According to The Times newspaper, St Albans is one of the best places to live in the United Kingdom. Thanks to the city’s great schools, strong community spirit and access to a wealth of open green spaces, it has become increasingly popular with families.
Post-pandemic, it offers the WFH lifestyle advantages homebuyers are looking for, all within a 20-25 minute commute of the heart of London.
St Albans isn't short of period properties, with over 800 listed buildings and plenty of Victorian and Edwardian housing stock. But period properties often don't provide the space or layout required by today's families.
Fortunately, new build homes in St Albans can provide the ideal solution, but how do you know which properties to choose?
Lancaster Place is an exciting new property development in a fantastic location. The project will deliver two substantial family homes located just off Sandpit Lane. As leading estate agents in St Albans, we are delighted to be able to offer these superb properties for sale.
So what makes Lancaster Place stand out from other St Albans new developments?
Why you'll love living in Lancaster Place
Let's start with the location. Lancaster Place is located just off Sandpit Lane, an area that is always popular with families.
Living in Lancaster Place, you'll be within walking distance of the vibrant city centre and just 0.9 miles from the mainline station. Local families also have a wide choice of excellent local schools to choose from.
Parents of younger children will appreciate that this beautifully designed St Albans new housing development is within walking distance of several fantastic primaries. One school is rated 'Good', while three more have been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. There is also a highly regarded independent girls' school nearby. At the Secondary level, the area boasts no less than four 'Outstanding' state schools, together with several exceptional independents.
What about the developer and builder?
The project was conceived by local developer Townstone. Headed up by MD Graeme Eastham, who lives in St Albans, the company has been operating since 2004 and has won awards for its high-quality small-scale developments.
Graeme has partnered with a trusted local builder for the Lancaster Place project, and he believes the firm's commitment and skills will bring even more “passion and energy” to the development. Graeme is keen to meet with buyers at an early stage to ensure that their specifications can be carried forward into the new build.
Last (but definitely not least) are the properties themselves
The development comprises two beautifully designed and fitted five/six bedroom properties, one offering 2,682 square feet of space and the other with a slightly smaller footprint, at 2,255 square feet.
Both detached properties have been designed to accommodate six bedrooms, with the option that one room can be used as a study or playroom. Both have integrated garages, off street parking and gardens..
In property one (the larger space) you’ll find a flawlessly designed, contemporary open-plan kitchen/living room, a utility room, and a welcoming 'snug' on the ground floor. Large, sliding doors open to a beautiful, lawned garden. The first floor layout includes five bedrooms (master bedroom with an ensuite and separate dressing room plus a second bedroom with an ensuite). There is also a family bathroom and a handy laundry room. The sixth bedroom, with an ensuite shower and toilet, is located on the second floor.
Property two provides a slightly different ground floor layout. There is a spacious kitchen/living/dining room with sliding doors that open out to a lovely patio garden, plus a downstairs toilet, small utility and snug. The first floor includes a master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite bathroom, plus four more bedrooms and a family bathroom. The sixth bedroom, with an ensuite shower/toilet, can be found on the second floor.
Broadband speed is crucial for those who are now able to spend more days working from home. The average broadband speed that users enjoy in St Albans is 50.74 Mbps, 36.84% above the UK national average.
Why investors are looking at St Albans
The Times describes St Albans as: “thriving, with independent shops, bustling markets, a packed calendar of events and one of the best pub cultures in the country.”
Investors know that they can expect a great return when buying property in St Albans. Over the past decade, prices for detached houses have gone up by 52% (£303,357) Source: Dataloft, Land Registry, MHCLG. The reason for the strong demand for properties for sale in St Albans is apparent: the city offers an unbeatable combination of history, culture, education and leisure opportunities, all within a short commute of central London.