Living near water has consistently been shown to be beneficial to our wellbeing, with the most recent research suggesting ‘blue spaces’ can have a significant positive impact on stress levels. Buyers in search of a relaxing waterside home, should look at the striking houses currently available at Countryside’s Azure at St Mary’s Island in Chatham, Kent. With many properties boasting river views and plenty of open green space, this development offers purchasers a breath of fresh air.
Located on the former site of the Royal Naval Dockyard in Chatham, Azure is the latest phase of homes created on St Mary’s Island. The four-bedroom Sandpiper house design, part of The Water’s Edge Collection at Azure, is located opposite the scenic River Medway. The contemporary family home, which has an unusual inverted layout, boasts picturesque views of the water and Upnor Castle from all three floors, and the rear garden.
Emma Fearn, Associate Director for Sales & Marketing of Countryside’s New Homes and Communities South region comments: “The Sandpiper has been specifically designed to make the most of the beautiful river views; even the living area has been placed on the first floor, so the scenery can be enjoyed from the comfort of your sofa. Whether it is taking a stroll along the riverside or enjoying views from your balcony, Azure offers the perfect retreat to de-stress.”
The Sandpiper is built to a high specification, and has been thoughtfully designed to suit modern family living. The ground floor offers a large garage and a contemporary open plan kitchen and breakfast area which opens out on to the rear garden including a transparent fence to enjoy a clear view of the peaceful blue space. The kitchen is fully equipped with integrated appliances including a fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
The first floor is home to a spacious light-filled living room benefiting from French double glazed doors opening up onto a sun terrace with panoramic river views, ensuring ultimate relaxation. A large double bedroom and family bathroom complete the first floor. Located on the second floor, the master bedroom features fitted wardrobes and a generously sized en-suite. There are also two further bedrooms and a second family bathroom featuring Roca sanitary ware with chrome mixer taps.
For those who like to embrace the outdoors you are spoilt by the abundance of choice in the local area. Take your guests on a stroll along the River Medway, or enjoy the host of facilities available on St Mary’s Island, including an eclectic range of bars, restaurants and other amenities in Jetty 5. The Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre adjacent to the bridge leading onto the island, includes a recently refurbished pub, supermarket and over 70 retail outlets. For further shopping opportunities, Bluewater Shopping Centre is only 15 miles from the development.
Ticking all the boxes for a home perfectly located for easy access into London, St Mary’s Island is under four miles from Rochester train station, where high-speed services offer journey times of just 38 minutes into London St Pancras. The Kings Ferry coach also travels direct from St Mary’s Island to Canary Wharf in less than an hour, the City in one hour and 20 minutes, and Westminster in an hour and a half. By road, the island is within a short drive of both the A2 and the M2, providing access into London and down to Dover.