Catalyst launch family homes in historic Hertfordshire village

This March, Catalyst launched Midsummer Vale; a range of 55 two to five bedroom houses in the countryside village of Walkern, Hertfordshire, with Help to Buy available.

Dating as far back as the Saxon period, Walkern offers a heritage-rich lifestyle, with buildings of historical importance still standing today, including the 11th Century St Mary’s Church and medieval Bridgefoot Farm. Blending with the historic buildings, facilities including a primary school, a range of pubs and restaurants, and much-loved art gallery, offer the sought-after lifestyle associated with village living.

Exterior of Midsummer Vale home from Catalyst, available on Share to Buy

Located in the third most affordable postcode within Hertfordshire, an area well-known for its million pound listings, Midsummer Vale is a natural choice for first time buyers, upsizers and downsizers alike, with Catalyst’s Help to Buy homes helping to make Walkern even more accessible.

Providing a mix of house styles suitable for a range of buyers, Midsummer Vale has two-storey, two bedroom houses with open-plan lounge and dining areas, through to three-storey, five bedroom properties with two reception rooms, utility rooms, and integral double garages.

Markus Kendall-Young, Head of Sales and Marketing at Catalyst, comments: “Midsummer Vale is a brilliant opportunity for buyers looking for well-connected countryside living. Residents can be in London in under 45 minutes, whilst living in a neighbourhood that feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Just a 10 minute drive from Stevenage, residents can enjoy all the convenience of living close to a bustling town – complete with multi-screen cinema, shopping centre and a well-connected train station – whilst enjoying the serenity of Walkern village.  

Offering Help to Buy, first time buyers who otherwise might struggle to buy a home in such a desirable area, can purchase a two-bedroom property with a deposit as low as £18,000.”

Dining room of Midsummer Vale home from Catalyst, available on Share to Buy

The high quality homes have been designed with families in mind. Every property includes parking, whilst interiors feature luxurious touches including designer kitchens and underfloor heating. Extra additions to the largest properties include walk-in dressing areas to the master bedroom, kitchen islands, and studies, providing the space for a family to flourish.

Alongside Walkern’s historic architecture, the village has a fantastic array of facilities including Walkern Sports and Community Centre, a hair and beauty salon, and a selection of pubs and restaurants. Residents requiring a broader selection of amenities can visit nearby Stevenage, which has a wide range of leisure and entertainment facilities, shops, cafes and bars.

Bedroom of Midsummer Vale home from Catalyst, available on Share to Buy

Schooling options include Walkern Primary School, only a five minute walk from Midsummer Vale, whilst secondary schools include the Nobel School and Marriotts School, both under a 10 minute drive away.

Attractive to commuters, residents can reach Stevenage train station in 10 minutes by car. From here, trains to London Kings Cross take as little as 24 minutes, whilst the Thameslink service takes 42 minutes to London Bridge. Road links are also convenient, with nearby A602 and A10 connecting to the M1.

Prices start from £360,000 for a two bedroom house, and £410,000 for a three bedroom house, available through Help to Buy.

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