Parklands, RG6

Parklands, RG6

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CALA Homes, Bewley Homes Plc
Ranked 10th out of 21 in Berkshire
4.35 (17 reviews) 4.35 (17 reviews)
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4.41
Facilities
4.29
Design
4.65
Location
4.35
Value
2.88
Management

Excellent

59%

Very Good

41%

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Located in Woodley, just three miles from Reading town centre, Parklands was developed by CALA Homes and Bewley Homes. Completed in 2018, this development comprises of 291 homes, as well as community facilities and a retail unit. As well as this, Parklands was developed on top of on the former Reading University Bulmershe Court Campus.

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Location and ambience

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Review Date Jan 2021

The development itself is nice clean and spacious. Lots of greenery around. Roads are wide. There is a local play area as well which is kept clean most of the time. Bus stop is literally walking distance from almost all the houses. There is a local grocery store within the development which helps a lot

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A very well located area in Reading. There are a lot of local schools here. Gym facilities are literally walking distance. Very well-connected with the buses. Motorway in town center is literally 10 to 15 minutes away.One thing we noticed is that catchment areas of primary schools are very small so sometime you might find it difficult to get into your own preferred school.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

School catchment areas.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

We found them little bit slow in terms of answering the questions. However they were very helpful indeed

4
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
4
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This development is very well located. Houses are quite spacious and have a good ventilation all around.

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Review Date Jan 2021

This development is very well located. Houses are quite spacious and have a good ventilation all around. Motorways, good schools , Local grocery stores, and Gym facilities are literally within five minutes distance. Town center is 15 minute drive. Also it’s well-connected through buses to other parts of Reading.

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Well located in reading

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

School catchment areas..

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

We had so far good response from management services however sometimes they were late in terms of answering the questions

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
3
Management
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Good place to live with accessible transport links

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Review Date Nov 2020

This estate has very easy access to a well supplied co-op with Woodley centre just a 2 minute drive down the road. Easy access to woodland behind the estate which leads through to south lake makes it an excellent place for those with dogs. There is a good bus route in to Reading with the final stop directly outside the train station. Earley train station is approximately a 15minute walk giving you access to the Waterloo line. The management company haven’t been great but there seems to have been improvements of late and the estate is generally well kept.

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The area is well located with good transport links taking you in to Reading (bus approximately 20mins). Woodley itself has a nice range of restaurants and shops including Waitrose, Iceland and Boots. Easy access to the M4 for those working in surrounding areas or wanting to access London.

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Size of the garden. This is very small

What is the best feature of your home:

All Ensuites are a very good size and the spec of the features are very good throughout.

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Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
2
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Great place to live with excellent transport links

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Review Date Nov 2020

We have been living here for almost 5 years. Cala build quality and finishes are premium compared to most others. Most Houses designed have sun rooms In the living kitchen area, Which is great and means a lot of light All year round. Storage is ok but more would have been appreciated. The management company are probably the worst you’ll encounter, overspends on the budget are very common and service is not as forthcoming as it should be. Although communal area lawns are mowed, weeds are overgrown and everywhere, they are only ever trimmed and not properly removed so each spring/summer totally overgrown again.

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Great development. There is a coop 1 min walk away, bus stop 2 mins away which gets you to Reading station in under 15mins. Lots of open green spaces and a small playground on the development itself. Woodley town center is around a 20min walk or 5min drive away with plenty of shops and amenities.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Management company does not take of their responsibilities as you would expect and budget overspends are common which means we always had to pay more each year to compensate

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

More storage, a garage and better to have houses with 2 floor design than 3. Unfortunately we didn’t have a choice.

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Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
1
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Good development in an ideal setting.

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Review Date Oct 2020

The design of the development is good and of a high quality. We have had very few minor issues with our new build property. It is built to a good standard. The local facilities are good and we have access to many local amenities. They also built a co-op on the development, which was very welcome. The local management company are not that good. They don’t clean the estate and maintain to a good standard. They also charged a lot more this year, than in previous years.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

The development has lots of facilities nearby!

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

A utility room and slightly larger back garden.

What is the best feature of your home:

The conservatory style living room with bifold doors. The kitchen is big and lots of space.

5
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
2
Management
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Parklands, Reading

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Review Date Oct 2020

Overall good design but limited front and rear gardens. Properties are in close proximity to each other unlike the “old builds”. Small boxed bedrooms, limited storage areas. Property managed by multiple companies without any clear responsibilities/boundaries.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Ideal location with local access to busses/trains. Local CO-OP store on site.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The low mains water pressure frequently. There is a playground area exclusively for the development but people from outside the areas have invaded it.

What is the best feature of your home:

The open plan kitchen/living space is appealing especially with all integrated appliances.

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Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
3
Management
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Parklands

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Review Date Oct 2020

Layout of estate is great With plenty of green areas and mature trees which really makes a different to a lot of new estates. Property management is not pro active and has got budget wrong consistently

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Excellent location for bus stop, accessibility for local shop, walkable to shopping area in woodley with restaurants and cafes. Lovely children’s park on estate. Access to woods and playing fields close and easy.

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Buying off plan was positive

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Bonnie was excellent and dealt with everything efficiently

4
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
4
Value
1
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Review Date Oct 2020

I think the design is simplistic and it looks very good, as all the houses are very similar it gives a better look to our place, the materials used to build the house aren’t the best as it feels like the house is “weak”, however we’re very happy to live here.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I like that it is calm
I dislike that houses aren’t very big

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

One thing I wish I had known is that the front neighbours old car made a lot of noise

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They are very kind and respond quickly to our problems and appear to solve them relatively quick

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
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Excellent location and well planned development

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Review Date Oct 2020

I am happy with the design of our property. The location of the development is great! The property has been managed well so far. With regards to the new developments I think the developers have done a great job. I just wish the garden layout should have been planned better.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

I like the proximity of schools and shops around this development. Woodley town Centre is also walkable distance and the bus stop is right next to the development.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I wasn’t aware of the children park in the development. This was an added bonus when we moved in with the little one on the way.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

All the queries has been addressed by the management

5
Facilities
3
Design
5
Location
4
Value
4
Management
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Modern Town houses near Reading

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Review Date Oct 2020

Houses are built with such a spectacular design fully ventilated and natural light coming through in each area of house. Developers provide 2 year free property management. All the houses in this area are town houses which makes each room quite a good size. Living in the town house for over 3 years haven’t got any issues so far.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Tthis development is in a very good location and there is a Co-op within 5 mins walking distance. Town centre is within 3.5 mile radius. can reach town within 17 min via bus route 13 &14.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Check all the area in the house if it needs any final touch like paint etc you can always request to the developer.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

If the Garden Size would be bigger and flat surfaced as our garden is elevated.

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Design
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Location
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