The Boulevards, CB24

The Boulevards, CB24

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Linden Homes
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Ranked 2nd out of 16 in Cambridgeshire
3.60 (21 reviews) 3.60 (21 reviews)
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3.38
Facilities
3.62
Design
4.29
Location
3.71
Value
3.24
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The Boulevards by Linden Homes is a development of 2, 3, and 4 bedroom houses in Longstanton, in the new town of Northstowe.  Situated in green, open space and countryside surroundings, The Boulevards provides spacious family homes with capacity for home offices, right next commuting links and major road networks in a rural setting.

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Great development with huge potential but remember, it is still mass low cost new-build standards

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Review Date Mar 2021

Due to the number of different developers on Northstowe, there are quite varied building designs with some common themes running through all of them, which is nice. Linden’s The Boulevard development, I’d personally say is one of the more ‘vanilla’ developments within Northstowe, with less mixing of materials, colours, designs etc.

The Boulevards does benefit from being fairly central between the local centre of Northstowe, guided busway and what will become the new town centre. The obligatory open space / play area looks interesting as you enter the development which is nice and there are more footpaths opening resulting in more nice walking routes.

Building management and property management, i’d personally say are pretty poor. In my personal experience. Linden and Bovis (Vistry Group) are not renowned for the build quality nor customer service. It is clear with my property that ‘house bashing’ is very present e.g. only needing 1 qualified tradesman to several non-qualified tradesman from the electrical work to the plastering, from plumbing to decorating. There doesn’t appear to be any ‘craftsmanship’ present. This then results in a high number of snags (Approx. 50+) which then requires following up with the developer, which initially was okay (pre-NHBC survey completion) but since has been very hit and miss, with quite poor customer expectation management. (However, COVID has most likely not helped the situation)

I took advantage of a Shared Ownership scheme to secure my property through Heylo Housing, and while Shared Ownership isn’t the ‘best’ scheme due to being leasehold, paying rent to the other party and additional fees etc , it allowed me to get onto the property ladder in a much nicer sized house than I would have otherwise been able to afford in the location I was looking. Heylo Housing were super helpful in the lead-up to securing the property and have been pretty hands-off since which I actually really prefer as it doesn’t feel like you have some sort of landlord breathing down your neck and it makes it feel like it is more ‘my’ property.

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Northstowe is still very much in the early phases of development, therefore facilities are limited. There is a Primary School, Secondary and soon to be Sixth Form, with a new town centre and local centre being built in the future within Northstowe, however due to COVID this has lead to minor delays e.g. opening of the gym studios. Saying this, Longstanton and Willingham being neighbouring villages offers a range of pubs, shops, restaurants etc which are great, while being in very close proximity to one of the biggest Tesco superstores in the country.

Transport and location is great. Very close to the A14 with further improvements to come for car drivers and the available of the guided busway is nice, especially if you want to cycle / run / walk etc from Northstowe to Cambridge (Cycling only taking about 30 – 40 mins). One thing I would call out is the pricing of the busway, its super expensive for what it is from Northstowe. Stagecoach really need to review their pricing model as it costs the same to get from Huntingdon to Cambridge than it does from Northstowe to Cambridge. However if you go from Oakington (which is 1 stop (4 mins) closer to Cambridge from Northstowe) the price drastically drops!

As for generally living in Northstowe, there is already a sense of community which is nice and for the most part the open spaces, outdoor gym, play areas etc make the development feel ‘welcoming’. There are isolated anti-social behaviour incidents, usually from certain tenants. It depends on where your house is situated to how visible / audible these incidents are.

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I wish I used a professional snagging agency to effectively spot all defects so that these could have been raised and completed before handover / NHBC survey completion early on, so I could enjoy my property more as opposed to getting annoyed at the long standing snags still outstand.
Also I wish I had tested the internal airborne noise insulation or the lack there of, as this has been a large bug bear of mine especially when living with a second person.

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

Building management to begin with were very attentive and efficient, attending to my initial high priority snags very quickly. However I felt that post-NHBC survey completion the standards have dropped, likely to focus on people that are more recently moved in to ensure good NHBC survey responses. I have several snags, some of which are pretty awful, that have been outstanding for almost 12 months and counting. Admittedly COVID has not helped situations, however construction has taken a lesser hit compared to other industries. I believe the main issue is customer expectation management leading to frustration and negativity towards the developer.

