nyone who has ever spent any time looking for a house or a flat to buy knows how overwhelming the whole process can be, especially when it comes to finding the perfect location.
With the pandemic throwing the benefits of living out of the city into sharp relief, more people are considering purchasing in commuter towns, often in places they’ve never personally lived. That’s why it’s important to know just what’s on offer – and Bracknell should definitely be on your radar.
The Berkshire town boasts the best of both worlds: the convenience of city living with the tranquility of being close to nature. It forms part of the UK’s ‘Silicon Valley’ tech hub, with brands such as Dell, Microsoft and Oracle based in the region. What’s more, a new development – coming to the area next year – is set to make the town even more appealing to young professionals and investors alike.
The Grand Exchange (pictured above*) is a stylish, high-spec development that will offer a range of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Estimated to be completed in 2023, the modern properties are available to purchase off plan now. Here’s what you need to know…
Great facilities meet green spaces
You’ll find that the local area – with The Lexicon shopping centre (home to big names such as Fenwicks) close to the development as well as the Odeon cinema, Bracknell Lawn Tennis Club, and lots more – could meet all your leisure and shopping needs. That side of Bracknell is growing all the time as a £770 million regeneration project continues to attract investment to the area.
The local area also offers a relaxing oasis of greenery away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day living, thanks to nearby Swinley Forest and Crowthorne Wood, popular destinations for dog walks and bike rides.
Great location for London commuters
Situated in close proximity to Bracknell Train Station, the development is an ideal base for travelling to Reading – 20 minutes by rail – and to the capital, which is just 52 minutes by train to London Paddington.
For the increasing amount of people who only wish to commute for a couple of days a week, it’s also ideal. The Grand Exchange development benefits from shared workspaces and communal areas allowing you to find a place outside the home to focus on work without having to travel all the way into a London office.
Meanwhile, Bracknell’s low unemployment rate of 3.6% (compared to 4.8% nationwide) reflects the better-than-average prospects for those wishing to find work closer to home.
Elegant apartments, communal areas and 24-hour concierge
The Grand Exchange is being designed with the modern buyer in mind: you can expect spacious interiors and impeccable natural light, while a select number of apartments benefit from balconies and private terraces.
The result is a space that will feel effortlessly polished, ready to be transformed into a home. You’ll also find top-of-the-range facilities and plenty of in-built storage.
As well as the impressive apartments, the development boasts a range of communal areas for residents. The Garden Room – an expansive atrium with floor-to-ceiling windows – is the perfect place to entertain and relax with family and friends. Meanwhile, The Life Club, complete with state-of-the-art equipment, offers a modern workout space. There’s also The Exchange Lab, where professionals can get together to work, and bookable Treatment Rooms.
What’s more, a 24-hour concierge means the inconvenience of missed parcels will be a thing of the past.
Good property investment
London’s property prices have long been steep compared with its outer-city neighbours. With post-pandemic lifestyles seeing the demand for houses and flats further afield increase, it has never felt wiser to buy in these commuter-friendly destinations.
That’s one reason why this development could suit would-be investors too: around half the price of the average London property and considerably cheaper than similar properties in neighbouring Reading, The Grand Exchange has the potential to prove very popular and achieve strong yields.
To find out more information on the properties available to purchase at The Grand Exchange, visit sevencapital.com/development/the-grand-exchange
*Images of The Grand Exchange are computer-generated and indicative only