Epping: the new commuter hotspot

It may be the end of the (Central) line but Epping is no dead end

THE quest for rural tranquility doesn’t automatically equate to moving to a far-flung place and having to endure a painful commute. Some of the country’s best residential destinations are within easy commute to the City and increasingly, City professionals with growing families are looking outwards for more space.

As a result, Epping is quickly becoming a hot spot. With its sprawling open green spaces, rural appearance and working farmland, the area is proving the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of City life. Residents benefit from the picturesque surroundings along with a town centre full of charming boutiques and independent stores.

Bellway, one of Britain’s largest house-building companies, has tapped into the interest in the area by launching Kings Wood Park, a large development offering two, four and five bedroom homes. Due to high demand, only the five bedroom properties are now available.

The site is surrounded by acres of woodland and open countryside between the valleys of the River Lea and River Roding and is one of the biggest new residential developments in the area.

While Epping is traditionally known for its old Grade I and II listed buildings, Kings Wood Park offers something contemporary. Each of the houses have been finished to a high standard and come with all the gizmos you would expect from a modern apartment in London. The kitchens come fully fitted, the rooms are light and the bathrooms are equipped with slick chrome finishes.

Potential residents can choose from three different property styles. Portman offers an open plan kitchen/dining room, complete with French doors that open out on to a large garden; ideal for entertaining guests in the warm weather. The first floor in the Portman properties boast a study, large bathroom, three bedrooms, one with an en-suite, while the second floor plays home to the master suite.

The Grosvenor properties are designed over three floors, with entry though a grand hallway from which each ground floor room can be accessed. Along with a formal dining room and separate living room, the properties also have a cloakroom and spacious utility room, ideal for storage. A winding staircase leads to three bedrooms with en-suite facilities on the first floor, and a further two bedrooms on the top floor. The Hamilton properties are laid out similarly but benefit from the inclusion of a study.

Excellent transport links are a big selling point for Kings Wood Park. Epping is the last stop on the Central Line, allowing access to the City in less than 45 minutes without the need to change. A number of bus routes serve the nearby villages and mainline services are available from a number of the neighbouring towns. For motorists, the M11 and M25 can be accessed within 10 minutes and Stansted Airport is just 16 miles away.

Until the arrival of the railways, Epping was an important coaching town with many inns lining its high street. It was also famous for its agricultural produce and for its market, which dates back to the 13th century and is still very popular today. Well known residents include Rod Stewart who reportedly lives in a house in the grounds of Copped Hall.

For more information contact Bellway on 01245 259 989 or visit bellway.co.uk