The cycling capital of the UK is set to move up a gear with Cambridge recently chosen for the European launch of Ofo, the new bike sharing scheme. This is great news for house hunters who prefer two-wheels, with the new homes at Countryside’s Novo development, in Great Kneighton, on the outskirts of the city, perfectly suited to the city’s sizeable cyclist population.
Novo is a contemporary collection of two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom family houses, overlooking Roseum Gardens, an exclusive beautifully landscaped square. Novo forms part of Great Kneighton, an exciting new community being created on the southern fringe of Cambridge. Great Kneighton offers a range of amenities, abundant green spaces, including a 120-acre country park, and excellent transport links to Cambridge train station and the city centre.
All of the 18 new homes offer secure cycle storage facilities, and are ideally positioned alongside the Great Kneighton cycle path. A network of cycleways connects the Country Park to the rest of Great Kneighton, as well as Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Located just three miles from Cambridge city centre, Novo residents can also cycle into the city with ease, whether for work or leisure.
David Everett, Managing Director of Countryside’s New Homes & Communities Central Region, comments: “Thanks to its flat landscape and great cycling infrastructure, Cambridge is the perfect place to enjoy cycling both for a healthier lifestyle and as free transport around the city. This has been recognised in the overall design for Great Kneighton, resulting in an extensive network of cycleways in around the development. This in addition to the great cycle storage makes Novo a brilliant option for Cambridge homebuyers who are keen cyclists – or those who would like to become one!”
The Castello house design is a stylish family home, with four-double bedrooms laid out over three floors. The ground floor features a double garage, spacious bedroom with adjoining shower room, and home office, making the home ideal for home workers. The first floor is the heart of the home, featuring the spacious open plan living, kitchen and dining area, and a terrace that floods the entire space with natural light. The kitchen benefits from a high-specification, with composite stone worktops, white gloss handleless units and a full range of integrated appliances.
Meanwhile, the second floor is home to the master bedroom, which boasts fitted wardrobes, a luxurious en suite bath and shower room, and a private terrace. Another double bedroom can be found on this level, also with its own en suite and large private terrace. The bathrooms and en suites are fitted with white sanitary ware, cream ceramic floor and wall tiles, and contemporary chrome accessories. High quality carpet and wood-effect vinyl flooring is included throughout the remaining rooms.
The attractive two double bedroom apartments are set in two three-storey buildings, offering light and spacious living accommodation. The modern fitted kitchens come complete with a range of stylish integrated appliances, and the open-plan living/dining areas lead onto a private terrace. The master bedrooms boast feature glazing and a fitted wardrobe, and share a large bathroom with a second double bedroom.
Novo is only a short walk from the Great Kneighton access point for the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which provides a five-minute journey to Cambridge train station, and then into the city centre. Frequent services from the station into London King’s Cross take as little as 49 minutes, making Cambridge a popular choice with commuters. The development is also just a few minutes from the M11 for London, Stansted Airport and the nearby towns of Newmarket, Huntingdon and Norwich.