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Facilities
3
Design
5
Location
4
Value
2
Management
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Shoe box homes with big gardens that all your neighbours can see into

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Review Date Mar 2021

The over all quality of the house isn’t great , it’s impossible to hang selves etc with out loosing half the plaster board nothing stays up . The best thing about linden homes is the fantastic customer service lady called sharn she is very efficient and gets every thing done with snagging etc , she only took over this area about a year ago before that it was shocking so well done Sharn( give the women a pay rise ) the windows in my home are very odd at the front of the house one opens out and one opens in it looks ridiculous

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I’ve been here 2 years and there is still no shops when we was told a year , the roads are absolutely terrible there are pot holes everywhere. The only good thing is Sharn at linden homes customer service she is fantastic and very efficient. The parking in my close is absolutely terrible and people from out side the close park their cars in our spaces .

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

The actual size of my home I was told it would be As big as the show home however it’s so much smaller

What is the best feature of your home:

Big garden , down stairs toilet , having a shed for storage

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2
Design
2
Location
4
Value
5
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Excellent location, design, space and customer service.

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Review Date Mar 2021

Development was on time. Customer service from Karen was fantastic who helped out with our issue. She’s definitely one of the Linden home’s asset. Design was perfect for 2 bedroom house and I could fit in my baby grandpiano in the living room. Good amount of space in the garden. One thing I’m not sure is one of my upstairs window has frequent condensation causing mold on the top window seal, would be grateful if Linden home can send someone to solve the issue.

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Good amount of open space and outdoor sports. Close to busway and park and ride. Good location.

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I thought the town centre will be built sometime soon, however it is very much delayed. It would have been better if there’s swimming facilities or gym around northstowe

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

The external patio can do with better design. Otherwise very pleased with the overall outcome.

5
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
5
Value
5
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New residential development in a quiet area with good link connections

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Review Date Mar 2021

The development design is varied and offers multiple suitable choices to potential buyers. The viewings during Covid disruptions have continued in a safe and effective way.
Sometimes it has been very difficult to get in touch with someone in the sales office or property management, so communication can be improved.
Electric car charging points are not present. Car ports are instead numerous and pretty useless.
There is a lack of bike storage and bike racks in general.

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

The location is pretty good a few steps away from Longstanton guided bus station with easy access by car to the M11 and A14.
It’s a quiet residential area with no noise issues at the moment.
Bin collection is regular, even though the bin trucks are not coming thorough my driveway, where there is ample space of manoeuvre, therefore neighbours are wheeling their bins to the main road.
There is still a scarcity of local shops, cafes and other essential facilities.
Parking space could be improved. Several cars are often seen on pavements impeding pedestrian use and some disabled access drop kerbs are not well executed.
Signage on the area can be easily improved.

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

Viewings in person were very useful. It would help to get detailed maps with measurements beforehand. It would be beneficial to have a detailed list of materials, structural building details in writing rather than only verbal updates.

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

A few issues were raised to the building management and have been tackled eventually, even though it took some time to get everything more or less sorted out.

4
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
4
Management
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Living in Northstowe Linden Homes

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Review Date Mar 2021

As a first time buyer , buying a Linden property in Northstowe is a overall good deal and experience.
Linden homes are quite spacious as compared to other dev houses in the same prices. There was many snagging issues but all been dealt in 2 years time. Linden homes is slightly poor in addressing issues but they do it with a little push.
LAPs and LEAP’s provided in the development is a good add on for the houses with little kids and pets.

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

Northstowe is a quite residential town. In near future Northstowe is going to be one of the best town in Cambridgeshire to live in with most of the facilities locally available. There will be many open spaces and lakes too. Walking distance to busway is an add on. Current issues most of the people experiencing in Northstowe is noise(construction) and less maintenance of the common areas and roads. But I believe that was expected as Northstowe is a building site. I hope we will have much lesser of these issues once Phase 1 is completed. Food trucks in the green gives residents a variety of food choices. Also locally many new local businesses have been promoted. I personally so far like living in Northstowe. As a mum of a toddler , I found in the normal times , Northstowe have few child/toddler groups . Only thing that is missing is a toddler play area. Currently Northstowe have just 1 playarea and that’s too mainly meant to slightly big kids. As most of the families in Northstowe are with young kids , toddler’s playarea is a miss. Neighbourhood is quite good.

