 

Ampthill offers a plethora of leisure amenities, making the new homes ideal for family living. For outdoor pursuits, the town plays host to a range of sports, including rugby, tennis, cricket and bowls. Woburn Safari Park and Centre Parcs are also close by for family entertainment.

There is a great selection of Ofsted rated Good schools, such as The Firs and Russell Lower Schools, while adjacent to Lime Tree Court is Alameda Middle School. Redbourne College, an Outstanding higher education facility, is a short walk away. Nearby Bedford boasts even more schooling options including a range of independent schools.

The town is also ideally located for those who travel, with the M1 just six miles from home. Trains from Flitwick station, just 10 minute’s drive or a short bus ride away, offers direct connections into London St Pancras in around 50 minutes.  For frequent fliers, Luton Airport just 18 miles away.

The Basswood is priced from £599,950. For further details, visit www.storey-homes.co.uk.

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DON YOUR WELLIES FOR TOUR OF NEW DEVELOPMENT IN HOT SPOT BEDFORD

Wed, 22nd February, 2017

For house hunters looking for an alternative location to the capital to invest in, a tour of Storey Homes latest development De Montfort Place, in Bedford, is worth investigating. According to recent figures by the Office for National Statistics homes in the commuter belt town are increasing at a rate of 16 per cent a year. So, investing now for the future at the former university site is the perfect option, especially for those who want to move away from London.

De Montfort Place comprises 152 contemporary homes ranging from one bedroom apartments to five bedroom houses, designed to appeal to first time buyers, downsizers and families alike. Building work began six months ago, at the Warwick Avenue site, and a selection of 30 homes are now available to purchase at an early stage of construction.

Potential purchasers are invited to register for two Wellies on Weekends on Saturday 4th March for apartments, and Saturday 18th March to view houses, which offers buyers the chance to walk the site and get a feel for the development.

 

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes comments: “Plans for this site have been in the of ng for several years so it is exciting to now see the building work come along and see such a growing interest in the development. During the first release of homes here, property was snapped up so it is exciting to be able to offer more homes to buyers off-plan.

“The wellie tour will allow buyers, who may be inexperienced in buying off-plan, to visualise the layouts and get a better idea of the space on offer. It is definitely worth seeing what space you can get for your money here, especially as property prices are on the rise.”

Sixteen homes have already been sold, with an additional 25 affordable homes being offered by housing provider, Cross Keys Homes. Five houses and 25 apartments are included for sale in the current phase, with Help to Buy available on selected plots.

The regeneration of the site will provide much needed housing for Bedford that was recently voted by online estate agents eMoov, the third hottest property market in the UK, such is the demand from house hunters, who are searching outside the capital for homes of better value.

The development is located in tranquil, tree-lined streets with a landscaped communal garden.  All apartments bene t from a high specification, open plan kitchen diners, separate utility cupboards and allocated parking.  A typical two-bedroom apartment in Harborough House includes a large open plan sitting area with bay windows, kitchen, an en suite to the master bedroom and a family bathroom.

While the outstanding four and five bedroom homes are great for families, offering plenty of space inside and out, with parking spaces for two cars outside.  

The sought-after town of Bedford offers an extensive range of retail and leisure facilities including three speciality markets. It is renowned as having one of the nest riverside settings too, where residents will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse or picnic in one of the many parks and green spaces.

De Montfort also has excellent access to transport links to London, with the M1 just a few miles from home, and with Bedford train station only 11 minutes’ walk away. The train services run regularly into London St Pancras offering direct connections with a journey time of only 50 minutes. Further transport offered nearby is Luton Airport that is accessible via the M1 and A421 and is only 40 minutes’ drive by car.

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MAYOR LAYS GOLDEN BRICK FOR NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES IN BEDFORD

Thu, 27th October, 2016

Storey Homes, along with the Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson marked a milestone in the building of 25 affordable homes at De Montfort Place in Bedford on Thursday 27th October, with a "golden brick" ceremony.  The development in Warwick Avenue, will consist of 152 new homes at the former De Montfort University site.


The Mayor laid a brick to mark the completion of the foundation work at the site that will bring a selection of one and two bedroom apartments to those seeking affordable homes.  The event was also attended by Harpur Ward councillor, Colleen Atkins (MBE), senior members of Storey Homes and Cross Keys, the housing provider that will be managing the phase once complete.



