Nature’s positive impact on our wellbeing has been highlighted in a new report, which reveals people living close to green spaces are more likely to be fit and healthy. Set amid 25-acres of public open space, Oaklands Hamlet is a highly sought-after new development located on the outskirts of Chigwell, Essex by homebuilder Countryside. The latest release of luxury four and five-bedroom houses occupy a prime position overlooking an expanse of green space, offering buyers the ideal opportunity to reap the benefits of living so close to nature.
Nestled between Hainault Forest Golf Club and swathes of open countryside, yet just 30 minutes from central London by tube from Hainault underground station, Oaklands Hamlet boasts an enviable location. Evocative of a traditional hamlet, half of the 53-acre development is dedicated to public open green space, with two country parks, a bandstand, a cycleway and a bridleway. Ponds provide a thriving habitat for wildlife, while an attractive village green is ideal for mingling with neighbours or family and friends.
Chris Bladon, Managing Director of Countryside’s New Homes and Communities Eastern Region said: “Oaklands Hamlet really does offer the best of both worlds. The development enjoys an idyllic rural location, which is close to London and provides views of Canary Wharf. The extensive green space throughout the development complements the surrounding landscape, and creates a secluded, peaceful ambience.”
A variety of four and five-bedroom properties are available, boasting an exceptional internal specification. The individually designed kitchens are fitted with stylish handleless units, high quality stone worktops, and a full range of appliances, including two single ovens, and an integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and wine chiller. The bathrooms and en suites feature modern white sanitary ware, ceramic floor and wall tiling, and chrome fixtures and fittings.
One of the new house designs is the Walmsley, a generously-sized, four-bedroom detached family home. The Walmsley’s open-plan, light-filled kitchen and dining room features two sets of double doors, one leading to the garden, and the other to a separate living room. A cloakroom and garage complete the ground floor. On the first floor, an expansive master bedroom benefits from fitted wardrobes and a luxurious en suite shower room, while the remaining bedrooms share the modern family bathroom.
The historic town of Chigwell offers a fantastic range of amenities, including designer boutiques, chic shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Everyday shopping needs are quickly catered for by a Tesco Metro just over a mile from the development, while nearby Romford is home to The Liberty, The Brewery and the Romford Shopping Mall, which offers top retail outlets, restaurants, bowling lanes and a cinema.
Oaklands Hamlet is ideal for families, with a variety of independent and state schools nearby, including Fullwood Primary School, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and Chigwell School, rated ‘Excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. There are also a wealth of sporting and leisure activities to enjoy in the area. Hainault Golf Club is next door, while the Topgolf Entertainment Centre in Chigwell also hosts cricket and hockey clubs. Meanwhile just over 2 miles away, Hainault’s Redbridge Sports Centre boasts a state of the art gym, and Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre offers windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and powerboating.
Despite Oaklands Hamlet’s rural feel, it has excellent transport links into local towns, London and further afield. A bus service, which is free to residents for three months, operates to Hainault Central Line underground station just over two miles away. From Hainault, journeys into London Liverpool Street take just 30 minutes, and Night Tube services run every Friday and Saturday. By car, the A12, M11 and M25 junction 28 near the Dartford Crossing are easily accessible, London City airport is just 13 miles away, and Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow are all within easy reach.