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

Local shopping – Tesco (barhill) is the only place other than Co-op in Longstanton , which is a big miss.

What is the best feature of your home:

Spacious rooms , smallest room is not a box room and can easily fix a massive wardrobe and a single bed with a side table.
Garden size – believe biggest in the neighbourhood.
Amazing private parking space ( 3 cars) + garage

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5
Design
4
Location
5
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Well designed but execution needs work

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Review Date Apr 2021

The development has been well designed and is aesthetically pleasing. The buildings all look good but have been cheaply built and a lot of people have been having problems. It has been easy to report problems to Linden but it takes a lot of chasing up before we actually get people out to look at and take care of issues.

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

Northstowe is still early in development so there are no shops, bars etc. Hopefully we will get a pub at some point, since I believe pubs act as a hub for the community. Transport is great due to the guided busway. Our street is good: no anti-social behaviour as of yet.

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

The houses have been built cheaply, although for a first house they are good starting off points.

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

If the houses were built with a little more attention to detail.

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Design
4
Location
2
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Linden home in Northstowe

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Review Date Mar 2021

Northstowe has a great potential and beautiful rural surroundings. Water parks and new pathways to be opened soon this year giving even more walks opportunity. Nicely designed modern houses. We had some snags to be resolved with customer service but you have 2 years to report and repair any issues, which is sufficient.

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Nice rural surroundings, close to guided busway which allows to cycle to Cambridge and Huntingdon. No shops yet, but frequently food tracks with various international food, fresh bread every Wednesday and local cake store which is great opportunity for small private businesses.

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

We didn’t known that there will be water parks just a street away from us. Linden team didn’t have full visibility of overall development plan for Northstowe so we were just buying a house on the paper without knowledge on the surrounding like parks, cycle paths, connection to guided busway. When speaking to other developers eg Bovis they gave us more insights

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

House have great layout except of ground floor, we wanted to have open kitchen dinning living space and asked Linden in early stage to simply not build the wall, they refused justifying that they have to build to the plan. After getting keys we had to knock down the wall ourselves. Few other people on our development did the same, shame that developer does not allow any flexibility to increase functionality of their houses

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Design
4
Location
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Excellent Place to Live!

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Review Date Mar 2021

Well thought out with beautiful eco-friendly areas, large open spaces and plenty of walkways, cycle routes, lakes and play areas for children and families.

The houses are built to good quality and depending on what you are looking for are generally spacious too.

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Great superstore 10 minute drive away, local amenities, GP, dentist, schools all easily accessible.
Lovely walks or bike rides into school.
Guided bus station a short 7-10 minute walk.
Open spaces are fantastic – some still in development as to be expected on a new build site.
Overall, beautiful surroundings – quiet, but easy access if you need to get to denser areas like the centre of Cambridge City.

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

There’s nothing I wish I had known prior to moving in.

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

I would not change anything about my property. It’s lovely.

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4
Design
5
Location
5
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Review Date Mar 2021

The design of the of the houses in general are good and well laid out. There is a currently a lack of facilities but this will improve with the next phases. Access to the bus way is good and the other transport links are being improved so that it links to the A14.

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

There is a lack of shops at the moment but it will improve over time. There is are good open spaces and play areas. Temporary path to the busway is useful but a permanent solution should be made.

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

Looking into the local facilities and services to see if it’s sufficient for you.

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

There were some snags that needed to be sorted by the developers. It took a while for them to sort but they were sorted eventually.

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Facilities
3
Design
3
Location
3
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The Boulevards

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Review Date Mar 2021

Design is good however we would have preferred a slightly less overlooked garden. Lovely green spaces available for dog walking and we look forward to more being added to the development. Property management is OK, but would be better to have faster replies to emails.

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

At the moment there is a lack of local shops and restaurants but these will be added as the development grows. There is a lovely open green area close by which is great for dog walking. Transport links are good with the busway next to the development however it is quite expensive. There did seem to be done graffiti in the area and we have heard of some burglaries.

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

I wish I’d known about the crime in the area. The worry about burglaries has made us spend more on security lighting etc

What is the best feature of your home:

Having an ensuite in a two bedroom house! And a third toilet downstairs.

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Design
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Location
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