The regeneration of the site will provide much needed housing for the popular area of Bedford that was recently voted by Online estate agents eMoov, the third hottest property market in the UK, such is the demand for house hunters, who are searching outside the capital for homes of better value.  This coincides with the Government's announcement that it plans to invest £3 billion to help smaller, building firms to build 25,000 homes across the UK by 2020 through the Home Building Fund (HBF).


Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes said: "We are delighted to be joined by the Mayor of Bedford and all our guests to officially mark the start of work at De Montfort Place for our affordable housing phase.  This phase will be valuable to those families and young people who would otherwise struggle to get on the housing ladder.  The affordable homes will be delivered to an outstanding quality and add to this key strategic site, delivering greatly needed new homes for the local community. To register your interest, contact the Council on 01234 718058. Private homes are also available to buy starting at £180,000. For further details contact Storey Homes on 01582 742165.







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SMARTMOVES – A TRIED AND TESTED FORMULA

Wed, 7th September, 2016

LONDON commuters have to juggle a lot of factors when making quality-of-life judgements about where to live - not least whether a cheaper house further down the line compensates for the hassle of a longer journey into town.

 

Most families seeking the perfect combination of a manageable commute and a good-value home also want an easy school run and a quick dash to the station.

 

De Montfort Place, in Bedford, ticks these boxes. The county town is 35 minutes by train from St Pancras, at the end of the Thameslink route through the capital, and has a number of highly rated state and independent schools, plus easy access to lovely countryside. The town centre is getting a makeover too, with a new station “quarter”, department store, shops and offices overlooking the River Great Ouse. A former uni campus near the station is getting a revamp and what was a run-down neighbourhood dominated by student digs, albeit a conservation area, is now one of Bedford’s best addresses, with smart, well-priced homes in new and refurbished buildings.


A park has also been created and the area has the look and feel of a prosperous pocket of suburban Putney or Wimbledon, with solid, aspirational architecture - but the homes are far cheaper. Storey Homes, the developer, is offering a range of houses priced from £450,000 for a three-storey, four-bedroom homes. Help to Buy is available. Flats cost from £165,000. Call 01582 742165.

 

This article was first published by David Spittles in Evening Standard on 7th September 2016.

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SHOW HOME ROOM BY ROOM - LIME TREE COURT, AMPTHILL

Wed, 24th August, 2016

WhatHouse? takes a look at this chic boutique development from Storey Homes and finds out some of the style details room by room…


A new show home by Storey Homes at Lime Tree Court, Ampthill in Bedfordshire offers hotel-style living behind a secure gated development.


The Basswood makes up four terraced and semi-detached homes at Lime Tree Court and puts practicality and style at the forefront of its design.


Each home has a garage, utility room and lots of storage space on the ground floor. The first floor of each features a spacious kitchen and dining room, leading to the rear garden, a WC and separate living room leading onto a balcony, offering lots of living space, particularly for a town house.


The second floor has two master bedrooms, both with en-suites and dressing room areas and on the third floor there are two more double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom.


The Basswood has been decorated to accentuate the ‘dramatic, hotel-inspired interior’ that, according to the Basswood’s interior designers, Killer5, homeowners are now looking for.


“Long gone are the ‘beige box’ interiors!  Today purchasers are looking for the contemporary feel you get when you walk through the entrance of a chic, boutique hotel,” explains Rebecca Pearce, design director at Killer5


“We felt the designs of the homes at Lime Tree Court needed to reflect this, providing a stylish, luxurious feel. Inspiration was taken from a colour palette of coppers and charcoals, which are very on trend at present. We wanted to create an element of drama with the darker colours to ensure the show homes stood out from the crowd.”


The living room leads through to a spacious balcony and features those strong darker colours to make a bold statement for the feature room of the house. Beautiful attention to detail is evident in the intricate, plush and detailed fixtures and fittings included in the living room. Additional living space is created by the balcony.

The contemporary, dramatic design is prominent in the master bedroom with a striking feature wall. It is generously proportioned, boasting a private dressing area and en-suite shower room. The clever design utilises space effectively and the luxurious finish enhances the sumptuous feeling the room gives.


