Time Ticking at the Historic Royal Connaught Park with Final Phase Homes Selling Fast

The Nova Collection at Royal Connaught Park is the last remaining phase at Comer Homes’ historic Bushey development, which is the former Royal Masonic School for Boys and has also provided a dramatic backdrop for a number of Box Office movies, including Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Avengers, Hot Fuzz and numerous others..

Following the launch of The Nova Collection, the final phase at the historic Royal Connaught Park residential development in Bushey, developer Comer Homes has reported strong sales, with only a selection of unit types remaining.

Priced from £610,000 to £960,000, apartments within three new-build blocks; Yale House, Harvard House and Oxford House, have proven the most popular with buyers looking to secure a home at the spectacular development set within 100 acres of private parkland. The interiors are well-proportioned and configured to meet modern lifestyle needs, with flexible spaces that can be freely arranged.

Yale House provides the largest homes of the three buildings, with a mixture of two and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes ranging in size from 1,044 sq. ft. to 2,056 sq. ft., with a selection including private terraces or balconies.

Currently, only seven apartments remain at Harvard House where the majority of homes include outside space in the form of balconies or terraces. Multiple units within the building are two-bedroom duplexes, with a selection of one and two-bedroom apartments, providing accommodation sized between 700 sq. ft. to 1,593 sq. ft.

Oxford House is a boutique collection of four two-bedroom apartments, with only two remaining. Both homes are 872 sq. ft. and benefit from private outside space that overlooks the expansive landscaped grounds and gardens.

Commenting on the final phase sales programme at Royal Connaught Park, Caroline Comer, Sales & Marketing Director at Comer Homes, said: “We couldn’t be happier with the response we’ve had from buyers following the launch of The Nova Collection. Following successive lockdowns, we have seen an increase in demand for larger homes with access to expansive green space and onsite amenities.

“To date, over half of all enquiries have focused on the lifestyle on offer at Royal Connaught Park and the size of the homes available. We also received some great feedback from current residents during the pandemic that the apartment layouts offered the perfect flexibility to work from home, whilst the private grounds provided them with ample outside space in a safe and secure environment.”

Surrounded by countryside and woodland and benefitting from a vast expanse of outside space of private parkland and landscaped gardens, Royal Connaught Park provided an idyllic setting for residents during the recent pandemic.

Enjoying walks in the grounds, homeowners were also kept busy by the wealth of onsite residents only amenities, which include outdoor tennis courts, gym and spa complex with jacuzzi, sauna & steam rooms and an indoor heated swimming pool. 

There is ample underground parking with the facility for electric charging units and 24-hour security. Offered exclusively to residents, Comer Homes operates a courtesy shuttle bus service from Royal Connaught Park to Bushey train station in the morning and evening and to key local shopping destinations during the day.

One of Hertfordshire’s most sought-after towns, Bushey offers a variety of well-established boutique shops, bars and restaurants. Perfect for commuters looking for a home in the country within easy distance of the city, Bushey Overground Station provides direct access into London Euston in under 15 minutes. Ideal for golf fanatics, the PGA approved Hartsbourne Golf and Country Club and The Grove, with its 18-hole World Golf Championship course (won by Tiger Woods in 2006) are within a short drive.

Representing the final chapter of a decade long project to restore and revitalise the former Royal Masonic School for Boys, The Nova Collection is the last opportunity to live at this historic development.

Designed in 1900 by renowned Scottish architects Gordon & Gunton, the Royal Masonic School for Boys was conceived to clothe and educate the sons of Freemasons living in the local area. The building’s foundation stone was laid by Queen Victoria’s third son, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, in 1903 with the opening occurring in the same year.

The school operated as an independent Junior and Secondary school until 1977, producing several notable alumni, including David Davies (broadcaster, author and former Executive Director of the Football Association), Robin Gibson (Art Historian and former curator for the National Portrait Gallery) and former Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership Sir Stuart Hampson.

Between 1977 to 2009, the site was the European Campus for the United States International University, which specialised in a mixture of academic disciplines from psychology and Forensic Studies to Law and Business Management.

Royal Connaught Park has also provided a dramatic backdrop for a number of Box Office movies, including Harry Potter (the residents’ dining hall was the setting for the Great Hall, whilst Dumbledore’s Office was set in the main tower of the old school building), Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeThe AvengersHot Fuzz and numerous others.

Prices at Royal Connaught Park start from £610,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. For further information on the last remaining homes for sale in The Nova Collection, please contact the sales office on Tel: 01923 222292 or Email: info@thecomergroup.com

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