Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Move at warp speed and you’ll be beaming


THE PERFECT PLACE FOR Star Trek SPACE. The final frontier. Or at least, it is if you’re looking for a place in central Henley that won’t cost you a kidney. Which is why this little gem in Reading Road is such a good find.

Henley Gate, a development of 12 flats, was built two years ago so it’s got space age build quality yet is in a prime spot between the town centre and Tesco.

No. 4 Henley Gate comes with two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a bright living room which looks out on to allotments via a large balcony, and parking.

If you’re looking for a property where you can ‘live long and prosper’, this is an ideal set-up as the whole place conforms with Code 3 of the government’s user-friendly Code for Sustainable Homes. This means your heating comes in the form of an energy-efficient electric boiler to underfloor heating and there is up-to-the-minute insulation. The apartment also benefits from polished chrome sockets and switches in all rooms, TV points to the living room and master, a communal satellite feed (a point for Sky TV etc) and telephone points to the principal rooms.

Large wooden electric gates mean safety is never an issue, and it’s easy to park, with ample block paved bays among the landscaped gardens. However, everyone who lives in Henley Gate walks and cycles (there is a large communal bike shelter).

Once inside the courtyard, to get into the building there’s a well-kept communal entrance hall with a video entry phone - a communications device fit for Starfleet, although it won’t allow you to beam yourself up to the first floor, which is where you’ll find your front door.

Inside, the main bedroom is part-vaulted with views to the front which is nice and green thanks to the allotments. The room has a large fitted double wardrobe and an attractive fully tiled ensuite, so it’s the ideal choice as the master.

The second double bedroom also has a large fitted wardrobe but has a rear-aspect view, and is next to the limestone-tiled family bathroom.

The kitchen has integrated A-rated appliances and a breakfast bar. As this is a modern apartment it’s not surprising it is open-plan to the living room which, again, has a vaulted ceiling to give an airy feel.

The living room has sliding glass doors at the front leading on to the balcony, and is West-facing so it’s beautifully bright all year round. Like the master, the living room looks out over the nearby Waterman’s Allotments and the open countryside beyond.

If you’re a commuter, it’s a 10-minute walk to the train station (mainline to London Paddington or Reading) and there’s a bus stop right outside with regular links to Reading, Marlow and beyond. But those working locally will find it easy to saunter into the office while the world and his wife are queuing in traffic.

Still wondering if Henley Gate is a good choice? Standard Property thinks this would make an ideal first-time buy for two working friends pooling resources to get on to the property ladder. It will also work equally well as a place for a young couple or family, or even a buy-to-let investment. And as Spock once said, “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end”.

Henley Gate is on the market with Simmons & Sons at £355,000. Call (01491) 571111 for more information.

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