The high specification kitchen, from renowned German kitchen company Hacker, is individually designed and fitted with integrated appliances and features a dark and light colour combination that is both modern and striking. There is lots of clever storage space to maximise the size of the kitchen.


Like all rooms in the home, the bathroom enjoys a high quality specification featuring contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles. It is a beautifully designed room with slanted walls and a white ceiling to maximise space and light.


The homes are within walking distance of the town centre and in a highly sought after location, the market town of Ampthill, full of independent boutiques and many other leisure facilities and is just six miles from the M1 and 50 minutes away from St Pancras, London, on the train.


The Basswood is priced from £599,950. For further details, visit www.storey-homes.co.uk.


This article was first published by Ben Salisbury on WhatHouse? on 24th August 2016:
http://www.whathouse.com/todays-new-homes/show-home-room-by-room-lime-tree-court-ampthill/

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PLOWMAN APPOINTED TO FOCUS ON RESI BUILDS FOR STOREY

Thu, 18th August, 2016

Milton Keynes based Storey Homes has appointed Mark Plowman as its new construction manager to oversee all its residential developments.

 

Plowman, formerly of Crest Nicholson, will also help identify new land investment opportunities and oversee all sub-contractors.

 

He has worked on numerous developments over his career, working with developers such as McClean Homes East Anglia, George Wimpey, Miller Homes and Crest Nicholson where he progressed from site manager up to build manager, eventually heading up the construction department of the Chiltern region.

 

Speaking about his appointment, Plowman said: “One opportunity I am most keen to work on is to further develop our strategic partnerships with subcontractors, building our portfolio of partners and the relationships we have. I am also keen to recruit new, quality staff who can help grow our construction team.”


Storey Homes is currently constructing two developments, a 14-home gated development in the sought after town of Ampthill, Bedfordshire and a 152 multi-phased development in Bedford on the former De Montfort University site. Further planning applications are also in the pipeline across Milton Keynes.


This article was first published by PropertyWeek.com on 18th August 2016: http://www.propertyweek.com/news/plowman-appointed-to-focus-on-resi-builds-for-storey/5084676.article

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MOVING TO THE HOME COUNTIES – WHY NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO MOVE OUT OF THE CAPITAL

Tue, 17th May, 2016
Price rises may be slowing in the capital, but a look around in the Home Counties still shows much better value for money for house-hunters...

Storey Homes MD, Katy Jordan, explains why now is the best time for house-hunters to move out of the capital and into the Home Counties. With rising - but more affordable - house prices, new transport links planned and the lifestyle benefits of a home away from the hustle and bustle, there is good reason to invest in a forever home early.

“Demand across London’s outer boroughs and prime commuter belt towns continues to outperform the rest of the country, spurred by improving transport links and employment prospects, courtesy of several multi-million pound regeneration schemes across the South East and Home Counties.

“If you’re looking to escape London and want more brick for your ‘buck’, the popular market town of Bedford is a great option. Not only has it recently been heralded as the third most popular property hotspot by eMoov, prices there have been steadily rising in recent years, making it an ideal time to invest in a new home and grow your equity.

 “The town of Bedford and nearby market areas, such as Ampthill, are seeing strong demand across the marketplace, from first-time buyers to families, with stable market conditions. At Storey Homes, we have recognised the appeal of these areas for homebuyers, and we have witnessed strong interest in the region, particularly at our new development, Lime Tree Court in Ampthill. We continue to invest in the area, with another new site at the former De Montfort University in the heart of Bedford, where we are building 152 homes, offering a range of house types - ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom homes - to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets.

“We believe this popularity is due to better transport links and affordability. Certainly, everyone wants a fast and hassle-free commute to work. From Bedford, for example, you can get to London St Pancras within 40 minutes by train. Improving connectivity to other key centres of employment is also a real boost to the town, so we welcome the government plans for a new fast rail service between Oxford and Cambridge, stopping in neighbouring towns, including Bedford. By attracting an agile workforce to the area, companies would follow suit. Better job prospects and higher rates of employment lead to increased spending, which keeps the local economy buoyant, and means the whole community benefits from the new infrastructure.

“In our experience, our purchasers are often young, aspirational buyers who want to live in the Home Counties, who have young pre-school children and have moved out from the capital. We also see downsizers, predominately those who are moving from four to five bedroom houses with large gardens. They often still need the bedroom space but are looking for smaller plots in a new build, maintenance-free home.     

