Cambridgeshire housebuilder Barratt Homes is bringing the Manhattan lifestyle to Trumpington with its apartments at its Trumpington Meadows development on Hauxton Road.
There is currently a selection of one and two apartments available for sale – perfect for apartment hunters and fans of the hit sitcom ‘Friends’ looking to capture the magic of young professionals living across the hall from one another.
Following a recent survey from Barratt and David Wilson Homes, 26% of people in Cambs would consider purchasing an apartment to take advantage of low maintenance living and Trumpington Meadows could be the perfect fit for apartment seekers.
Airing from 1994 to 2004, ‘Friends’ is still as popular as ever and the characters’ apartments became a cosy and familiar settings on the show with open plan layouts and quirky furnishings becoming quintessential to the six famous personalities.
Annette Hurst, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, said: “The apartments on the show are instantly recognisable, likewise we want to show potential buyers how they too can put their own unique stamp on their new apartment.
“There is a multitude of ways in which an apartment can be used and the versatility is perfect for couples or solo buyers with busy lifestyles looking for a property with easy upkeep.
“We’ve put together a few ideas on how to use an apartment based on the needs of the six friends and how they may adapt the space for their lifestyle.”
Ross and Rachel
The sitcom’s ‘it’ couple lived in their fair share of apartments throughout the running of the show and became part of the furniture as viewers invested in their journey throughout the series.
For apartment hunters like Ross, the academic of the group, the second bedroom of an apartment could become an office to work from home or dedicate time to other projects to boost productivity and career progression.
Alternatively, fashion enthusiasts like Rachel can take advantage of the ample wardrobe space or even convert the second bedroom into a walk-in wardrobe ideal for trying on outfits and experimenting with trends.
Ross and Rachel created a nursery once baby Emma arrived and with all rooms on one floor, the apartment was perfect for keeping an eye on a new-born as there were no stairs to be wary off once the baby grew into a toddler and started exploring.
Monica and Chandler
After moving in together, the couple discussed ways they could use the spare bedroom now they had free space available to them. A games room could be a great addition for couples wanting to relax with classic games in the evening and a Pac-Man arcade machine, such as the one gifted to the couple by Phoebe, could create a unique talking point among guests dropping by to visit.
Monica and Chandler regularly hosted the four friends for Christmases, Thanksgivings and birthdays in their open plan space and many of the apartments at Trumpington Meadows are ideal for doing the same.
Annette said: “Having an open layout allows for the host to still mingle with the guests at dinner parties as they don’t have to duck out of the festivities to hide away in a separate kitchen.
“Giving your guests an insight into the cooking process is all part of the dinner party experience and gives budding chefs an opportunity to show off their skills to their friends.”
Whether it was a casual get together with crisps and the TV or a dinner party with numerous guests, Monica crafted her passion for food into a full time job as a head chef, with her apartment’s open plan kitchen being the epicentre of the show.
Phoebe and Joey
A keen musician, Phoebe and her guitar were often present at the Central Perk coffee house with some unusual original songs yet plenty of enthusiasm.
Buyers with the same interest in making music could take advantage of the second bedroom to practise an instrument or write music.
Joey famously built an entertainment centre when he and Chandler were living together and took advantage of the space on the far wall of the apartment to create a space to enjoy TV and films.
The entertainment centre allowed Joey and Chandler to have a space dedicated to leisure activities, separate from the rest of the apartment, and was an area to wind down at the end of the day.
A fan of the New York Knicks basketball team, Joey was able to watch every game from his reclinable chair to maximise comfort in the apartment and adapt the space to his needs. With a bright yellow sofa and a football table also featuring in the apartment, the décor reflected Joey’s happy-go-lucky personality and emphasis on separating work from home.
By introducing quirky furniture and features in the home, buyers can also have the opportunity to make their apartment as individual as they please to make the space a home.
The development is an idyllic mix of urban and country living with Cambridge within easy reach and a host of picturesque walks available close by including Trumpington Country Park’s ‘walkable mile’ trail – perfect for those looking to emulate the feeling of Manhattan’s urban jungle with Central Park being easily accessible.
Trumpington Meadows currently has one and two bedroom apartments available from £324,995.