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New showhome designed for post-pandemic living

Two-bed apartments are including an area for home working

Housebuilder Dandara has just unveiled a brand new two-bedroom show home at its exclusive 1887 The Pantiles development in Royal Tunbridge Wells, designed with post-pandemic living in mind. The luxury apartment is now available to view through a virtual tour or in person, in line with current Covid restrictions. With selected apartments available with the new Help-to-Buy scheme, the show home is a great depiction of how ideal these homes are for young professionals looking to get on to the property ladder, whilst finding a home suitable for flexible working and enjoying life to the fullest post-lockdown.

Designed by leading studio Abode, the open plan design and large windows allows the living space to be illuminated by natural light, a particularly sought after asset since lockdown, creating a spacious and welcoming ambience. The subtle grey colour palette used throughout the home contrasts with the warm earthy tones of rust orange to add depth and personality.

Room for a single day-bed and desk area in the second bedroom

Jeremy Cooper, design manager at Abode, says: “Given the current climate, we adapted our process and thinking to consider the impact of the pandemic on how people live, particularly by including a work from home area in the second bedroom, while still dressing the space with a full-sized single day-bed to ensure we displayed the scale of the room.”

“We wanted the apartment to feel elegant and opulent in style to appeal to professionals, which I think we achieved. One of my favourite features is the modular angled sofa, which works as a stylish central feature in the open plan living and dining area, it really opens up the space and will allow people to flow around – especially when people can finally entertain guests in their own homes again.”

When completed, residents will benefit from a purpose-designed outdoor cultural space, where they can come together to enjoy events. Residents will also be able to enjoy a range of top-class facilities including a stylish resident’s reception, concierge service, landscaped courtyard gardens, underground parking, sizeable balconies or terraces, and a separate indoor communal space that can be used to host parties when life returns to normal.

As a vibrant cultural centre, The Pantiles is an ideal place to be to make the most of post-pandemic living, hosting Jazz and Soul Nights and other social events throughout the year. Once lockdown restrictions lift, there are a selection of superb and diverse restaurants to choose from within walking distance including La Casa Vecchia, The Eating House and Kirthon.  

The kitchen area

Louise Norman, sales and marketing director at Dandara South East, says: “1887 The Pantiles offers flexible living in a culturally thriving and convenient location ideal for life post-lockdown. The apartments can be easily adapted to suit any lifestyle which we’ve seen with our current residents coming from a range of backgrounds, however recent interest has predominantly been from young professionals looking to take advantage of the new Help to Buy scheme.

“We really want to encourage anyone interested in the development to view the show home virtually, it will give potential buyers the perfect opportunity to see what life at The Pantiles is like in a Covid-secure manner.”

Under the new Help-to-Buy scheme, first time buyers are able to purchase a new home with just a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage. The remaining 20% is funded by an equity loan, interest-free for the first five years and repayable on the sale on the home.

Excellent transport links are available, with Tunbridge Wells station just a five-minute walk away offering frequent services to London in less than an hour and easy journeys across Kent and Sussex. The region is home to some of the most scenic walking routes in the county with several accessible from the town itself into the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a perfect way to enjoy post-lockdown freedom with a group of friends.

A selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are currently available at 1887 The Pantiles with prices starting from £299,500. To find out more or to arrange a virtual viewing visit or call 01892 628 252.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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