“Bedford does have a lot to offer these types of buyers, and the regeneration effect of developments like ours in the centre of the town really make their mark. Despite the volume of housebuilders constructing on the outskirts of Bedford, people still want to live in the heart of the town, close to amenities, like excellent schools and transport connections.

“Seeing such a regeneration project come to life is exciting particularly because the site in Warwick Road, has been derelict for over a decade. The vast majority of our properties will be eligible for Help to Buy so the development will provide much needed private housing, affordable housing and community benefits. It is a great example of just how important regeneration schemes are to the northern Home Counties.”  
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LUXURY HOTEL-STYLE INTERIORS AWAIT AT LIME TREE COURT

Tue, 17th May, 2016
House buyers are moving away from the traditional ‘beige’ look for their walls and opting for a more ‘dramatic, hotel-inspired interior’ according to Killer5. The interior design company is behind the impressive, luxurious decoration of Storey Homes’ gated development, Lime Tree Court, in Ampthill.

Rebecca Pearce, design director at Killer5, comments: “Long gone are the ‘beige box’ interiors! Today purchasers are looking for the contemporary feel you get when you walk through the entrance of a chic, boutique hotel. The hotel style design is more popular now as retailers continue to look to the hotel industry for inspiration for their products.

“We felt the designs of the homes at Lime Tree Court needed to reflect this, providing a stylish, luxurious feel. Inspiration was taken from a colour palette of coppers and charcoals, which are very on trend at present. We wanted to create an element of drama with the darker colours to ensure the show homes stood out from the crowd.”

When designing the show home at Lime Tree Court, an emphasis on practicality allied with style is at the forefront. Open plan kitchen / dining areas form the heart of the home, providing access to the rear garden through French doors. The living and family rooms provide a comfortable retreat. There is also a downstairs cloakroom, and a utility area which discreetly conceals the functional elements of the home. Bedrooms are generously proportioned, with the master boasting a private dressing area and en-suite shower room.

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes, says: “These luxurious homes offer purchasers the hotel-style living lifestyle, all set within a secure gated environment. Ampthill is a highly prized address and our development is unique in that it is located within walking distance of the town centre. The show homes’ inspirational design has already proved popular among potential purchasers. There are five homes left out of 14 within the development, so I would urge anyone who is interested to come and view the show home to avoid disappointment.”

All of the homes at Lime Tree Court enjoy a high quality specification, with individually designed kitchens fitted with integrated appliances. Stylish bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles.

The historic market town of Ampthill offers a plethora of leisure amenities, making the new homes ideal for family living. The bustling town offers a variety of independent boutiques, as well as Waitrose, and a weekly market. The town is ideally located for those who travel, with the M1 just six miles from home. Trains from Flitwick station, just 10 minute’s drive or a short bus ride away, offers direct connections into London St Pancras in around 50 minutes. For frequent fliers, Luton Airport just 18 miles away.

Homes at Lime Tree Court are priced from £599,950 and are available with Help to Buy. For further details, visit storey-homes.co.uk.
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MAYOR OF AMPTHILL OFFICIALLY OPENS LIME TREE COURT

Fri, 19th February, 2016
Storey Homes were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Ampthill and members of Ampthill Town Council recently to officially open the show home at their Lime Tree Court development. Lime Tree Court is a collection of 14 beautifully designed four and five bedroom town houses, set in a gated development just a moments’ walk from the town centre in the much sought-after market town of Ampthill in Bedfordshire.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the Mayor of Ampthill, Councillor Sue Hinkin spoke about the development, saying “I am proud to represent Ampthill and very pleased to welcome such an attractive development to the town. Ampthill is one of the jewels of Bedfordshire, steeped in history but with a thriving local community. The homes at Lime Tree Court are a tremendous asset to the town and I look forward to working with Storey Homes in the future.”

Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Storey Homes said: “From the architect’s plans through to the interior design of the show home, we knew that Lime Tree Court had to be exceptional. We believe we have delivered a collection of beautifully appointed homes that offer flexibility and style to the purchaser, in a highly desirable market town.

“Over three quarters of the homes at Lime Tree Court have now been reserved or sold. Our purchasers are varied, with first time buyers, families with young children and downsizers all attracted by the versatile living space they can really make their own.”The houses at Lime Tree Court are town houses in the truest sense of the word. The three storey homes include adaptable living space and are within walking distance to a surfeit of fantastic local amenities.

