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Practical solution to work life balance

Added on: 12th October, 2018 by Samantha_10597

Practical solution to work life balance

Last Updated:
Wed, 17 October 2018

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‘Working from home’ has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to an innovative idea from one of the South East’s leading house builders.

In a practical solution to the work life balance, Persimmon Homes has created a range of modern two bedroom first floor apartments with a versatile work space below at its Manor Park development in Ashford, Kent.

Designed for people looking to run a business from their own home, these well-positioned live/work units offer a real alternative to small businesses by slashing the overheads and running costs of renting a commercial property, not to mention the savings that can be made in terms of time and money from not having the daily commute to work.

Upnor House, a striking and contemporary development of live/work units and apartments, offers seven self-contained work units with two bedroom apartments above. Each has a private entrance to the unit as well as the apartment.

The apartments feature intelligently designed interiors with an en suite to bedroom one, and balcony to bedroom two; storage cupboard; an open plan kitchen and living/dining area; two parking spaces and access to a cycle storage area. Prices start at £299,950.

The work space has planning permission for Class B1 and A2 business use, encompassing a wide range of eligible business ideas from a beauty salon to design and print. All that is required for the purchaser is to have a business that meets planning criteria, run the business from the ground floor only, and ideally to be VAT registered.

The units can be tailored to your bespoke individual needs with three packages to choose from including details such as plumbing, electrical, additional walls and/or partitions.

The location is ideal too: Manor Park is in Ashford, Kent, a market town full of modern facilities. The development is in close proximity to a primary school, while the town boasts two large shopping malls, a host of interesting specialist shops and the acclaimed McArthur Glen Designer Outlet centre providing plenty of foot traffic to the town.

A diverse selection of cafes, bars and restaurants gives Ashford a cosmopolitan buzz, while entertainment venues a 12-screen cinema and nightclub. Ashford is also renowned for its high educational standards, with a variety of schools to choose from.

Ashford is exceptionally well connected, with trains to five different London stations together with the Eurostar link. Gatwick is just over an hour's drive away and Heathrow around 90 minutes, while Hastings and the south coast are within easy reach by road.

The live/work units will be ready to move in to by the end of 2018, so you could be set to move into a brand new home and launch a new business early in the New Year! For more information, visit

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