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The rise of apartment living

31 Oct 2018

The rise of apartment living.

Perhaps most widely considered to originate in 18th century European cities and 19th century New York, where land values were high and space, tight, the origin of the flat or apartment actually has its roots in the ancient cities of the Roman Empire with the ‘insula’ which consisted of a commercial ground floor with living accommodation above. Where communal living in highly congested urban areas was a necessity.

Whilst high rise living was shunned in the UK in aftermath of the rise of the Tower Block during the late 60s, there can be many advantages of living in a well-designed flat of high quality construction. First and foremost, they are often cheaper to heat, they can have stunning views and there is the ability to ‘lock up and leave’ which makes them favourable. Yet, according to statistics published by Eurostat, whilst an average of 48% of the European population reside in a flat (with 57% in Germany and 66% in Spain), only 14% of Britons have taken to apartment living.

At Jubilee Meadows in Hersham, Bewley Homes is offering a selection of two bedroom apartments for sale. To date, 90% of the purchasers here have been professionals who need to access an easy commute to central London, which they can easily do with a direct service from either equidistant Walton on Thames or Hersham Stations into London Waterloo in under 25 minutes. Prices start at £365,000 (with the show apartment also being sold for £375,000 to include all fixtures, fittings and furnishings). Bewley Homes will even offer to contribute £500 a month towards your mortgage for the first 12 months. For more information, contact Bewley Homes on 01932 828500 or email