The four bedroom Linden show home, opened by the Mayor of Ampthill radiates sophistication. The flexible living accommodation allows families to spend quality time together and enjoy their home. On the ground floor the open plan kitchen / dining areas forms the heart of the home, providing access to the rear garden through French doors.

A separate utility area discreetly conceals the functional elements of the home. A family room offers a comfortable retreat and there is also a downstairs cloakroom.

On the first floor, a large stylish lounge with French doors to the balcony floods the room with natural light. The master bedroom boasts a private dressing area and en-suite shower room. Three further bedrooms and family bathroom are located on the third floor.

All of the homes at Lime Tree Court enjoy a high quality specification, with individually designed kitchens fitted with integrated appliances. Stylish bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles.

Every property at Lime Tree Court has either a garage or carport and allocated parking, as well as communal bicycle storage, and each has its own private rear garden, which has been sympathetically landscaped to fit in with the development's location.

Families are attracted to Ampthill’s excellent schools and Lime Tree Court really delivers, adjacent to The Firs Lower School and Alameda Middle School. Ofsted rated ‘Excellent’ Redbourne Upper School and Community College is also within walking distance from the development.

All residents benefit from the short walk into Ampthill town centre, with its regular Thursday market, thriving independent businesses and mainstays of the high street, including a Waitrose supermarket.

Near to home is Ampthill Park, 70 acres of parkland ideal for those in search of some fresh air and local history, with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown in the early 19th century. Ampthill also plays host to a range of sports, including rugby, tennis, cricket and bowls.

Ampthill is ideally located for those who travel, with the M1 just six miles from home. Trains from Flitwick station, just 10 minutes’ drive or a short bus ride away, offers direct connections into London St Pancras in around 50 minutes. For frequent fliers, Luton Airport just 18 miles away.

Prices start from £535,000 for a four bedroom town house. Help to Buy is available on selected homes. To make an appointment to view the show home at Lime Tree Court please telephone 01582 742165 or visit www.storey-homes.co.uk.
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STOREY HOMES OFFERS VARIETY AND STYLE AT LIME TREE COURT

Mon, 8th February, 2016
When buying a new home, especially an off-plan purchase, it is important to make sure you know what you’re getting for your money. With this in mind, buyers will find inspiration at Lime Tree Court in Ampthill, where housing developer Storey Homes has created a beautiful show home that demonstrates the flexible of the homes available to inspire potential purchasers.

An exclusive development of just 14 new homes, Lime Tree Court is a rare opportunity to buy in a sought after area. Located in Ampthill, an area rich in history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, Lime Tree Court is set in the quintessential English countryside and is the perfect location for those in search of the traditional village lifestyle. With 75% of homes already sold in the first phase, it is a true indication of this exceptional opportunity to buy in Ampthill.

The brand new four and five bedroom homes are set within a secure, gated development, offering the last word in style, practicality and convenience. All properties benefit from either a garage or carport and allocated parking, as well as communal bicycle storage, and each property has its own private rear garden, which has been sympathetically landscaped to fit in with the development's location.

Speaking of the new show home, Managing Director of Storey Homes, Katy Jordan, says “What makes these homes so special is they are incredibly versatile for every stage of your life; residents will be able to start, grow and enjoy their family within this beautiful, gated community. So far we have had a variety of buyer, attracted by the flexible and diverse style of these homes. In such a charming village, the location will no doubt also make Lime Tree Court extremely popular”.

A stunning example of the homes at Lime Tree Court, the four bedroom Linden show home oozes sophistication, highlighting how a family home needn’t lack quality design. Set over three floors, the flexible living accommodation allows families to spend quality time together and permit privacy.

When designing the show home at Lime Tree Court, an emphasis on practicality allied with style is at the forefront. Open place kitchen / dining areas form the heart of the home, providing access to the rear garden through French doors. The living and family rooms provide a comfortable retreat. There is also a downstairs cloakroom, and a utility area which discreetly conceals the functional elements of the home. Bedrooms are generously proportioned, with the master boasting a private dressing area and en-suite shower room.

All of the homes at Lime Tree Court enjoy a high quality specification, with individually designed kitchens fitted with integrated appliances. Stylish bathrooms feature contemporary white sanitaryware, finished with chrome fixtures and Porcelanosa floor and wall tiles. Each property has been designed to be highly energy efficient and sustainable materials have been used in construction wherever possible.

The historic market town of Ampthill offers a plethora of leisure amenities, making the new homes ideal for family living. The bustling town offers a variety of independent boutiques, as well as Waitrose, and a weekly market. Evening entertainment is catered for in the form of several bars, restaurants and eateries, while a little further from home the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes offer a more extensive range of retail and leisure opportunities.

For outdoor pursuits, the town plays host to a range of sports, including rugby, tennis, cricket and bowls. Ampthill Park’s 70 acres are ideal for those in search of some fresh air, and Woburn Safari Park and Centre Parcs are also close by for family entertainment.

Lime Tree Court is perfectly positioned near a great selection of Ofsted rated Good schools, such as The Firs and Russell Lower Schools, while adjacent to the development is Alameda Middle School. Redbourne College, an Outstanding higher education facility, is a short walk away. Nearby Bedford boasts even more schooling options including a range of independent schools.

Ampthill is ideally located for those who travel, with the M1 just six miles from home. Trains from Flitwick station, just 10 minutes’ drive or a short bus ride away, offers direct connections into London St Pancras in around 50 minutes. For frequent fliers, Luton Airport just 18 miles away.
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IN CHARGE OF ALL SHE SURVEYS – KATY JORDAN TELLS HER PROPERTY STORY

Mon, 1st February, 2016

Historically, board rooms and building sites are not known for being particularly female friendly. According to the Office of National Statistics, women make up only 11% of the construction workforce. But with an increasing number of construction companies supporting women in the industry a small cultural revolution is beginning.

 

And as Katy Jordan, Managing Director of Milton Keynes-based house builder Storey Homes will testify, women in property and construction are really making an impact and beginning to change the established face of the property world.

 

Katy is no exception. Qualifying as a quantity surveyor in the early 90’s, she went straight to work for Essex-based Countryside as an Estimator. Progressing through the company, Katy was promoted to development and then land manager. After 11 years with Countryside, Katy left as a board member of the London & Thames Gateway Ltd managing £100,000,000 of construction expenditure.

 

Following a number of years working in property development and as a development management consultant Katy, was invited to join the board of a small house builder as Land and Development Director in 2011.


In January 2015, Katy was appointed managing director of family-owned Storey Homes. She has been tasked with pushing the company’s growth strategy and rolling out the firms’ largest scheme, 152 homes in Warwick Road, in the centre of Bedford.

 

So after a year in the role, what is it that Katy wants to achieve for Storey Homes? Her answer is definitive. “To be the best developer in the region.”


“We are passionate about creating unique developments where people what to live. Because we are a smaller house builder, we can spend that extra time with our customers and deliver a unique home they will appreciate and treasure.

 

“Our buyers are attracted to living somewhere that is brand new, that no one’s ever lived in before. We have a duty to deliver a product and experience that lives up to people’s expectations.”

 

At the moment Storey Homes is building at two sites, a development of 14 town houses in Ampthill and 152 residential units in Bedford, their largest development yet. Ampthill is a unique development of private homes in a gated community, within walking distance of the town centre and close to excellent schools.  Buyer’s confidence in the market is translating into sales - " nearly half the properties have sold off plan without a show home.


The Bedford scheme is on the former De Montfort University site in the town centre, with a range of homes to suit a variety of prices points. The next phase of homes is due to launch in the spring, with completions set for the end of the year. All the homes in Bedford will be available with Help to Buy, which Katy says has been a real incentive for buyers, in particular local people.

 

Storey Homes might be one of the smaller housebuilding in the market, but the company, under Katy’s leadership has big aspirations. It has a substantial land portfolio that it is looking to promote, as well as new sites and opportunities for growth.

 

Explaining the company’s approach to growth Katy says: “We take a twin-track approach when assessing new sites. We strategically purchase sites in areas where we can see growth, but also that we would want to live in ourselves. This gives us a unique perspective, keeping our purchaser’s aspirations at the forefront of our growth plans.”

 

With Katy’s tenacity, customer focus and strong track record in development Storey Homes’ 2016 is already looking like it will be extremely successful.

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